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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 1, 1949)
Ducks Nudge Willamette, 5-4
Squeeze Bunt Works
For Webfoots in Ninth
By DICK MASE
A neatly-executed squeeze play in the last had of the ninth
inning gave the Oregon Ducks a narrow 5-4 victory over the
tough Willamette university Bearcats yesterday afternoon on
lower Howe,field. The game marked the second practice win in a
row for the \\ ebfoots.
Third baseman Don Kimball was the key man in the winning
play, as he laid down a bunt to the left of the Willamette pitcher,
Larry Stocks, winch scored
1 tick Bartle with the winning
Coach Don Kirsch’s Ducks
luicl been on the short end of a
4-3 score going into the bottom
of the ninth, when the fireworks
Second sacker Walt Kirsch op
ened the rally with a sharp single
between third and shortstop, stole
second, and trotted home with the
tying run on Bartle’s lusty and
timely triple to left-center field.
.Bearcat Coach Johnny Lewis had
his pitcher walk both A1 Cohen and
Eon Dibble intentionally at this
point, which set up the game-win
ning squeeze play.
Webfoot Sid Mills was the start
ing pitcher and held the opposition
to a pair of singles and no runs in
his three innings on the mound.
Willamette picked up two runs in
the fourth inning off the offerings
of the second Oregon hurler, Rube
Eesada. The big blow was a single
by first baseman Bruce Barker,
who drove in three of the four Bear
cat runs for the afternoon.
A wild pitch by Besada sent Bar
ker across home plate after he had
reached third on Center Fielder
Bobby Douglas' double down the
nght field foul line.
The Ducks got to Lou Scrivens
for a single run in both the third
and fifth innings. Both times Duck
left fielder Johnny Kovenz con
tributed a single.
Mel Krause took the mound for
the locals for the final three in
r. ngs, and, although he was nick
ed for a pair of runs, allowed just
Both Willamette tallies were
scored in the eighth frame on Dick
Erouwer’s fly ball double, which
outsiders Ray Stratton and Don
Dibble treated in Alphonse-Gaston
fashion, a dropped fly by left-field
er Kovenz, and a single by Barker.
Larry Stocks relieved Scrivens in
ti e seventh for the visitors and was
euarged with the loss. Krause re
ceived credit for the win, and in do
i- g so exhibited a good curve ball
and plenty of promise to help out a
mediocre Duck pitching staff.
Kovenz was the leading hitter for
the winners, collecting three hard
hit singles in four times up. Bartle
added a single to his triple, the lat
ter being the longest hi t of the year
on Howe field, in four trips to the
Bob Sims was the starting back
stop for Kirsch's clan and served
notice that he would be a valuable
addition to the untested catching
staff. He got a single and scored a
run in two official times at bat.
While Sims’ performance was
good news, the injury of Don Peter
son, who had taken over for Sims
in the sixth inning, was completely
Peterson re-aggravated a knee
injury received during basketball
season and Kirseh has announced
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Kappa Sig vs. Sig Eps
Fizzeds vs. Sigma Nu
Lambda Chi vs. .Omega hall
Phi Delts vs. Sammies
French hall vs. Phi Sigs
Pi Kappa Phi vs. Minutrn hall
Action in intramural sports cir
cles will start Monday afternoon,
Jim Vitti, intramural sports man
All teams are urged to arrive on
the field ten to twenty minutes
before all contests, to warm up
and to enter lineups with the um
pires, officials of the PE depart
This rule particularly applies to
softball teams, where the one hour
playing limit has been established,
causing several disagreements in
the past years.
Vitti also said that if two or
three more softball teams are in
terested in entering intramural
competition, a new league would
be formed. Entrance application
may be made at the intramural
sports office in the PE building.
Howe Field Again Ready for ND
Baseball Opener Against Idaho
It's spring, me sun dances in
and out behind black clouds. It’s
cold, it’s baseball time at the “U.”
After extensive work on Howe
field, Coach Don Kirsch and his
Oregon baseballers will again be
able to do battle on their home dia
mond when the Northern Division
season opens April 13.
Only the job of returfing the in
field remains, before the playing
surface is ready for conference ac
tion. Remaining practice games
will still be played on the lower
During winter and spring terms
of 1948 the University physical
plant and the athletic department
combined to work over Howe field.
A sprinkler and drainage system
was put in, the field was graded
and a new turf was planted.
Howard Lemons, University ath
letic business manager, reports
that the turf and infield will be in
Bucks Chance Gone
No longer will WSC Coach
Buck Bailey have valid reason to
march to the mound, accompanied
by the strains of the distant ROTC
band, and smooth the dirt or chuck
rocks off the playing field.
Back in 1923 the baseball field
was in its infancy at the Univer
sity and little interest was shown
me uiamunu wtis taucu -
mous field till April 25, 1936. By
'this time baseball was an impor
tant part of the athletic activities
of the Universiy. On his date the
field was named after Professor
Howard Crombie Howe, the Uni
versity faculty representative in
the Pacific Coast conference.
In 1938 the WPA came through
with $7,500 and constructed the
cement ticket booths and the
fence that now borders Howe field.
The iron work gates were pur
chased by the school from dona
tions from graduating classes.
The entrance was dedicated to
47 alumni, students, and faculty
members who died in World War
I. The dedication was made by
Karl W. Onthank, who was then
dean of the University.
Howe field has risen from a dirt
lot with an anonymous name to a
baseball diamond to be proud of.
With an improved outfield, the
center fielder’s feet will no longer
be invisible to the crowd in the
stands. The prospect of the short
stop losing a front tooth on a bad
hop off a rock has been remedied,
and pitchers can even throw
downhill now, since the old mound
has been worked over.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HEAR
The Southern Evangelist
REV. FRED BROWN
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and Kverv Night Next Week at / :o0 1'. M.
Song Leader—Joe Brill
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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr. Vance H. W ebster, Pastor
Broadway at High
Oregon %’ Emerald
Spring Gridders Ready to Go
The pads are dusted, footballs inflated, and the lower practice
field is neatly trimmed, all in preparation for herds of cleat-footed
spring footballers who are after spots on Oregon’s 1949 football team.
When Duck gridders take the field early next week, Coach Jim
Aiken and Walt McClure, Aiken’s new assistant who arrived on the
campus today, will start their search for a passing quarterback to
replace last year’s All-American, Norm Van Brocklin.
Van Brocklin, who has signed a professional contract and won’t
compete for the Webfoots this season, plans to assist Aiken with
coaching duties this spring, and may be playing pro ball next fall.
'O' Baseballers Slate Weekend Games
Don Kirsch s Oregon baseball
crew, victors in two practice games
so far this season, take to the road
this weekend looking for additions
to their preseason victory string.
The Webfoots have ten remain
ing games before the Northern Di
vision season starts at home
against the Idaho Vandals April
13 and 14.
Lewis and Clark is the slated
opponent for the Ducks this after
noon in a double header at Port
land. Portland university is sched
uled in another pair of games Sat
urday afternoon on the Pilots’
The Oregon squad returns home.
Monday for another game with
Portland U., and Pacific university
here on Tuesday.
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