Krieger's Blast Breaks Open Tie Game, Leads Patriots Past Georgetown
Scott Krieger did little damage his first three times at the plate but he was just saving it for when it counted the most as his three-run homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday broke a 4-4 tie and led the Patriots past Georgetown, 7-4. Krieger has hit two homers this week, pushing his Colonial Athletic Association-leading total to 15. He is currently tied for third in the country in home runs.
For the second straight day, Mason (16-17) scored in the first to establish an early lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Chris Fournier and Krieger hit back-to-back singles up the middle. Justin Bour followed with a bloop hit just beyond the shortstop and Mason led, 1-0. A wild pitch advanced the runners and they both scored on Jason Bour's double to left.
The Hoyas' response came in the third, largely through the help of Mason starter Trevor Rosenberg. With one out and no one on, Rosenberg walked Tom Elliott and Mark McLaughlin, hit Derek Degrijs and gave up a two-run single to Matt Bouchard. After an Matt Ianetta grounder erased the lead runner, Sean Baumann stuck out looking to end the rally and keep Mason ahead, 3-2.
Georgetown (12-21) took the lead in the fifth off reliever Kris Mengle. He walked Degrijs to lead off the inning and a perfect hit-and-run with Bouchard at the plate put runners on the corners with no one out. A wild pitch made it 3-3 and Ianetta's groundout moved Bouchard to third with one out. After Baumann fouled out to the catcher, Matt Harrigan singled through the right side to put the Hoyas ahead, 4-3.
Mason threatened in the bottom of the inning as Spencer Wiggins singled with one out and Fournier was hit by a pitch. But Krieger struck out and Justin Bour hit a drive into a stiff wind that was caught by a streaking Mark McLaughlin in right-centerfield to help Adleman protect the Georgetown lead. In the sixth, Georgetown threatened to extend its lead as Muir singled, went to second on a fielding error and took third on a Degrijs two-out single. But Muir wasn't satisfied and he tried to score on the play, only to be gunned down by Krieger at the plate.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mason tied the game as Jason Bour led off with a triple into the rightfield corner and he scored on Chris Romanow's groundout to second. In the seventh, Mason retook the lead as Wiggins and Fournier walked with one out and Krieger hit his home run, a line drive the other way over the rightfield wall. Jordan Flasher came in to pitch the ninth inning, picking up his fifth save, marking only the second time since 1998 that a Mason pitcher has managed five or more saves in a season.
The Patriots will return to action on Friday when they open a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series with James Madison. Game time in the opener is set for 3 p.m. with Saturday's game at 2 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m.