Gerjets' Pitching, Strong Defense Leads Mason to 3-1 Win Over Georgia State
March 15, 2008
The George Mason baseball team got a tremendous starting performance from Dan Gerjets and terrific defense that turned three double plays as the Patriots bounced back to beat Georgia State, 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Gerjets (2-0) threw a 100-pitch complete game, allowing 10 hits, no walks, one earned run with three strikeouts. Mason (6-9, 3-1) managed just five hits but took advantage of six walks and two costly Georgia State errors.
In the first, the Panthers (10-6, 1-4) got a leadoff single, but Mason turned a double play to make it two outs with no one on. Another two hits put runners on first and second, but Chase Childers flew out to center to end the threat. Mason got a leadoff hit in the first, but Spencer Wiggins was picked off trying to steal. In the second, Mason got a pair of two-out walks, but Ryan Uphouse struck out before a run could score.
In the Georgia State third, Jean-Michel Rochan-Salvas singled and stole two bases but he was stranded at third. In the Mason third, Chris Henderson singled and stole a base but Kenny Camp got Scott Krieger and Justin Bour on strike outs to leave him at second. Mason got another big defensive play in the top of the fifth with a runner on second when they turned a 1-6-4-3 double play.
In the top of the seventh, the Panthers got the leadoff runner on for just the second time in the game as Childers singled up the middle. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bradley Logan but he got no further. First Mark Hill made a solid play on a grounder to his left at third, keeping Childers at second and throwing out Jonathan Kolowich. Then Ryan Soares made a diving play at second on Daniel Merck's grounder, ending the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Mason finally scored, but missed out on a big inning.
With one out, Aaron Tenney singled and he stole second before being thrown out trying to take third on a ball in the dirt. Brent Weiss followed with a two-out walk, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Ryan Uphouse's single to left for a 1-0 lead. Georgia State wasted no time responding as Nick Hogan singled to lead off the inning and went to third on Mike McCree's single to left. Hogan scored when Rochan-Salvas grounded into a double play.
But having sniffed the lead, Mason was quick to retake it. Chris Henderson walked to lead off the inning and with one out, Justin Bour walked as well. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Henderson scored on a passed ball. Bour scored on an error by Logan at third to make it 3-1.
The three-game series will conclude on Sunday with game time set for 1 p.m.