The Harvard second nine lost its third straight game yesterday when the strong Andover team bunched its hits with Crimson errors for a 7 to 2, triumph. Puffer, in his first start of the season, pitched fairly well, but his three successive errors on Andover bunts in the third inning started the schoolboys on a four-run rampage. These unearned tallies were too much of a margin for Harvard to overcome.
Shoop, Andover's star pitcher, struck out twelve men, but he was hit hard at times. A triple by Maher and a double by Amsden put the Crimson ahead in the second. In the fourth Maher was safe on an error and Amsden almost took Shoop's leg off with a line single that bounced off into foul territory Mann and Burton fanned, but Donaldson came through with a clean hit that apparently drove in two runs. Amsden missed third base, however, in his dash for the plate, and he was called out.
Harvard Threatens in Eighth
Harvard's biggest threat came in the eight, when Field lined a single to right and Maher single sharply to center. Amsden drove a vicious liner directly at the third baseman which the latter knocked down, forcing Field at third. Maher and Amsden moved up on a wild pitch, but Shoop settled down and struck out the next two men.
Meanwhile Andover had scored twice more off Puffer in the fifth on a pass, a stolen base two wild thorws, and two hits." Nash relieved Puffer in the sixth and was scored on once in the eighth An error by Rice and a two-base hit by first-baseman Prior did the damage.
The hitherto leaderless Second baseball team made the trip to Andover yesterday under the guidance of its newly-elected captain, B. M. Rice '25.
Batteries: Shoop and Dudley; Puffer, Nash and Maher.