Baseball Falls to George Mason, 9-8
April 7, 1998
FAIRFAX, Va.– A three-run error with two outs in the bottom of the inning lifted George Mason to a 9-8 victory over Virginia in a non-conference college baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field.
The victory broke a three-game losing streak for George Mason, which improved to 13-16, while Virginia lost its second straight game to fall to 18-14-1.
The Patriots entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 8-5, but Cavaliers sophomore reliever Tim LaVigne (0-4) walked junior Aaron Lough, freshman Eddie Jordan and sophomore Mark Gibbs to load the bases with no outs. After freshman Scott Young (2-5) struck out, junior Trevor Haas’s groundout allowed Lough to score, but sophomore Greg Filson drew a walk to reload the bases. Senior Trey Mosgovoy (3-5, two runs batted in) then sent a drive to right-center field, where Virginia right fielder junior Julian Gonzalez fell and had the ball go off his glove for a two-base error as the winning run scored.
Virginia got on the board in the top of the third as LaVigne doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball. The Cavaliers made it 4-0 in the sixth as senior E.J. Anderson (2-4), senior Ryan Gilleland (2-5, 2 RBI) and junior Javier Lopez (2-4) hit consecutive singles ahead of a double by sophomore Josh Bowling.
George Mason rallied with four runs in its half of the sixth to tie the score. Consecutive singles by Yeager and Haas and a walk to Filson loaded the bases before Mosgovoy hit a two-run single to right field. Freshman Derek Morrison, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, drove in Filson with a fielder’s choice, but he was picked off first base ahead of senior Lee Kansteiner’s third home run of the season.The Cavaliers scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings on singles by senior Brian Sherlock (2-4) and freshamn Mark Rueffert, respectively, before Gilleland’s two-run double in the ninth gave Virginia an 8-5 lead.
The late-game fireworks overshadowed solid pitching offorts by the two starters, Virginia freshamn Brandon Creswell and George Mason sophomore Mike Steller. Creswell allowed six hits, walked three and struck out five in seven innings, while Stellar allowed 12 hits, walked none and struck out two in eight innings. Patriot senior Chris Aronson (5-3), who came on to get the final two outs in the top of the ninth, picked up the win for George Mason.
The Patriots host New York Tech Thursday at 8 p.m.
Line ScoreVirginia 001 003 112 - 8 13 1George Mason 000 004 014 - 9 8 3
Creswell, LaVigne (8) and Rueffert, Bowling (8); Stellar, Garofalo (9), Huller (9), Aronson (9) and Lough.
WP – Aronson (5-3). LP – LaVigne (0-4). HR – Kansteiner (GM), 6th, none on.