Baseball Stays Hot, Wins 17th Straight at Home
April 1, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - The George Mason baseball team ran its home winning streak to 17 straight, one shy of the school record as the Patriots started April where they left off March, beating Georgetown 6-1 to remain unbeaten at home. Mason has the longest active home winning streak in the nation and the Patriots have won five straight and eight of the past nine against the Hoyas.
Freshman Ryan Pfaeffle struck out 10 Hoyas in five and one-third innings to pick up his first collegiate win in just his second start. He allowed one run on five hits with just one walk. Ben Reade had five strikeouts in relief while Jason Koziol had two as Patriots pitchers struck out 17 batters. Scott Krieger homered and drove in three runs, Chris Henderson had three hits and two runs and Justin Bour and Mark Hill each had two hits.
The Patriots are now 21-5 at the halfway mark of the season. Next up is one of the most important series of the season. This weekend, the Patriots will host a three-game against nationally-ranked UNC Wilmington. The #29 Seahawks (17-6) are in first in the Colonial Athletic Association, one game ahead of second-place Mason. Friday's game will be at 3 p.m., Saturday's at 2 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m. The last time the teams met, Mason eliminated top-seeded UNCW from the CAA Tournament in Wilmington, N.C. The Patriots are 17-15 all-time at Spuhler Field against UNC Wilmington.
After sending the minimum nine to the plate in the first three innings (thanks to two Georgetown double plays), the Patriots finally broke through in the fourth. Henderson hit a one-out single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Krieger double to right-center. Krieger went to third on a Bour single and scored on Ryan Soares' sacrifice fly to center for a 2-0 Mason lead.
Georgetown got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Dan Godefroi led off the inning with a homer off the top of the scoreboard in right-center. Pfaeffle came back to strike out the next three batters running his total to nine through five innings. In the sixth, after striking out the leadoff batter, Pfaeffle gave up a double and a walk, giving way to Ben Reade who got a pair of strikeouts to keep it a 2-1 game.
The Patriots got some separation in the sixth when Henderson singled and Krieger followed with his ninth homer of the year. The blast on a 2-1 pitch landed over the fence in center to make it a 4-1 game. In the seventh, Shane Davis led off with a double down the rightfield line and scored on a Hill single to right to make it a four-run game. Hill was thrown out trying to take second on a wild pitch but Brent Weiss followed with a walk, Spencer Wiggins hit a two-out single to left and Henderson singled up the middle to make it 6-1.