About 250 fans looked on yesterday afternoon as Harvard hurler Jim McCandlish and his mates romped over a young and inexperienced B.U. club, 11-0. Today the varsity hosts a powerful Navy squad at 2:00 p.m.
McCandlish--a southpaw--who relies on a sharp-breaking curve and changes speeds constantly, allowed the Terriers only 5 hits and 2 walks. The Crimson, led by third baseman Jim Tobin's three hits and rightfielder Dan Hootstein's 3-run double, demolished the hapless B.U. pitcher, Ron Girolimon.
The rout began in the second inning when Tobin looped a single to center. He took second when no one covered the bag and was driven in by Bob Welz's double to left.
Seconds later the Terrier catcher tried to pick Weiz off second. But once again the bag was left uncovered, and the throw sailed into center field giving the Crimson another tainted run.
Throughout the game the B.U. infield seemed unnerved by Harvard runners. The Crimson stole two bases and took frequent extra bags. The erratic: B.U. infielders made 4 errors and turned several potential outs into extra base hits through misjudgment.
After the two-run second, the Crimson picked up single runs in the fourth, on a long triple to left by Neil Houston; In the seventh, on a double by Houston and a perfectly executed squeeze play by McCandlish; and in the eighth, on singles by George Neville and Tobin.
Ninth Inning Deluge
The varsity unloaded the heavy ammunition in the ninth. After Houston flied out, the next four batters--aided by defensive lapses in the field--stroked out four consecutive singles. Then Jeff Grate walked, and cleanup hitter Hootstein belted a tremendous double to center which cleared the bases. Welz singled in Hootstein and the Crimson was home free.
The performance was probably the best afternoon's work that the team has put in all season. Nonetheless, the varsity will have no easy task in today's match against Navy.
The Middles are a strong, experienced ball club which finished second in the EIBL last year and could be even better now. The game will probably be one of the most important on the team's schedule, and a large crowd is expected.