BY MICHAEL ABLER, STAFF WRITER
The Mason Baseball team seems to be showing signs of turning this season around. Mason has gone on a five-game winning streak over the past week. The streak includes a three-game series sweep of A10 rival Dayton on the road April 15.
Mason took Game 1 by a score of 7-1, 8-6 in game two and finished off the series with a convincing 10-5 win at the University of Dayton’s home field. Junior shortstop Michael Smith performed strong in the series opener, with three hits in five at-bats and a pair of runs scored. This included a doubleheader against Dayton last Saturday, April 5, where the Patriots masterfully won both of those games by a combined score of 18-11.
The Patriots now have a record of 17-20, but they’re 6-3 in Atlantic-10 Conference play as of April 19. Their next four games include a three-game series against fellow A-10 team University of Richmond, which could help the Patriots, who currently sit third in the standings, chase down first place Virginia Commonwealth University. Mason’s next game is April 16 against William and Mary at 3 p.m. in Spuhler Field. Mason hopes that this streak could very well be the turning point for the team to make a run for the post-season.
Editor’s Note: Between the time of press and date of release, Mason will play four games. One against the Naval Academy and a three game series against A-10 opponent St. Bonaventure.