On Soldiers Field at 2 o'clock.--Very Close Contest Expected.

The University baseball team will play the first game of its annual series with Yale this afternoon on Soldiers Field at 2 o'clock.

The Yale team has gone through a season of unusually slow development, but lately has improved greatly and by winning its recent series with Princeton proved itself stronger than any Yale team in several years. For the first month after practice began the team was weak, especially in batting, and primarily for this reason lost five out of the first ten games played. Later, however, an improvement was noticed when Yale twice defeated Pennsylvania by the scores of 3 to 2 and 6 to 0, and won from Holy Cross, which defeated the University team twice, in two close games by scores of 4 to 3 and 5 to 4. This good form was continued when Georgetown and Andover were easily defeated by Yale's superior batting. In the first Princeton game, however, on June 3, Yale was overwhelmingly defeated by 18 to 2, Princeton outclassing its opponents in every department. In the next game, at Princeton, on June 12, Yale played its best game of the season and beat Princeton 3 to 2. The final game was won by Yale last Saturday.

The University team has won seventeen of the twenty-two games played this spring. The season has been one of unusual success and in spite of unfortunate accidents to several of the players early in the year the team has progressed steadily and satisfactorily. At present it is in its highest state of development, and although the Holy Cross game on Saturday resulted in a defeat, the work of the nine as a whole was excellent. Judging by the recent work of both teams, the chances are very even, although perhaps slightly in favor of Harvard.

Owing to the bad weather of the last two days, practice for the University team was held in the baseball cage. The work was very satisfactory. Yesterday both the Harvard and Yale teams had short work in the cage.

The batting orders: HARVARD.  YALE. Kernan, l.f.  c.f., Barnes Leonard, 3b.  s.s., O'Brien Stephenson, c.  3b., Kinney Matthews, s.s.  l.f., Cote Randall, 1b.  r.f., Huiskamp Dexter, c.f.  1b., Bowman McCarty, r.f.  2b., Camp Bradbury, 2b.  c., Chapin Coburn, p.  p., Jackson, Bell