The Harvard baseball team kept on rolling over the weekend, increasing its winning streak to eight by gutting out an 11-2 squeaker over Northeastern Saturday, then taking a 22-0 cliffhanger over Brown yesterday in Providence.
The victories left the Crimson with a 22-6 overall record, and a string of six straight Eastern League wins, good enough for first place at 9-2.
Fireballers Jim Keyte and Larry Brown keyed the victories, leading a Crimson mound effort that held the opposition to just six total hits on the weekend.
Keyte led off on Saturday, tossing beebees at the Huskies' lineup en route to a 10-walk, 10-strikeout outing. The frosh southpaw had a no-hitter going until the seventh (despite the liberal dosage of bases on balls), and he retired 12 of 13 in one stretch before giving way to Bill Bradshaw in the ninth.
Jim Peccerrillo led a 14-hit attack against Northeastern by bashing a grand slam home run in the Crimson's six-run eighth inning. Mike Stenhouse's two-run doubles and an intentional walk to Mark Bingham preceded Peccerillo's blast.
Stenhouse continued his banner weekend by turning in a brilliant game before his home state crowd, swatting home runs in his first two at-bats en route to a five-for-five, six RBI day.
Larry Brown complemented Sten's craftsmanship, fashioning yet another shutout in upping his record to 9-0. Brownie fanned seven and yielded just two hits before letting Ron Stewart and Paul McOsker finish off the Bruins in the eighth and ninth innings.
For those who kept count, the visiting Crimson picked up 24 hits on the afternoon to thoroughly humiliate Brown. Joining Stenhouse on the hit parade were first-baseman Bingham, who stroked three hits in four trips to the plate, centerfielder Charlie Santos-Buch, who went 4-for-6, and suddenly-super catcher Chuck Marshall, who turned in a 4-for-5 day and included a four-bagger for good measure.
The games that will make or break the season for the Crimson come this weekend, when the Harvard nine hosts Army and Cornell at Soldiers Field. The Cadets and the Big Red have just three losses apiece--in other words, the Crimson must win at least two out of three to take the EIBL crown and the accompanying NCAA Div. One playoff berth.