Hempstead, NY – Junior catcher Matt Reistetter went 3-4 with three runs scored and three runs batted in, while junior left fielder Kenny Jackson batted 3-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in to lead the Hofstra Baseball team to a 14-9 victory over George Mason on Sunday afternoon at University Field.
The win sweeps the weekend Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) series for Hofstra and extends the Pride’s win streak to six straight.
Hofstra improved to 11-16 overall and 3-6 in league play with the victory, while George Mason fell to 12-15 and 4-8 in conference action.
Junior pitcher Brett Schreiber earned his first victory of the season as he went three innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four. Senior pitcher John Tiedemann picked up his first save as he worked the final two innings of the contest and allowed just one hit.
It was a high-scoring affair early on as the two squads combined for 17 runs over the first four innings.
The Patriots jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as Duncan Satherlie homered to right after Tommy Vitaletti had singled to lead off the contest to open up the scoring.
Hofstra immediately responded as they put up a four-spot in the bottom half of the inning with Reistetter bringing home a pair of runs with a single midway through the inning.
The Pride would hold a narrow 6-5 heading into the pivotal fourth inning that changed the complexion of the game.
George Mason would regain the lead in the top of the inning as they tallied a pair of unearned runs with the rally started by a bunt single from Vitaletti.
Hofstra didn’t waste any time mounting its rally in the bottom of the fourth as the first four batters reached base for the Pride in the inning with a run-scoring single from Jackson tying that game as it scored senior center fielder Taylor Stuart.
Senior first baseman Jared Hammer would come up next and his double down the right field line scored junior third baseman Robbie Cafiero to plate the Pride’s eighth run of the game and what eventually turned out to be the game-winner.
Hofstra would add two more insurance runs in the inning as Reistetter brought home a run with a sacrifice fly and senior shortstop Joe Perez doubled to right center to score Hammer and give the Pride a 10-7 lead through four innings of play.
Each squad would score single runs in the sixth and seventh inning before Hofstra closed the scoring in the game with a two-run eighth inning.
Hofstra pounded out 16 hits in the game as six different players had at least two hits for the Pride. Perez drove in two and scored a run, in addition to his two hits. Cafiero scored a team-high four times in the game, while also notching a pair of hits.
Jordan Hill had a team-best three hits for George Mason, while also scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Mark Maksimow took the loss for the Patriots after allowing four runs in a third of an inning. The George Mason defense didn’t do themselves any favors as the Patriots committed eight errors in the game.
Hofstra returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Manhattan at 3 p.m.