BOSTON--The last time Harvard and Boston University played a Beanpot game, it ended with former Harvard men's hockey Captain Ted Drury skating around the hallowed Boston Garden rink holding the 'Pot trophy over his head.
Harvard and BU played another Beanpot game yesterday-but this time, the baseball teams were playing and the site was Boston's other sports shrine, Fenway Park.
Drury wasn't there, but it made absolutely no difference. Harvard crushed BU in the first round of the Beanpot here yesterday, 14-1.
The Terriers (2-17) have still not won a Beanpot game in the tournament's four-year history. Harvard (12-13 overall, 7-5 Ivy) is in its third championship game.
The game was never close--unless one counts the scoreless tie following the national anthem.
Terrier "ace" Matt Goldstein set the tone by hitting the first two batters he faced, seniors Juan Zarate and Captain Mike Hill. The Crimson went on to score eight runs on six hits in the first inning.
BU Coach Bill Mahoney was out talking to Goldstein four batters later, and Goldstein was gone after Hill hit a two-RBI double later in the first inning. Goldstein's line looked like this: 0.2 innings pitched, eight runs, five earned, hitting as many batters as he got out.
The three unearned runs were all courtesy of an unusual catcher's interference call on BU's Taj Tedrow. With Harvard ahead 3-0, sophomores James Crowley and Bo Bernhard attempted a double steal. Senior Phil Andriola swung at the pitch, but Tedrow panicked at the sight of the men stealing and got in the way of Andriola's bat. Harvard Head Coach Leigh Hogan complained to the umpires after they failed to take any action and succeeded in getting the interference call.
A bare thirty minutes after the game had started, it was (basically) over. But the Crimson didn't stop until it had collected 14 runs on 18 hits--and even dented the Green Monster twice.
In the top of the seventh, junior Dave Morgan hit his third Fenway home run in the last three Beanpots, crushing BU relieve Michael Brown's 2-0 pitch into the screen over the wall in left.
Junior Mike Giardi smashed Brian Millstein's 3-1 delivery in the ninth off the hand-operated scoreboard for an RBI double in the ninth.
While the offense called to mind the glory days of the '75-'76 Reds, sophomore pitcher Ben Allen was doing a Kevin Brown number on the Terriers.
Allen (2-0) made his first start of the year and went the distance, allowing only one run while striking out eight. He even struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth.
"I didn't find out that I would start until [Tuesday]," Allen said. "It was nice to start off with an eight-run lead."
Harvard's insurmountable lead meant that Hogan was able to let everyone on the bench have a chance to nget into the game. Junior Bill Madden and sophomores Bryan Brissette and Joe Weidenbach each collected a base hit in relief, while sophomore Dom Giomarco and freshmen Kevin Correa and Scott Parrot saw their first action of the season. Bullpen catcher sophomore Steve Sadoski caught the final inning.