Baseball games don't come much more lopsided than the one between George Washington and Howard yesterday.
The final score, 14-1, in favor of GW, was bad enough for Howard, but that took place on a cold, windy afternoon on the Ellipse.
The Colonials (12-17) collected 17 hits and pitcher Ken Lake held the Boson (12-16) to one, and that was a rather weak grounder past third base. Howard further compounded its misery with four errors and three wild pitches.
George Washington went into the game with a .316 team batting average and took advantage of a pitching mismatch to improve that statistic considerably. Opposing Lake, the Colonials' No. 1 pitcher, who has a no-hitter to his credit this season, was Darryl Smith, pitching for only the second time this season. After playing seven games in the last week, the Bison had exhausted their regular starters.
If didn't take long for GW to solve Smith, scoring five runs in the second inning, four in the third and two in the fourth. Smith brought much of the trouble upon himself by repeatedly getting behind on the count. The strikes he did throw were over the middle of the plate and the Colonials feasted on them. Among their 17 hits were two home runs, three triples and two doubles.
GW catcher Tom Masterson, who led the nation's junior colleges in hitting two years ago, went four for four with two triples and raised his average to .443, top on his team. Masterson also threw out the two runners who attempted steals.
Second baseman Russ Ramsey and first baseman Steve Doherty were also perfect, each going three for three.
"We can hit with any club in the country," said GW Coach Dennis Brant. "Our problem is that we're young (eight freshmen and five sophomores) and we've been making mental mistakes and physical errors."
Lake (3-2) allowed only a second-inning double by Dave Adams, but walked nine batters as he tired in the late innings. He lost his shutout in the ninth on an error and three walks.
Howard can take consolation in the fact that the game was not representative of its season. Only last Saturday, the Bison defeated George Washington, 5-4. But that was before they ran out of starters.