The University baseball team will play its second championship game with Princeton, at Princeton, this afternoon at 3 o'clock. The batting orders of both teams will be the same as last Saturday, with the one exception that Hicks will pitch for Harvard. Captain Currier has sufficiently recovered from the injury to his finger to resume his position behind the bat, and with his return the team should display more speed than in the Brown game. White and Dawson will again be the battery for Princeton.
A victory over Princeton today on their home grounds can by no means be predicted from the showing made by the two teams last Saturday. Although Harvard played championship ball, the Princeton team was decidedly off color, and today it is expected that the calibre of its real baseball ability will be manifested. The fact that the University team has not won a game at Princeton for twelve consecutive years is good evidence of Princeton's strength on the home grounds. But the Harvard team today, is made up principally of players, who have had the advantage of playing at Princeton in past years, and who are eager to retaliate for the long list of defeats. If Hicks is in form, and there is every reason to expect that he will be, Harvard should have a decided advantage in the pitching department, as White has not shown himself to be particularly effective. Hicks has never pitched a full game against Princeton. Last year he pitched the last two innings of the Cambridge game, and two runs were scored against him. The University team will have to hit with greater regularity than it has of late to win.
Harvard lost at Princeton last year, 4 to 0. Hartford was knocked out of the box in the third inning, and Lanigan finished the game, allowing only two hits. Heyniger was hit for a two-bagger and two singles.
Since last Saturday each team has lost its only game played. Harvard succumbed to Nourse's pitching at Providence on Wednesday, and Princeton lost its second game to Pennsylvania by the score of 4 to 3 in ten innings,, with White pitching. In that game Pennsylvania, though outbatted and outfielded, won by opportune hitting. Princeton has defeated Brown twice this year by a 3 to 2 score, in spite of Nourse's pitching.
W. R. Sides '09, third base, has been elected captain of the Princeton team to take the place of Captain Vaughn, who resigned in the early part of the season. Sides is completing his fourth year as third baseman, and is one of the leading college players in that position. His propensity for making long hits makes him dangerous at the bat.
The batting orders: