Baseball Pounds Maryland, 20-6 to Sweep Season Series
April 27, 2010
College Park, Md. - The George Mason baseball team played its longest game of the season but despite almost four hours of action, the contest was never in doubt as the Patriots pounded Maryland for 20 runs on 19 hits as Mason beat the Terrapins, 20-6 on Tuesday at Shipley Field. Mason swept the season series from Maryland for the first time since 2002.
Ryan Soares hit a pair of home runs, the first multi-homer game by any Patriot this season, snapping an 89 at-bat homerless streak. The senior shortstop who entered the game 10th in the nation in RBI per game was 2 for 4 with six RBI and he also hit his 12th sacrifice fly of the season. He leads the nation in that category and is just two away from tying the single-season record for sacrifice flies. Dan Palumbo and Dan Schafferman each had multiple RBI as well while Jeremy Haas had four hits.
Mason started the scoring in the first when Soares hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the inning, Alfredo Rodriguez reached on an error and scored on a delayed double steal to make it 2-1. In the third, Mason put a three-spot on the board as Haas doubled, Tison singled and Soares' sacrifice fly made it 3-1. Mark Hill's RBI double brought home Tison and Hill, who went to third on a Shane Davis ground out, scored on a Palumbo bunt base hit.
The Patriots added another pair in the fifth when Hill was hit by a pitch, Davis singled and after a Palumbo ground out, Schafferman drove home Hill for a five-run lead. Brett Hendricks's sacrifice bunt brought home Davis to make it 7-1. In the sixth, the Patriots plated four runs as Tison singled, Hill and Davis drew back-to-back two-out walks and Palumbo hit a two-run double. Schafferman followed with a two-run single to make it 11-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Maryland got three runs back. First Dan Gentzler singled, then Dan Poutier doubled to make it 11-2. Mike Rozak and Rodriguez hit back-to-back doubles to bring two more runs in and make it 11-4. Mason had one of its biggest innings of the year in the seventh when the Patriots plated seven runs sending 12 batters to the plate. Chris Cook led off with a bunt single, Haas singled and Soares hit a three-run homer. Hill walked, Davis singled and Palumbo was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Schafferman walked to make it 15-4. A wild pitch brought home Davis and after Hendricks walked to load the bases again, Cook walked to make it 17-4. Another wild pitch brought home Schafferman for a 14-run lead.
The Terrapins got a pair back in the seventh when Jordan Hagel reached on an error and scored on an Antonio Perez double. Perez then stole third and scored on a Gary Schneider sacrifice fly. Mason added a run each in the eighth and ninth. In the eighth, Aaron Tenney singled, Palumbo and Schafferman were hit by pitches and a wild pitch plated Tenney. In the ninth, Cook was hit by a pitch, went to second on a single, took third on a fielder's choice and came home to score on Nick Allen's ground out.
The Patriots will return to action on Friday when they travel to Georgia State for a critical Colonial Athletic Association series.