FAIRFAX, Va. – St. Bonaventure cranked out 14 hits Friday afternoon, but it would not be enough as George Mason grabbed a 9-6 victory in the series-opener at Spuhler Field.
After the Bonnies pushed a run across in the first thanks to an RBI groundout from Matthew Williams, the Patriots responded with three in the second and four in the third to take control.
Bona tried to chip away, plating a run on a groundout from Pierce Hendershot in the third and two more in the fifth on a Hendershot RBI triple and a run-scoring single from Kevin Higgins. Williams later homered to center in the seventh to close within 7-5.
George Mason would add insurance runs in the seventh, though, and never relinquished control.
Tyler Kelder produced three hits and drove in a run while Hendershot hit safely three times and plated two runs. Williams scored twice and knocked in a pair and Higgins also posted two hits, as did Ben Berger.
The Bonnies and Patriots renew acquaintances for a Saturday doubleheader at noon as the non-conference series continues.