Patriots Threaten in Late Innings Against Liberty But Come Up Short, 5-4
March 28, 2007
The George Mason baseball team dropped its second-straight game on Wednesday afternoon as the Patriots couldn't muster a late-inning rally against Liberty, falling to the Flames 5-4 in non-conference baseball action. The Flames used a three-run third inning to take control of the game and never gave up the lead despite threats by Mason in each of the final three innings.
Liberty (17-10) got on the board first putting a run up in the second inning. With one out, David Giammaresi doubled to left and Erroll Hollinger followed with a single, making it 1-0. Mason (11-13) came back to take the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring twice. Chris Romanow, Chris Henderson and Justin Bour led off the inning with singles to left and Mike Laird's sacrifice fly made it 1-1. Dan Palumbo followed with a single to left and the Patriots had a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Liberty quickly retook the lead. Aaron Grijalva drew a one-out walk and Tim Nandry singled to put runners on the corners. P.K. Keller then singled to tie the score. Nandry went to third on the play and he scored on a Derek Bennion sacrifice fly. Keller later went to third on a throwing error by Ryan Brecko and scorred on a single by Giammaresi, making it 4-2.
The score remained that way into the fifth when Krieger walked with two outs, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a passed ball. Liberty got the run back in the seventh when Nanry led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Bennion.
In the seventh, Palumbo was hit by a pitch to lead things off and he went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Weiss, who had appeared to beat the throw but was called out on the play. Wiggins and Fournier followed with singles to make it 5-4 and leave two runners in scoring position. But Krieger popped out to first and Romanow grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning. Mason threatened in the ninth putting the go-ahead run on but Tim John got the save for Liberty, striking out Krieger to end the game.
The Patriots return to action on Friday when the Patriots begin a three-game series at VCU at 7 p.m.