WILLIAMS TAKES ON BASEBALL NINE TODAY
Purple Out to Avenge Last Year's 6-2 Defeat-Has Shown Weak Hitting Ability-Gehrke to Start on Mound for Home Team
Though the Williams baseball team has only one victory to its credit the Purple nine may offer an unexpected resistance when it meets the University players at Soldiers Field this afternoon at 4 o'clock. The visitors had shown but little strength until they met Amherst on Thursday. Though the game was called in the fourth inning because of rain they were able to hold their rivals to one tally and to score a tying run two innings later.
Last year the University gained a 6-2 victory over Williams, but it was only by heavy hitting in the ninth and perfect fielding throughout the contest that the Crimson was able to keep out of danger.
Though Coach Coombs has no steady pitchers on his staff he has three men who have shown up well at times. Cobb did some excellent work in the short four-inning game against Amherst, outpitching Leete who held the University to a 2-1 victory. The latter, who was in good form, allowed four hits, while Cobb gave the opposing batters only two opportunities to hit.
Visitors' Fielding Erratic
The visitors' fielding, too, is erratic and has frequently been the cause of defeat, but here again, the Purple nine has had periods of almost perfect work in the infield. O'Brien at shortstop is the best player both in the field and at bat. In the Wesleyan game he played errorless ball and was responsible for three of the five runs scored.
The Williams hitting, however, has been one of the weakest points of the team. In the West Point game the Purple batters were completely at the Army's mercy; and in the contest with Hamilton last Saturday 15 Purple batters struck out, giving their opponents a 1-0 victory.