On the dust and rocks of Banneker Field yesterday, George Washington outlasted Howard, 14-13, in a college baseball game that was a hitter's delight and a fielder's nightmare.
When the game was called because of darkness in the top of the eighth inning, 11 unearned runs had been scored and there had been a total of 25 hits on the bumpy field.
"You're going to make errors on this field," said Howard Coach Chuck Hinton. "But they hit the ball good enough."
"It was ugly," said George Washington Coach John Castleberry. "Howard's got a good club, we weren't playing on a good field and we didn't play well. But we'll take the win."
The Colonials (16-9) won their seventh straight game and 13th out of their last 15 after starting out 3-7. In their last five games, the Colonials have averaged more than 10 runs. Howard, which had lost to 10th-ranked Old Dominion by only 4-3 the day before, dropped to 12-9.
Colonials freshman left-hander John Fischer (2-1) lasted 5 2/3 innings to improve his record to 2-1. He gave up 11 runs -- only five were earned -- and struck out 11 before leaving in the sixth because of control problems.
Freshman Peter Ramundo got the last out in the sixth, and struck out two in the seventh after the first two hitters of the inning singled and tripled.
"It was good to see him bear down a little," said Castleberry. "It's good to get our bull pen working. We didn't have it last year."
Gregg Ritchie, Kirk Warner, Matt Peluso, Jim Shultz and Mike Rolfes each had at least two hits for the Colonials. Peluso had four runs batted in, including a two-run single in the fifth that put George Washington ahead, 12-8.
The Bison were led by third baseman James Baynes and second baseman Tony Mack. Baynes had a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI triple in the sixth. Mack had three hits and four RBI.
The Colonials scored five runs in the first. In the bottom half of the inning, however, third baseman Warner made two errors after Fischer retired the first two batters, and the Bison scored four unearned runs.
After scoring three runs in the bottom half of the fifth, the Colonials led, 13-8, and Fischer appeared to be in control. But in the sixth, Howard came within 13-9 on Baynes' RBI triple, and Fischer walked two straight batters with one out to load the bases. After Mitch Smith struck out, Jerry Ringgold walked for a run and Mack drove in two to make it 13-12.
*Navy 4, Villanova 2: A run-scoring double from Marius Jones and a two-run single by John Young keyed a three-run, fifth-inning rally as the Midshipmen (12-7) won at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, ending a three-game losing streak. Villanova, which rallied for two runs in the sixth on sacrifice flies from Scott Brassington and Steve Zolner, fell to 6-13-1.
*Old Dominion 6, Virginia 2: Tom Reichel had three hits and Sydney White had two hits and scored three runs for the Monarchs (24-4) in Charlottesville. Mike Basara led the Cavaliers (15-12) with three hits. Jim Huizda (8-0) picked up the win by yielding three hits and no runs in five innings.