Mason Sports Roundup
Posted: March 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
While the men’s basketball team took a break and waited to find out their opponent in the NCAA Tournament, other Mason teams were in action over the weekend.
Krieger Ties School Record in Baseball Win over Georgia State
Scott Krieger tied the Mason school record for home runs in a game and the Patriots got another strong start, this time from Ryan Brecko, as Mason beat Georgia State, 12-11 in Colonial Athletic Association action. Mason improved to 7-9, 4-1 while Georgia State fell to 10-7, 1-5.
Krieger was three for four in the game, with three home runs and four RBI. He is the fourth player in school history to hit three homers in a game, tying teammate Justin Bour. He moved into sole possession of third place on the school’s career home runs list with 35 in 119 games. He also moved into the school’s top 20 in career RBI.
Spencer Wiggins and Ryan Uphouse each had three hits, while Chris Henderson and Ryan Soares each had two hits. Justin Bour had 19 putouts, two shy of tying the school record. Brecko (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning and allowed just a pair of meaningless unearned runs.
Mason is in action again today and tomorrow in a two-game home series with Marist. Games are scheduled at 2:30 p.m.
No. 17 Women’s Lacrosse Downs No. 18 Boston University, 19-15
In a shootout that featured a total of 34 goals between the two sides, no. 17 Mason defeated no. 18 Boston University 19-15 on Saturday in Boston. With the win, the Patriots improved to 5-1 on the season, while Boston dropped to 3-2.
Mason senior Megan Bartlett led all scorers with five goals, a new career high, in addition to one assist. Freshman Chelsea Gamble had three goals and three assists.
BU scored five of its goals on free-position opportunities, taking advantage of seven chances. The Patriots were four-for-six on free-position shots. Mason held the advantage in shots (32-27), ground balls (13-11) and draw controls (21-14).
The Patriots will attempt to extend their winning streak to five when they return home on Saturday, March 22, to take on St. Joseph’s at George Mason Stadium. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Softball Defeated by Georgia Southern, Ball State at USF Under Armour Showcase
The Mason softball team fell 6-0 to Georgia Southern on Saturday at the USF Under Armour Showcase in a game that was interrupted by a rain delay that lasted nearly a day. Later in the day, the Patriots fell behind early, and the Ball State Cardinals held off Mason, 3-1. The Patriots fell to 6-13 on the season after the day’s events.
Mason’s lone hit came off the bat of junior Jill Chen, when she broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a single up the middle. Mason starter Paige Krystofinski was tagged with the loss after the junior allowed five runs on five hits in four innings of work.
Despite another solid complete game outing from sophomore Becky Anderson, and the third home run of the season for sophomore Ashli Breau, the Patriots fell to Ball State in the second game of the day.
Mason was scheduled to conclude its tournament play on Sunday at the USF Under Armour Showcase, squaring off against Long Island at 11:30 a.m., followed by a tilt against Sam Houston State at 2 p.m.
Tennis Teams Fall to UNC Wilmington
The men’s and women’s tennis teams finished up their spring break tours of North Carolina with identical 7-0 losses to UNC Wilmington. The women finish 2-1, and the men 0-3 in three matches during the week.
The men’s match opened with three straight 8-3 defeats of the Patriots doubles teams. The women’s first and second doubles team lost 8-2, while the third team was on the wrong end of an 8-1 decision.
The closest singles match was at the no. 2 singles: Stacey Berlinger lost her match 7-5, 6-1. All other matches were easily decided in two sets.
The Patriots next face CAA foe Delaware at home on March 25.
Ahoure Runs 60-Meter Dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Junior sprinter Murielle Ahoure finished with the 17th-fastest time in the preliminary heats of the 60-meter dash last Friday at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Fayetteville, Ark. Running against five other competitors in the second of three heats, Ahoure sprinted past the finish line in 7.42 seconds.
Ahoure, an All-American in the 60-meter dash during last year’s indoor season, had another excellent indoor season in 2008, qualifying for the National Championships for the second consecutive year while recording a personal record of 7.32 seconds in the event at the Patriot Games on Jan. 26.
At last week’s ECAC Indoor Championships in Boston, Ahoure captured the 60-meter dash title for the third time in her career and the 200-meter dash title for the second time on her way to being named the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet for the second straight year.