Jack Donelan will try to reverse the sudden shift in the luck of the freshman baseball team at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon in a Soldiers Field encounter with the Holy Cross freshmen.
The Yardlings played sandlot ball yesterday afternoon in losing to Tufts '52, 11 to 3. Spider Webb went seven innings for the Crimson and his record absorbs the defeat.
The freshman infield bore a close resemblance to Coleridge's Ancient Mariner they stoppeth one of three. There were nine Crimson errors.
Spider Webb, who pitched two-hit, shut-ball in his last appearance on the mound, was the victim of the worst fielding exhibition of 1949.
Grounders were bouncing off gloves like bric-a-brac off the Eliot House tower. Pop flies were acting like coy Annex sophomores. The freshmen couldn't get their hands on anything.
Harvard could manufacture only seven base hits, one of them Win Carduff's ninth inning triple, which knocked in pinch hitter John Connolly with the final run of the game.
This was the third time that the freshman failed to show normal batting power against decent pitching from the opposition. In the first game of the season, MIT gave the '52 squad only six hits and two runs in a 2 to 2 ten-inning tie. Last Saturday Brown allowed the freshmen three runs on four hits.
Cabot in for Young
Charlie Cabot started in place of Henry Young at shortstop, Young being unavoidably detained, John Simonds came in to finish up for Webb after Spider had been pulled for pinch hitter Dusty Cook in the last of the seventh.
Coach Dolph Samborski inserted two pinch batters in the last of the ninth in a desperation attempt to regain a few squandered runs. Harris failed to reach base, but Connolly got on on a fielder's choice, scoring the third Crimson run.
Donelan, elected captain of the squad the day before yesterday, will move in from left field to pitch today against the Crusaders.