Feb. 15, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Green Wave pitchers Billy Mohl, Brandon Gomes and Joey Charron combined for 15 strikeouts, but it was not enough to overcome 13 George Mason hits, including a pair of home runs, as the Tulane University baseball team fell to the visiting Patriots 6-3 Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
With the Green Wave leading 3-0 after four innings, George Mason scored three runs off Mohl in the fourth to tie things up and took the lead for good on a pinch hit home run by Robby Jacobson in the eighth. The Patriots padded their lead in the ninth with a two-run double by catcher Nick Prosise and closer Stacen Gant was able to pitch his way out of a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the frame to hand Tulane (4-1) its first loss of the season.
"(George Mason) did a good job pitching to us today," head coach Rick Jones said. "They made the plays defensively and had some good at-bats. But this is baseball and that's going to happen. We had a chance to win there at the end, and I thought our kids battled hard."
Junior Brian Bormaster, who started the game at third and moved behind the plate in the seventh, went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and walk, but the Green Wave stranded 12 runners - seven in scoring position - during the contest.
Tulane looked to be in control early on, plating a pair of runs in the second inning on a two-run homer by sophomore designated hitter Wes Swackhamer, and extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth when senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan ripped an RBI-double to right to plate Bormaster.
From there, though, it was all George Mason as Patriots' left fielder launched a two-run homer to right-center and third baseman Nick Shimer laced an RBI-single to left two at-bats later to tie things up in the top of the fifth.
Charron struck out the first two GMU hitters in the ninth, but Looze and Shimer hit back-to-back singles and Prosise delivered the dagger with a two-RBI double to center to account for the final score.
The Green Wave brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the ninth as Aubrey and right fielder Brian Bogusevic drew back-to-back, one-out walks, and Aubrey advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Gant got Aaron Feldman to strike out swinging and punched out Bryan Stelmack with the bat on his shoulder to even the series at one-game each.
Patriot reliever Chris Hardman, the team's ace two years ago who missed most of the 2002 season after having Tommy John surgery, got the win after striking out six while allowing just one hit and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Charron was saddled with the loss for the Green after giving up three earned runs on three hits while striking out five in 2.1 innings of relief. Mohl, who started the contest for Tulane, punched out eight in 4.2 innings while giving up three earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, and Gomes struck out two in 2.0 innings of work.
Tulane and George Mason will play the rubber match on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Following the Sunday contest, the Green Wave returns to action on Friday, Feb. 21 when they begin a three-game series against Pepperdine.