MERION STATION, Pa. – Five runs in the first two innings gave the Hawks an early lead, and sophomore lefthander Lucas Rollins made it stand up as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team topped George Mason, 5-2, at Smithson Field on Saturday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s (8-15 overall, 2-3 Atlantic 10) took the lead straight out of the gate as Kadar Namey led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Deon Stafford, Jr. Two batters later, Brian Lau’s double brought home Namey for the game’s first run before Cal Jadacki singled to score Stafford and Lau and make it a 3-0 game.
Taylor Boyd then led off the second with a single but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Stafford two batters later. Charlie Concannon followed with a long fly ball down the line in right, despite the windy conditions, the ball stayed fair to give Concannon his fifth home run of the year and the Hawks a 5-0 lead.
George Mason (12-19 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the third. Alejandro Aponte and Frank Sturek started the frame with walks before Brady Acker laid down a perfect bunt and loaded the bases with an infield single. Justin Aungst was able to induce a double play ball out of Michael Smith that allowed Aponte to score, but Greg Popatak grounded out to Boyd at second to keep the damage at a minimum.
Rollins entered the game in the fourth and allowed a leadoff single to Trevor Kelly, but then retired 12 consecutive hitters. Sturek and Acker led off the eighth with singles and moved up on a groundout by Smith, but Rollins fanned Tyler Nelin and Popatak on called third strikes to end the threat.
The Patriots scratched out a run in the ninth as Tim Quinn singled and advanced to second on an error before going to third on a single by Ryan Tassone. Aponte followed with a sacrifice fly, but Sturek hit into a fielder’s choice to end the ballgame.
Rollins scattered five hits across six innings and allowed just the one unearned run while striking out three and walking none to improve to 1-1 on the season. Zach Mort got the start for GMU and allowed five runs on 11 hits and two walks while fanning six in the loss; he fell to 1-4.
Aungst made the start and allowed a run on two hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts in three innings. Boyd and Lau each notched a pair of hits for the Hawks, while Matt Maul posted a three-hit day for the Crimson and Gray.
The teams will play the rubber game of the weekend series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch from Smithson Field is set for 1:00 p.m.