FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason baseball team (10-15) fell to Georgetown (12-12) 16-9 at Spuhler Field in the first of two matchups this season.
The Hoyas recorded a season-high 19 hits to score their 16 runs, also a season-high. The Patriots put up 13 hits to score nine while committing no errors in the contest.
Saul Aguilera made his third start of the season and was one of seven Patriot pitchers to appear in the game. Aguilera lasted the first one and one-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits as Georgetown scored two in the first and four more in the second inning for the early 6-0 lead.
Mason answered back with three in the bottom half of the second with Kent Blackstone doing all the work to score the first run. He led off the frame with his seventh triple of the year to deep center field and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-1. Brady Acker and Ray Toto also doubled in the inning and Tyler Nelin recorded an RBI single to put the score at 6-3 after two complete.
The Hoyas put up one more run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 10-3 advantage. Nick Collins was the star of the day for Georgetown, going 5-5 at the plate with two runs and five RBI, three of which came on a first pitch fastball from Taylor Hunt in the second inning.
Toto recorded his second RBI of the day in the bottom of the sixth, singling home Acker after he singled and stole second base. Georgetown put the run back on the board in the top of the seventh and added five more in the top of the eighth to take a 16-4 lead.
Derek Evans and Tim Turner pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth and both reach base to lead off. Jake Kalish walked to load the bases before a wild pitch scored Evans. After a Garett Driscoll walk Toto doubled for the second time for his third and fourth RBI's of the day. A groundout scored the final run of the inning and Kalish drove home the final run of the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out RBI double to left-center field for the 16-9 final.
Acker and Toto each compiled three hits and scored at least once. Aguilera moved to 1-1 this season with the loss.
Mason begins an Atlantic 10 Conference series on the road at Fordham on Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.