Patriots Get Revenge on Longwood; Game With Mount St. Mary's Cancelled
April 11, 2006
The George Mason Patriots avenged a loss from earlier this month by downing Longwood University, 4-3 on Tuesday at Spuhler Field in non-conference baseball action. Four players drove in runs for the Patriots who got three perfect innings from Jared Petrovich, three innings from winning pitcher Mike Modica (2-1), a scoreless inning from Billy Tinsley and a two-inning save from Jordan Flasher. Mason is now 13-19 on the season while Longwood fell to 18-18.
Mason will have two days off before playing a weekend Colonial Athletic Association series at James Madison. Mason's Wednesday game against Mount St. Mary's has been cancelled.
Neither team managed a base runner until the bottom of the third when Mason broke through after a leadoff walk to Mike Genovese. Brett Pomykala's double put runners on second and third with one out and Spencer Wiggins' grounder up the middle brought Genovese home for a 1-0 lead.
Longwood responded in the fourth as Tyler Ames was hit by a pitch, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nick von Gersdorff, and scored on a Tyler Childress double. Mason retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth with two unearned runs. Ryan Uphouse singled, stole second and advanced to third Genovese reached on a throwing error by von Gersdorff. Tyler Youngs reached on a fielder's choice that eliminated Genovese. When Youngs stole second, Longwood catcher Jon Quigley threw the ball onto the infield grass, allowing Uphouse to race home with the go-ahead run. Pomykala doubled to bring home Youngs for a 3-1 lead.
Mason made the score 4-1 in the sixth when Scott Krieger led off the inning with a solo homer to right-center, his third of the year. Things got interesting in the eighth when Flasher entered the game. He gave up a single to Quigley and a double to Paul Heidler before striking out Joe Bott and Robbie Bailey. Ryan Rowe singled to plate Quigley and Heidler but after an Ames walk, Brian Polgar grounded out to end the threat.
The Lancers threatened with two out in the ninth as Quigley singled to left, but Flasher fanned Heidler to end the game and pick up his second save of the season. Kevin Light took the loss for Longwood, falling to 2-5. He allowed two earned runs in five and one-third innings. Alan Moore allowed just one hit in the final two and two-third innings.
Pomykala was the lone Patriot with multiple hits, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Quigley was 3 for 5 for Longwood while Rowe was 2 for 4 with two RBI.