Pease Once Again Has Mason's Number as Baseball Falls to Mount St. Mary's, 5-4
March 13, 2007
Mount St. Mary's Dustin Pease once again had a dominant effort against the Patriots and Mason fell to the Mount for just the second time since 1980 as Pease went eight and two-third innings and Mason's ninth-inning rally came up short, as the Patriots lost, 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon.
Pease (2-2) pitched a complete-game win over Mason in 2004, struck out five in two innings in 2005 and took a shutout into the sixth on Tuesday before finishing with three earned runs allowed with one walk and five strikeouts. Pease surrendered 13 hits but pitched out of four bases-loaded jams, allowing just one run.
Mason (7-7) made four errors and each led to an unearned run. In the second, the Mount used three straight singles to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Murray, Matt Trusch and Matt Eiden each singled with no outs off of starter Trevor Rosenberg (0-1). In the bottom of the second, the Patriots got singles from Justin Bour and Chris Romanow and Chris Henderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Pease then retired 11 straight batters to shut Mason down.
The Mount (6-9), meanwhile, scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth and once in the sixth. In the fourth, Bour made a fielding error to allow the lead off hitter, Eiden to reach base and he later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Gioiso. In the fifth, Brent Weiss's error allowed Eric Smith to reach to start the inning and he came home on Trusch's double play groundout. In the sixth, Mark Hill's error allowed Justus Yocum to reach and he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Patriots finally got some base runners as Weiss, Chris Fournier and Scott Krieger led off the inning with singles to load the bases. Bour, who had three grand slams last week, was unable to deliver, striking out. Jason Bour followed with an RBI single to right but Romanow then grounded into a double play to end the rally.
In the seventh, Ryan Murray led off with a single for Mount St. Mary's, Trusch reached on catcher's interference and after an Eiden ground out, Murray scored on a wild pitch for a 5-1 Mount lead. Trusch was thrown out on the front end of a double steal and a ground out helped Mason out of the inning. The Patriots trimmed the lead in the bottom of the frame when Henderson singled, went to second on a ground out and scored on a Weiss single. But Weiss was thrown out trying for a double and the inning was over. In the eighth, Fournier led off with a double but he was still there with two outs. Jason Bour was then hit by a pitch and Romanow walked before Henderson grounded out to once again leave Mason without anything to show for a bases loaded situation.
In the ninth, Hill led off with a single but he was erased when Dan Palumbo reached on a fielder's choice. Weiss' single put runners on the corners and Fournier's bloop into shallow center made it 5-3 with runners on first and second. Krieger nearly finished the game but his blast over the right field fence was foul by less than 10 feet. Instead, he singled to once again load the bases. Justin Bour then grounded back to the pitcher but a throwing error by the catcher in an attempt to complete a 1-2-3 double play kept the inning alive and made it 5-4. But Josh Steinberg, batting for the first time after replacing Jason Bour who left the game after being hit by a pitch in the eighth, flew out to left to end the game.
Weiss, Fournier and Krieger were 8 for 15 with two RBI but the rest of the Patriots were just 5 of 23 with one RBI. The Patriots will return to action on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when they play at George Washington in a game postponed from March 7.