Baseball beats Radford to give Brown his 800th win
March 9, 2010
Salem, Va. - George Mason head baseball coach Bill Brown picked up his 800th win on Tuesday as the Patriots beat Radford 9-5. Mark Hill, Ryan Soares and Josh Steinberg each had homers for Mason, which is now 5-4 on the year.
Hill was 4 for 5 with a homer, two runs and two RBI. Soares was 2 for 4 with four RBI. Steinberg was 3 for 5. Radford is now 3-6.
Mason scored three quick runs in the first as Jeremy Haas walked, Dan Schafferman reached on a fielder's choice and Ryan Soares doubled to make it 1-0. After a fly out, Schafferman scored on a wild pitch and Soares came home on a Mark Hill single to left-center. In the second, Mason added another pair of runs, this time it was Haas with a one-out double and Soares with a two-out homer to left. The lead grew to 6-0 when Josh Steinberg led off the third with a solo homer.
In the fourth, Radford got two runs back off Ryan Brecko. Reggie Keen singled with one out, stole second and scored on an Alex Guerra single to first. With two outs Raphael Turner doubled to make it a 6-2 game. Mason got a run back in the sixth. Nick Allen singled, Haas was hit by a pitch and Schafferman sacrificed the runners over. Soares' sacrifice fly to center brought home Allen.
The Highlanders made it a 7-4 game in the bottom of the inning as Keen singled, Guierra walked and with two outs Rick Hoogstraten doubled to left-center to bring home both runs. In the top of the seventh, Hill and Steinberg led off with singles and Brett Hendricks sacrificed the runners over. A throwing error on the play allowed Hill to score to make it 8-4.
In the eighth, an error, a ground out, a single and another ground out made it 8-5, but again the Patriots countered, this time with a Mark Hill homer to lead off the inning.
Mason, which had not played in a week, sent all three weekend starters to the mound as the day's pitching performances were scripted beforehand. Kevin Crum went two innings allowing two hits, no walks and one strikeout. Brecko allowed two earned runs, three hits and one walk in two innings with one strikeout. Kris Mengle also went two innings, allowing two earned runs, three hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Darren McLean pitched a perfect seventh, Anthony Montefusco pitched the eighth and A.J. Johnson finished the game, pitching the ninth.
The Patriots will return to action on Friday when they begin a three-game series. Mason will host Central Connecticut State at 2:30 p.m.