The varsity baseball team has finally "found" itself--too late to be a contender for the Eastern League title, but in plenty of time to sabotage the chances of the powerful Dartmouth team which invades Soldiers Field this afternoon.
In the last three games Crimson pitchers have given up only four runs, as Tom Rucker, Dick Garibaldi, and Paul Del Rossi each turned in his best performance of the year. The hitting, too, has picked up and four regulars are now batting over .300.
The varsity will have to settle for the Greater Boston League championship it won by defeating Boston College Monday. Several close losses in early games put the Crimson out of the running for the Eastern title, and the team enters its final two games with a 3-4 record.
Garibaldi, who threw a neat six hitter at Cornell last Wednesday, will most likely get the starting assignment this afternoon. Del Rossi is being saved for the Yale game Saturday.
The rest of the lineup will remain the same, with sophomore Mike Patrick having nailed down the right field position. Prior to the B.C. game Gavin Gilmor led the hitters with a .247 mark. Tom Stephenson had the most home runs, four, and runs batted in, 22.
Dartmouth has been the surprise of the league. With only six returning lettermen, none of whom was a pitcher, the Indians have won four and lost two, and are tied with Navy and Columbia for first place.
Dartmouth's probable starting pitcher will be Scott Creelman, a huge righthander who is captain-elect of the Indians' undefeated football team. Creelman's record is only 3-5, but his earned run average is an impressive 2.75.
On the offense, Dartmouth has been bolstered by the inspired play of three sophomores--catcher Dick Horton, right fielder Tim Taylor, and third baseman Chip Hayes. All are hitting over .200, with Horton leading the team in home runs and Hayes in runs batted in. Junior shortstop Mike Bloom is the top hitter at .338.