Crimson Nine Defeat Tufts Collect Ten Runs on 13 Hits
The Harvard baseball team rode a seven-run third inning rally to coast to a 10-1 victory over Tufts yesterday.
The win over the Jumbos, which came just a week after Tufts stunned the Crimson, 7-5, in Harvard's home opener, featured a 13-hit performance by the Crimson batmen.
It was a scoreless contest until the top of the third inning, which opened with Jimmy Thomas ground out to second base. Tufts starter George Champion issued Ed Durso a free pass to first base, and the next Crimson batter, Leigh Hogan, singled Durso to third Durso scored on a wild pitch.
Joe Sciolla continued the big inning as he hammered a single to drive Hogan home. Leon Goetz then singled and Barry Cronin lined a double to left which scored Sciolla. Don Driscoll walked. Fran Cronin struck out for the second out, and captain Dan Williams punched a two-run single to score Goetz and Cronin.
Thomas, up for the second time that inning, walked and Durso stroked a two run single on which Driscoll and Williams crossed home plate. At this point. Tufts brought in Mark Fisher, who saw action in the Tufts victory last Monday, to take over the hurling chores. Fisher got the Crimson's next batter, Hogan, to ground out, ending the inning.
The Jumbos made an attempt to come back in the bottom of the third but the rally proved short-lived. Harvard starter Nils Nilsen walked the Tufts designated hitter, Steve Speroni. Bob Berlutti connected for a single, driving Speroni to third.
Outfielder Bob Norton struck out and Kich Elliot sacrificed to right, scoring Speront with Tufts only run of the afternoon.
The Crimson added three more runs to its tally in the sixth inning as Durso, who went two for two in the contest with three walks, was issued another free trip to first. He took second on a wild pitch and Hogan singled him home. Goetz singled Hogan in and went to second on a throwing error by the Tufts first baseman. Driscoll then doubled in Goetz.
The game proved to be a veritable field day for the Crimson batters. Hogan went two for five with a stolen base and an RBI. Sciolla connected on two hits in four at bats and Goetz reached base three of the four times he got up. Goetz also gained an RBI.
Nilsen struck out three and walked six in his first starting appearance. Frank LcBlanc was called on to relieve Nilsen in the ninth and retired the side on a mere eight pitches.