Harvard's hitters produced more runs over the weekend than they had in the seven previous EIBL games this season, and it looked as if the Crimson was going to climb into first place with a three-game sweep of Army and Cornell when the Big Red scored six runs in the eighth inning to win the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, 14-8. Harvard beat the Cadets the day before, 7-5, and earlier in the afternoon Roz Brayton delivered his customary shut-out while his teammates hit three home runs to humiliate the former league leaders, 14-0.
Dartmouth beat Cornell on Friday, 4-3, then swept a doubleheader from Army, 3-0 and 3-1. The split with Cornell left the Crimson half a game behind the Indians with a league record of 7-3. Cornell dropped to third place with a mark of 5-3, while Dartmouth is now 8-2-1, the tie coming against Penn last weekend.
Harvard will try to wrap up the Greater Boston League championship today and tomorrow when it plays Holy Cross and Northeastern. The game against the Crusaders starts at 3 p.m. at Soldiers Field. Barry Malinowski will be on the mound for the Crimson.
With the exception of Brayton, it was a bad weekend for the Crimson pitching staff. EIBL opponents had scored only ten runs off Harvard in seven games, but Army and Cornell combined for nineteen tallies in two games, 16 of which were earned. Fortunately, coach Loyal Park's juggling act with the Crimson line-up produced some impressive results.
The hero of Friday's game was catcher Tim Bilodeau, who started a rally every time he came to bat. After Harvard had scored three times in the first inning on singles by Toby Harvey, Larry Barbiaux and Jim Stoekel and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Hampe, Bilodeau led off the second with a triple. He later scored on a triple by McGugan.
Bilodeau led off the fourth inning with another triple, and came home when McGugan reached base on a force play. The fielder's choice proved to be a bad one, as McGugan stole second and third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbiaux.
Sacrifice Makes Perfect Day
Bilodeau made it a perfect day in the sixth, when he drew a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice, stole third, and came home on a sacrifice fly by McGugan.
Norm Walsh was making his first start since the southern trip, and although control problems got him into trouble in the fourth when Army scored twice, he had command of the Cadets until the eighth.
Army rattled off four singles to knock out the sophomore righthander, and Malinowski yielded another before he was able to put out the fire. Mike O'Malley got the last two outs in the ninth to preserve Walsh's victory.
In the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Harvard pounded out 17 hits to give Brayton more runs than he would need for an entire season. The junior lefthander became the first pitcher in the league to win four games, and Cornell's only hit of the game didn't come until the sixth inning. Brayton's overall record is now 7-0, and his E.R.A. remains a perfect 0.00.
Come Out, Come Out
Meanwhile the Harvard hitters were wreaking havoc on what was on paper the best staff in the league. Starter John Dougherty came into the game with an E.R.A. of 1.76, but in the second inning he couldn't get anyone out. Stoekel led off with a home run, Thomas and Smith singled, Hampe walked, and Bilodeau sent Dougherty to the showers with a double.
John Miknis came in to relieve and lived up to his 1.99 E.R.A. by retiring the next three batters. But whatever he had in the second wasn't there in the third, and Harvard exploded for five more runs.