Patriots Unable to Sweep Series From Old Dominion, Fall to Monarchs 13-6
May 6, 2007
The George Mason baseball team was unable to complete the series sweep of Old Dominion as the Monarchs' bats came to life and Mason struggled to score runs early. The result was a 13-6 Mason loss to Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association action at Spuhler Field. Despite coming up short on the sweep, the Patriots became the first team all season to win a series from Old Dominion, which slipped into a first-place tie with Virginia Commonwealth. Mason is currently fifth in the conference.
Mason start Mike Modica was unable to get out of the third inning after giving up seven runs as the Patriots' pitching, which had been so good in the first two games, finally faltered. Mason hurlers surrendered 10 walks on the day to go with 14 hits. There were also two hit batters. The Patriots are now 26-22 on the year, 14-11 in CAA action. The Patriots finished the home portion of their schedule with a 17-8 mark at Spuhler Field. Old Dominion is now 28-19 on the year, 15-8 in CAA play.
Old Dominion took its first lead of the series in the first inning when Chris Keenan, who had singled to lead off the game, scored from first on a groundout by David Burns. In the second, Nick Erdman drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a Tyler Belcher double and scored on a Cameron Scott groundout. Belcher eventually scored on a Keenan single for a 3-0 Monarch lead.
Mason threatened in the bottom of the second as Chris Romanow singled to center and Dan Palumbo doubled down the leftfield line. But Erdman made a diving catch in right to rob Brent Weiss of an RBI single, ending the inning. Modica got into more trouble in the third. After hitting Mike Zahm for the second time in the game, he gave up back-to-back two-out walks to Anthony Shawler and Erdman and then a grand slam to Belcher for a seven-run Old Dominion lead.
Mason finally got on the board in the third when Spencer Wiggins and Chris Fournier led off with back-to-back singles, advanced into scoring position on a Scott Krieger ground out and Wiggins scored on a Justin Bour ground out. The Monarchs wasted no time in getting back the run and then some. With one out and Zahm on second, Jake McAloose walked and Burns doubled to make it 8-1. Shawler followed with a sacrifice fly, Erdman singled up the middle and Scott singled to left for a 10-run lead.
Old Dominion added two more runs in the fifth. Keenan led off with a double, Zahm walked and McAloose singled to load the bases. Burns' sacrifice fly made it 12-1 but Zahm was thrown out on the play for two outs. After Shawler walked, Erdman reached on an infield single and McAloose scored on a throwing error by Fournier, the second baseman. That put the Monarchs ahead, 13-1.
Mason rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Krieger singled up the middle and he scored from first on a Justin Bour single. Jason Bour doubled to put runners in scoring position and Chris Henderson followed with a single to right to bring home Justin Bour. Jason Bour scored on a Romanow single to cut the deficit to 13-4. Mason's final runs came in the ninth. Justin Bour's 14th home run of the season made it 13-5 and a walk by Jason Bour and hits by Henderson and Palumbo made it 13-6.
Keenan finished the game 4 for 4 for Old Dominion while Belcher was 3 for 5 with four RBI and Erdman also had three hits. Henderson was 4 for 5 while Justin Bour was 2 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Krieger, meanwhile, had a streak of 10 straight games with an RBI snapped.
Due to final exams, the Patriots won't take the field again until May 17, when Mason opens a three-game set at UNC Wilmington, its final regular-season series of the year.