Baseball Wins Second Straight Over Hofstra
April 12, 2008
Hempstead, N.Y. - The George Mason baseball team got a terrific start from Mike Modica and the Patriots got multiple hits from seven different players as the Patriots took their second straight win over Hofstra, beating the Pride 10-4 in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Modica pitched all nine innings for Mason, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out 10 batters. Justin Bour was 4 for 5 with an RBI, Josh Steinberg was 2 for 5 with three RBI, Scott Krieger was 2 for 5 with two RBI and Ryan Soares, Chris Henderson, Mark Hill and Shane Davis all had two hits in the game. Bour raised his season average to .440.
For the second straight day Mason got three runs in the first inning. Soares led off the game with as single, Bour singled with one out and Krieger walked to load the bases. Soares scored when the right fielder misplayed Hill's fly ball and Steinberg followed with a double to plate Bour and Krieger.
For the second straight day, Hofstra had an answer in the bottom of the second. With two outs and the bases empty, Hofstra got back-to-back hits and a home run to make it 3-3. Mason retook the lead in the fourth, though, as Ryan Uphouse led off with a single, Ryan Soares walked with one out and Bour's two-out single made it 4-3.
In the fifth, Mason got a pair of unearned runs. Hill walked and with one out, Davis singled. After both runners advanced on an Uphouse ground out, they scored on a two-out throwing error by the third baseman. In the sixth, Mason made it 7-3 when Henderson led off with a double and scored on a Krieger double.
Hofstra closed to within three in the bottom of the seventh, this time on a solo home run. But it was the penultimate hit on the day for Modica. Mason scored three times in the eighth to put the game away. Soares singled, Henderson was hit by a pitch and Bour singled to load the bases. Krieger, Hill and Steinberg all singled to make it 10-4. In the ninth, Hofstra got a leadoff double, but Modica struck out the next three batters to end the game.
Mason and Hofstra will conclude its three-game series on Sunday with game time set for 1 p.m.