GW Baseball Drops Middle Game to George Mason, 7-3
Sunday's Rubber Match Will Decide Series and Revolutionary Rivalry Point
April 5, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team raced out to a 3-0 lead, but seven unanswered runs allowed George Mason to even the series as the Colonials fell, 7-3, to the Patriots on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (8-19, 2-6 A-10) took an early lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The sequence started on a leadoff infield single by junior Ryan Xepoleas. Sophomore Matthieu Robert followed with a double to left center field which advanced Xepoleas to third and freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly lifted a sacrifice fly to center to put GW on top, 1-0.
After a single by freshman Kevin Mahala, freshman Eli Kashi followed with a sacrifce bunt squeeze which scored Robert from third and put the Colonials up 2-0. Later in the inning, Mahala scored from third base on a pickoff attempt, which put GW ahead 3-0.
GW's starter Jacob Williams did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth, when George Mason (16-10, 4-2 A-10) plated four runs on four hits to take a 4-3 lead.
Freshman Eddie Muhl relieved Williams in the seventh and Mason took advantage of a fielding error to score a run and extend its lead to 5-3. The Patriots added two runs on three hits in the eighth to push the lead to 7-3.
GW was unable to mount a comeback as Mason's Mark Maskimow pitched a scoreless ninth to clinch the win.
Williams took the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Jared Gaynor earned the win for George Mason with eight innings of three-run ball, allowing nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Robert (2-for-4, one double, one run) and freshman Bobby Campbell (2-for-3, one walk) each finished with multiple hits to lead the Colonials.
The winner of Sunday's rubber match will earn a point in the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry standings, which is currently tied at 6-6.
First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 12 p.m.