Larry Brown kept the Navy Midshipmen below deck for 12 innings yesterday as he hurled the Crimson baseball team to a 2-1 victory in a marathon contest at Soldier's Field.
When Charlie Santos-Buch's single to right field scooted under the glove of the onrushing Tim Benson with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning, Paul Halas crossed home plate to secure the Crimson's fourth win in Eastern League competition.
Brown gave up only five hits in 12 innings and struck out 11 Midshipmen to record his eighth victory of the season without a loss. A trio of Navy pitchers had limited the Crimson batsmen to only four hits for 11 and two-thirds innings until Paul Kelleher gave up the fifth Crimson hit of the afternoon to Santos-Buch.
Harvard opened the scoring in the third frame after Rick Pearce singled, Chuck Marshall laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Bobby Kelley followed with a run-scoring single.
Navy retaliated with their sole tally of the game in the fifth inning. Ronald Lovelace walked, stole second base, and sprinted home on a single by George Iams. From then on there was nothing but zeros on the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
Harvard almost put the game away in the 11th inning, but a perfect throw by Iams nailed pinch-runner Dan Bowles at home plate as Bowles tried to score from second base on Jim Peccerillo's single. However, Iam's toss only kept Navy afloat for one inning.
After Halas opened the 12th inning with a walk and Burke St. John sacrificed him to second base, all hands were on deck awaiting another play at the plate until Benson mishandled Santos-Buch's single.