RICHMOND, Va. – The George Mason Patriots snuck a pair of runs across in the top of the first inning in Saturday's game against VCU, and that would be all it would take to claim the 2-0 victory over the Rams.
The Rams drop to 17-14 overall, including 6-8 in CAA play, while George Mason improves to 21-11 and 8-6 in league play.
"It's a disappointing loss for us just for the fact that (junior pitcher) Ryan Farrar really competed well for us on the mound," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "Ryan just had a bad first inning and George Mason took advantage of it. We just haven't been very good these past two days offensively and a lot of credit has to go to their pitchers. We need to come back tomorrow ready to compete."
After Farrar struck out the first batter of the game, George Mason's Brig Tison roped a double into left center to put a runner in scoring position. Farrar walked the next batter, before Zack Helgeson dropped a double down the right field line to score both runners and give the Patriots a 2-0 lead.
The Rams put together chances in the contest, but were unable to come away with the key hits to get on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the first inning, VCU junior infielder Jordan Weymouth and sophomore infielder Joey Cujas had back-to-back one out singles to get things started. Redshirt junior Brent Mikionis hit a grounder to the third baseman, who forced Weymouth out at third before throwing wide of first base, allowing Mikionis to reach safely and advancing Cujas to third base. The two Rams would end up stranded on the bases, following a strikeout for the third and final out.
The Rams best chance came in the bottom of the fourth inning, with a two out rally. With senior Taylor Perkins standing on second and redshirt junior Taylor Buran on first, freshman Vimael Machin lined a single in to right field that had everyone moving. Perkins rounded third and headed for home, but a solid throw from the George Mason right fielder beat Perkins to the plate to end the charge.
Farrar suffered the loss for the Rams despite pitching eight solid innings and allowing just five hits. Mason's Ryan Pfaeffle picked up the win for the Patriots, pitching 7.1 innings.
VCU and Mason will close out the series on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.