Baseball Opens Season at No. 1 Clemson

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J.J. Pannell gets the start for Mason in the season opener on Friday.
J.J. Pannell gets the start for Mason in the season opener on Friday.

Feb. 15, 2007

The George Mason baseball team opens the 2007 season on Friday when the Patriots play what will undoubtedly be their toughest opponent of the year. Mason will play at No. 1 Clemson as the Patriots come off a 20-31 year. Clemson was 53-16, went to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th straight year and advanced to the College World Series.

Mason is 0-6 all-time against the Tigers and 49-87-1 all-time against current Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Mason is 20-14 all-time against Maryland but has a losing record against all other ACC teams. Since beating a nationally-ranked N.C. State team in 2004, the Patriots have gone 1-6 against the ACC with just a 2-0 win over Virginia Tech in 2005.

The Patriots will start a junior, a sophomore and a freshman this weekend. J.J. Pannell will go to the bump in the season opener. He had a 2-5 record last year with a 7.61 ERA. He also had a save. Mike Modica will take the ball on Saturday. The sophomore is 3-3 with a 7.97 ERA in his career. Freshman Ryan Brecko is slated to make his first collegiate pitching appearace on Sunday. The Tigers counter with junior P.J. Zocchi (6-0, 2.81 ERA, 7 GS), junior David Kopp (6-2, 4.32 ERA, 7 GS) and sophomore Ryan Hinson (4-0, 3.82 ERA, 1 GS).

Mason's projected starting lineup has two first-year players, four sophomores and three juniors. Junior Jason Bour returns at catcher and sophomores Brent Weiss, Ryan Uphouse, Scott Krieger and Spencer Wiggins return at shortstop, third base, left field and center field, respectively. Junior Chris Fournier returns after a medical redshirt season last year and is expected to be at second base. Junior Chris Romanow is expected to be at designated hitter while freshmen Justin Bour and Ryan Brecko are anticipated to be the starters at first base and right field.

Friday's contest begins at 4 p.m., Saturday's game is at 2 p.m. and Sunday's contest is at Noon. Friday's game can be followed live online at: by clicking here.



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