Floyd Stahl's powerful Crimson nine waded through the stiffest week on its schedule just about as expected with three victories against one defeat. And they took care to get one of those triumphs over Penn, the only League tilt of the four.
The Stahlmen topped the Quakers 10 to 8 on Friday and lost an anti-climax tilt to the Crusaders on Saturday at Worcester 7 to 6. They are still a half game ahead of Cornell in the League standings, and on Wednesday the two teams meet in a crucial game at Ithaca.
In the Friday game big "Tobo" Healey was coasting along on a safe 8 to 3 lead when the Ben Franklins fell upon his slants, chased him to cover, and finally finished up on Slim Curtiss. When all the smoke had cleared away, the heavy early inning barrage of Lupien and Co. had been nullified, making the score 8 to 8.
It was Charley Brackett to the rescue again, and the lanky Sophomore stopped the Quakers cold. Then came the happy ending in the Harvard half of the eighth with Hoye and Grondahl scampering across the plate for two all-important tallies. Rud Hoye went to first hit by a pitched ball and and scored on Dick Grondahl's three-base blow to right field. Lupe Lupien drove in Grondahl with a single, his fourth hit of the day.
Out at Worcester it was a different tory against the Holy Cross Crusaders as a weary Crimson hurling corps was not quits equal to the occasion, bowing to a 7 to 6 defeat. Art Johns and his "nothing" ball was drafted into service to start the game, but the Crusaders got to him in one inning flat. Slim Curtise did a nice relief job, only to see victory slip from his grasp in the eighth.
There the home boys broke a 6 to 6 deadlock by using a walk, a ball, a freak fleider choice, and an error to manufacture a run. In the seventh the Crimson had finally overcome their four un deficit when Gane Lovett's liner got away from Holy Cross' right fielder, Ray Monaco, and let four Harvard runs rickle across the plate.
Saturday's game was the first appearance in the last seven games for veteran outfielder Bob Gannett and he celebrated his return by getting three hits in five trips to the plate. Fred Heckel broke into the lineup because Johns started the game on the mound