FAIRFAX, Va. – Freshman Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) limited George Mason to just one run over the first seven innings, but the Patriots broke an even game with the go-ahead run in the eighth and held on the rest of the way as the Brown baseball team fell to the Patriots, 2-1, in Sunday's series finale at Spuhler Field.
Brown dropped to 1-5 on the season, while George Mason improved to 11-7 overall.
Taugner allowed two runs, including one earned, over 7.2 innings to go along with eight strikeouts in the loss. Tyler Zombro went the first five innings for George Masson before giving way to Evan Porcella, who limited the Bears to just one hit in four innings of work to earn the win.
Junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) drove in the lone run for the Bears, while the Patriots outhit the Bears by a 6-4 margin.
Brown opened the scoring in the top of the third, starting when freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) reached on an error and senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) followed with a single to left center. With one out, Kerr hit a sacrifice fly to center, sending in Henry to lift the Bears on top, 1-0.
George Mason answered right back in the bottom half of the frame, as Luke Willis evened the score with a sacrifice fly to center to tie it up, 1-1.
The two teams combined for just two hits over the next four innings, before the Patriots scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, when Brandon Gum hit an RBI single to right field to give the home side the 2-1 lead. In the next frame, Procella sent down the Bears in order to seal the one-run victory.
The Bears return to action on Saturday March 22, when they play UMass-Lowell (1 p.m.) and William & Mary (5 p.m.) in Williamsburg, Virginia.