Late-Inning Miscue Allows Maryland Baseball to Beat Mason
March 25, 2008
The George Mason baseball team led Maryland 4-2 after six innings but three unearned runs in the seventh and an insurance run in the eighth allowed the Terrapins to rally and beat the Patriots at Spuhler Field, 6-4. Mason (9-12) was led by Chris Henderson, who was 2 for 4 with two RBI, Spencer Wiggins, who was 4 for 5 with an RBI and a steal, and Justin Bour, who was 3 for 4. Maryland (12-11) got two hits from Joe Palumbo and two RBI from Dan Benicj and Jensen Pupa.
With no one on and two outs in the first, Mason got back-to-back singles from Scott Krieger and Justin Bour and Ryan Soares was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Mark Hill grounded out to end the threat leaving the bases loaded. Mason again loaded the bases in the second, this time as Ryan Uphouse had a one-out single and Spencer Wiggins and Chris Henderson had two-out singles to put three men on, but Scott Krieger grounded out to short to keep the game scoreless.
Despite the Patriots showing more in the early innings, it was Maryland that got on the board first. Steve Braun led off the inning with a single, Nick Jowers was hit by a pitch and Joe Palumbo's RBI single scored the game's first run. The Terrapins scored made it 2-0 when Jowers came home on a Jensen Pupa groundout.
Mason got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Mark Hill scored on a Josh Steinberg triple. In the fourth, Spencer Wiggins singled, stole second and went to third when catcher Chad Durakis' throw to second hit pitcher Brett Jones in the leg and bounced into foul territory between first and home. Wiggins scored on Henderson's ground out to first.
Brecko, meanwhile, pitched very much in control, allowing just four hits and one walk with one strikeout until he was hit on the pitching arm by Gerry Spessard in the sixth. Brecko departed with the bases empty and two outs and was replaced by Darren McLean, who got the final out of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Uphouse singled to center with one out, stole second and Brent Weiss followed with a single through the right side. Wiggins followed with a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to give Mason its first lead of the game. Chris Henderson doubled to right to bring home Weiss but Wiggins was thrown out at the plate at Krieger grounded out to end the inning with Mason ahead 4-2.
The lead didn't last long. In the seventh, Will Greenberg singled up the middle off the glove of Mark Hill, who moved from third to second to replace Soares after he was hit by a pitch in the fourth. Steven Braun followed with a tailor-made double-play ball but Brent Weiss rushed the throw and Greenberg was safe, going to third on the play with Braun advancing to second. Pinch-hitter Dan Benick followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the score. Benick went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Pupa's single to left to put Maryland ahead, 5-4. The Terrapins used a pair of infield singles, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 6-4.
The Patriots will be in action again tomorrow as their homestand continues. Mason will take on Liberty with first-pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.