UMass Baseball Shut Out By George Mason, 7-0
May 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball tallied eight hits, but left 11 runners on base in a 7-0 loss to George Mason on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The setback leaves the Minutemen at 10-28 overall and 7-13 in the Atlantic 10, while the Patriots move to 26-16 and 13-5 in conference action.
George Mason managed to plate two runs on just one hit in the top of the first. Luke Willis led off the game with a double to right center, went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Brandon Gum, who reached on the error, came in on a sacrifice fly after advancing two bases on a pair of wild pitches.
The Patriots increased their lead to 3-0 in the sixth as Gum opened up the frame with a single to right center and scored on an error.
Then in the eighth, George Mason doubled its lead with three runs on two hits, capped off with RBI singles by Tucker Tobin and Antony Montefusco. Ray Toto added the team's seventh run with an RBI single that dropped just inside left field line in the top of the ninth.
Andrew Grant took the loss (2-2) for the Minutemen as he allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings. Jared Gaynor collected the win (7-3), tossing seven scoreless innings with five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
Redshirt junior Adam Picard, sophomore Brandon Walsh and freshman Dylan Morris all logged two hits apiece for UMass in the contest with Picard and Morris contributing the squad's two extra base hits on the day, each with a double.
Blaise Fernandez was the lone George Mason player to register multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Gum crossed the plate four times.
The teams will square off in the series finale tomorrow, May 4, at Noon on Earl Lorden Field.