George Washington briefly lost its composure, but it was long enough to lose the game today in the opening round of the NCAA East Region baseball tournament.
After bringing an 8-4 lead into the last of the sixth inning against Arkansas, GW committed four errors, helping the Razorbacks to seven runs and eventually a 12-11 victory.
The Colonials (21-8), the ECAC Southern Region champions, play Seton Hall Saturday at noon. The Pirates lost, 10-1,. to Delaware earlier today in another first-round game. Saturday's loser is gone from the double-elimination tournament.
Florida State, the host school, lost to the University of Florida tonight, 9-5, to end the first day of play. The winner of this tournament will advance with seven other regional champs to the College World Series in Omaha, June 1-8.
The Colonials hit three home runs in the fifth inning, when they erupted for five runs to erase a 4-3 Arkansas lead.
Arkansas' Kevin McReynolds started the sixth with a triple off GW starter and loser Kenny Laker (6-3). Ronn Reynolds singled for one run, then Marc Brumble hit a hard grounder to the right of shortstop Bill Goodman. Goodman made a fine backhanded stop and flipped to second base for the force, but the relay by Drew Ingram went past first base, allowing Brumble to take Second.
Ed Wallace singled and Brumble scored when left-fielder Russ Ramsey juggled the ball. The next hitter, John Hennell, grounded to first, where Mike Howell booted the ball. That set up the Razorbacks' Mike Martin, who hit a three-run homer for a 9-8 Arkansas lead.
Goodman's misplay of a grounder helped set up the final runs of the ining as Arkansas went ahead, 11-8. The Razorbacks scored another run in the eighth.
The GW homer hitters in the fifth were Tom Beebe, Howell and Ramsey, who took advantage of a 20 mile-per-hour wind blowing to right field.