Mount Baseball Hosts George Mason on Tuesday in Home Opener: Visits James Madison on Wednesday

Mount Baseball Hosts George Mason on Tuesday in Home Opener: Visits James Madison on Wednesday

Mount St. Mary's (1-8) vs. George Mason (6-4)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
E.T Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.

Mount St. Mary's (1-8) at James Madison (5-5-1)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Harrisonburg, Va.

MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount went 1-8 on its nine-game trip to Florida last week.  Josh Winter paced the offense, posting a .441 average with four doubles and 10 RBI for the week.  Mark Quaranta is hitting .387 with a team-high seven runs scored while Michael Foster is hitting .345 on the year.  On the mound, Brady Feigl went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA with 14 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the way.  Andrew Schrock is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six innings of work.  The Mount hit .287 as a team in Florida, but had a team ERA of 8.00.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS:  George Mason took two of three games from Northeast Conference member Bryant this past weekend to move to 6-4 on the season.  Brig Tison is the top hitter in George Mason's lineup with a .465 average and a team-high 12 runs scored.  Zack Helgeson leads the team with four home runs and is tied with Dan Schafferman with a team-high 10 RBIs.  On the mound, Jake Kalish is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in 10.0 innings of work.  Overall, George Mason has a 3.31 ERA as a team.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. GEORGE MASON...The Mount is 2-7 all-time against George Mason since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989.  The Patriots have won the past two meetings, including a 9-5 win last year in Fairfax, Va.  The last time the two teams met in Emmitsburg was a 27-12 George Mason win on April 27, 2005.

LAST YEAR'S VS. THE PATRIOTS:  The Mount lost at George Mason, 9-5, on March 2, last year in the team's season opener.  Andrew Caron went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.  Leadoff hitter Tommy Flynn went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored while Michael Foster was 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs.  Caron belted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to give the Mount a 5-4 lead, but George Mason scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.

ABOUT THE DUKES:  James Madison is 5-5-1 on the year and hosts Virginia on Tuesday afternoon. Bradley Shaban hit a walk-off two-run homer on Sunday against Lafayette to lift James Madison to a sweep of the series.  Ty McFarland leads the team with a .432 with 14 runs scored while Shaban is hitting .394 with a team-high 15 RBI.  James Madison is hitting .314 as a team this year.  ON the mound, Sean Tierney is the top starter with a 2-1 record and a 2.60 ERA in three starts.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. JAMES MADISON:  James Madison holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series since the  Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1989.  The Dukes posted a 3-0 win over the Mount in 1990, earned 10-5 and 14-3 wins in 1992, and defeated the Mount 21-12 in 2009 in the four meetings.

LAST MEETING IN THE SERIES:  James Madison  outslugged the Mount, 21-12, at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on April 7, 2009, in the last meeting between the two schools.  Matt Staso went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI to pace the Mount in the loss.  With the wind gusting to right field, the Dukes belted 11 home runs in the victory.  The Mount held an 8-5 lead after three innings of play and led 10-9 until a 10-run sixth propelled the Dukes to the win.  The Dukes had 11 home runs by eight different players in the game. James Madison's first five hits in the contest were home runs. Knight went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and five RBI to pace James Madison while Herbek was 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI. The top three hitters in the lineup combined to go 9-for-13 with 11 runs scored and 10 RBI in the game.

FLORIDA:  The Mount opened the season with a nine-game trip to Winter Haven, Fla.  The Mount went 0-4 vs. Saint Louis, 1-3 vs. St. Bonaventure, and 0-1 against Bowling Green during the week.

WINTER STARTS STRONG:  Senior Josh Winter has had a strong start to the season, posting a .441 average with a team-high 10 RBI over the first nine games of the season.  Winter also leads the team with four doubles and is 15-for-34 at the plate this year.  Winter, a career .297 hitter, hit .194 last year for the Mount in 39 games.  His 10 RBI already surpass his season total of seven last season.

WELCOME BACK BRADY:  Left-hander Brady Feigl is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA so far this season after missing the 2011 season due to injury.  Feigl has struck out 14 batters in eight innings of work and is holding the opponents to a .080 average so far this year.

UP NEXT:  The Mount returns to action on Tuesday, March 13, with a doubleheader at Maryland-Eastern Shore.  The Mount's next home game is Wednesday, March 14, vs. Georgetown, at 3:00 p.m.

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