Baseball Team Concludes Season with Loss in CAA Tournament

Posted: June 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason baseball team concluded its 2002 season with a 28-29 overall record last week as it won one of three games at the OBX-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship in Manteo, North Carolina. Seeded fifth in the tournament, the Patriots dropped their opening game to No. 4 Delaware, 4-1, but came back to eliminate No. 3 UNC Wilmington, 7-6 in 12 innings. George Mason then fell to No. 6, and eventual champion, Virginia Commonwealth, 13-10, to be knocked out of the double-elimination tournament.

At the annual awards banquet, juniors outfielder Evan Howard and pitcher John Sterling were honored by being selected to the All-CAA second team. Howard also was named the CAA Player of the Week for May 20.

Howard led the Patriots with a .348 batting average, 77 hits, 25 doubles, and a .520 slugging percentage, and he ranked second with 42 RBI and a .429 on-base percentage. He set a team record as he was hit by pitch 19 times.

On the mound, Chris Murray (7-5) led the Patriots in wins and a 3.57 earned run average (ERA), was tied for the team lead with 13 starts, and was second with 93 1/3 innings and 52 strikeouts. Sterling (4.79 ERA) and Jake Glanzmann (4.74 ERA) tied for second on the team in wins and joined Murray in a three-way tie for the team lead in games started, while Sterling paced the club with 72 strikeouts and 94 innings.

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