George Mason Rallies For 3 Runs in the 9th to Overtake GW Baseball, 8-7
May 2, 2006
ARLINGTON, VA - Trialing 7-5 in the top of the ninth inning, George Mason University (19-26) scored three times to defeat George Washington University (18-26) 8-7 Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials had broken a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning on two RBI infield singles and a run producing fielder's choice.
But the Patriots loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and used a fielder's choice RBI ground out and two RBI singles to manufacture the game-winning run and beat GW for the second time this season.
After taking a 5-2 lead through five innings, Mason struck for three runs in the seventh to tie the contest, 5-5. Centerfielder Robby Jacobsen doubled home a run and designated hitter Casey Slattery singled home two more to tie the game. A Colonial error keyed the rally as all three runs scored in the inning were unearned.
After the first two batters of the bottom of the seventh inning were retired, GW loaded the bases and plated two runs on infield hits from pinch hitter Chris Marsicano (Old Tappan, NJ / Bergen Catholic) and second baseman Bryan Hwang (Northvale, NJ / Northvale) to take a 7-5 advantage.
Hwang posted his first career three-hit game with a 3-for-5 performance.
The Colonials out-hit the Patriots 14-13 as GW has now tallied 31 hits over its last two games.
Five different Mason hitters collected two hits including Slattery who also knocked in two runs.
RHP Pat Lehman (Fairlawn, NJ / Fairlawn) started for the Colonials and was effective in his 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out a career-high eight hitters.
RHP Tim Sexton (1-6) was victimized during the Patriots' three-run ninth inning rally and took the loss.
Mason used five pitchers in the game as reliever Phil Stone (1-2) took the win and RHP Jordan Flasher picked up the save (4).
GW travels to College Park, MD, Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. game against Maryland.
The Colonials return home this weekend for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series with Saint Louis University.
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