Baseball Team Begins Postseason Tournament Today

Posted: May 21, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason baseball team won two of four games last week to conclude its regular season. The Patriots ended their home schedule with a victory over Virginia Military Institute (VMI) at Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field on Wednesday, then dropped two of three games in their final Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) series at William and Mary.

William and Mary’s series victory allowed the Tribe to claim the Colonial Division championship and the No. 2 seed in this week’s CAA Tournament in Manteo, N.C., which is held today through Saturday. The Patriots finished second in the division with a 7-4 record and will be the No. 5 seed for the tournament, squaring off against No. 4 Delaware in the first round today at 10:30 a.m. The winner advances to meet top-seeded James Madison tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. as the double-elimination tournament continues, while the loser meets the loser of the other first-round matchup between No. 3 University of North Carolina at Wilmington and No. 6 Virginia Commonwealth tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

As a team, George Mason has set three school records. The Patriots have been hit by pitch 70 times, surpassing the mark of 63 set in 2000, and the team has stolen 114 bases in 141 attempts, shattering the marks of 95 steals (1992) and 130 attempts (1999). In addition, the Patriots tied a school record with 10 stolen bases vs. VMI on Wednesday.

Junior Evan Howard leads the Patriots with a .368 batting average and 25 doubles (ranked ninth in the nation as of May 13), and he is second on the team with 41 runs batted in.

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