Baseball Reaches .500 With Win Over George Washington
March 8, 2006
The George Mason baseball team used a four-run sixth inning and some excellent performances by its bullpen to power past George Washington and improve to .500 on the season, downing the Colonials, 7-4 at Spuhler Field.
Jared Petrovich allowed two earned runs and six hits in four and one-third innings but after a little more than 80 pitches in his first start of the season, he was replaced by Dan Jaycox. The sophomore righthander proceeded to strikeout five batters and allow one hit in two and two-thirds innings of work. Along with Jordan Flasher and Phil Stone, they held the Colonials to one earned run and four hits in the final half of the game.
George Washington starter Brian Frazier was strong through five innings, allowing just a pair of runs in the third, but he ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing the first five batters in the inning to reach before being lifted for a reliever. By then the damage was done as Frazier fell to 0-2 on the season. Jaycox earned the win, improving to 1-0.
The Colonials (4-7) struck first with a run in the first when Michael Parker led off the game with a double and later scored on an Andrew Abokhair sacrifice fly. In the third, Mason rallied with two outs to take its first lead of the game. Matt York and Robby Jacobsen singled, Scott Krieger walked and Jason Bour singled to drive home a pair of runs.
In the fifth, GW tied the game and the Colonials retook the lead in the sixth. In the fifth, Bryan Hwang, tom Shanley and Charlie Kruer had three straight singles to make it 2-2. That brought in Jaycox, who struck out Abokhair looking for the second out and Shanley was thrown out trying to steal to end the rally. In the sixth, Matt Boyd was hit by a pitch with one out, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a single to make it 3-2.
Mason (7-7) retook the lead for good in the sixth with just one hit in the inning. Ryan Uphouse was hit by a pitch and Mike Laird walked. Tyler Youngs' sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in Abokhair, the catcher, throwing the ball into the outfield, bringing home Uphouse to tie the score. Brent Weiss then doubled to make it 5-3. Spencer Wiggins was hit by a pitch and went to second on a fielder's choice. He stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Mason made it 7-3 in the seventh when Bour singled, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third and came home on a Weiss single.
Three weak hits and a Mason error in the top of the ninth allowed GW to cut into the lead but Stone induced a game-ending double play with Weiss making a great play at second to turn the Patriots' second double play in the final two innings.
Weiss was 3 for 4 with three RBI, Mike Laird was 2 for 2 in his first collegiate game and Jason Bour was 2 for 5 with two RBI. Robby Jacobsen also had two hits for Mason. For the Colonials, Parker was 3 for 5 while Tim Reeves was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Kruer and Mickey Shupin also had RBI.
Mason returns to action this weekend at Old Dominion