Patriots Rally Past Diamond Hawks, 10-9
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Tommy Vitaletti's double in the ninth plated the go-ahead run for George Mason as the Patriots rallied with three runs in the inning to upend UNCW, 10-9, in the final regular season game for both teams on Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Patriots, who will be the four-seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament, averted a sweep with the win and improved to 33-22 overall and 16-14 in the CAA. The Seahawks, meanwhile, finished the season with a 35-20 mark and 24-6 in the league.
The GMU ninth inning opened with consecutive walks and Zack Helgeson loaded the bases with a single to left off reliever William Prince. After a foul out behind first base for the first out of the inning, Jake Leonardo singled deep into the shortstop hole to score a run and a second run came across to tie it on a throwing error on the play. Prince retired the next batter, but Vitaletti doubled down the leftfield line to score the winning run.
Prince (2-3) took the loss after surrendering a run, unearned, on three hits in the ninth.
GMU reliever Chris O'Grady (2-0) picked up the win by striking out three and allowing just a hit and a walk in 2 2/3 innings.
The Seahawks had rallied from a 7-2 deficit in the sixth inning with six runs on six hits, including a three-run homer by Matt Campbell and a two-run round tripper by Andrew Cain that drew UNCW even at seven-all. Thomas Pope, who finished with a pair of doubles, doubled in the go-ahead run in the 6th.
UNCW added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Molinaro.
Leonardo's four hits led a 17-hit attack by the Patriots.
The Seahawks will retake the field in the conference tournament on May 24 at noon against the winner of the George Mason - VCU game on the 23rd.