ARLINGTON, Va.— Greg Popatak hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and lift No. 2 George Mason to a 4-0 win over third-seeded Fordham to reach the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship Thursday at Tucker Field.
The Patriots (28-25) will play Friday at noon and will face the winner between No. 1 Saint Louis and No. 5 Davidson. Fordham (35-18-1) suffered its first loss of the double-elimination tournament and will play No. 7 George Washington Thursday at 5:00 pm.
Popatak’s double to right center, which came with one out, pushed Trevor Kelly, Logan Driscoll
Bryce Nightengale (9-6) was strong in the win, throwing 6 2/3 innings and allowing five hits and no runs. He struck out five in the effort. Ryan Ricci picked up his third save of the year, throwing 2 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit. Fordham starter Anthony DiMeglio (8-3) pitched the full game for the Rams, taking the loss on a six-hit performance with four runs (three earned) and six strikeouts.
Popatak’s 3-for-4 performance led all hitters, as did his three RBI. Reiss Knehr was 2-for-3 to lead Fordham at the plate.