Baseball Falls in Series Opener at Northeastern, 6-3
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Baseball Falls in Series Opener at Northeastern, 6-3

BOSTON - The George Mason baseball team scored first on a Josh Leemhuis RBI single in the first inning, but the Northeastern Huskies responded in the bottom half and never trailed again, earning a 6-3 victory in the opening game of the two teams' Colonial Athletic Association series at Friedman Diamond. Mason snapped a six-game winning streak, falling to 23-12 (9-7 CAA), while the Huskies improved to 4-9 in conference, 14-15 overall.

Anthony Montefusco (4-2) started and pitched six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits while fanning six Huskies as he took his second loss of the season. For NU, Andrew Leenhouts improved to 4-2 after 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs while walking five and striking out six Patriots. Dylan Maki came on in the seventh and finished the game, earning his first save of the year.

Mason's offense was led by a three-hit day for senior Zack Helgeson, while Mick Foley went 2-for-4, as the duo accounted for more than half of the Patriots' eight hits. Aaron Barbosa was 4-for-5 while Jon Leroux and Jason Vosler each drove in a pair of runs to pace the Husky offense.

After Brig Tison walked and Helgeson singled through the left side, Leemhuis drove the ball to center field, dropping in a base hit and allowing Tison to score from second. Both Helgeson and Leemhuis moved up 90 feet on a Leenhouts wild pitch, but the Patriots were held to one run in the opening frame.

NU answered in the bottom half, plating Barbosa and Matt Miller after Leroux's sacrifice fly to left and a Vosler double to deep right field. It made the score 2-1, and after a scoreless second, Leroux's single through the left side allowed Barbosa to score and gave the Huskies a 3-1 advantage.Two more runs came home for NU in the bottom of the fourth, after Barbosa's RBI base hit up the middle and a John Puttress sacrifice fly left the score 5-1.

Mason, which was held hitless from the second through the sixth innings,  cut the deficit to three runs in the seventh inning after Tison beat out Vosler's throw from second on a grounder with the bases loaded, allowing Blaise Fernandez to score from third. The Huskies answered on Vosler's RBI single to left center in the bottom half, his second RBI which brought in Miller from third and made it a 6-2 game.

The Patriots added their final run on Foley's RBI single through the left side in the eighth, scoring Helgeson after he led off the inning with a double to left. Mason left runners on the corners in the eighth and got two runners on with no outs in the ninth, but NU turned a double play and induced a ground out by Helgeson to end the game.

Mason will look to even the series when the teams meet for game two on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.

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