Mason Sports Roundup

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

Men’s tennis, baseball, volleyball and track and field squads were in action over the weekend, as was women’s tennis, softball, and track and field.

Women’s Tennis Defeats Loyola for Second Straight Win

The women’s tennis team earned a decisive 6-1 victory against Loyola Sunday at home. Mason swept the doubles matches and lost only one singles match for their second straight win.

Lindsay Gray didn’t lose a game in her top singles match, and Stacey Berlinger lost only one, winning 6-0, 6-1. The two paired up to defeat the Greyhounds top doubles team, 8-1.

Senior captain Julie Moscato took care of her singles opponent at no. 4, winning in two sets, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles action she was paired with Alicia Van Zandt at no. 2 and they won 8-4.

The other three singles matches went three sets. Mason’s Aryn Christman defeated her opponent after losing her opening set 6-1. She responded with a 6-1 victory in the second set. Meredith Cutchin defeated Loyola’s player in the third tiebreaker set for the other Patriot point.

Next opponent for the Patriots is Howard on April 1.

Men’s Tennis Wins 4-3 over Loyola

Mason men’s tennis won both matches this past weekend despite Loyola’s challenge. The Patriots Brian Fitzgerald, Dan Schneider and Stas Budagov went 2-0 in singles and doubles action at home. Mason won the doubles point and the top three singles matches for the 4-3 win.

The Patriots look to extend its two-match win streak at home against Shepherd at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.

Baseball Offense Sputters in Series Finale with ODU

Despite some solid pitching, the Patriots were unable to overcome Ryan Bergh’s fabulous start for Old Dominion, as the Patriots fell to the Monarchs, 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action at home.

Bergh allowed just four Mason hits without walking a batter, and gave up just one run in earning the complete game victory. Dan Gerjets had a strong start for Mason, allowing three runs, but just one earned in eight innings, giving up five hits and two walks. No Patriot had multiple hits, and Chris Henderson saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end.

The Patriots broke up Bergh’s perfect game in the fifth when Ryan Soares doubled with one out. Soares was stranded at third as Shane Davis and Mark Hill grounded out to end the threat.

Mason scored its first run in the sixth when Ryan Uphouse and Brent Weiss led off the inning with singles. Spencer Wiggins’ sacrifice bunt moved the pair to second and third, and Chris Henderson’s ground out brought home Uphouse to make it 3-1. Mason also threatened in the seventh when Justin Bour led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to eight games, and Shane Davis was hit by a pitch with one out. But Mark Hill grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Patriots will hit the road to play at Maryland on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Softball Falls to Drexel in 7-0 Series Victory

After splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, the Mason softball team fell to Drexel, 7-0, in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday. Drexel improved to 16-8 and 5-1 in the CAA, while the Patriots fell to 8-22, 2-4 in conference play.

Dragons starter Katrina Gaudier allowed just one hit in five innings of work, as she picked up the victory. Her counterpart, Mason sophomore Becky Anderson, was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) in three innings of work.

Mason’s offense totaled just three hits in the game, as junior Alison Bryan and sophomores Ciera Jones and Ashli Breau each tallied a hit. Jones represented the lone extra-base hit for the Patriots when she doubled in the sixth inning.

Mason opens a five-game homestand on Wednesday, April 2, when it hosts Coppin State for a doubleheader set to begin at 3 p.m.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball Beats IPFW for Seventh Straight Win

The no. 11 Mason volleyball team defeated IPFW 3-1 (30-24, 30-27, 26-30, 30-25) on Saturday at the Field House to win its seventh consecutive match and improve its record to 16-6.

In the first game, Mason took an early 2-1 lead when junior opposite hitter Kyle Gramit and sophomore middle blocker Erik Lanham combined to block C.J. Macias’ attack. From that point on, the Patriots never trailed, extending their lead to a high of seven points at 27-20 after consecutive service aces by Gramit.

IPFW took the next three points after Gramit’s second ace, but it wasn’t enough as Mason recovered to take a 30-24 opening-game win.

In the next game, the Mastodons stormed back with five consecutive points to tie the game. After a timeout, Mason got back on the board with a Hudson Bates’ kill. With the score tied at 22, the Patriots took the next three points to open up a 25-22 lead. The 3-0 run turned out to be the margin of victory as Mason took a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Patriots were unable to put away the Mastodons in the next game; however, as IPFW turned a 10-10 tie into a 15-10 lead with five straight points. The last two points came by way of Brock Ullrich service aces. Mason closed the deficit to one point on a few occasions but was never able to tie or take the lead, falling by a final score of 30-26.

Leading two games to one, the Patriots were determined not to allow another opportunity to win the match slip away. After falling behind early, Mason tied the score at 14 and won the next three points to take a 17-14 lead. Leading 29-25, Mason closed out the win with a block by Bates and Lanham.

The Patriots outhit the Mastodons .339 to .233 and registered 19 team blocks to IPFW’s 11. Gramit led all players with 25 kills on 46 swings with four aces and six blocks. Bates had another impressive match with 19 kills, seven digs and seven blocks. Sophomore setter Ryan Kwiatkowski tallied a match-high 56 assists. Lanham was a force in the middle all night long, recording 11 blocks.

Mason hits the road for its next match, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the 10th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a 7 p.m. match at St. John Arena on Friday, April 4.

Patriots Compete at N.C. State in Two-Day Meet

The Mason men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to the Tar Heel State to participate in the Raleigh Relays on Friday and Saturday, and the Patriots saw six performances qualify for the IC4A and ECAC Championships.

On the men’s side, senior Brian Hay garnered a second-place finish with a NCAA regional and IC4A qualifying time of 14.30 in the 110-meter hurdles, while sophomore Michael Pachella picked up the highest finish of any Patriot this weekend with a 1:51.11 finish in the 800-meter run, good for fourth place and a championship qualifier.

Junior Mutsa Nyakabau earned qualifying status with his 53.37 time in the 400-meter hurdles, while the men’s 4×100-meter relay of Hay, junior Mutsa Nyakabau, and sophomores Marcus Wyche and Justin Nelson finished in 42.36, meeting the qualifying standard.

Two members of the women’s squad earned ECAC qualifications in Raleigh, as sophomore Tiara Swindell finished the 400-meter dash in 56.15. Classmate Asia Odum, who previously qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, met the standard once again with a time of 14.22 in the event.

The women’s 4×200-meter relay team picked up the lone Patriot victory of the weekend, winning the event in 1:41.50. Additionally, sophomore Marie Fields topped her previous personal best by running the 400-meter dash in 56.92. In the same event, sophomore Latasha Rivers and junior Crystal Lawrence set new personal records with times of 57.67 and 57.86, respectively.

The Patriots will be back in action next weekend when the men’s team travels to the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg and the women travel to Austin for the Texas Relays.

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