In the midst of a record-breaking season, the George Washington baseball team hit a brief drought last weekend, dropping a doubleheader at Duquesne to end a 14-game winning streak. Yesterday, despite a ninth-inning downpour that sent the Colonials scurrying onto the field with a pair of tarps, the drought ended with a 12-3 victory over George Mason in Arlington.
George Washington, which plays its home games at Barcroft Park, reached 39 regular season wins for the first time in school history. The Colonials (39-16) also won their 21st home game, tying for the most in school history. Most importantly, George Washington has a chance to reach 40 wins in its regular season finale this afternoon against Towson.
"No question -- certainly if we can win [today] and get to 40 regular season wins, that's a big threshold for the [NCAA] tournament," George Washington Coach Tom Walter said. "Hopefully, it's not going to come down to that."
For Walter's Colonials to avoid the waiting game, they'd have to win next week's Atlantic 10 tournament, in which they are the No. 2 seed behind Rhode Island.
George Washington has beaten NCAA tournament hopeful George Mason (34-14) twice in 15 days.
"This is one of the best teams in the area; we really needed to hammer down on these guys," said GW's Ryan Roberson, who contributed a home run, two singles and five RBI to yesterday's 16-hit attack.
Despite the result, George Mason's postseason prospects seem more secure. The Patriots have clinched at least second place in the Colonial Athletic Association, which is almost certain to send two teams to the NCAA tournament. If the Patriots win one game during this weekend's three-game set with James Madison, they will claim the top seed in next week's CAA tournament.
Shortstop Jeff Palumbo (St. John's) became George Mason's leader with 265 career hits when he slapped the first pitch of yesterday's game into left field.
-- Dan Steinberg