Hempstead, NY – David D'Errico pitched six solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and Matt Reistetter had a career-high four hits and added three RBIs to lead the Pride past George Mason, 10-3, Friday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association action.
Hofstra, which has won four straight, improves to 9-16 and 1-6 in the CAA. George Mason falls to 12-13 overall and 4-6 in league play.
George Mason jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Duncan Satherlie tripled to center and scored on a sacrifice fly from Tucker Tobin. But Hofstra would strike back in the bottom of the inning. Robbie Cafiero laced a one-out single and Kenny Jackson followed with a two-run home run to right to put the Pride ahead, 2-1. Hofstra would then load the bases on a walk to Jared Hammer, a single by Reistetter and a walk to Joe Perez. Chris Nardo then delivered a two-run single that sent Perez to third. Two batters later, Austin Nyman lifted a sacrifice fly to right that plated Perez with Hofstra’s fifth run.
Mason put up another run in the third as Tommy Vitaletti led off with a double, went to third on a groundout and scored on a Tobin single.
The Pride would extend their lead to six runs with a three-run fourth. Cafiero had a two-out single, Jackson was hit by a pitch and Hammer reached on an error to load the bases. Reistetter then chopped one down the first base line that glanced off Mick Foley’s glove on the short hop for a two-run single. Hammer would score Hofstra’s eighth run on a Jared Gaynor wild pitch.
The Patriots pushed across a run in the sixth as Blaise Fernandez singled. Anthony Montefusco then doubled to left center, sending Fernandez to third. The ball was mishandled in the outfield and that allowed Fernandez to score.
The Pride would not let up, scoring twice more in the sixth to take a 10-3 lead. Cafiero started the rally with a single and went to third on a hit-and-run single from Jackson. After a stolen base put runners on second and third for Hammer, who moved both runners with a sacrifice fly. Reistetter then knocked in his third run of the game with a single up the middle.
D’Errico earned his first win of the season, evening his record at 1-1. Cafiero finished with three hits and three runs on the day and Jackson chipped in with two hits. The Hofstra bullpen of John Schilt, Andrew Barbarino and Nick Kozlowski shut down the Patriots over the final three innings, allowing just two hits combined.
Gaynor (2-3) took the loss after allowing six hits and eight runs (four earned) in four innings.
Tobin and Fernandez both had two hits to pace the Patriot offense.
The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. Joe Burg will start for Hofstra against Anthony Montefusco.