Bour's Monster Day Lead Patriots Past Liberty
March 26, 2008
The George Mason baseball team scored just four runs on 18 baserunners on Tuesday but on Wednesday, against Liberty, the Patriots made the most of their opportunities, as Mason beat the Flames, 13-0. Mason had 22 baserunners in the game and it drove home more than half of those as the Patriots improved to 10-12 on the year. Liberty fell to 11-10.
Kris Mengle (1-2) had the best outing of his career, allowing no runs on six hits in nine innings. He didn't walk a batter and he just two Liberty hitters saw a three-ball count. Justin Bour was 3 for 5 with seven RBI, including two home runs. Chris Henderson was 3 for 4 with an RBI and four runs and Mark Hill, Ryan Uphouse and Brent Weiss had multiple hits for the Patriots.
The Patriots took advantage of their first scoring opportunity to go ahead 1-0 in the first. Henderson singled up the middle, Scott Krieger walked and after Bour reached on a fielder's choice, there were runners on the corners with two outs. Ryan Soares came through, poking a 3-1 pitch into right field. Liberty nearly tied the score in the top of the second when Kenneth Negron singled with two outs and runners on first and second, but Aaron Grijalva was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Scott Krieger.
Liberty again had a great scoring opportunity and failed to convert. With runners on second and third and two outs, Jeff Jefferson flew out to right field and David Giammaresi was thrown out at the plate trying to score by Uphouse. Mason extended its lead in the fifth when Henderson singled to lead off the inning, Krieger walked and Bour singled to right to plate Henderson for a 2-0 lead. The rally didn't continue, though, as Ryan Soares struck out trying to get down a sacrifice bunt and Shane Davis grounded into a double play.
Mason finally got some separation in the bottom of the sixth. Hill and Uphouse led off with singles and Weiss followed with a sacrifice bunt. Spencer Wiggins followed with a grounder to second and Negron went home with the ball but catcher Errol Hollinger was unable to make the tag and Hill scored to make it 3-0. Henderson followed with a single up the middle to bring home Uphouse and make it 4-0. After Krieger walked, Bour followed with the fifth grand slam of his career to make it 8-0. Bour holds the school record for grand slams in a game (two), grand slams in a season (three) and grand slams in a career.
Mason added five more runs in the seventh. Hill led off with a single and with two outs, Wiggins and Henderson walked. Krieger drove in two runs with a single up the middle and Henderson scored on a throwing error. Bour followed with his tenth home run of the season, clearing the batter's eye in center.
The Patriots will be in action again tomorrow as they take on Brown at 2:30 p.m.