Baseball Sees Five-Game Winning Streak Snapped at Hofstra
March 11, 2007
Hempstead, N.Y. - The George Mason baseball team entered Sunday on a five-game winning streak and there were three constants in those wins - Chris Fournier hitting, Scott Krieger homering and Justin Bour driving in runs. The Hofstra Pride successfully eliminated all three of those elements and in the process, sent Mason to its first loss in more than a week as the Patriots fell, 9-7 in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Fournier had a 12-game hitting streak snapped, Krieger saw his school record for consecutive games with a home run come to an end and Bour failed to drive in a run. That, coupled with five Hofstra runs in the seventh, allowed the Pride to take just their second win in 18 meetings with the Patriots.
Mason (7-6, 4-2) scored three times in the second as Jason Bour reached on an error to lead off the innings, Chris Romanow walked and they each advanced on a groundout by Chris Henderson. Ryan Uphouse followed with a single to score Bour and Romanow. Uphouse advanced on the throw home and scored on a Dan Palumbo single.
The Pride got a solo home run in the second to make it 3-1 but the Patriots rallied for a 4-1 lead as Romanow singled, stole second, went to third on a Henderson single and scored on a Mark Hill groundout. In the bottom of the inning, three Hofstra singles allowed the Pride to make it 4-2.
Mason seemed on the brink of pulling away in the sixth. With one out, Hill was hit by a pitch, Palumbo singled and Weiss reached on an error to load the bases. Fournier walked to drive in a run and Krieger singled to make it 7-2. After a walk to Justin Bour once again loaded the bases, Jason Bour grounded into a double play that ended the rally.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hofstra got things started with a walk and an error by Palumbo put two runners on base. After a wild pitch, Dan Jaycox, making his first start for Mason, left the game after reaching his pitch-count limit. He allowed three earned runs on six hits in five innings. Ryan Brecko came on in relief and he got an RBI groundout, an RBI single and a double-play ball to end the inning. Mason still led, 7-4.
Things went south fast in the seventh. The Pride began the frame with a single, walk and single and Brecko left the game, giving way to Jordan Flasher. Mason's closer couldn't close the door, though. He allowed a walk and then hit a batter to make it 7-6 and a wild pitch made it 7-7. Another Palumbo error allowed two runs to score and the Pride had their first lead of the three-game series.
Mason never mounted a rally in the final three innings, with just a two-out walk in the ninth providing any hope.
The Patriots are now 3-6 when committing an error, 4-0 when not. They are also 5-0 when Justin Bour drives in a run, 2-6 when he does not. Finally, the Patriots are 6-0 when Krieger homers, 1-6 when he does not.