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Mason Baseball’s Winning Streak Now at 10

Sports---Mason-BaseballSenior Tyler Roth delivered a pitching performance described as “magnificent” by George Mason baseball Coach Adam Amerine,  propelling the Mustangs to a 4-2 victory over visiting Madison County last Friday. The victory was the Mustangs’ tenth in a row.

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Senior Michael Wolfe and coach Adam Amerine confer. (Photo: Phil Duncan)

Senior Tyler Roth delivered a pitching performance described as “magnificent” by George Mason baseball Coach Adam Amerine,  propelling the Mustangs to a 4-2 victory over visiting Madison County last Friday. The victory was the Mustangs’ tenth in a row.

Mason’s regular-season Bull Run schedule winds up with a home game against Rappahannock at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 14, and a 7 p.m. tilt at Manassas Park on Tuesday, May 18.

Mason’s 2006 baseball team won nine straight, but whether any Mason squad has ever won more than ten in a row is the question of the hour (veterans of other superb Mason  baseball teams, including the one which won a state title three decades ago, are encouraged to contact the News-Press Sports Department with their recollections).

In the game against Madison, Roth pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 15 Mountaineer batters.

He also had two RBIs, including one on a triple in the sixth inning that drove in the insurance run after Mason had gone up 3-2.

Madison went up 1-0 in the second inning, but Mason answered in the bottom of the frame: junior Tyler Duncan drew a leadoff walk, senior P.J. Anderson singled, then senior Brian Lubnow singled to score Duncan and Anderson came in on a Roth grounder.

Mason held its 2-1 lead until the sixth inning, when Madison tied the game on a two-out RBI single.

The Mustangs immediately rose to the challenge: Leading off once more, Duncan gutted out a single on an infield chopper, diving into first to beat the throw. Speedy sophomore Jack Trainor was inserted as a pinch runner, and two batters later he scored the go-ahead run when Lubnow kept Madison busy with a grounder between third and short.

Roth’s triple scored senior Michael Wolfe to give Mason a two-run cushion going into the seventh inning, when Roth mowed down Madison 1-2-3 to end the game.

The Mustangs took the measure of another Bull Run visitor earlier last week, shutting out Clarke County 8-0 on May 4 as senior pitchers Brian Lubnow and Quinn Casteel limited the Eagles to five hits.

Wolfe, a centerfielder, helped preserve the shutout in the fifth inning with a thrilling gundown of an Eagle runner coming into home; sophomore catcher Stephen Lubnow snagged Wolfe’s perfect throw and made the tag at the plate.

Stephen Lubnow also had three hits and scored three runs, and sophomore Jon Freeman got two hits.

Mason closed out April with a non-league game against its neighbors at Falls Church High School. A young, rebuilding team, the Jaguars were no match for the Mustangs, who won 20-0 in a mercy rule five-inning game.

Leading Mason’s offense was Freeman, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and amassed six RBIs; nine other Mason players got hits.

Stephen Lubnow earned the victory on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings. Freeman and Wolfe tossed the final two frames.

Friday’s homestand against Rappahannock is Senior Night for Roth, Anderson, Casteel, Brian Lubnow, Evans Mandes and Wolfe.

Bull Run tournament play begins May 21; the top two finishers advance to the Region B quarterfinals on May 31.

The win over Bull Run District foe Madison kept Mason alone atop the league’s standings with a 7-0 record in league play.

Overall the Mustangs are 12-5 on the season.