In one of the shortest games of recent history here the Varsity nine downed Rhode Island State 4-1 yesterday. Blazing the minutes away for an hour and three quarters, Tom Healey, set the visitors back on their heels with a fast one and superb control, while George Hines after a shaky start bent a rich assortment of curves over and under the home team bats.
Both pitchers gave up only six hits. Once only did each team gather two in a single inning. But Healey had the upper hand throughout after his mates had ganged up for a first inning quarter of runs.
After Gannett led off with a walk, Johns punched a single to left. Everybody was safe when catcher Albanese throw Lupien's bunt to third. Grondahl fanned, but Hoye forced in a run when he was hit by a pitched ball, and Soltz promptly propelled two more across with a blow through the infield. Hoye scored a moment later on a double steal.
That was all for the Crimson attack, but it was plenty.
In the sixth the Blue put together two singles and a fielder's choice for a run, and in the ninth loaded the bases with two out. Here Healey ore down and forced Butler to pop to Grondahl for the final out. Thirty-two batters had faced him, five over par for the course.
Johns starred in the field with eight assists, while Fulton caught well and allowed but one stolen base.
The Harvard summary: Stolen bases: Hoye, Duranleau. Sacrifice hits: Gannett, Lupien, Healey. Hit by pitcher: by Healey, Albanese 2; by Hines, Hoye. Base on balls: off Healey 2; off Hines 3. Struck out: by Hines 4, by Healey 4.
Stolen bases: Hoye, Duranleau. Sacrifice hits: Gannett, Lupien, Healey. Hit by pitcher: by Healey, Albanese 2; by Hines, Hoye. Base on balls: off Healey 2; off Hines 3. Struck out: by Hines 4, by Healey 4.