Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: March 11, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

While the men’s basketball team was immersed in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament, other Mason teams were in action over the weekend.

Hot Hitting Carries Men’s Volleyball Past East Stroudsburg, 3-0

Mason, ranked no. 14, was able to avoid a letdown one night after upsetting the top-ranked and previously undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions. The Patriots survived a shaky start to down the East Stroudsburg Warriors in three games (31-29, 30-14, 30-22) in EIVA Tait Division men’s volleyball action on Saturday at the Field House.

Junior outside hitter Hudson Bates was rewarded for his stellar play in the Patriot victories this weekend as the EIVA named Bates the Tait Division Player of the Week.

With the win, Mason improves its record to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in conference matches.

Mason is off until Thursday, March 20, when it returns to the court to take on EIVA Tait Division foe St. Francis (Pa.). First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at the Field House.

Mason Grapplers Finish Fourth at the CAA Wrestling Championships

Mason finished fourth in the team standings, totaling 51 points at the CAA Wrestling Championships that concluded Saturday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

The host, Pride, is ranked 17th in the nation and earned their seventh consecutive conference title.

Mason senior Randy Oates automatically qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships for the first time in his career with a second-place finish at 174 pounds. Joining Oates at the national tournament is freshman Cayle Byers, who was selected as a wild card at 197 pounds by a vote of CAA head coaches.

Oates and Byers will travel to St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, scheduled for March 20-22 at the Scottrade Center.

Mason Softball Sweeps Doubleheader with Iona

Senior Katlyn Winter lined an RBI double to deep left-center field with two runners on to score the game-winning run in a tense, nine-inning 5-4 victory for the George Mason softball team over Iona.

The Patriots kept the offense going into the second game of the doubleheader, scoring four runs in the second inning to cruise to a 7-1 victory over the Gaels at George Mason Field. Mason improved to 4-8 after winning its third in a row, while the Gaels dropped to 2-4 on the year.

In the early game, which kicked off the George Mason Invitational after rain wiped out the first day of the tournament, freshman Whitney Bullins (1-1) picked up the victory, while Amanda Berard (1-1) was tagged with the loss.

After a short break, Mason took the field as the designated visiting team. Sophomore ace Becky Anderson (4-2) took control of the game, allowing just one run on seven hits while fanning five Gaels. Iona starter Katie Jo Passero (0-1) took the loss after allowing the first three Mason runs.

Mason next hits the road for a spring break trip to Florida, as the Patriots will participate in the USF Tournament in Tampa today and Wednesday, followed by the USF Under Armour Classic in Clearwater from Thursday through Sunday.

Women’s Track and Field Finishes Fifth; Men 13th in Championships

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Boston, Mass., this past weekend to compete at the first major championship meets of the 2008 indoor track and field season. The women’s team earned its second consecutive top-10 finish at the ECAC Indoor Championships, placing fifth with 36 points, while the men’s team finished 13th at the IC4A Indoor Championships with 20 points.

For the third consecutive year, junior Murielle Ahoure starred at the meet, capturing the 60-meter dash title for the third time in her career and the 200-meter dash for the second time on her way to being named the MVP of the meet for the second straight year. In the 60-meter dash, Ahoure ran the top time in all three rounds. In the finals, Ahoure crossed the finish line in 7.45 seconds to beat Connecticut’s Trisha Anne Hawthorn, who recorded a time of 7.50 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Ahoure won her second straight championship by running a time of 23.74 seconds – her top time of the season – in the finals to blow away the field. The next closest competitor, Jernail Hayes of Seton Hall, finished the race in 23.98 seconds.

Sophomore Tiara Swindell advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 55.09 seconds to finish third, behind Connecticut’s Mandela Graves-Fulgham (54.54 seconds) and Seton Hall’s Toneisha Friday (55.01 seconds).

Another Mason sophomore, Asia Odum, advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, where she finished fourth with a time of 8.70 seconds. West Virginia’s Chelsea Carrier won the finals of the event with a time of 8.46 seconds.

In the jumping events, junior Ryann Hendricks earned a sixth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 12.10 meters (39 ft. 8.5 in.). In the long jump, freshman Chia Hudson placed seventh with a mark of 5.66 meters (18 ft. 7 in.).

At the IC4A Championships, freshman Dwight Webley finished as the runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 7.19 meters (23 ft. 7.25 in.) to finish as the top place winner for the Patriots. Webley, who also competed in the triple jump at the meet along with teammate Ryan McCoy, finished second to Delaware State’s Larrone Moore, who jumped 7.24 meters (23 ft. 9 in.).

In the finals of the 500-meter run, junior Mutsa Nyakabau finished in seventh place with a time of 1:03.51.

Sophomore Michael Pachella placed in the top five in the 800-meter run with a fourth-place finish in the event after clocking in at 1:51.07. A pair of Seton Hall athletes, Robert Novak (1:50.561) and James Gurr (1:50.569), earned the top two spots after a photo finish to conclude the race.

Another Mason sophomore, Sam Horn, placed fourth with a time of 2:25.51 in the 1000-meter run.

The 2008 men’s and women’s indoor track and field season will conclude next weekend with the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, scheduled for March 14-15 at the Randal Tyson Track Complex on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader against VCU

After having to sit through rainouts on Friday and Saturday, the Mason baseball team finally took the field on Sunday in its CAA opener against VCU. The Patriots swept a doubleheader, beating the Rams 5-4 and 6-2.

In the first game, Chris Henderson drew a two-out walk, stole second, went to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a Scott Krieger single to left. Krieger was one for three with an RBI and a run scored as was Ryan Uphouse. Dan Palumbo had a hit and an RBI, while Ryan Soares was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Dan Jaycox got the start, allowing one earned run in three and one-third innings. Dan Gerjets allowed two earned runs in three and one-third innings, and T.J. O’Grady got the win pitching the final third.

In the second game, Krieger was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, Justin Bour was 1 for 4 with a two-run homer and Mark Hill was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Mike Modica earned the win allowing just two earned runs in seven innings, striking out eight while walking three. Jason Koziol picked up the save, allowing just one hit while striking out four in the final two innings.

Mason (4-7, 2-0) will play five times this week: today at Longwood; home against Longwood on Thursday; then a three-game set at Spuhler Field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Georgia State.

Women’s Soccer Team Wins First Game in Brazil

The Mason women’s soccer team won its first game in Brazil, where the team is playing five matches over spring break.

The trip began in Sao Paulo where the Patriots played Esporte Clube Piheiros on Sunday, winning 5-0. The first goal was scored by Leslie Cabe with an assist by Kelly Keelan; the second goal was scored by Theresa DeLucca; the third goal was scored by Annie Lebherz with an assist by Max King; the fourth goal was scored by Cabe with the assist by Patti Benner; the fifth goal was scored by Nilani Duarte.

Yesterday, the Patriots were scheduled to take on University of McKenzie. Today, the Patriots will play Paulista-Jundiai, a regional Sao Paulo team.

On March 12, the team will travel to Santos, the home of Pele. The following day, Mason will take on Santos FC. On March 14, the team will travel to Sao Sebastiao where they will take on Sao Sebastiao Selection. The Patriots will return on Sunday, March 16.

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