Ward Allows B. U. Only Four Hits; Crimson Wins Fourth Straight, 7-2
Behind Andy Ward's four-hit pitching, the varsity baseball team won its fourth straight game yesterday, stopping favored Boston University, 7 to 2.
Ward, unperturbed by B.U.'s press clippings, was never in trouble: he struck out ten, and walked only three. Coach Norm Shepard was enthusiastic over Ward's performance and his team's strong spring start. His feeling was echoed by Terrier coach Harry Cleverly, who said, "Harvard's a much improved team, and should prove a real threat."
Three and four run outbursts provided the varsity's margin in its second straight Greater Boston League victory. This was the first league contest for B. U.'s defending champions.
Both Crimson rallies were sustained with the help of sloppy Terrier fielding, at only one run was earned.
With B.U. ahead 2 to 0 in the fifth, Bill Cleary, breaking into the starting lineup for the first time this season, beat out a slow roller to third. Shortstop Jim Murray followed by driving home the first run with a line double to left-center.
B.U.'s fielding weakness then came to the varsity's assistance, as Matt Botsford got on with the third baseman fumbled his grounder. Two outs later Dick Hoffman belted a triple to left, clearing the bases. Hoffman scored on John Simourian's single.
Two innings later the Terriers presented the Crimson with three more runs. After Ward blooped a Texas Leaguer over second, and Hoffman got his second straight hit, Simourian lined a clean single to right, Ward stopped at third, but when the right fielder bobbled the ball, he continued to score.
The right fielder finally relayed the ball into the infield, where it was the first baseman's turn to play keep-away He heaved the ball past the third baseman, allowing both Hoffman and Simourian to finish their round of the bases.
B.U. started off well, tallying one run in both the first and third innings, before the Crimson had managed even one hit. Both runs came after a base on balls, the first on an error and the second after two singles. Ward then held the Terriers to two base hits in six innings, to insure his first triumph of the young season.
The next game for the varsity will be Saturday against Brandeis.
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