April 9, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off over the Georgetown baseball team, 6-5, on Wednesday afternoon. The game was played at the Patriots' Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field.
The Hoyas (12-17, 0-3 BIG EAST) took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth after Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) led off with his first home run of the season, a solo shot well over the left field wall.
Busch finished a triple short of the cycle, adding a single and a double, his third in the past two games. He scored three of the Hoyas' five runs. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) had two hits and two RBI while AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) also had two hits and an RBI. Chris Giordano (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland) started for the Blue & Gray, going 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.
The Hoyas wasted no time in the top of the first inning, putting up four hits and two runs within the first five batters. Busch hit a seeing-eye single through the left side to lead things off. With Busch in motion, Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) reached on an infield single to the shortstop, who was out of positions on the hit-and-run. Collins roped a single to right field on the first pitch he saw, scoring Busch. With one out, Carter doubled to left to score Hall.
Giordano was on cruise control, making quick work of the first seven George Mason (18-11, 5-2 A10) batters, retiring them all on five ground outs and two pop ups.
The Patriots cut the Hoyas' lead in half in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly following a one-out double and single.
The Blue & Gray put together a perfect inning of small ball in the top of the fifth to manufacture a run. Busch led off with a double and Hall laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt to advance Busch to third. Collins drove him in with a first-pitch sacrifice fly to center, extending the Hoyas lead to 3-1.
George Mason got to Giordano in the fifth, putting three runs up on the board to take a 4-3 lead. Two singles, a double and a triple did the damage. Felix van der Vaart (Annandale, Va./Flint Hill School) came in and induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of any further trouble.
The Hoyas scratched together another run in the eighth to tie the score. Carter led off with a single and Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's/Phillips Andover ) entered as a pinch-runner. Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School ) walked to put runners at first and second and Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's) laid down his second successful sacrifice bunt of the day, Georgetown's third, to advance the runners. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) pinch-hit for Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) and hit an RBI single to left to knot the score.
After Busch gave the Hoyas the lead with his home run in the top of the ninth, the Patriots' first two batters in the bottom half of the inning reached on a single and double. After a hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly and single gave George Mason the win.
Georgetown flies out to Omaha, Neb., for a weekend series at BIG EAST-opponent Creighton. The series will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Saturday's game will begin at 3 p.m. and Sunday's finale will start at 2 p.m. The games will be played at TD Ameritrade Park, the site of the College World Series.
Notes - Busch now has multi-hit games in each of the past six games, including three hits in the last two. In that six game span he has gone 14-for-27 (.519), raising his average 64 points from .276 to .340.