George Washington's quest of an impossible dream was blown apart by a six-run Florida explosion in the sixth inning, as the Gators defeated the Colonials, 12-7, today.
The loss eliminated GW from the NCAA East region baseball tournament. Friday, the Colonials were beaten, 12-11, by Arkansas, but came back saturday to take a 5-2 decision from Seton Hall.
Florida, however, was eliminated tonight by surprising Delaware, 7-5. The victory put the Blue Hens in Monday's final against Arkansas. After an 8-6 loss to the Razorbacks earlier today, Delaware needs to win twice to advance to the College World Series at Omaha, Neb.
Among the six teams here fighting for a berth in the College World Series GW was by far the most lightly regarded, but outlasted Seton Hall and torunament host Florida State.
Entering the sixth inning the score was 3-3. Florida, however, put its first two batters on the corners, prompting GW Coach Mike Toomey to remove his starter, Dennis Minogue.
Kenny Lake left first base to pitch, and immediately wiped out the Gator on third, on a tag at home, and retired the next hitter on a short fly to right.
But Randy Morris singled to break the tie, Jim Watkins doubled home another run, and, after a walk loaded the bases, Bob Teegarden hit a 400-foot grand-slam homer to give the Gators at 9-3 lead.
"We were one out away from staying in the game," said Toomey. "But we just didn't have the pitching."
The colonials had 14 hits off Gator winner Mike Grant, three by third baseman Jim Goss. His brother, Barry goss, drove in three runs.
GW ended its season 22-9.