Hempstead, NY – Joe Burg scattered nine hits over seven-plus innings, allowing three runs, and Joe Perez drove in three runs with a pair of hits as Hofstra won for the fifth consecutive game, 6-3, over George Mason Saturday afternoon.
The win clinched the Colonial Athletic Association series and improved the Pride’s record to 10-16 overall and 2-6 in league action. George Mason slipped to 12-14 overall and 4-7 in the CAA.
Hofstra struck for two runs in the fourth as Robbie Cafiero lead off with a sharp single to right center and then stole second. An infield single from Jared Hammer put runners on the corners and Matt Reistetter delivered an RBI single. Perez then came through with a single that plated Hammer for a 2-0 lead.
Hofstra went up 5-0 in the fifth as Austin Nyman led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kevin Brantley. Two batters later, Kenny Jackson singled to left to knock in Nyman. Walks to Hammer and Reistetter loaded the bases for Perez, who once again came through, this time with a two-run single.
The Patriots finally broke through against Burg in the seventh as Josh Leemhuis doubled with two outs and came around to score on an RBI single by Brandon Gum. George Mason inched even closer in the eight, scoring twice to make it a 5-3 game. Derek Evans led off the inning with a single and went to third on a double from Tommy Vitaletti. That ended Burg’s day, as Brett Schreiber came in to relieve him. Two groundouts, one from Duncan Satherlie and one from Tucker Tobin, plated the two runs.
The Pride added an insurance run in the eighth as Chris Nardo singled, went to second on a TJ Ehrsam sacrifice, third on a Nyman single and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Brantley.
Burg, who was charged with all three runs, struck out three and did not walk a batter in his outing. Schreiber allowed one hit in his two innings of work.
Anthony Montefusco, who had two hits at the plate, started and took the loss for George Mason after allowing eight hits, five runs and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He did strike out six batters.
Jackson and Nyman also had two hits for the Pride and Hammer scored two runs.
The two teams conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Dave Jesch will toe the rubber for the Pride. He will be opposed by John Williams.