Baseball Pounds Out 26 Runs in Rout of Northeastern
March 23, 2008
The George Mason baseball team had a season-high for runs and hits as the Patriots used a 10-run fifth inning and an eight-run sixth inning to cruise to a 26-9 win over Northeastern on Sunday, taking the rubber-match in the three-game series. Mason, in the midst of 14 straight games at home, played as the visitor over the weekend as the series had originally been scheduled to be played in Boston, but was moved due to inclement weather.
Dan Gerjets earned the win for Mason, improving to 3-0 on the year. He struck out a career high eight while walking one batter but Mason's big fifth and sixth innings, when they scored a total of 18 runs, took him out of his rhythm and he didn't make it out of the sixth. Justin Bour finished the game 4 for 5 with seven RBI, four runs as he hit a pair of homers. Ryan Uphouse was 3 for 6 with four RBI while Chris Henderson was 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBI. The Patriots had 19 hits and are now 9-11, 6-2 on the year. Northeastern is 8-8, 2-4.
Mason got the scoring started in the third inning as Chris Henderson drew a one-out walk, Scott Krieger singled and Bour hit a blast to the right of the scoreboard in right-center field. The Huskies trimmed it to 3-1 when Frank Pesanello homered with one out in the third and they tied the score in the fourth when Michael Tamsin led off with a double, Mike Lyon followed with an RBI single and Josh Porter brought home Lyon with a single up the middle.
Mason retook the lead in the fifth. Bour led off the frame with his ninth home run of the season to make it 4-3. With one out, Mark Hill tripled and after Aaron Tenney walked, Ryan Uphouse blooped a single to center to bring home Hill for a 5-3 lead. Back-to-back walks to Brent Weiss and Spencer Wiggins made it a three-run lead and Chris Henderson added another run with a single through the left side of the infield.
That set the stage for Bour who, rather than hit the fifth grand slam of his career, simply doubled over the leftfielder's head to clear the bases. The inning continued as Ryan Soares was hit by a pitch and Hill and Tenney each walked to make it 11-3. Uphouse followed with a single to left to make it a 10-run inning.
In the sixth, Wiggins led off with a walk and Henderson followed with his third homer of the year. Krieger was hit by a pitch, Bour singled and Hill hit an RBI double. After Tenney walked, Uphouse was hit by a pitch to force in a run and make it 17-3. With two outs, Wiggins hit the first home run of his career, a grand slam to make it 21-3.
After two long stretches on the bench, Gerjets was unable to rediscover his rhythm as he gave up four runs while getting one out in the sixth. Despite a career-high eight strikeouts, he left having surrendered seven runs in five and one-third innings. The Patriots got those runs back, though. In the seventh, Krieger and Shane Davis walked to started the inning and a Soares double and a Hill sacrifice fly made it 23-7. The Huskies got one back in the bottom of the seventh but in the eighth, Mason got runners on second and third because of two errors and after a walk to load the bases, Davis doubled to right to make it 25-8. A sacrifice fly by Soares gave the Patriots an 18-run lead.
The Patriots, having played their past eight games at home, will play six more at Spuhler Field over the next seven days. On Tuesday the Patriots will host Maryland, on Wednesday Mason will host Liberty and on Thursday, the Patriots will welcome Brown. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mason will play a CAA series against Old Dominion. Game time for the weekday games is 2:30 p.m. while Saturday is at 2 p.m. and Sunday is at 1 p.m.