Patriots Baseball Gets NCAA Tournament Bid; Track and Field Members Qualify for Championships

Posted: June 1, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason baseball team’s outstanding overall season earned them an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament that begins Friday, June 4, even though the team went cold at the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament last week.

The Patriots will go to the Charlottesville, Va., regional, where they will be the no. 3 seed and take on no. 2 Vanderbilt University in the first round. The University of Virginia Cavaliers are the tournament’s top seed; they will face No. 4 Princeton University in the first round. The Patriots will likely play at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Meanwhile, competing at the NCAA Track and Field East Regional in Gainesville, Fla., junior Richard Phillips earned a trip to Austin, Tex., where he will compete in the 110-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Fellow team members Ricardo Melbourne and Marc Kellman will join Phillips, competing in the 110-meter hurdles and triple jump, respectively.

Phillips won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.52 seconds. Junior Melbourne, a business management major, was fourth in the event with a time of 13.72. Phillips was fourth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in a time of 20.65 seconds. Kellman, a sophomore majoring in communication, leaped 15.54 meters in the triple jump, finishing second.

The top five finishers in each event advanced to the NCAA Tournament. As a team, the George Mason men finished fifth at the NCAA East Regional with 24 points.

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