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.

Hunter, Panthers dominate Patriots, 78-60 in last meeting as conference foes

As the final fireworks crackled above the Mason Pond Saturday night, R.J. Hunter emerged from the depths of the Patriot Center. A small cut near his right eye winced as a smile stretched across his youthful, freshman face.

And for good reason.

He had much to be pleased with after scoring 25 points for his Georgia State University Panthers, who spoiled George Mason University's homecoming in a dominating 78-60 win. 

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Though the George Mason men's basketball team has seen its share of highs and lows during this season, the annual homecoming game tends to work in the Patriots' favor. The packed Patriot Center gives the home team an essential advantage, making the venue one of the most home-friendly atmospheres in the Colonial Athletic Association. 

Sonnen, Northern Iowa end Mason's 14-game home win streak with 82-77 win

Entering Saturday night's game against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers, the George Mason University Patriots men's basketball team had six of their nine games decided by five points or less. The same held true against the Panthers (6-3), who snapped Mason's 14-game home win streak Saturday with a 82-77 at the Patriot Center. 

Mason-Northern Iowa men's basketball preview

Over the past four seasons, The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team has consistently been at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference, competing in the postseason in each of those seasons.