Looze, Cooksey Break Career Records in Win Over Richmond
April 12, 2005
Matt Cooksey's first-inning steal of second base moved him into first place all-time on the Mason career stolen bases list. After recording four steals against the Spiders, he finished the game with 93 steals, breaking Lonnie Goldberg's career mark of 89. Looze's two-run double in the third gave him four RBI in the game, moving him past volunteer assistant coach Greg Filson into first place on the school's career RBI list with 172. Filson set his mark in four years while Looze has needed just two-plus years to break it.
It took a long time before Cooksey or Looze had so much as a plate appearance in the game because Richmond was busy scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Mason starter Jared Petrovich struggled as the freshman lefthander was lifted with two outs in the inning after Richmond had batted around. Tyler Wingerd came on and got a strikeout to end the inning and the senior righthander cruised through the next four innings without allowing a hit to pick up his first win of the year. J.J. Pannell pitched the final three innings for his first save.
Mason scored three times in the bottom of the first, once in the second and five times in the third to take the lead. The Patriots added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to snap a four-game losing streak. Richmond has now lost seven straight heading into a weekend series against George Washington. John Cronin made his first career start for the Spiders and the senior lasted three innings, allowing eight hits, walking four and surrendering nine earned runs.
Ben Zeskind got things started off right for Richmond, walking, stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by catcher Robby Jacobsen. After a pop out by Alex Hale and a walk by Andrew Justice, Joe Mahoney singled to make it 1-0. Joe White's infield single loaded the bases and Anthony Sandstrom's single to left made it 2-0. Drew Poiter singled to make it 3-0 and a wild pitch allowed White to score for a 4-0 lead. Matt McKenna grounded out to first to make it 5-0 and an error by Tyler Youngs on Austin Reilly's slow roller made it 6-0. Zeskind singled to put runners on first and second before Wingerd came on and struck out Hale.
Cooksey wasted no time getting the record and putting Mason on the board. He drew a one-out walk and stole second. Looze singled to drive him home and make it 6-1. After Chris Fournier popped out, Jacobsen was hit by a pitch and Casey Slattery singled to bring home Looze and make it 6-2. Adam Innerst followed with a single to center to score Jacobsen and make it 6-3. In the second, Cooksey walked and stole second and Looze drove him home with a single to center.
Mason's big inning came in the third. Slattery drew a one-out walk and Barrett's two-out double put a pair of runners in scoring position. Youngs singled to make it 6-6 and York doubled to give Mason a 7-6 lead. Cooksey, Mason's career leader in walks, drew his third of the game and Looze followed with his record-tying and record-breaking double down the right field line.
The Patriots added a pair of solo home runs in the sixth as Jacobsen homered to left and Slattery homered over the netting behind the centerfield fence to make it 11-6. The final run came in the seventh when Cooksey walked for the fourth time, stole second and third and scored on a Fournier single. Cooksey scored four times and stole four bases in the game without an at-bat. Looze was 3 for 5 with four RBI while Slattery was 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs.
Richmond was led by Zeskind's 2 for 4 performance. He was the only Spider to have multiple hits in the game. Richmond managed just two hits after Petrovich left the game with two outs in the first.
Mason returns to action on Friday when it begins a three-game home series against CAA foe Hofstra.