The win gave Hofstra the series sweep over the Patriots. Hofstra improves to 9-20 on the season, 8-10 in the CAA. George Mason falls to 15-22-1, 3-15 in the CAA. The sweep marked the first time Hofstra has swept George Mason and also marked the first series win for the Pride over the Patriots in eight prior three-game sets.
Hofstra opened up a 1-0 lead in the first as Matt Reistetter singled and went to third on a double by Danny Poma. Jared Hammer then grounded out for an RBI and a 1-0 Pride advantage. After a scoreless second, the Patriots plated two runs in the third as Brig Tison led off with a single and went to second on a single by Dan Shafferman. Blaise Fernandez singled in Tison to tie the score. The Patriots took the lead on Shane Davis' fielder's choice that resulted in all runners being safe after an error at second base. But Hofstra starter Joe Burg escaped further damage by getting Nick Allen to strikeout and inducing a fly out from Jake Kalish.
Hofstra then blew the game open in its half of the third. Reistetter started things off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Poma singled to put runners on the corners and then promptly stole second. Hammer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joe Perez then lifted a sacrifice play to centerfield that also allowed Poma to reach third. Matt Ford then singled home Poma for a 3-2 lead. Dylan Nasiatka then delivered a RBI single to score Hammer and put runners on the corners. Sean Cabrera then came on to relieve starter T.J. O'Grady and balked, allowing Ford to score the Pride's fifth run and moving Nasiatka to second. Kenny Jackson then drove a ball to center that was dropped for an error. Nasiatka scored on the play and Jackson reached second. He moved to third on an infield out, and then scored on Taylor Stuart's single. Reistetter notched his second hit of the inning, a double that moved Stuart to third. Michael Bowie came on to relieve Cabrera and was greeted by a two-run single off the bat of Poma. Jared Hammer followed with his first home run of the season to give Hofstra an 11-2 lead.
Jackson led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run, the first of his career, and Poma would later deliver a sacrifice fly for a 13-2 advantage. Kalish and Jordan Hill had RBI singles for the Patriots in the fifth to make it a 13-4 game and George Mason would tack on a run in the eighth off of Brett Schreiber to account for the final run.
Burg (1-4) picked up his first win of the season, working five innings and allowing eight hits, four runs and four walks with six strikeouts. Hofstra relievers Cody Normand, Everett Keller, Schreiber and Bryan Verbitsky then combined to allow two hits and one run the rest of the way.
O'Grady (2-2) took the loss for George Mason after giving up six hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Poma finished the day four-for-five with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Reistetter was three-for-four with three runs scored. Nasiatka also had three hits on the afternoon for the Pride.
Blaise Fernandez had three hits for George Mason.
Hofstra is back in action Wednesday afternoon when it hosts New York Tech at 3:30 p.m.