Mason Bats Go Cold in 6-2 Loss to Delaware
April 7, 2007
The weather was cold at Spuhler Field on Saturday and so were the George Mason baseball team's bats as the Patriots managed just a pair of runs and only eight hits against Delaware as the Blue Hens took a 6-2 win over the Patriots in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Billy Harris shutdown Mason allowing just seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out seven. After giving up a leadoff hit in the fifth, he did not allow a hit the rest of the day, retiring seven straight before hitting Chris Fournier in the seventh. He then struck out Scott Krieger on his 116th pitch, ending the seventh inning. Mason starter Mike Modica gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks in five and one-third innings while striking out seven.
Delaware got on the board first as Adam Tsakonas singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Bill Merkler single up the middle. Mason responded behind Jason Bour's solo homer in the bottom of the inning. In the third, Delaware retook the lead as Ryan Jablonski had a leadoff single, then with two outs, Bryan Hagerich and Tsakonas hit back-to-back singles to make it 2-1. The Patriots again answered right back behind a Fournier one-out single and a Krieger RBI double.
The Blue Hens quickly retook the lead with a two-out solo homer from Jablonski in the fourth, his third homer of the year. Brandon Menchaca followed with a double to center and Alex Buchholz singled up the middle to make it 4-2. Mason had a great chance to answer in the bottom of the fourth when Bour led off with a double and Ryan Uphouse followed with a single but Dan Palumbo flew out to shallow right, Brent Weiss struck out swinging and Spencer Wiggins grounded out to third.
The score stayed 4-2 until the seventh when Buchholz led off with a double to left and Hagerich followed with a single up the middle to make it 5-2. A double play ball seemed to quell the rally but Merkler followed with a blast to left for a 6-2 lead. Bour and Fournier each had two hits for Mason while Jablonski, Menchaca, Buchholz, Hagerich, Tsakonas and Merkler each had two hits for Delaware. David Slovak pitched the final two innings for the Blue Hens, allowing just one hit. Mason's T.J. O'Grady also went the final two innings, also allowing just one hit.
The Patriots and Blue Hens conclude their series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Junior Dan Jaycox (1-0) will start for Mason while senior Chad Kerfoot (0-2) will go for Delaware.