Mason Baseball No. 2 Seed in CAA Tournament

Posted: May 25, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Patriots (33-17, 15-9) will be the no. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament, which begins today in Wilmington, N.C. Mason will face the University of Delaware in the tournament’s first game at noon. All games can be seen live on the Internet at www.caasports.com.

The Patriots were able to clinch a second-place finish in the CAA regular-season standings as Mason defeated James Madison University, 5-3, on Senior Day, May 22, at Spuhler Field in Fairfax.

In that game, Mason got terrific pitching from a pair of seniors. Mason starter Josh Morrison, government and international politics major, went five innings, allowing five hits, two walks, and two runs while striking out four. The senior earned the win to improve to 6-3 on the season and 14-10 in his career. Tyler Wingerd, history major, pitched three innings in relief, allowing two hits, no walks, and one run while striking out one.

Nearly all of Mason’s seven seniors were productive on the day, with Wingerd and Morrison pitching eight innings, Matt Cooksey, administration of justice major, going 2 for 4, Jimmy Freund, management major, going 2 for 3 with a run, and Adam Innerst, finance major, going 1 for 5. Chris Looze, biology major, was 0 for 5, but he did tie the school’s career home run record on Saturday. Stacen Gant, majoring in sports management with a minor in information technology, did not pitch, but he won the CAA regular-season ERA title and tied for the conference’s strikeout crown.

The win gave Mason a sweep of James Madison for the first time since 1993. The Patriots have now won seven straight CAA games going into the CAA Tournament.

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