The Harvard baseball team, returning to Cambridge following two Ivy League wins over Princeton and Columbia over the weekend, faces a weak Boston University squad today at 3 p.m. on Soldiers Field.
Lefthander Roz Brayton, an early season standout, will be looking for his fourth straight win. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 25 innings.
The game will be a tuneup for the M I T and Dartmouth games later in the week, and if the Crimson jump into an early lead coach Loyal Park may use several pitchers.
Manager Hollis McGloughlin said. "The games on the weekend are the most important (against Dartmouth) for our league standing, but we don't want to look past this one." He added that "we have the best team in Boston, and want to make sure we prove it on the field. The MIT game on Thursday should be tough, too. They're our biggest threat in the Greater Boston League."
The Terriers have had a rough spring (2-7-1), but they can be thankful that it's their last, for they will not field a team next year. Boston University Director of Sports Information. Ed VanHoll and, said that due to "our tough academic schedule and nasty weather it is hard to make up a good schedule for the team, especially since we don't have a field."
On its spring trip, the B.U. team ran into four straight pitchers who had been drafted by the pros in the first round and all had little trouble with the Terriers. B.U. has also lost to Fairfield, 3-2, a team which Harvard has beaten twice, 7-0, and 7-1.
The big stick in the Terrier batting order is catcher Chuck Hahl, twice an All Greater Boston choice. The rest of the veteran lineup is lackluster. The starting pitcher will be either Roger Rogowisky or Ken Wnuk, their two best starters.
The Crimson, now 13-1, have been rolling along on the strength of its pitching, defense, and timely hitting. Sophomore Mike O'Malley and Brayton fashioned back to back shutouts over the weekend, and Harvard's scoring came in just one inning in both games. Captain Mike Thomas. Vince McGugan, and Hal Smith delivering the clutch hits.
Coach Loyal Park said. "We are doing much better than we thought we would. The pitching has been incredible; for a staff with no seniors it has a lot of maturity, and it is getting better all the time. We have been making the big plays defensively, too."
If this team is as good as it appears to be, today's game should be an easy win for the Cantabs, if they are not looking too far ahead to the M.I.T. and Dartmouth tests.