Dom Repetto will attempt to maintain his mastery over Yale's Eastern Inter-collegiate Baseball League champions this afternoon on Soldiers Field.
The right-hander handed the Elis their only league defeat, 5 to 2, on May 18, and he will hurl this afternoon as the Crimson nine takes the field at 3:15 p.m.
The visitors will probably use Ray Carlsen on the mound. Carlsen, also a right-hander, led the E. I. B. L. with a 5-0, 1.19 ERA record, but he has never beaten the Crimson. He did not start in May, but pitched in relief.
Besides Repetto, the starting lineup may contain five other seniors playing their last home game for Harvard. The tentative batting order sees junior Tom Bergantino at third, junior Bob Cleary at second, captain John Simourian at first, and senior Bob Hastings batting cleanup and playing short.
Then, either senior Dick Fisher or junior Ken Hathaway in left, junior Walt Stahura in center, senior Matt Botsford in right, senior Phil Haughey catching, and Repetto on the mound.
Hastings and Stahura have paced the team at bat, while the Elis' heaviest threat is fleet centerfielder Ray Lamontagne, who hit. 367 in the league and stole 11 bases.
On overall records, the Crimson comes out ahead, with 12 wins, eight losses and a tie compared to Yale's 13 wins, 18 losses and a tie. But the Elis won the big ones, taking the Eastern League crown with a 7-1-1 record as Harvard tied for fourth with a 6-3 slate.
The Crimson has had a season that hardly fulfilled expectations on a sustained basis, for it was out of the running early in the E.I.B.L. race. But the team played brilliant baseball on many occasions, coming up with many double plays in tight places. The pitching probably held the team back, but even there some excellent performances highlighted the season.
This will be the 221st Harvard-Yale baseball game. Yale has won 117, Harvard 102, and there was a tie in 1905. The series began in 1868