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Huskies' late-inning runs down the Patriots, 12-5; losing skid at five straight games

Hands in his jacket pockets and an agitated look on his face, George Mason baseball coach Bill Brown was visibly frustrated by his team’s effort following a 12-5 home loss to Northeastern University Friday afternoon. The loss was the team’s fifth straight and in each of those games the Patriots have stranded at least 10 base runners.

Mason stretches losing streak to four games with 7-5 home loss to Richmond

When George Mason freshman shortstop Brandon Gum grounded out in the ninth inning to end Wednesday’s game against Richmond, he stranded redshirt junior Josh Leemhuis, the tying run, on first base. It was a common occurrence for the Patriots in a 7-5 loss at home to the University of Richmond.

The loss extended Mason’s losing streak to four straight games and it was the second loss in as many days to the Spiders (14-3), the other coming on a 11-2 throttling at Pitt Field in Richmond on Tuesday night.

Mason baseball travels to Georgia State for first CAA action

Mason baseball opens CAA play in Atlanta against Georgia State this weekend (Photo courtesy of Mason Athletics). 

The George Mason University baseball team travels to Atlanta this weekend for their first taste of Colonial Athletic Association action against Georgia State University. The Patriots enter the weekend series with a record of 6-5, while the Panthers, rank second in the CAA with a record of 8-5.

Mason is powered by junior catcher Tucker Tobin, who leads the CAA with four home runs, and was named CAA player of the week on Feb. 26. Georgia St. meanwhile is led offensively by freshman outfielder Josh Merrigan, who leads the CAA in hits and ranks second in the conference in RBIs — tied with Tobin at 13.

Mason baseball wraps up weekend series with 7-4 win over Fairfield

The theme for Sunday’s game between George Mason and Fairfield seemed to be “anything you can do, I can do better” as both teams battled in the series finale at Spuhler Field.

When Fairfield would score in the top half of the inning, Mason would respond. Fairfield would set down the side in order, and Mason would do the same. In the end, Mason came out on top to beat Fairfield 7-4 in what was a back and forth matchup all day long.

Fairfield outlasts Patriots, 5-3 in extra inning finish

The Patriots found themselves in a struggle Saturday, battling the snow and late-inning resurgence from the Fairfield Stags.

Spuhler Field resembled a snow globe in the late innings of the game, as George Mason (5-4) fell to Fairfield (3-2) 5-3 in a marathon game that lasted 11 innings.

“It just stings. It stings in the end when you have opportunities and you can’t come through,” said junior Blaise Fernandez, who smoked a line drive right to the Fairfield third baseman, ending the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th.

Leemhuis' walk-off sacrifice fly lifts Patriots over Fairfield, 7-6

When Fairfield University’s Alex Witkus crossed home plate in the ninth inning, those in attendance at Spuhler Field in Fairfax let out a collective groan on Friday.

The run scored by Witkus gave the Stags a 6-5 lead — their first of the game — after the George Mason Patriots had scored all five of their runs in the first inning. But the Patriots would show resilience as they rallied back in the home half to steal a 7-6 win from the Stags.

An Interview with Baseball Coach Bill Brown

(Photo courtesy of Mason Athletics)

Prior to boarding the team bus and heading south to Charleston, S.C. for The Citadel Memorial Challenge, George Mason baseball coach Bill Brown, entering his 33rd season, sat in his office looking over some papers in preparation for the 2013 season.

For Brown, who has coached the Patriots to 873 wins throughout his tenure, the expectations for the upcoming season were the same as they have been in years past.

Tobin's hot bat lifts Patriots to sweep of Iona in Sunday doubleheader

The George Mason faithful had their brooms on hand in hopes of a series sweep against Iona College on Sunday.

The Patriots didn’t disappoint.

Mason (3-3) took all three games against Iona (1-5) at Spuhler Field this weekend, including two big wins in Sunday’s double-header. 

The Patriots dominated on the mound and in the batter’s box in the first game of the doubleheader, winning 13-1. The game featured outstanding performances from juniors Jared Gaynor and Tucker Tobin.

Mason baseball routs Iona, 12-3 in first home game

The George Mason baseball team opened their first home series against Iona University (1-3) on Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field in Fairfax. But the frigid, and at times, icy conditions didn’t cool down the hot bats of the Patriots (1-3), who collected 13 hits and scored a season-high 12 runs to defeat the Gaels, 12-3.

Mason junior pitcher Anthony Montefusco made the start, allowing one run on four hits through five innings while striking out seven.

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