Patriot Offense Sputters in Series Finale With ODU
March 30, 2008
The George Mason baseball team saw its offense sputter on Sunday afternoon and despite some solid pitching, the Patriots were unable to overcome Ryan Bergh's fabulous start for Old Dominion as the Patriots fell to the Monarchs, 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action at Spuhler Field.
Bergh allowed just four Mason hits without walking a batter as he gave up just one run in earning the complete game victory. Dan Gerjets also had a strong start for Mason, allowing three runs, but just one earned in eight innings, giving up five hits and two walks. No Patriot had multiple hits and Chris Henderson saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end.
Old Dominion broke through for the game's first run in the third. Joe Velleggia led off with a single but he was thrown out at second on Chris Buss' sacrifice bunt attempt. Buss was able to steal second and he went to third on Jimmy Miles' single to left. He scored on Chris Keenan's ground out for a 1-0 lead.
The Patriots broke up Bergh's perfect game in the fifth when Ryan Soares doubled with one out. Soares was stranded at third as Shane Davis and Mark Hill grounded out to end the threat. Old Dominion didn't manage a hit in the sixth, but still managed to come away with two runs. Miles reached on a throwing error to lead off the sixth, going to second on the play. Keenan followed with a sacrifice bunt but he, too, reached on an error to make it 2-0 with a runner on second. Keenan went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Anthony Shawler's grounder to short.
Mason scored its first run in the sixth when Ryan Uphouse and Brent Weiss led off the inning with singles. Spencer Wiggins' sacrifice bunt moved the pair to second and third and Chris Henderson's ground out brought home Uphouse to make it 3-1. Mason also threatened in the seventh when Justin Bour led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to eight games, and Shane Davis was hit by a pitch with one out. But Mark Hill grounded into a double play to end the inning.
After playing eight games in the past nine days, Mason will have Monday and Tuesday off before hitting the road to play at Maryland on Wednesday at 7 p.m.