Fairfax, Va. (May 1, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's late rally came up just short in 14-13 loss at George Mason on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Alex Kriss increased his team leading RBI total to 45 with his six runs batted in for the Mountaineers in the loss. Kriss went 2-for-4 with six RBI, one run scored, one sacrifice fly, and one double to lead the Mount.
10 Mountaineers picked up at least one hit and combined for 18 in the loss. With his three hit performance on the day, Patrick Causa (202) moved closer to passing Shane Eyler (216) for second all-time in Mount St. Mary's history in hits. Causa is only the third person in Mount history to record over 200 hits. Thomas Bramley also tabbed a three hit game in the seven hole spot in the lineup with two runs batted in and a double. CJ Kozorosky and Zack Costello added a multi-hit effort while they combined for five runs scored, and three RBI.
Trailing 14-8 in the top of the ninth, Mount St. Mary's brought five runs in to cross the plate and had a chance to tie the game and force a bottom of the ninth but they stranded the tying run at second base. Owen Wosleger, Ryan Haddaway, and Patrick Causa led off the inning with three straight singles. They were followed by RBI singles from CJ Kozorosky and Zack Costello for the first two runs of the inning. The next batter Alex Kriss hit a sacrifice fly that plated Causa that made it a 14-11 ballgame. With one out, Thomas Bramley singled through the right side that brought Kozorosky home to cross the plate. The next batter Trevor Leamer hit a RBI groundout that scored Costello and moved Bramley to second in a one run game. George Mason's Stuart Barrett got Jared Urban to strike out on a full count to end the game and preserve the save.
Both the Mount (13-30) and the Patriots (18-26) combined for seven runs in the first inning alone. The Mount plated the first five runs of the ballgame before George Mason rattled off 10 unanswered runs that gave them a 10-5 advantage after seven frames of play. Zack Costello hit a RBI single that got the scoring started, Alex Kriss followed with a three run double to left center, and Bramley finished the scoring with a RBI double to left field that brought Kriss home to score.
Down 10-5 entering the top of the seventh, the Mountaineers cut the deficit to two, 10-8 after they scored three runs before the Patriots pushed four insurance runs across the board in the bottom half of the inning to grab a 14-8 lead. Alex Kriss drove in two runs for the Mount off of a single and later in the inning, Trevor Leamer forced a walk with the bases loaded that brought the third run home. For George Mason in the eighth, Daniel Brooks hit a sacrifice RBI, Alejandro Aponte hit a two RBI single, and Scott Morgan hit a RBI single for their four runs of the inning.
Daniel Brooks and Alejandro Aponte led George Mason in the eight and nine spot in the lineup as they combined for seven RBI, six hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a home run, a sacrifice fly, and a stolen base. Patrick Halligan pitched a dominant six shutout frames in relief that earned him the win.
Patrick Halligan (4-4) recorded the win and Andrew Malone (0-2) picked up the loss for the Mountaineers.
The Mount baseball team heads to Bryant this weekend for a crucial Northeast Conference three game series with the first game on Friday, May 3 at 3 PM.