Senior second baseman Drew Ingram slugged a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Billy Goodman and give George Washington a 6-5 victory today over Catholic and a berth in the final of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Southern Division baseball tournament.
Catholic was ousted later today when center fielder Phil Titus slammed a three-run home run in the ninth inning to give James Madison a 9-6 victory.
George Washington plays Madison Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Colonials, the only unbeaten team remaining in the double-elimination tournament, need a single win Saturday to qualify for next weekend's NCAA Eastern Regionals, at a still-to-be-determined site.
GW, now 20-7, trailed by one, 5-4, with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Then Cardinal first baseman Jim McGregor bobbled Jim Goss' grounder to allow Goss to reach first safely, a step ahead of McGregor's throw to Mike Giglio.
Back-to-back singles by Ingram and Tom Beebe loaded the bases. On Ingram's hit, Cardinal shortstop Al Perez made the most spectacular of numerous defensive gems: diving to trap the potential run-scoring hit in the infield.
But on the first pitch to Colonial first baseman Kenny Lake, Giglio hit the dirt in front of the plate, the ball bounced over catcher Bill Bolger and Goodman scampered home with the tying run. After a walk to Lake, Ingram was forced out at home and Russ Ramsey grounded into a force at third to end the inning, sending the game into extra innings.
Colonial pitcher Mike Howell, who went the distance for his seventh win against one loss, got the Cardinals out in order in the top of the 10th.
Giglio, who fell to 2-3, had a rougher time. After getting leadoff batter John Smallwood to strike out swinging, he yielded a bunt single to Goodman. Then Colonial center fielder Tino Monaldo was hit ont he shoulder by Giglio's first throw, to put men on first and second.
Another wild pitch by the reliever moved the runners up a base. Goss was intentionally walked to set up a possible double play - Catholic had already made two - and bring up Ingram.
The second baseman swung at Giglio's first pitch and the next thing the ball touched was the right-center field fence.