This past Saturday saw the George Mason men’s baseball team split a double header with St. Bonaventure at home on Spuhler Field. While the Patriots record going into the game was a losing 6-11 it was still better than the Bonnies’ 0-7 record for the 2021 season so far.
Game one would see Mason’s freshman starter Kieran Versaw-Barnes knock out the first nine batters of the game and would only allow four runners on base with no hits in the first five innings.
The Patriots would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as outfielder Jack DeLongchamps would pick up his second RBI of the season by driving a single up the middle. DeLongchamps would earn the run by batting in the designated hitter Scott Morgan who had reached base on a fielding error and then took second base on a wild pitch from Bonnies’ pitcher Elijah Baez.
St. Bonaventure would come back in the top of the sixth inning when right fielder Tyler Kelder blasted a solo home run over the left field fence to tie things up. But the Patriots would not be denied as catcher Kyle Hayes would beat a throw home after a double laid out by Morgan to give the Patriots the win after seven innings with a score of 2-1.
Game two would see St. Bonaventure wake up from their slumber as the Bonnies would score three runs from four hits off of Mason’s pitcher Ryan Stoudemire. Hits by the Bonnies’ Matthew Williams and Ben Berger as well as a fielder’s choice run by Kevin Higgins would begin the trail of vengeance by St. Bonaventure in the top of the first inning. The Patriots would get one run in the bottom of the first to cut St. Bonaventure’s lead due to a single from right fielder Cam Reckling bringing fellow Patriot South Trimble who had reached had gotten on base with a triple.
The Bonnies were not done bringing the hurt as they sent ten batters against the Patriots’ defense resulting in four runs in the top of the second. A run batted in by Scott Morgan would put another run on the board for Mason in the fifth inning but there would be no coming back from the beating the Bonnies would put on the Patriots after seven innings with a final score of 8-3 and giving St. Bonaventure their first win of the season.
Mason will play a double header at home against St. Louis University this coming Saturday.