Friday, May 3, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
'M' batmen face
Michigan's surprising baseball
team will have a chance to prove
its mettle this weekend as it en-
counters Ohio State, defending
Big Ten champions, in a double-
header today and Indiana in an-
other twinbill set for tomorrow.
All four games will take place
at Ferry Field. Action begins at
1:00 this afternoon and, oddly
enough, 1:00 tomorrow afternoon.
The Wolverines lost nine straight
games in Arizona on a spring
training trip before bouncing"
Big Ten Standings
W L Pct.
2 0 1.00
3 1 .750
3 1 .750
3 1 .750
2 2 .500
2 2 .500
2 2 .540
1 3 .250
0 2 .000
0 4 .000
back and establishing themselves
as bona fide contenders with a
sweep of a two game series with
Michigan State 'last weekend.
Michigan is the only unbeaten
team in the young Big Ten
Pitching seems to be the key to.
early Wolverine successes and in-
deed, statistics released yesterday
show Michigan as the top club in
the team pitching category with
an ERA of 1.50. The diamondmen
placed second in team fielding
trailing only Northwestern, fourth
in batting with a .254 mark, and
fourth in slugging percentage,
posting a .333 average.
Pitcher Steve Evans, winner of
one of the MSU tilts, is the top
Michigan hurler with a 1.00 ERA,
good for eleventh in the league.
Dave Renkiewicz is sporting a 2.00
ERA, putting him in the sixteenth
Around the league, conference
pitching appears impressive with
combined ERA's of 2.67 as opposed
to an opposition batting average
Ohio State has a 2-2 record and
Indiana features a 1-3 result of
Despite the Hoosiers' twin loss
to Minnesota and a split with
Iowa, Indiana coach Ernie Andres
observed, "From the first week
of play, its looks like a dog-eat-
dog league with no-one running
away with it unless someone gets
either awfully hot or awfully
HOUSTON i)-Jack Nicklaus,
who said he's just now getting into
shape, fired a six-underpar 65 to,
lead a close-knit field in the first
round of the $100,000 Houston
Champions International Golf
Nicklaus birdied the final hole
with a six-foot putt to grab the
lead from Dan Sikes, who had a
George Archer, Tom Weiskopf,
Roberto De Vincenzo and Miller
Barber finished third with 67s.
Fred Marti, Al Geiberger, Hugh
Royer were knotted at 68.
Nicklaus, from Columbus,tOhio,
said the round. was the best Pie's
played in Houston "by about 10
"I don't feel like I've been in
shape to win until the last month
or so," he said. "I don't start fast.
I try to build up for Augusta the
Masters. Now I feel like I'm ready
to start into the heavy part of the
Gary Player, a co-favorite with
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ikes lead in LEARN THE THRILL OF SAIL
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the 37-year-old golfing lawyer
from Jacksonville, Fla., said.
Sikes tied a tournament mark
with a 32 on the front nine, but '
Geiberger quickly set a record.
Geiberger shot a record 31 going(
out, but ran into bunker problems
on the back nine. He hit a trap /
on 12 and two-putted for a bogey.;
On the 14th, his four-wood shot! oin T he;D a iyI Sports
buried itself deep in a bunker.Ta
Ohio State at Michigan (2)
Indiana at Michigan State (2)
Northwestern at Minnesota (2)
Purdue at Illinois (2) ,
Wisconsin at Iowa (2)
Indiana at Michigan (2)
Northwestern at Iowa (2)
Ohio State at Michigan State
Purdue at Illinois
Wisconsin at Minnesota (2)
7,166-yard Champions Golf Club
course, fired a 69 to tie with 11
Weiskopf toured the front nine
of the course with a 37, one over
par. On the back nine, he had
birdies on holes 10, 13, 14, 16 and
17 to post a 30.
Sikes said his five-under-par;
round resulted from "the best
driving I've done this year."
STEVE EVANS, sophomoreWolverine hurler, prepares to let fly
against a Spartan batter during last Saturday's battle at Ferry
Field. Evans leads the Wolverine pitching staff with a 1.50 ERA.
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