Righthanders Tom Kidwell and Bill Kelly held Springfield to only four hits, but the Indians combined, three hits and an error in the first inning for a ?-2 victory over the Crimson yesterday at Springfield.
The Indians' starting lefthander Badcock went the distance. striking out nine and holding Harvard to six hits. A strong pitcher, Badcock relied on his fastball but mixed his throws well enough to keep the Crimson's hitting attack in check throughout the game.
With one out and a runner on first in Springfield's half of the first inning. Vince McGugan moved to his right to field what appeared to be a doubleplay grounder. McGugan bobbled the ball, however, and both runners were safe.
The Indians' third baseman Steve Steitz then followed with a sharp liner down the left field line, Left fielder Kelly was playing the lefthanded hitter towards center, so the hit went for a double and scored two runs. Kidwell yielded a single and two walks before getting himself out of the jam.
After the first Kidwell allowed only one infield hit in the next five innings.
Kelly came to the mound in the seventh and retired six straight batters in his two-inning appearance. Through the final seven innings, Springfield had only three base runners.
Harvard threatened to cut Springfield's three-run lead in the second when Pete Varney walked and McGugan and Kelly both singled to load the bases with none out. After Art Serrano struck out, captain Jack Turco grounded to Badcock.
The throw to the plate forced one out, but the relay to first went into right field, scoring both McGugan and Kelly. The umpire, however, ruled that Turco had run inside the first base path and therefore Turco was called out. Instead of a 3-2 deficit, the Crimson remained three runs down.
In the third. Harvard continued the threat when Kidwell and Neil Hurley singled with one out. But the rally died as DeMichele struck out and Varney popped up.
Badcock continued his mastery of the Crimson attack for the next four innings. Harvard was held hitless in that stretch, still failing to get its first run on the scoreboard.
With one out in the eighth the Crimson finally reached Badcock as DeMichele walked. Varney doubled deep down the right field line, and McGugan was walked to load the bases.
Badcock almost saved his shutout for he picked Varney off second base and got Kelly to ground to third base. But Steitz's throw to first was wild and DeMichele scored, cutting the Indians' lead to 3-1. With runners on first and third, pinch-hitter Mike Thomas struck out to end the inning.
Hoping to repeat its ninth inning comeback against Boston College, Harvard led off the stanza with a walk to Turco. But pinch-hitter Tim Bilodeau hit a hard grounder to short that the Indians turned into fine double-play.
That double-play became crucial when Pete Bernhard followed with a bases-empty home run down the right field line. Badcock ended the game in style by striking Hurley out.