Jaycox Hurls Gem, Fournier Provides Big Blow in Tournament Win
May 24, 2007
Wilmington, N.C. - The George Mason baseball team got a tremendous start from Dan Jaycox and Chris Fournier hit his first collegiate grand slam as part of a six-run second inning as the Patriots beat Georgia State 10-2 in an elimination game in the six-team double-elimination CAA Baseball Tournament. Mason will await the result of games later in the day on Thursday to determine their Friday opponent.
Jaycox allowed six hits, four walks and two runs in nine innings while striking out four as Mason snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. It was the first complete game of Jaycox' career. Mason took advantage of three walks, two hit batters and a Georgia State error to manufacture runs. In one inning, Mason scored twice without a hit.
The Panthers got on the board first as Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas homered to center with one out in the first. Another hit and a walk put Georgia State in position for a big inning but Mason starter Dan Jaycox escaped after a pair of innocent flyouts. The Patriots responded in the first when Scott Krieger singled with one out and he scored on a Justin Bour double to right-center.
Mason took its first lead of the tournament in the bottom of the second. Chris Henderson walked, Chris Romanow singled and Dan Palumbo reached on a fielder's choice when Georgia State starter Will Palmer tried to get the lead runner on his sacrifice bunt. Instead, Henderson was safe at first and the bases were loaded. Brent Weiss' infield single plated Henderson for a 2-1 lead and with the bases still loaded, Spencer Wiggins walked on a 3-2 pitch for a 3-1 lead. Chris Fournier broke the game open after that with his 14th homer of the year, giving Mason a 7-1 lead.
In the third, Mason added a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit. Henderson walked, Romanow reached on an error and Palumbo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After Weiss flew out to right, Wiggins was hit by a pitch to bring home Henderson and Fournier narrowly missed a second grand slam when he hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track to make it 9-1.
Mason starter Dan Jaycox, meanwhile, deftly worked his way through the Georgia State lineup. He didn't allow a hit after the first inning until the sixth, when Georgia State had back-to-back one-out singles from Luke Gordan and Matt Van Horn. Once again a pair of flyouts to center ended the inning without any more trouble.
The Patriots added an insurance run in the seventh as Justin Bour doubled, Jason Bour singled and Henderson singled to make it 10-1. Georgia State got it back in the eighth as Charlie Pelt singled, Gordon was hit by a pitch and after a flyout moved Pelt to third, he scored on a Aeden McQueary ground out to make it 10-2.
With the win, Mason (27-26) advances to Friday's round when the Patriots will play either Delaware or VCU at Noon. Those two teams play Thursday night at 7 p.m. and the Patriots will take on the loser of that game. Mason has now won 35 games all time in the CAA Tournament, the most of any active CAA school, breaking a tie with James Madison. The Patriots have also won at least one game in every tournament appearance since 2000.