NEW HAVEN, Conn, June 20--It was 1948 in reverse in De Witt Cuyler Field today. Last year, when Yale had a chance for the Ivy League crown, Harvard's Ira Godin shut out the Elis. This afternoon the Crimson has a chance to tie for the League crown for the first time since 1936, an opportunity which was ruined by Yale's 3 to 0 victory.
Harvard never got started. It was blanked by Bob Goodyear, hardly the equal of Frank Quinn, whom Godin bested last June. Goodyear scattered seven singles; he was not exceptionally fast but he mixed up his pitches well and he had a nice crossfire.
Authorities at the New Haven Hospital reported late last night that varsity catcher Clif Crosby, injured in yesterday's game with Yale, has been placed in an oxygen tent and will not be moved for three days. They disclosed that the broken rib Crosby suffered that yesterday had punctured his lung.
Godin gave up eight hits and five walks and didn't look so sharp as he had earlier in the season. He was handicapped at the start when his battery mate Clif Crosby was carried off the field in the second inning.
The injury came about after Yale had loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Art Fitzgerald grounded to Ernie Mannine, who threw to the plate for one out. Crosby, attempting to complete the double play, hit Fitzgerald in the back but Walt Coulson picked up the ball and threw it back to Crosby who tagged Bob James trying to score from second after the third out. James hit Crosby hard and after his turn at bat in the second inning. Crosby was removed to New Haven hospital with a severe abdominal bruise for observation and X-rays.
Yale got its first run in the fourth when Fitzgerald walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a sharp ground single just inside third by Paul Lambert. The Elis tallied again in the sixth. Art Dowd was safe on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on a single to center by Goodyear.
The winners' third and final run came in the seventh, James walked, was sacrificed to second, and scored on a single to left by Fitzgerald.
Goodyear held Harvard to singles in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings while the Crimson touched him for two singles in the ninth. The visitors loaded the bases in the fifth and had two man on in the seventh only to have popups end the rally. There was no Chip Gannon to whack a homer this year and Godin, though adequate, was not sparkling. He struck out five to make the new EIBL strikeout record 88.
Fine fielding plays characterized the game--by Mort, Dunn and Tom Cavanaugh for Harvard, Dowd and Lambert for Yale. Essayen responded with three singles to spark the Crimson's offense.
Harvard thus finishes its League schedule with five wins and four losses and ties Dartmouth for third place in the EIBL. Princeton, with a six and three record, cops the League championship.