Patriots Overcome Early Deficit, Down Navy 12-10
March 20, 2007
The George Mason baseball team spotted Navy five runs in the first but came back with runs in six of its eight at-bats to take a 12-10 win in non-conference collegiate baseball action. Justin Bour homered and had five RBI while Scott Krieger homered and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Mike Laird, Chris Henderson and Brent Weiss also had multiple hits for the Patriots.
The Midshipmen (15-8) put five on the board in the first behind two infield singles, a pair of hits to left and a triple to center. Renaldo Hollins led off the game with a double to left and Drew Lydon followed with an infield single. After Lydon scored on a passed ball, Michael Speciale's infield single put runners on the corners and Lydon scored on Michael Garcia's single to left. A ground out advanced the runners and Speciale and Garcia came home on a single by Steven Soares. Jack Ferrick followed with his third hit of the year, a triple to center, making it 5-0.
The Patriots (9-9) got some of the runs back in the bottom of the first when, after a pair of walks, Justin Bour broke out of an 0 for 17 slump with a three-run homer to center, his league-leading ninth homer of the year. Kris Mengle came on in relief of Trevor Rosenberg in the second and he struck out the side.
In the bottom of the frame, Mike Laird led off with a bunt single, Ryan Uphouse walked and Spencer Wiggins, returning from a broken wrist that kept him sidelined since the third game of the season, sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Brent Weiss followed with a sacrifice fly to right that was dropped, resulting in runners on second and third and a one-run deficit. Chris Fournier tied the game with a single to left and Krieger put Mason ahead, 6-5, when he singled to left.
In the third, the Patriots scored a pair of unearned runs as Laird reached on a fielding error and Uphouse got to first on a throwing error that allowed Laird to go to third. Wiggins' sacrifice bunt brought Laird home and Weiss' single into center put the Patriots up 8-5. Krieger made it 9-5 in the fourth when he led off the inning with a solo shot to center. Last year, in 49 games, Krieger hit eight homers and had 30 RBI. This year, through 18 games, he has nine homers and 31 RBI.
In the fifth, Navy finally got back on the board as Mitch Harris led off with a single, went to second on a ground out, advanced to third on a single by Garcia and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kendall Bolt. The Patriots seemed out of the inning when Soares popped the ball up to right, but Laird slipped and the ball fell in for an RBI single, making it 9-7. The fifth was Mengle's last inning as he allowed four hits and two runs while walking one and striking out eight in four innings of work.
Mason failed to score in the fifth despite having the bases loaded and one out when Bour grounded into a double play and Navy made the Patriots play in the bottom of the frame when Hollins reached on a one-out single and Harris hit one to straight-away center to make it 9-9. The Patriots got the run back quickly as Henderson reached on a one-out single, went to third on a hit-and-run single by Laird and scored on a ground out by Uphouse.
In the seventh, Bour atoned for his failure to drive in runs two innings earlier when he singled to right bringing home Brent Weiss, who had reached on an error, and Fournier, who had walked. Chris Romanow walked but the threat ended when Henderson grounded into a double play. Navy trimmed the lead in the eighth when Jonathan Berkowitz led off with a walk, went to second on a singled by Bill Maugeri and scored on a two-out single by Harris, making it 12-10. Jordan Flasher pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the year. T.J. O'Grady (1-0) picked up the win for Mason.
The Patriots return to action on Wednesday when they play at Richmond at 2 p.m.