College Notebook: Mason Enters Final Stretch Eyeing Strong Finish

May 9 - George Mason is unlikely to qualify for the seven-team Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament later this month, so the Patriots hope simply to finish the campaign on a high note entering its final two series this weekend at St. Louis and next weekend at home against first-place Virginia Commonwealth.

George Mason (19-29 overall, 5-13 conference) has lost three of its last four after a 4-3 home loss to in-state rival James Madison on Wednesday. Scott Morgan (Woodbridge) was 2-for-4 and connected on his second home run of the season in the loss. Logan Driscoll, who paces the team hitting .346 with 12 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBI, could be playing his final games with coach Bill Brown’s club as the junior catcher is likely to be selected in next month’s Major League Baseball Draft next month.

The Patriots, who have dropped five of their six conference series, are guaranteed of a fourth losing season in five years after winning the A-10 championship in their first year in the league in 2014.

In addition to Driscoll, the George Mason lineup has gotten a productive campaign from senior center fielder Brady Acker, who is hitting .291 with 10 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI in 34 games. Two pitchers hailing from Northern Virginia, junior Jared DiCesare (Chantilly) and freshman Patrick Halligan (Marshall), are tied with a team-high four wins. DiCesare is 4-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 57 strikeouts to 13 walks in 72 innings, and Halligan is 4-4 with a 5.03 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

CNU’s Jumper Earns 1st-Team All-CAC Honors; Biggs, Hague Named to 2nd Team

Christopher Newport junior right-hander Tyler Jumper (Robinson) earned first-team Capital Athletic Conference honors after helping the No. 3 Captains advance to the league’s championship series this weekend.

Jumper was one of six Christopher Newport players selected to the first team, which set a program record. He is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA in 38.2 innings over his 22 relief appearances, and has recorded 36 strikeouts to just eight walks.

The Captains (33-6) host Penn State Harrisburg (31-11-1) this afternoon in Game 1 of a best-of-three championship series. Regardless of the outcome, they are likely to qualify for a 10th NCAA Tournament under coach John Harvell, who was named the CAC Coach of the Year for a second straight season.

Two Mary Washington players, senior pitcher Hank Biggs (Woodgrove) and junior outfielder Christian Hague, were named to the second team. Biggs leads all Division III pitchers with 100.1 innings, finishing his final campaign with the Eagles (15-22) with an 8-5 record and a 3.69 ERA with 79 strikeouts. Hague hit .395 with a .448 on-base percentage, 7 homers and 27 RBI in 35 games.

Saints’ Season Ends With Loss to Gwynedd Mercy in Atlantic East Tournament

Marymount dropped its second game in as many days to Gwynedd Mercy on Saturday to be eliminated from the double-elimination Atlantic East Conference Tournament.

The Saints (20-21) were the No. 3 seed in the tournament after going 8-4 in conference play in the league’s inaugural season, then beat Neumann on a 12th-inning walk-off single by Michael Wade on Friday. However, a 6-2 loss to Gwynedd Mercy later that day dropped them to the loser’s bracket, and a 19-9 loss on Saturday morning ended Mary Washington’s season.

Coach Frank Leoni’s club finished with its third 20-win season in four seasons. Luke Tyree was the Saints’ top offensive player, hitting .377 with 20 extra-base hits - including five homers - as well as 27 RBI and 18 steals. Ryan Bergenhagen anchored the staff, going 7-4 with three complete games, a 4.00 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.

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