Mike Toomey's homecoming was extended at least another day as George Washington stayed alive in the NCAA East Regional baseball tournament, defeating Seton Hall, 5-2, behind pitcher Mike Howell today.
The peppery GW coach resided in this state capital city for six years in the 1950s, while his father, Frank Toomey, was an assistant football coach under Tom Nugent at Florida State.
The elder Toomey moved to the University of Maryland with Nugent, and is now golf coach at Montgomery College.
"It's a matter of pride," said Toomey, in his fourth year at GW. "Coming back to Tallahassee like this, I want to do a good job. But pride is a big factor for the team, the coaches, the whole program."
Sunday, the Colonials (22-9) will play Florida, a 9-1 loser to Arkansas tonight. The Razorbacks defeated GW, 12-11, Friday.
The big upset of today's competition was Delaware's 7-6 win over Florida State, the tourney host. FSU, a loser to Florida Friday was eliminated as was Seton Hall.
Most of the GW inspiration against Seton Hall was provided by Howell, a senior right-hander from Oxon Hill Md. In winning his eight victory in nine decisions, Howell went the distance, scattering eight hits and giving up only one earned run.
He was backed by a defense that showed considerable improvement from Friday's four-error performance against Arkansas. Seventeen Seton Hall outs came on the ground balls - all but one handled successfully by the infield - while Russ Ramsey made a sparking catch inleft field.