Hempstead, NY - Kenny Jackson went four-for-four and Joe Perez was four-for-five as the Pride banged out a season-high 18 hits in a 9-5 win over George Mason Friday afternoon in the opening game of a Colonial Athletic Association series. Hofstra scored nine unanswered runs between the fifth and eighth innings and then held off a ninth-inning rally by the Patriots.

Hofstra snapped a three-game losing skid with the win and improved to 7-20 on the season, 6-10 in the CAA. George Mason drops to 15-20-1, 3-13 in the CAA. Hofstra pitcher David D'Errico upped his record to 4-3 on the season, allowing 11 hits and two runs over eight innings. The eighth inning stint marked the third consecutive start that D'Errico has given the Pride at least eight innings.

Mason had six hits through the first three innings, scoring twice with two outs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Chris Cook led off the inning by beating out a chopper to second base. After moving to second on a ground out, D'Errico got Mason's leading hitter Dan Shafferman to fly out for the second out of the inning. But Shane Davis doubled in Cook for a 1-0 Patriot lead. Blaise Fernandez followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 advantage. But D'Errico escaped further damage in the inning and in the fourth would get out of a bases-loaded one-out jam unscathed by inducing a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Hofstra took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Jackson ignited the rally with a triple to the wall in centerfield on a ball that was misplayed by George Mason's Jeremy Haas. Logan Davis drove home Jackson with a single and then went to third on a double by Dylan Nasiatka. Matt Ford followed with a double to left that plated Logan Davis and tied the score at two. Danny Poma then lined a sacrifice fly to center to score Nasiatka and give Hofstra a 3-2 lead.

Hofstra added a run in the sixth on a Jackson single to right that scored Perez, who had also singled to lead off the inning. In the seventh, Poma and Perez launched solo home runs to left field for a 6-2 lead. Then in the eighth, Nasiatka, Poma and Jared Hammer each had RBIs in a three-run inning to give Hofstra a 9-2 lead heading into the ninth.

Bryan Verbitsky was called upon to pitch the ninth for Hofstra and got into immediate trouble by hitting his first batter, Danny Lyons. Nick Allen followed with a two-run home run to make it a 9-4 game. Cook was then hit by Verbitsky and Brig Tison followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Verbitsky struck out Shafferman for the first out before allowing a run-scoring single to Shane Davis. Jeff Guthridge came on to relieve Verbitsky and got Fernandez to line into a 4-3 double play to end the game and pick up his second save of the season.

A.J. Johnson (2-4) took the loss for George Mason, allowing 12 hits and six runs in 6 2/3 innings. Cook and Shane Davis each finished with three hits for the Patriots.

Nasiatka, Ford, Poma and Logan Davis each had two hits for the Pride, which got hits from eight of their nine batters in the lineup on the day.

The two teams meet again Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in a game that was changed from its original 2 p.m. start due to rain in the afternoon forecast.

Notes: D'Errico lowered his ERA to 2.91 on the season...Although both teams totaled 32 hits, the game was played in a fairly quick 2:13...Neither pitching staff issued a walk...Hofstra's previous high in hits was 16 versus Marist on March 30.