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May 10, 1979 - Image 14

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Page 14-Thursday, May 10, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Wolverines split
By BOB EMORY school kids who screeched and
Yesterday was one of those "unfor- screamed in unbelievably loud and high
tunately/fortunately" days in the lives pitched voices that drove most fans
of the Michigan baseball team and its crazy and many to look for other seats
fans. There were plenty of ups and along the foul lines.
downsfor everybody. And lastly, it was fortunate that
It went like this: Fortunately (for Wolverine hurler Steve Howe, the win-
Michigan fans), the Wolverines won the ningest pitcher in Big Ten history, pit-
second game of the doubleheader 8-2 ched another super ballgame but it was
but unfortunately, they lost the first unfortunate that he lost anyway, the
game in heartbreaking fashion 2-1. For- victim of a tough break in the last in-
tunately, it was a beautiful day for ning.
baseball and Michigan avoided its 12th Howe was cruising along nicely as he
rainout of the year but unfortunately, it mowed down every Huron batter he
was a little too hot and everybody, faced except for one through the first
especially the players, sweated like six innings. Audie Cole had led off the
hogs. second inning with a sharp single to left
The list goes on. Fortunately, there but other than that, the Eastern bats
was an unusually large crowd at Fisher gave no backtalk to Mr. Howe, who
Stadium but unfortunately, most of that fanned nine players, including five in a
crowd consisted of hundreds of local row at one point.

two with Eastern

Catcher Jim Capoferi smacked his
first homerun of the year in the second
that gave Michigan a 1-0 lead and the
way Howe was pitching, that slim lead
seemed like enough to win. But then
came the seventh and final inning
when, for the second non conference
doubleheader in a row, the roof fell in
for Michigan.
Howe retired the first two Eastern
batters before giving up another sharp
single to Cole. First baseman Keith
Wyatt than hit a ground ball up the
middle that shortstop George
Foussiance went far to his left to get but
the ball bounced off his glove and boun-
ced into center field, allowing Cole to
move to third.
That was all the incentive the Hurons
needed. Brian Stemberger lashed a hit
to right that tied the game and then Ray


Beckman's grounder to third was
misplayed by Jim Paciorek and that
allowed Wyatt to cross the plate with
the winning run.
"I'll tell ya," said Michigan coach
Moby Benedict after the game, "you
make a mistake against Eastern and
they'll beat ya. The first game was a
perfect example."
Nonetheless, Howe, who suffered
only his first loss against six wins this
season, appeared to tire a bit in the
seventh. "I don't think he was throwing
as hard as he was at first," said
Benedict, "but he's been a winner for
me and I had to go with him."
In the second gamea pair of three run
homers from Capoferi and Vic Ray and
some strong relief work from Steve
Perry salvaged a split for the
Wolveriens, who are now 17-13 on the
year. Mark Clinton started for
Michigan, pitched the first four innings
giving up five hits and two runs and
recording his fourth win along aide
three losses.
The Wolverines resume Big Ten ac-
tion with doubleheaderssagainst Nor-
thwestern and Iowa this weekend at
Fisher Stadium. Michigan is currently
in fourth place at 7-3, only one game
behind league leading Michigan State.
ChicagowhiteSoxS, Detroit4
Cincinnati7, ChicagoCabs 4
Montreal San Francisco2
Toronto, Minnesota (ppdt)
N.Y. Yankees S, Seattlet0
Oakland4 Batimore 2
Boston e, California8
San Antonio 18, washington 114

special to the Daily
DETROIT-Black cats, broken
mirrors, bah humbug, the Chicago
White Sox don't believe in it now.
Chicago snapped an eight game losing
streak in Tiger Stadium last night, nip-
ping the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, in a game
that was very much in doubt until the
final out.
With Lance Parrish on third and two
out in the bottom of the ninth, White Sox
reliever Ken Kravec got pinch hitter
Lynn Jones to fly out to right and end
the Tigers threat. The victory sent the
White Sox home with one game of the
three game series under their belt.
THE GAME WAS a turn around from
Wednesday night's 10-8 Tiger victory,
as Detroit outhit the Sox but came up
short in the runs column.
Durable starting pitchers remained a
Tiger rarity as starter Milt Wilcox
could last only 31 innings before the
Sox knocked him out to drop the right
hander's record to 2-2. Chiago starter
Ross Baumgarten faired slightly better
than Wilcox, going six innings before
being relieved in notching his third win
against no losses.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the
first pushing across a single run against
Baumgarten. After Tiger scoring
machine Ron LeFlore shot a single to
left, Rusty Staub sent him to third with
another base hit. Jason Thompson then
extended his personal hitting streak to
eight games scoring LeFlore on a
ground-rule double over the 400-foot
marker in deep left center.
THE TIGERS could only preserve

beat Ti.gers 5-
their slim margin for one inning, as moon shot to deep right sending Kemp
wildness and those White Sox bats home while he chugged into third.
caught up with Wilcox in the third. Af- That was enough for Sox manager
ter catcher Bill Nahorodny belted a Don Kessinger, who brought in reliever
run scoring double off the left field wall, Kravec to put out the fire. And doused
Wilcox walked the next two bat- he did, forcing Jones to loft his game
ters-despite his own violent protest to ending fly to right.
the contrary-to force in a-run. The loss drops the Tigers to 11-13 for
Wilcox finally settled down, getting the year, while the White Sox slipped a
Claudell Washington to ground out, and notch closer to .500 at 13-15. Attempting
despite a run scoring wild pitch, struck to write the Tigers' fortunes tomorrow
out the next two White Sox batters to will be Mark Fidrych. The Bird, looking
end the threat. for his first win of the year, will face
Wilcox again found himself in hot former Michigan hurler Lary Sorenson
water in the fourth, as basehits by of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Junior Moore and Nahorodny upped the
Sox lead to 4-1, signaling an early cool I
shower for Wilcox.
The Tiger bats remained dormant un-
til the sixth, when Aurelio Rodriguez
lined Baumgarten's first sere over the
scoreboard in lower left field with Lan-
ce Parrish aboard to cut the Sox lead to
one. The shot was Rodriguez' first
round tripper of the season.
RALPH GARR quickly one-upped
Rodriguez' damage in the Sox seventh. .
The Chisox designated hitter knocked
reliever Aurelio Lopez' fast ball off the
facing of the second deck in right for his
third homer of the year to complete
Chicago's scoring for the night.
Just when it looked like the Tigers
were going to die a quiet death
however, the Bengel's flame flared in
the bottom of the ninth.
After Staub fried out to open the
frame, Steve Kemp shot a single
toward right to set the crowd on fire.
Following Jason Thompson's towering
fly ball to center, Parrish crunched a

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Smiling faces
The smiling face of Michigan shortstop George Foussianes (left) tells the story
as he is congratulated by teammates after he hit his first home-run of the day
with nobody on. The Wolverines lost the game 2-1 to Eastern Michigan. Foussianes
connected in the second game for a three-run homer as Michigan split the double-
header, winning 8-2.

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