FAIRFAX, VA- The Iona College baseball dropped a doubleheader at George Mason in non-conference action Sunday afternoon. The Gaels dropped the opener 13-1 and the night cap 5-4.
Seven different Gaels recorded a hit in game one. Sophomore LF Jimmy Guiliano drove in junior CF Joe Torres with an RBI base hit in the third inning to account for the Gaels lone run.
Following a tough outing by rookie RHP Max Bruckner, sophomore Scott Glowaczewski, senior Anthony LaFauci and freshman Andrew Pucillo combined for 5.1 innings allowing a run on four hits with six strikeouts.
In game two, Iona got on the board in the opening at bat. An RBI single by senior SS Matthew Kriss to drive in junior 2B Bobby Vitulano. The Patriots knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third and took a two-run lead with a two-spot in the fifth.
Iona battled back with two runs in the top of the seventh. Vitulano's RBI fielder's choice scored rookies Christian Choman and Joseph Sessa and knotted the score at 3-3.
In the eighth, a two-out double by senior 1B Chris Sand plated junior RF Joe Smith to give the Maroon & Gold a 4-3 advantage.
George Mason answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the win.
Iona scored its four runs on five hits by five different performers. Senior RHP Matt Marley tossed four innings and allowed three runs on five hits in the no decision. Senior RHP Derrick Bligh tossed three innings of one hit ball. Senior RHP Thomas Kriss took the loss.
Iona is back in action next weekend in a four-game series with Lehigh.