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It was a lousy day, and a dull ball game, but the varsity baseball team still won its tenth straight game--its longest winning streak in 22 years--rolling over M.I.T., 15 to 2, yesterday.
As the day wore on, and pitchers for both sides ran the count to 3-2 on almost every batter, it became a question of whether or not the Crimson could keep from freezing before being awarded its victory. The varsity scored in every inning except two as it battered three Tech pitchers for 14 hits, including a home run and two long triples.
The Crimson started fast, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings--with the help of five M.I.T. errors. Five errors in three innings doesn't make for the most exciting baseball.
Harvard's biggest inning was the fourth when they batted around the order and pushed four runs across the plate. Morse led off with a triple and scored easily when Phil Bernstein singled sharply to center. The next two runs were presents from the Techmen.
Curly Combs sent an easy double play ball to M.I.T. shortstop Dick Adamec. Adamec got the grounder but the Tech second baseman didn't get Adamec's flip to force Bernstein coming down from first. The ball bounced out into short right field and Bernstein never even hesitated as he took off from second, rounded third, and slid neatly into the plate just under the Tech catcher's futile tag.
Play continued on that level as a hit baseman, two walks, and a sacrifice fly produced the other two runs of the inning.
Apparently tired after this exertion, the Crimson meekly went down in order in the fifth inning. But they bounced right back for one more run in both the fifth and the sixth, and then in their last scoring burst of the afternoon, added three more in the eighth.
Bill Guzzetti went the route for the Crimson, striking out 12 and issuing ten walks. Nonetheless, the Engineers only went down in order once and twice it took flashy double plays to get Guzzetti out of trouble.
Terry Bartolet, Dave Morse, and Gavin Gilmor shared the day's slugging honors. Bartolet was four for six including a booming triple off the rightcenter field wall that missed being a home run by inches. Morse was four for five, also with a triple to right center. Gilmor blasted the only home run of the game over the left center field fence.
Both Tech runs were unearned, coming on the only Crimson error of the day by Mike Drummey. In the seventh, with two out and the bases loaded, Drummey let one skip between his legs out into left and that was that.
Weather permitting, the varsity will face Northeastern today at 3 p.m. on the Soldiers Field diamond.
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