Some 30 people scattered through the stands at Soldiers Field yesterday watched Dick Garibaldi toy with the Springfield offense while Crimson batsmen teed off on the Gymnasts' hurlers. The result was an easy 8-0 win for Harvard.
Garibaldi was little short of brilliant; he pitched a three-hitter and walked only two men, while striking out four. Forsaking his usual fastball, Gary threw his curve at the Gymnasts, and had them hitting the ball on the ground all day.
Gavin Gilmor was the hitting star for the Crimson, bashing his second home run of the season and getting two singles as well to boost his average to .432. Crimson hitters rapped out eight hits in all, and were given nine walks by Springfield pitchers. Gymnast fielders also helped by committing four errors.
Harvard Starts Quickly
Harvard didn't wait to get started. In the first inning Curly Combs walked and stole second, and Terry Bartolet got a base on balls. When Gymnast pitcher George Anderson tried to pick Bartolet off first, the ball went by the first baseman, and Combs raced in with Harvard's first run. Tom Stephenson singled in Bartolet, went to second on Gilmor's single, and scored while Lee Sargent was grounding out.
Gilmor led off the third with his home run; in the same inning Dick Diehl walked and was forced by Bob St. George. Garibaldi was thrown out trying to stretch his line shot to right center field into a triple, but St. George scored Harvard's fifth run before the out.
With one away in the fourth Bilodeau doubled, and Bartolet, Stephenson, and Gilmor all walked to force in a run. Sargent hit a fly ball to left field but Ken MacFadyen dropped it for an error as Bartolet scored.
At this point Ron Mokrynka came in to pitch in place of Anderson, who had walked eight men in his three-and-a-third-inning stint. Diehl grounded to short as Gilmor came home, ending the Crimson scoring.
The team returns to Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League play Friday, meeting Columbia in New York. Paul del Rossi will pitch for Harvard.
The Crimson then must fly home the next day to meet Northeastern. The Huskies are unbeaten so far this year and should give Harvard a tough game. Dick Guzzetti, who has seen no action for two weeks, will pitch for the Crimson.