The varsity baseball team missed a chance to clinch the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League pennant at New Haven Saturday as it lost to Yale, 6-3.
The game was a heartbreaker in more ways than one. This year's team, one of the best in recent years, now faces the possibility of losing the league title to Navy or Army, both of which it has beaten. And the fact that the crucial loss was to Yale, a bad team even by Ivy League standards, doesn't help much.
But there's still a chance. The Crimson has now won 7 and lost 2 in E.I.B.L. play, while Army is on top--at least for the moment--with a 7-1 record. Butt the Cadets must beat favored Navy (5 wins, 1 loss) to clinch the flag. If the Middies win, they still have to take two more league contests to take the title.
One bright spot in today's game was the hitting of third baseman Mike Drummey, who got two hits, one a triple, in five times at bat. Drummey, with a 471 average is a very good bet for the E.I.B.L. batting crown.
Crimson southpaw Paul Del Rossi held the Bulldogs to one hit in the first three innings, but the sophomore's number finally came up in the bottom of the fourth.
The first two Yale batsmen, singled and doubled to put men on second and third. Then first baseman Ed kaake lined a single to center, driving in two runs. Two outs later, Bulldog pitcher Bob Kelly camp up and surprised everyone by lining one down the first base line just out of reach of Phil Bernstein's glove.
The next hitter, Jerry Siack, slapped a grounder to center. It should have been a single, but the ball took a kangaroo hop over Gavin Gllmor's head. Slack settled for a triple, but he scored on an error by shortstop Terry Bartolet.
Harvard got two runs in the seventh when Drummey tripled in Dick Diehl and Bob St. George, who had walked. The Crimson threatened again in the ninth, but the rally fixxled. With the bases loaded. Bill Mullin hit into a double play and Gilmor popped out to end the inning.