#27 Baseball Sweeps Hofstra Behind Henderson's Four-Hit Day
April 26, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - The 27th-ranked George Mason baseball team scored six runs in its final three at-bats as it held off a fierce Hofstra rally to defeat the Pride, 9-5 at Spuhler Field on Sunday. For Mason, it was the sixth time this season in as many tries that the Patriots have won a CAA series and the second three-game sweep for Mason which remains in first place in the CAA. The Patriots are now 34-8 on the year, 14-4 in the CAA. Hofstra fell to 6-27, 2-16.
Chris Henderson was 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBI while Mark Hill was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Kris Mengle picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the year while Jordan Flasher got his sixth save, extending his school record for career saves to 24.
Hofstra got on the board in the first inning for the second straight day. Tom Legregni singled up the middle, stole second and scored on a Matt Prokopowicz bloop single to left with two outs. Mason got the run back in the bottom of the frame on Henderson's solo homer to left-center. Mason took the lead in the second when Ryan Soares led off with a double to left, went to third on a Shane Davis infield single and scored on a Hill single to center. The Patriots made it 3-1 in the third when Henderson led off with a double, went to third on a deep fly ball to center off the bat of Scott Krieger and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Bour.
The Pride cut into the lead in the sixth when Prokopowicz led off the inning with a homer. With one out, Chris Mentrasti led singled to end Mengle's outing and bring on Ryan Brecko. After Jim Best singled to put runners on the corners, Brecko got a strikeout and a ground out to keep it a 3-2 game.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Patriots got some separation. Bour singled to lead off the inning and he went to second when Soares was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Aaron Tenny's infield single loaded the bases with no outs and Hill singled to left to make it 5-2. Tenney eventually scored when he went to third on Ryan Uphouse's fielder's choice and scored on a throwing error by Mentrasti at short.
Hofstra rallied in the eighth against Mason reliever Shawn Griffith as Scott A'Hara walked, Mentrasti singled and Best walked to load the bases. A single up the middle by Adam Perlo made it 6-4 and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position with one out, ending Griffith's outing and bringing in Flasher. Mark Stuckless' sacrifice fly to center made it 6-5 before Flasher got Legregni to ground out to end the threat.
Not surprisingly, Mason got the runs back in the eighth. Brent Weiss walked, went to second on an Uphouse sacrifice bunt and scored on a Henderson single to center. Krieger followed with his 17th homer of the year, a blast just over the wall in left to make it 9-5.
Mason will return to action on Tuesday when the Patriots play at UMBC at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Mason will host Rider at 3:30 p.m.