Baseball Season Ends in Extra Innings
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Baseball Season Ends in Extra Innings

The George Mason baseball team extended their season on Saturday afternoon, albeit by just an inning as the Patriots fell to Georgia State, 2-1 in 10 innings in the season finale for the Patriots. With the win, the Panthers earned a spot in the four-team Colonial Athletic Association Tournament which begins next week.

Mason led 1-0 heading into the eighth, the third straight game in which the Patriots got pitching. But the Panthers scored in the eighth and brought the game-winner across with one out in the ninth to deny Mason the role of spoiler.

In the top of the fifth, Nick Allen led off with a double, Danny Lyons singled to put runners on the corners and Chris Cook singled to make it 1-0. Cook finished the game with a season-high four hits. But in the eighth, Georgia State finally broke through. Reliever Brandon Kuter gave up a one-out walk to Rob Lind and Brandon Williams followed with a single to put runners on the corners. After Sean Cabrera came on to retire Ryan Fleming, Carter Sackett singled off reliever Neight Hoffa to make it 1-1.

Mason got the leadoff runner on in both the ninth and tenth but couldn't retake the lead. In the ninth, Mick Foley singled, went to second on a sacrifice, took third on a ground out, but was stranded there when Jordan Hill grounded out. In the tenth, Cook singled but never got past first base as reliever Jake Dyer, who picked up his third win of the year, got three straight outs. In the bottom of the tenth, Shane Hammond was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on a deep fly ball to center, and scored when Williams' liner to third was just over the glove of Blaise Fernandez against a drawn-in infield.

Ryan Pfaeffle threw five shutout innings as Mason pitching held Georgia State to just 17 hits over the three games and just eight runs. The Panthers have the second-best offense in the CAA.

The Patriots (21-32-1, 7-23) missed the CAA Tournament for just the third time in school history while Georgia State (37-19, 17-13) made it for the fourth time in the past five seasons. For the Patriots, it was the final game for Shane Davis, Danny Lyons and T.J. O'Grady. Davis, a fourth-year senior, is on the school's top 25 list in a dozen different categories including RBI, home runs, hits and games played. Lyons was in his second season with the team and started more games at catcher this year than any other player. Davis finished the year batting .302 while Lyons hit .297. O'Grady, a fifth-year senior, finished among the top 25 in school history in appearances.

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