Georgetown Baseball Coach Ken Kelly complained that his team, having had an 11-day layoff, was rusty and played poorly in yesterday's 9-7 victory over George Washington at the West Ellipse. But the Hoyas' Dwight Madison gave Kelly's claim little credibility.
Madison, a fleet left fielder, beat out three infield hits, stole two bases and scored four runs, including the eventual game-winner in the ninth inning, giving Georgetown its first victory after eight losses on a trip south. George Washington is 6-7.
Tied, 6-6, starting the ninth, Georgetown scored three runs on one hit. Bill O'Leary and Madison drew walks off Colonial reliever and loser Frank Van Zant and advanced on Steve Iannini's sacrifice. Clean-up hitter Joe Niciforo was intentionally walked and Chris O'Meara followed with a two-run double that bounced over first baseman Roger Marquis. Mike Saguto's fly to left scored Niciforo and gave Georgetown a three-run lead.
The Colonials came back on Rich Lamont's bad-hop single off Hoya relief winner Tom Bass and a walk to all-America shortstop Rod Peters, who went zero for four. Catcher Steve Doherty forced Peters at second, but shortstop O'Leary threw the ball past Niciforo, enabling Lamont to score. But Bass retired Marc Heyison on a ground ball to end the game.
"It was a poorly played contest for the most part," Kelly said. "We've got some sore arms, and we didn't hit the ball that well because of the layoff."
Concern for sore arms caused Kelly to remove starter Kris Kinscherf after six innings, during which the burly right-hander had allowed two hits as his teammates took a 6-2 lead.
"I would have taken him out if he was pitching a no-hitter," said Kelly.
The Colonials welcomed Bass with three singles and two walks in the seventh, cutting the Hoya lead to 6-5, then tied with two out in the eighth when Marquis walked and Nick Riccio pulled a triple down the right field line.
The game started out as a pitching duel between Kinscherf and George Washington's Matt Jones, neither of whom allowed a hit until Madison beat out a bouncer to shortstop in the fourth.
"People in this area apparently are writing us off this year," said Colonial Coach Dennis Brant. "Right now, because of inexperience, we've got a first baseman playing catcher and a couple of guys who wouldn't normally play in the outfield. But I guarantee you we're the best team in the area, which will be evident when the season ends.''