FAIRFAX, Va. – Late inning thunder from George Mason erased a four-run Bonaventure lead and sent the Patriots to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon in a non-conference series finale between Atlantic 10 foes.
The Patriots scored five times between the seventh and eighth innings, with the most damage coming in the eighth when the hosts sent 10 men to the plate to score four times on three hits and three walks. A hit batter with the bases loaded forced in the eventual winning run.
In the ninth, the Bonnies had a chance to tie as Jack Putney led off with a double. A strikeout and a pair of groundouts coaxed by Patriots pitcher Stuart Barrett ended the threat, though.
Matthew Williams had a strong day at the plate for the Bonnies with a pair of extra-base hits and three runs batted in. In all, the offense posted 12 hits including two-hit days from Williams, Putney, Tyler Kelder, Ben Berger and Jackson DeJohn.
The Bonnies started the scoring early as they made the Patriots pay for a leadoff walk to Putney when Williams drove a line drove off the fence in right center, scoring Putney with a two-out triple.
Mason would tie the game with a two-out run-scoring hit of their own in the third, but the Bonnies took the lead back in the fourth on an odd play. Berger got aboard via a two-out bunt single and stood at first when Mason starter Austin Cabone tried to check him back with a throw over that skipped down the line and allowed Berger to race all the way home from first, scoring when the throw home kicked away from the Patriots catcher.
Williams extended the Bona lead in the sixth as he lined a two-out, two-strike delivery to the right center fence again to plate two with a double and a four-run lead.
The Patriots would then rally in the late innings.
Bona starter Andrew White was outstanding and ended up with a tough-luck no-decision after six innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run while striking out seven and walking only two.
The Bonnies are back in action Friday to begin their first four-game Atlantic 10 series of the year at Fordham.
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