The George Mason baseball team went to Hempstead,
N.Y., on Friday afternoon and the Patriots were unable to pick up their first
Colonial Athletic Association win of the season as Mason fell to Hofstra, 9-5.
For the Patriots, it was the first loss at Hofstra since March of 2007.
In a duel between two of the top 10 starting
pitchers in the CAA, Hofstra's David D'Errico allowed just two runs in eight
innings, scattering 11 hits without a walk. Mason's A.J. Johnson
didn't allow a
run until the fifth inning but his line saw him give up six runs in six and
one-third inning, allowing 12 hits and no walks. The Pride had a season-high 18
hits as they also had six hits and three runs against Mason reliever Brandon
Bartlett. Hofstra reliever Bryan Verbitsky allowed three runs in one-third of
an inning as the Patriots put three on the board in the ninth but couldn't
overcome the seven-run deficit. Jeff Guthridge picked up the save.
Mason struck first in the game. After a leadoff
single amounted to nothing in the first and the Patriots had runners on second
and third with just one out in the second, they finally put runs across in the
third when Chris Cook
singled, went to second on a ground out and scored on a
two-out Shane Davis
double. Davis came home on a Blaise Fernandez
nearly added to the lead in the fourth when three straight singles loaded the
bases with one out, but Brig Tison
grounded into a double play to end the
The Pride took the lead for good in the fifth. With
one out, Kenny Jackson hit a ball to center that the wind played games with. In
the end, it fell out of reach of Jeremy Haas
for a triple. Logan Davis singled
to make it 2-1 and after Dylan Nasiatka doubled, Matt Ford doubled to make it
2-2. Nasiatka came home on Danny Poma's sacrifice fly. The Pride added an
insurance run in the sixth when Joe Perez led off with a single, took second on
a sacrifice bunt and came home on a two-out single by Jackson.
In the seventh, Johnson's game came to an end after
allowing two home runs, both solo shots, to Poma and Perez. In the eighth,
Jackson led off with his fourth hit, went to second on a ground out and came
home on a Nasiatka single. After Ford singled, Nasiatka came home on Poma's
fielder's choice, which erased Ford from the base paths. Poma stole second and
scored on a Jared Hammer single.
Mason's ninth-inning rally saw the first four
batters reach in the inning. Danny Lyons
was hit by a pitch and Nick Allen
his second homer of the year. Chris Cook
, who had three hits in the game, was
hit by a pitch and Tison doubled to put runners on second and third. Davis
singled to make it 9-5 but Fernandez lined into a double play as Hammer made an
excellent play at first to end the contest.
The Patriots return to action on Saturday when they
face the Pride at 10:30 a.m.