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
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.