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Patriots Rally Past Diamond Hawks, 10-9

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 05/19/2012
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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.

Campbell finished with three runs batted in and drew four walks. Jake Koenig and Michael Bass had two hits apiece for UNCW.

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.

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