Crimson baseball forces had, until last Friday evening, spent the entire season firmly settled in the basement of Asa Bushnell's baseball edifice. But the law of averages seems to penetrate even unto the murky confines of the Eastern League, especially when some Brother organization is kind enough to give it a helping hand. Dolph Samborski's errant minions had to go all the way to Princeton, N. J., to win their first league contest, but they did it up handsomely, scoring twice in the ninth inning to wrest a 5 to 3 decision from the Tiger.
The fact that 1,204 of the alumni gathered in Philadelphia for the A.H.C. meeting were on hand Saturday was apparently enough to cause the itinerant sportsmen from Cambridge to err six separate times and lose to Pennsylvania 7 to 6 the day after their Princeton stopover. This second game was horribly reminiscent of some of the team's local efforts, for a four-run seventh produced a one-run advantage which Red Connolly and his eight reluctant backers-up were unable to group securely enough to win.
Ira Godin and Chuck Roche held off the Nassan forces while their mates scored five runs. Two in the third--the result of John Caulfield's single which brought Myles Huntington and Cliff Crosby in--and one in the fifth (incurred when Chip Gannon ran all the way from second on a long Coulson blast to right field) looked like enough until the seventh inning. Then Godin gave out, and Roche came in to try his luck on the mound. Princeton proceeded to score three runs, but Roche remained in the lineup in the ninth just long enough to drive the clinching runs across.
A couple of guys named McCarthy and Dooney did in the Crimson at Philadelphia. These gentlemen timed their only two-base hits of the afternoon perfectly, consecutively in the ninth inning, to win the game at almost the last possible moment. This unfortunate routine spoiled the fun that Cliff Crosby's home run, doubles by Huntington, Gannon, and Caulfield, and a brace of singles by Walt Coulson might otherwise have assured.
The only remaining league games before Yale present Cornell and Brown as opponents. Brown hasn't won a single league game yet; Cornell has collected a questionable three-three record. The Varsity must win these games to be able even to look at Yale with a straight face.