The varsity baseball team, undefeated in college competition, should win its fifth straight this afternoon against a weak Brandeis squad. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Soldiers Field.
Coach Norm Shepard will start either Ken Rossano, victor over M.I.T. last Tuesday, or junior righthander Bob Kessler. Neither should have too much trouble. While the Judges boast five returning lettermen among their starters, last year's team won only two out of 16 games.
Brandeis will start Arthur Sharenow, a right hander, who last year gave up 12 walks to a weak Crimson team but still managed to win, 7 to 3. The victory was the pitcher's lone win in five decisions.
Today's game is only the second for the Judges. The Waltham team played a 6 to 6 tie yesterday against an M.I.T. squad, which the varsity pummeled 6-0 here Tuesday. The game was called at the end of the nine innings because of darkness.
The Crimson will start with the same team that amazed B.U. with a 7 to 2 win last Thursday. John Simourian will play first; Bob Hastings, second; Don Butters, third; and Jim Murray, short. Dick Hoffman will open in left field, Bill Cleary in center, and Matt Botsford in right. Captain George MacDonald will continue to play catcher and bat in the clean-up position in the batting order.
If the varsity should somehow manage to lose today's game, overconfidence more than Brandeis hitting and pitching will probably account for the defeat. Even the strongest supporters of the Crimson nine were surprised by the case of Thursday's win over Boston University.