Baseball Rallies Late to Top Marist For Ninth-Straight Win
March 17, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - The George Mason baseball team used a dramatic late-inning rally to push past Marist and run its winning streak to nine games as the Patriots beat the Red Foxes, 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon. Mason, which is on its second-longest winning streak in school history, remains unbeaten at home pushing to 8-0 at Spuhler Field this year. Mason has won 13 straight at home stretching back to last year and the 13-3 record is the best 16-game mark in school history.
Scott Krieger was 3 for 3 with three RBI, accounting for half of Mason's hits and all of its RBI. Spencer Wiggins, Justin Bour and Dan Palumbo accounted for the rest of Mason's hits. Kris Mengle pitched five strong innings and Ben Reade picked up the win in relief. Shawn Griffith pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season. Griffith has pitched in 10 of the 16 games this year. Marist (6-7) got strong production in the middle of the order with Ryan Guack recording three hits while George Agostini, Ricky Pacione and Michael Galic each had two hits.
In the first, Marist got on the board when the lead off batter was hit by a pitch, and two singles brought him home for a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Mason tied the score when Spencer Wiggins singled, stole second and third and scored on a Scott Krieger sacrifice fly. In the third, Marist got a pair of one out singles and an error in right by Shane Davis allowed the Red Foxes to go ahead 2-1. A sacrifice fly made it a 3-1 game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Scott Krieger hit a solo homer to make it 3-2, and in the seventh, Mason scored four times on just one hit to put the Patriots ahead for good. Brent Weiss walked and went to second when Dan Palumbo reached on a fielder's choice. Spencer Wiggins' bunt to the pitcher erased Weiss from the base paths and moved Palumbo to second. Chris Henderson reached on a grounder when Wiggins was thrown out at second with Palumbo moving to third. Krieger followed with a single to make it 5-3 and Justin Bour walked to load the bases with two outs. A pair of wild pitches brought home Henderson and then Krieger to tie the score and with Bour on third, Shane Davis' grounder was thrown away by the pitcher to bring Bour home for the go-ahead run.
Mason will return to action on Wednesday when the Patriots conclude their two-game series with Marist at 3 p.m.