Say Hello (And Goodbye) to the George Mason Patriots, the Sacrificial Lambs of the Rice Regional (Update)

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Not to be confused with the New England Patriots
"Well (Friday night's starter Jared Graynor) did a very good job and I think we were very fortunate to come away with a win because he was mixing four different pitches with good control," Rice coach Wayne Graham said. "A lot of people think it is easy to handle that guy, but the last time I checked he came in with an ERA that was in the mid ones or something like that. He is tough and they played a relatively clean game, so we were fortunate to win."

George Mason didn't beat itself. The Patriots didn't do what so many mid-major teams do. They didn't appear to press. They didn't lose composure. They might have lost to Rice, but they made Rice work for the win, and they proved they belonged on the same field with the big boys.

So let the big boy stories be about the Horns and the Aggies and the Owls and the rain and the lightning. But for just a moment, let's shine a bit of the spotlight on the George Mason Patriots.


Texas easily handled A&M on Friday afternoon, getting the 8-1 win. Rice came from behind on Friday night to defeat George Mason 7-2. The Aggies defeated George Mason Saturday afternoon.

Rice struggled to defeat George Mason on Friday night, relying on outstanding pitching to stay in the game until busting out late. So it's no surprise that Rice struggled against UT on Saturday night -- the incessant rain and lightning delayed the start of the game until 9:46 pm, and it didn't end until after 1:00 am on Sunday morning when UT got the extra innings win. Rice burst out to a big lead on the Aggies on Sunday afternoon, but the bullpen and defense faltered, and A&M eliminated the Owls from the tournament in another extra inning affair. The Aggies, who looked overmatched in the Friday game with UT, then defeated UT 3-2 last night to force a deciding game tonight at 6:05 at Reckling Park.

In Baton Rouge, the Cougars came from behind to defeat Bryant on Friday before losing to LSU on Saturday night. But the Cougars defeated Southeastern Louisiana yesterday afternoon, then topped LSU last night. UH and LSU will play a winner-take-all game in Baton Rouge tonight.

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