Senior Bob Kalinowski limited Princeton to just six singles in his first appearance as a starting pitcher, and junior Jack Turco contributed two key hits to lead Harvard to a 3-1 victory over the Tigers Saturday at Princeton.
The win was crucial to the Crimson's hopes for a second straight Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball championship. Harvard now 10-6 for the season, evened their league record at 2-2 with five games to play against the league-leading teams.
Going the distance, Kalinowski faced only 32 batters and struck out four. In 211/3 innings this season, the right-hander has given up just fourteen hits and allowed one run, for a fantastic 0.47 earned run average.
Harvard needed the outstanding pitching performance because Princeton, which is now 2-3 in the league, got an equally fine job from sophomore Mike Fremuth. He held the Crimson nine to only five hits and also pitched the complete game.
Out of the Slump
Catcher Turco proved he has broken out of an early season batting slump. For the first thirteen games, the junior went four for 25 at the plate with only 2 runs batted in, but in the last three matches he has five hits and has driven in five runs.
The Crimson margin of victory came in the second inning when sophomore Pete Varney led off with the Crimson's first single. After second baseman Bill Cherry was hit by a Fremuth fastball, Turco doubled home both runners with the contest's only extra-base hit.
Princeton narrowed the score to 2-1 in their half of the inning with the help of two Crimson errors. First baseman Bob Schiffner lined a drive to left field that John Ignacio tried to catch on the run. The ball got past the Crimson captain and Schiffner advanced to second. On a pick-off attempt, Kalinowski threw the ball into center field, and Schiffner scored from third on a single by Ray Huard.
The outcome was in doubt until the ninth inning when Cherry reached first on an error by second baseman John Rooney and advanced to third on Turco's single to right. With two out, Dan DeMichele broke a five game hitting slump with a run-scoring single to left.