GW Baseball Edged by George Mason, 6-5, in Ninth
Albright Fans Seven in Strong Start
April 30, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - In a battle of future A-10 Conference foes, GW (16-29) got off to an early 2-0 lead against George Mason after freshman Nolan Lodden and senior Tyler McCarthy singled in the bottom of the first and were driven in on a two-out RBI single by senior Derek Brown followed by a double by freshman Eric Kalman. However, George Mason scored three unanswered runs in the final three innings, including the winning run with two outs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Colonials, 6-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
George Mason (16-31) immediately answered GW's early knocks when in the top of the second the Patriots took a 3-2 lead by scoring three unearned runs on three doubles.
The Colonials tied it up in the fourth when Kalman led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on an error after senior Matthew Murakami beat out a bunt single. GW then regained a 5-3 edge in the fifth, as senior Justin Albright and Lodden led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up to second and third, and each scored on consecutive RBI groundouts by junior Owen Beightol and McCarthy, respectively.
The Patriots scored single runs in each of the final three innings, beginning their comeback in the seventh with a leadoff double and a one-out RBI single to make it 5-4. In the eighth, Mason catcher Patrick Esposito tripled to center and scored on a single by left fielder Duncan Satherlie to tie it up. Later in the ninth, Mason third baseman Derek Evans led off with a double. After back-to-back groundouts, junior Craig LeJeune relieved freshman Luke Olson, but Esposito singled up the middle to drive in the go-ahead run.
Sean Cabrera started the bottom of the ninth for the Patriots and ran into immediate trouble, as Kalman led off with a single and freshman Matthieu Robért walked with one out. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Cabrera intentionally walked Albright to load the bases and faced a 3-1 count on the next batter before tossing back-to-back strikes for the game-ending strikeout.
Albright tossed 5.1 solid innings in the start. He allowed three runs - all unearned - on seven hits, walking none and striking out seven. Olson (0-2) was tagged with the loss, as he gave up one run on a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings of work.
Tyler Mocabee (1-0) earned the win for Mason after tossing three perfect innings in relief of starter Tanner Love, who gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in five innings, and Cabrera earned his fourth save of the season.
Kalman went 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base to pace the Colonials at the plate. Lodden and McCarthy also had two hits for GW, and Lodden also scored twice.
Esposito went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and two runs scored to lead the Patriots offensively, while Evans and Satherlie had three hits apiece.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they visit Navy at 4 p.m.
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