The varsity baseball team lost three of its first four games on the spring training trip down south last week, but came back in startling form in its last two games and overwhelmed the University of Richmond, 10 to 0, and Loyola College, 21 to 7.
Results of the six-day jaunt into Virginia and Maryland indicate that although the Crimson is off to a slow start, it should be able to start winning and not have a losing season like last year.
On Monday, Harvard played Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia, and lost 6 to 0. Moving on to Lynchburg, Virginia, the varsity nine beat Lynchburg College, 10 to 3, but then turned around and lost to the University of Maine the next day (Wednesday), 8 to 2.
On Thursday Harvard traveled to Richmond and lost to the University of Richmond, 10 to 8.
Then the Crimson exploded, trouncing Richmond on Friday and Loyola College on Saturday in Baltimore.
Players who showed well on the trip were sophomores Jim Mullin and Dick Diehi, most likely starters this season at first base and catcher; pitchers Dick Garibaldi (1-0) and Al Yarbro (2-0); and "hitters" Captain Al Martin (.381, leading the team), Diehi (.353), rightfielder Mike Drummey (.318), and shortstop Dave Morse (.292.). The team average is .283.
Probably one of the most bizarre beginnings of a varsity career was turned in by Garibaldi, a sophomore. A relief hurler in the Lynchburg contest, Garibaldi gave up a triple and a homer to the first two batters he faced. Then he struck out 10 men in four innings. (Yarbro was credited with the win.)
Against Richmond, in tre 10-0 win, Garibaldi allowed three hits and struck out nine men.
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