B. C. Whips Harvard, 3-0; Crimson Gets Only 3 Hits
Harvard's usually ample attack found itself strangled on three this as Boston College's Bill O'Brien blanked the Crimson, 3-0, yesterday.
O'Brien, a tall righthander, faced only 29 men, striking out five and walking only one with his overhand and sidearm fastballs. Jim McCandlish performed creditably enough on the mound for the Crimson, but given the sorry state of the Harvard offense, the only way he could have won was by a clerical error.
Only one Harvard runner got as far as third base, and that was a sad story in itself. In the fifth, Bob Welz singled, and went all the way to third when B.C. bungled a pickoff attempt. Coach Norm Shepard called for a suicide squeeze, but Joe O'Donnell missed the ball completely and Welz, halfway down the line, found out what they mean by suicide.
The very next inning, the Eagles got to McCandlish, who had not given up a hit until the fifth. Ed O'Neil bunted safely and took second as Jim Tobin threw the ball away. Tom Anderson's infield single put men on first and second, and Mick Amick sacrificed them to second and third. Fred Prifty's single scored O'Neil, but Anderson tripped and went sprawling as he rounded third. After a brief hassle, the umpire ruled interference and Anderson got a free ride to score.
B.C. picked up another run in the seventh when O'Neil singled, stole second, and came home on Anderson's single to center. In the meantime, O'Brien simply got stronger and stronger, retiring the last 10 Crimson batsmen in a row
Besides Welz, Harvard had only three other baserunners. Jeff Grate walked in the first, Dan Hootstein singled and stole second in the fourth, and George Neville blooped a double in the sixth, but all vegetated on base as O'Brien bore down.
The defeat cut Harvard's record to 7-4, while B.C. picked up its fifth win in a row. Today, the Crimson takes a short trip to Medford to meet Tufts. Game time against the Jumboes is 3 p.m.