Krieger Has Three RBI and Flasher Slams the Door as Baseball Downs Delaware
April 6, 2007
The George Mason baseball team overcame a three-run first-inning deficit and then withstood several late Delaware rallies as the Patriots downed the Blue Hens 7-6 in the opener of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Spuhler Field. Scott Krieger hit his CAA-leading 13th homer of the season and J.J. Pannell picked up his sixth win while Jordan Flasher had his fourth save.
Delaware's first-inning runs came via the long ball as Ryan Jablonski led off the game with a single, Brandon Menchaca reached on a fielding error and Bryan Hagerich hit a one-out three-run homer to left. Mason (14-15, 9-6) got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Krieger hit his blast, a two-out solo shot, also to left.
In the fourth, Delaware (7-16, 3-7) once again made it a three-run lead when Danny Overcash homered to left. But Mason once again rallied in the bottom of the frame, this time for two runs. Chris Romanow reached on a fielding error to lead off an inning and Chris Henderson followed with an infield single. Justin Bour then walked to load the bases and Jason Bour followed with a sacrifice fly to center that made it 4-2. Henderson went to third on the play and he scored on Dan Palumbo safety squeeze bunt.
In the fifth, the Patriots took their first lead. Spencer Wiggins led off with an infield single and Chris Fournier doubled down the leftfield line. Scott Krieger followed with a single up the middle to make it 5-4. Mason extended the lead in the sixth as Jason Bour reached on an infield single and Dan Palumbo's sacrifice bunt was thrown away by the third baseman, Jablonski. With runners on second and third and the infield in, Brent Weiss singled down the rightfield line to make it 7-4.
Delaware got a run back in the seventh via a two-out solo homer from Menchaca. In the eighth, Delaware made it a one-run game when Hagerich reached on a single, went to second on a groundout and scored on a Ryan Englehart single to left. That's when Flasher came on in relief, striking out Overcash to end the inning and punching out two more Delaware batters in the ninth for the save. He now has eight career saves which ties him for third on the school's career saves list.
The Patriots and Blue Hens continue their series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Sophomore lefthander Mike Modica (2-3) will start for Mason while senior lefthander Billy Harris (1-1) will go for Delaware.