Patriots Ranked Nationally in Final Baseball Stats

Posted: August 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several George Mason individuals and the Patriot team as a whole are ranked highly in several categories in the final NCAA Division I baseball statistics for 2003. As a team, George Mason was ranked 26th in the nation with a .970 fielding percentage to lead all teams in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Patriots set school records for fielding percentage, surpassing the previous best mark of .959 in 1993, and for fewest errors with 59, besting the record of 63 in 1981.

Mason also finished in the top 20 percent of the 283 Division I teams by ranking 44th in the nation for doubles per game, tying with the College of William and Mary for second in the CAA with 2.14 per game. The Patriots had 109 doubles in 51 games.

Individually, sophomore center fielder Matt Cooksey finished the season ranked 4th in the nation for walks per game, averaging 0.98 per contest to lead the CAA in per-game average and in total walks. Cooksey also was ranked at different times during the season for triples per game, but was not among the top 75 in the final rankings.

Other individuals among the national leaders include junior third baseman Nick Shimer and junior first baseman Chris Looze. Shimer was 50th in the country for doubles per game, averaging 0.38 per contest, while Looze was 35th for home runs per game, averaging 0.29 per contest, and 61st for RBI per game, averaging 1.1 per contest.

“The fact that several individuals, as well as the overall team, are ranked in the final NCAA statistics is a testament to hard work and dedication,” says Head Coach Bill Brown. “The statistics reflect a commitment to excellence in our program.”

George Mason completed the 2003 season with a 31-20 overall record and a 9-8 mark in the CAA.

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