Baseball Rallies With Three in Eighth to Beat Maryland, 6-5
March 24, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - The George Mason baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and extend its home winning streak to 15 straight games as the Patriots beat Maryland, 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field. Mason, which was held to three hits in the first seven innings got timely hitting in the eighth to win the game and improve to 17-4 on the year. Maryland fell to 10-12.
Ryan Soares and Shane Davis each had two hits and two RBI. Freshman Kevin Lingerman got the start for Mason, pitching into the sixth and picking up a no-decision. Shawn Griffith earned the win while Ryan Brecko got his sixth save of the year.
The Patriots got on the board in the first inning as Spencer Wiggins walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and after Scott Krieger drew a one-out walk, scored on a Justin Bour fielder's choice. Bour scored from first when Soares hit a two-out double over the centerfielder's head. Maryland threatened in the second putting the first two batters on, but Lingerman got a double play and an easy fly ball to left to end the threat. In the third, Lingerman gave up a leadoff walk but again pitched out of trouble to keep Maryland off the board.
In the fourth Mike Murphy reached on an error to lead off the inning and A.J. Casario followed with a walk. After a flyout, Mike Moss hit a slow roller to third baseman Dan Palumbo who got the out at second but Bour was unable to hold onto the throw at first as Mason attempted a double play. Murphy scored on the play to make it 2-1.
On the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth, Soares got the run back with a home run to left field. In the top of the sixth Maryland took the lead as Murphy hit a one-out single just past a diving Palumbo, Casario drew a four-pitch walk and Gerry Spessard singled to right to load the bases and end Lingerman's outing. Jason Koziol came on in relief and walked pinch hitter Curtis Lazar to make it 3-2. After Jensen Pupa reached on a fielder's choice that left the bases loaded, Dan Benick hit a two-run single to right to put the Terps on top, 4-3. In the eighth, the Terps got a leadoff double followed by a walk and an infield hit to load the bases with no outs. A Pupa sacrifice fly made it 5-3 but Griffith got a double play to end the threat.
Mason retook the lead in the eighth behind some clutch hitting. Chris Henderson, Krieger and Bour hit three straight two-out singles to make it 5-4, Soares was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Shane Davis dropped a double onto the leftfield line to make it 6-5. Brecko came in to pitch the ninth allowing a pair of hits but getting a comebacker to end the contest.
Mason will return to action this weekend with a three-game series at William & Mary. The Patriots and Tribe will start the series on Friday at 7 p.m.