Six-Run Seventh Pushes Patriots Past Towson, 11-8
April 28, 2007
Towson, Md. - The George Mason baseball team again rallied in the back third of the game, posting its biggest inning in seven weeks, and the Patriots earned their 12th win in the past 17 games as Mason downed Towson, 11-8 in Colonial Athletic Association action at Schuerholz Park in Towson, Md. Jordan Flasher broke the single-season school record by picking up his 11th save of the year.
Mike Laird had a career-high three RBI, Scott Krieger had three RBI and Justin Bour had four hits as the Patriots improved to 23-20 on the year, 12-9 in the CAA. Towson fell to 16-23, 7-12. Mike Modica (4-5) picked up the win in relief for Mason.
Towson threatened first, loading the bases in the first but failing to get a run home. That allowed Mason to take an early lead as Justin Bour and Jason Bour led off the second with singles, they advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Henderson and scored for a 2-0 lead on Mike Laird's RBI single.
Towson took the lead in the third, capitalizing on the first error of the series. Kevin Collins reached on a leadoff single and Kyle Skellchuck walked with one out. Brian Conley then hit what should have been an inning-ending double play, but Chris Fournier mishandled the ball at second and Collins came around to score from second. Ryan Schreiter singled to load the bases and with two outs Gary Helmick hit a bases-clearing double to put the Tigers up 4-2.
Mason got a run back in the fourth when Justin Bour led off with a homer, his 12th of the year but just his second since March 25. The freshman first baseman fell behind 0-2 but managed a 10-pitch at-bat before knocking the 3-2 offering over the 365-foot sign in left-center.
The Tigers took no time getting the run back, and then some. Again Towson used a Mason error this time by shortstop Brent Weiss. With Nick Natoli on first, Collins hit a slow roller to Weiss who bobbled it allowing both runners to be safe. Hans Falkenhan followed with a walk and Skellchock singled to left to make it 6-3. Falkenhan later scored on a ground out and Towson had a four-run cushion.
Mason made it 7-4 in the fifth when Brent Weiss led off with a single to center and Spencer Wiggins followed with a bunt single. The third baseman, Falkenhan, committee a throwing error on the play and both runners moved into scoring position. With one out, Krieger grounded out to bring home Weiss. Two innings later, still tailing by the same score, Mason pulled to within one.
Weiss led off with a double and Wiggins followed with a walk. Weiss took third on a Fournier flyout to center and a throwing error by the pitcher allowed Weiss to score. Wiggins, who was running on the play, went to third, and he came home on a Krieger single to left, making it 7-6. The scoring wasn't done as Justin Bour doubled to left and Jason Bour brought home Krieger on a long sacrifice fly to left making it 7-7. After Henderson reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, Greg Furmanek, Mike Laird doubled down the leftfield line to bring home Justin Bour. Dan Paumbo followed with a first-pitch single to left and Mason led 10-7. The six runs were the most Mason has scored in an inning since March 10.
The Patriots added an insurance run in the eighth when Krieger hit his CAA-leading 17th homer of the season, a shot the other way off the scoreboard high on the hill beyond the rightfield fence. After Towson started the ninth with a runner reaching on an error and a double, Flasher entered the game and after a run-scoring single, he got a double play and a strikeout to end the game.
The Patriots and Tigers will conclude their series on Sunday when the two teams play at Schuerholz Park at 1 p.m.