Page 14-Tuesday, May 15, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Batsmen in 'annual' title chase
Michigan added another run in the fourth when Jim Paciorek singled
By LIZ MAC home Vic Ray, with the win going to ace lefthander Steve Howe (7-1). ,
It has become an annual ritual. As the swallows return to Capistrano and Iowa scored their lone run in the seventh, but a fine like-to-see-a-replay-
the reruns eventually show up on prime time television, the Michigan of-that-one style catch by Dan Cooperrider against the wall in left field ended
baseball team finds itself in a somewhat familiar position - battling for the the Hawkeye threat.
Big Ten championship. "I didn't know if it was going out," said Cooperrider. "I just went back,
Before last weekend's action, the top four teams in the league were and when I hit the warning track it was one, two and up."
separated by a half game margin. Michigan's sweep of Iowa on Sunday, 3-1 The Wolverines came out on top 2-1 in the nightcap behind the two-hit
and 2-1, eliminated the Hawkeyes and narrowed the race down to the Blue pitching of Mark Clinton (5-3). Capoferi's bat again did the job, as he batted
nine and Michigan State. in both runs with a two-bagger and a fly to center.
In the first game against Iowa, Michigan jumped to an early lead when Clinton was in control throughout, fanning seven and squelching even
centerfielder Rick Leach singled in the first inning and scored when Iowa the weakest Iowa threats. "I knew I could get out of trouble if I could get
centerfielder Jeff Jones booted a George Foussianes double. Leach scored ahead of the first batters," said the righthander.
again in the third after he was safe on a fielder's choice, followed by singles So it's an "us-or-them" situation with the Spartans, to be decided next
off the bats of Foussianes and catcher Jim Capoferi. weekend in a home and home series. Wisconsin has second place nailed
down, and the Wolverines must take two from the Spartans to end up with
the best winning percentage.
The Blue squad's numerous rainouts, none of which are made up, seem
to be working against the Wolverines in the long run. Big Ten doubleheaders
against Indiana and Northwestern, two of the conference's weakest teams,
were cancelled; victories would have certainly made Michigan's position a
little less tenuous.
The conference champ automatically goes on to the regionals, with a
possible at-large bid for lower finishers.
For head coach Moby Benedict, who is retiring at the end of this season,
the closeness of the race is nothing new.
"I've been here 17 years," noted Benedict, "and in all but one year the
race has come down to the last weekend."
That includes Michigan's number one finishes - three out of the last
But the Blue coach says he feels no added pressure because of the fact
it's his last year as skipper. "I feel I've done a good job, if I do say so myself.
"We're just going to go out and try to do what we do best."
Sunday's game will be held in Ann Ar bor, instead of Saturday as
originally scheduled because of the Big Ten track meet being hosted by
Mart'k (lii ton Mob y Benedict Michigan on Friday and Saturday.
Golfers stumble i
yM.J. SCHNEIDER his Wolverines stumble to a sixth-place
By .finish in the conference tourney.
Tom Simon knew it would be an WHILE JIM BROWN'S Buckeyes
uphill battle. After all, Ohio State had were burning the Illini tract for a four-
walked off with the Big Ten golf title the man, 72-hole total 1489, Michigan
last three years, and came into last finished 49 strokes off the pace with a
weekend's championship at Champaign lackluster 1528. Indiana completed the
with another strong group of linksters. competition in second place with 1497
Michigan's golf coach could and Michigan State finished third with
nonetheless see his team finishing 1503. Minnesota and Illinois filled the
somewhere in the top three, especially fourth and fifth slots with 1512 and 1523,
if his lesser-heralded players could turn
in four good rounds. Instead he watched
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n league tourney
respectively. tling solidly into sixth place when play
The individual medalist honor was had concluded.
jointly awarded to John Cook and Rick Upon completion of the weekend's ac-
Borg, both from Ohio State, for a score tion, Wolverine Steve Maddalena, a
of 290 for the tournament. Cook turned freshman from Jackson, was named to
in an identical score last year to claim the All-Conference team, consisting of
the top honor alone. the top eight golfers in the Big Ten.
The tournament contenders played 18 Members of this team are selected on
holes on Friday and Saturday, ending the basis of the individual's stroke
competition on Sunday with two rounds. average in Big Ten play. Maddalena
"WE HAD A BAD start," said coach compiled a commendable average of
Tom Simon. "But we came back." Af- 74.6 strokes for 18holes.
ter sitting in seventh place for the first In addition to this honor, Maddalena
two days, the Blue linksters surged to will compete in NCAA tournament to be
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Wilcox hurls four-hitter
to stop Yankees, 3-1
NEW YORK (AP)-Steve Kemp
singled home the tie-breaking run with
two out in the eighth inning, and Milt
Wilcox pitched a four-hitter as the
Detroit Tigers defeated the New York
Yankees 3-1 last night.
Detroit beat Ed Figueroa (3-4) for the
first time in more than three years.
Figueroa began his own downfall by
walking Ron LeFlore on four pitches to
start the eighth.
Lou Whitaker sacrificed, and Rusty
Staub grounded out before Kemp boun-
ced his single up the middle. Kemp
eventually came home with an insuran-
ce run on Jason Thompson's double and
an infield hit by Lance Parrish.
third inning. He walked two and struck
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of
the third. LeFlore led off with a hopper
over second base and legged it into a
double when the ball died in short cen-
ter field on rain-soaked grass. He went
to third on Whitaker's -fly ball and
scored on a sacrifice fly by Staub.
The Yankees tied it in their half of the
third on a double by Juan Beniquez, a
sacrifice and a single by Willie Ran-
-Wilcox (3-2) held the Yankees hitless AMERICAN LEAGUE
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