Reliever Alan Sadler got out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth inning, then finished with four shutout innings to ensure Maryland's 9-4 victory over George Washington yesterday at Shipley Field.

Sadler (1-1) entered the game with Maryland ahead, 7-3, after starter Matt Breitenbach issued his fourth walk of the inning and seventh of the game. First baseman Tom Rudden hit a sacrifice fly and designated hitter Mark Marquis fouled out to end George Washington's last legitimate threat.

The Colonials (2-12) started with two first-inning runs. Leadoff batter Gregg Ritchie walked, stole second, advanced on a ground ball and scored on a wild pitch. Third baseman Mark Heyison then homered to left-center field.

Maryland (8-10) took the lead for good in the first. Scott Rowe walked and stole second, Jimmy Brooks singled and sophomore Marty Freeman scored Rowe with a single, his first of three hits. Mike Lavin singled in Brooks, and after Freeman was picked off third base, Lavin scored on Kevin Johnstone's single.

The Terrapins made it 5-2 in the second getting three more hits off George Washington starter Harry Achatz (0-2). With one out, Ron Stark and Rowe singled. Stark scored on a ground out by Brooks and Rowe on a double by Freeman.

Maryland's victory exposed George Washington's primary problems: inexperience, injuries and shaky pitching. The team's first-year coach, Jim Goss, leads a team with only three seniors: one of them, outfielder Rich Lamont, suffered a fractured wrist in the opening game and probably will be redshirted this season, along with sophomore Kevin Fitzgerald, the starting second baseman who has an injured knee.

Goss had to stick with Achatz even after the left-hander had given up eight runs, nine hits, five walks and thrown two wild pitches through five innings.

"I didn't really leave Harry in by choice," Goss said. "We've already played two games this week and, with upcoming conference games this weekend, we'll need fresh arms."

Maryland has won four of its last six games and will take a 4-2 ACC record to Duke and Wake Forest this weekend.