Baseball Uses Dominant Pitching to Beat Maryland
April 6, 2010
Fairfax, Va. - The George Mason baseball team entered Tuesday's contest with Maryland 13th in the nation in scoring, averaging 9.1 runs per contest. Needless to say, Mason found itself locked in a pitching duel with the Terrapins, one the Patriots were more than happy to win behind a pair of sixth-inning sacrifice bunts as Mason took a 3-1 victory over Maryland. The Patriots allowed just two hits and three walks in the game and no earned runs while turning three double plays.
In the sixth, Brig Tison singled to left to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and Ryan Soares was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Matthew Passauer came on in relief for the Terrapins and the first batter he faced was Mark Hill, who sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Shane Davis got Tison home with a sharp single to right and Dan Palumbo's sacrifice bunt made it 3-0 as Soares scored.
Mason had scored the games first run in the second when, with two outs, Brett Hendricks dropped a single into right-center and Chris Cook followed with a triple down the rightfield line. The Terrapins' lone run came in the eighth when Dan Gentzler reached on a two-base error by Hill, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Rozak and scored on a Jack Cleary suicide squeeze bunt to make it 3-1.
Nick Kendrick got a no-decision despite being brilliant in four innings off work. After allowing a double to leadoff the game, he did not surrender another hit until Matt Marquis led off the fifth with a high chopper up the middle. Kendrick instinctively reached for it with his pitching hand and after Marquis was safe at first, Kendrick had to leave the game, giving way to T.J. O'Grady. O'Grady did not allow a hit or walk in two innings or work before giving way to Anthony Montefusco. The freshman reliever pitched the final three innings allowing no hits to pick up his second career save.
The Patriots return to action on Wednesday when they play at George Washington in Arlington's Barcroft Park at 3 p.m. Ryan Pfaeffle is scheduled to start for Mason.