FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Justin Aungst turned in another quality start on the mound, but the Saint Joseph’s baseball team dropped its final road game of the season, falling 2-0 to George Mason at Spuhler Field on Sunday.
Aungst allowed just two runs on four hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk, but was outdueled by GMU’s Jared DiCesare, who went the distance and allowed just three hits while fanning nine.
George Mason (23-25 overall, 13-8 Atlantic 10) did not put a runner on base until the fourth, when Tyler Nelin led off with a single. Two batters later, Logan Driscoll tripled home Nelin for the game’s first run before Trevor Kelly followed with a sacrifice fly to double the lead.
DiCesare retired 17 in a row at one point, but Saint Joseph’s (19-26 overall, 5-14 Atlantic 10) would have one final opportunity in the ninth. With one out, Brendan Hueth reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate. Matt Maul hit into a fielder’s choice, but went to third on a single by Charlie Concannon. Unfortunately for the Hawks, DiCesare notched a strikeout to extinguish the threat and end the ballgame.
The Hawks will play one final home series this week when they host Massachusetts. First pitch in the series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.