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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 4, 1979-Page 21

BASEBALL ROUNDUP

Cards bombed by Astros bats, 4-1

ByThe AssociatedPress
ST. LOUIS - Enos Cabell pounded
his second homer of the year and Alan
Ashby drove in two runs, leading a 14-
hit attack that carried Joe Niekro and
the Houston Astros to a 4-1 triumph
yesterday over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The victory raised Houston's record
to 16-8 and stretched the Astros' lead
over the Cincinnati Reds to 312 games
in the National League West.
Niekro shut the Cards out until the
eighth inning, when St. Louis got its
only run.
The Astros' 14-hitassault off four St.
Louis pitchers also included three
singles by Terry Puhl, a triple and a
single by Jose Cruz and a single by
Cabell to go with his homer.

Vuckovich hurled the Cards' first
eight innings. After he departed, Mark
Littell faced only Landestoy and Howe.
Darrold Knowles yielded Ashby's
second hit and the third of Puhl's three
hits, before Tom Bruno finished up.
Giants 7, M ts 5
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Fran-
cisco Giants smashed three home runs
in the fourth inning, and beat the New
York Mets 7-5, yesterday.
The Mets took a 4-2 lead with three
runs in the top of the fourth, but three of
the first five batters to face Pete
Falcone (0-2), in the bottom of the in-
ning homered, knocking out the New
York starter.
Darrell Evans' hit his third homer of

the season, Marc Hill singled to left
field and LeMaster made the score 5-4
with his first homer of the year,
clearing the left-field fence.
Winning pitcher Ed Halicki, (2-2),
popped out but Bill North hit his first
homer of the season for the Giants' six-
thrun.
The Giants totaled five runs in the
fourth, adding an unearned run off
reliever Mike Scott.
Gary Lavelle relieved Halicki after
six innings and allowed only one hit in
earning his third save of the season.
New York's Ed Kranepool started for
the first time this season, playing right

field, and drove in three runs with a
double, a single and a sacrifice fly.
In the Mets' fourth, Willie Montanez
led off with a single and went to third
when John Stearns blooped a double to
right field. Kranepool, who had doubled
home a run in the second, hita sacrifice
fly to center, scoring Montanez.
Steve Henderson doubled to left, get-
ting the hit because left fielder Terry
Whitfield misjudged the ball, scoring
Stearns. Henderson moved to third on a
ground out and scored on an infield hit
by Falcone.
The Mets got their final run in the fif-
th on a bunt single by Lee Mazzilli, a
walk to Montanez and Kranepool's RBI
single to right.

WAITERS WOLVERINES' LAST HOPE
Cage recruiting slows

By GEOFF LARCOM

With the signing of three letters of
intent on the very first possible day-
back in mid-April, Michigan's open
season on basketball recruits started
off with a decisive bang.
Since that time, however, nary a
sound has been heard from the basket-
ball end of the athletic office. No ad-
ditional recruits have been signed, and
according to assistant coach Bill
Frieder, it's quite possible that Ike Per-
son, Joe James and Leo Brown will
comprise the freshman cage class of
1979-80.
"WE FEEL THAT we got off to a
good start in signing three kids on April
11th," Frieda said yesterday in his of-
fice. "After that we had at the most two
scholarships left to give out for this
year, and we wanted size. Since then
we've had a chance to sign others, but
none that we would want for our
programat this time."
Thus Johnny Orr and Frieder have
eschewed opportunities to sign guards
and forwards in hope of landing that
elusive big man-a basketball catch
that has eluded the Wolverines for quite
some time.
The two candidates pursued over the
winter to fill that role were a pair of 6-11
centers-Joe Bresnahan from Oak
Park, Illinois and Granville Waiters
from Columbus, Ohio's East High
School.
HERE MICHIGAN'S options quickly
shrank though, as Bresnahan opted to
sign with Creighton. He had been con-
sidering several schools with Michigan,
Creighton, Stanford and Illinois among
them. Medical School facilities played a
strong part in his decision of which
school to attend.
So at this point Michigan's recruiting
goals for this year boil down to the
signing of Waiters, and that, says
Frieder, won't be an easy task.
The Columbus all-stater, who has
used up all of his permitted visits to
prospective schools, has narrowed his
choice down to Michigan, Nevada-Las
Vegas, and you guessed it-Ohio State.
Jerry Tarkanian and his charges have
waged an all-out campaign for the past
three years to get Waiters, while Eldon
Miller is making a big pitch to keep
Waiters playing in his hometown.

"THE KID'S GETTING a lot of
pressure to attend Ohio State; you can
image what it's like with it being in his
own hometown," said Frieder. "He was
at the governor's house Tuesday and
they were naturally trying to get him to
go instate."
The situation has to appear
somewhat ominous to Orr and Frieder,
for it was much the same set of circum-
stances that led to the Wolverines'
failure to fulfill goal number one for
this recruiting season-the signing of
Ohio Player of the Year Clark Kellogg.
After considerable deliberation,
Kellogg narrowed his choices down to
OSU and Michigan, finaly d ciding to
play his college basketball forMiller in
Columbus.
"Ohio State is the only Big Ten school
in Ohio, and that's a great built-in ad-
vantage, given the talent that comes
out of there," said Frieder, who
describes himself as "hopeful, but
pessimistic" on the chances of signing
Waiters. "The players in Ohio are of
much higher caliber than those from
Michigan this year."
LENDING CREDENCE to Frieder's
pessimism is Eldon Miller's impressive
recruiting record since coming to Ohio
State. Miller has rejuvenated the
recruiting program that had begun to
sag during the latter days of Fred
Taylor's coaching career in Columbus.
It was Taylor; you remember, under
whose nose Michigan snuck a player
from Canton by the name of Phil Hub-
bard, out of Ohio four years ago.
Neither Frieder nor Orr are giving up
hope however, not when Waiters is still
maintaining he might go any of the
three routes still available. Frieder
says that Waiters' taking his time in
deciding might just be a good sign,
given the factors operating in favor of
both UNLV and Ohio State.
Should Waiters sign with the
Wolverines, Orr and Frieder would be
left with three scholarships to offer next
year. Including James, Brown and Per-
son, 13 are presently on scholarship for
next season, with only Hubbard and
Mark Lozier slated for graduation,
leaving 11 for the following year. The
maximum number of scholarships
allowed is 15, so depending on Waiters'
decision, the Wolverines will sign either
three or four prospects come next
spring.

THUS, ALL snsrsr, is left to do fu r .-.
this year is to wait for Waiters In the recruiting
decision, right? Frieder you win sor
"Hardly," says Frieder. "We've of Clark Kellogg,
already made a trip to Indiana to look some. But always,
at kids in their junior years for next goes on and on.

war for Orr and
me, and in the case
you definitely lose
the recruiting beat

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