The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 17, 1979-Page 15
Bryant, agner stop
Tartars, 5-0, 5-2
DETROIT-It was sweet revenge
yesterday for the Michigan baseball
team, but there's little time for the Blue
nine to dwell on their 5-0, 5-2 twinbill
pasting of Wayne State at the Tartans'
Just like last year, the Wolverine
baseballers will be going into their
regular season-ending home and home
series against Michigan State with the
Big Ten title on the line.
UNLIKE LAST year, however, the
high-flying Wolverines did not drop two
' games to the underdog Tartans as a
prelude to the crucial Spartan series.
Instead, Blue moundsmen Mike Bryant
and Steve Wagner each turned in solid
efforts on the hill to up the Wolverines
" season slate to 21-13, while dropping
Wayne State to 17-20.
Bryant fired a sparkling one-hitter in
the opener, with only a ground single by
Tartan shortstop Doug Fowler marring
his bid for the no-hig gem. Bryant
struck out three while issuing six free
passes in picking up the win.
Michigan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the
third, with a walk to Dan Cooperrider
and singles by Rick Leach and George
Foussianes forcing in a run.
THE WOLVERINES then added four
in the fifth on a pair of walks, a
sacrifice fly and basehits by
Cooperrider and catcher Jim Capoferi,
wfollowed by junior Pat Balaze's two run
esterday, well below his playoff average of In the nightcap, it was Wagner who
ed the San Antonio Spurs, 108-100, forcing went the route for the Wolverines, tur-
over, Md., in the Eastern Conference finals. ning in an unusual four-hitter.
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Wagner's win, his first college victory,
was unusual in that the Pioneer High
graduate struck out none while walking
only one batter. Both Wayne State runs
were unearned, with a miscue by
Wagner resulting in one Tartar score.
Michigan opened the scoring in the
first, pushing across two runs. Center-
fielder Rick Leach banged a double
following a hit batsmen, both runners
racing home on Capoferi's two-run
AFTER ADDING another run in the
fourth, Michigan closed out its scoring
for the day two innings later. Balaze
again provided the fireworks, driving
home a run with a double, after an
error, another hit batsmen and a run
scoring single by reserve catcher John
Young put Blue ducks on the pond.
George Gervin was held to 20 points y
:11, as the Washington Bullets upend
a seventh game Friday night in Landc
By DAN PERRIN
Seven Michigan football players
were chosen in the NFL draft earlier
this month, but tight end Gene Johnson
was not one of them. That situation was
remedied yesterday with the announ-
cement that the 6-3, 231 pounder has
signed as a free agent with the Super
Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson actualy inked the two year
agreement the day after the completion
of the draft. The Steelers contacted the
Flint Southwestern graduate during the
draft and then flew him to Pittsburgh
where he initialed the contract, making
him the eighth Wolverine to go pro this
"My first intentions were that I felt I
wasn't going to play," said Johnson.
"But the opportunity is there right
now for a young tight end."
Randy Grossman and Bennie Cun-
ningham currently rate as the top two
ends on the Pittsburgh squad, leaving
little room for Johnson to move in. Yet,
the man who hauled in 30 passes at
Michigan refused to be discouraged.
"I feel pretty good," said Johnson.
New York 6, Detroit 2
Baltimore 10, Boston 6
Toronto 4,Cleveland 3
Texas S.Minnesota 4
Philadelphia 13. ChicagooU
Atlanta 3, Los Angeles 2
St. Lois2. Montr-eal o
W Sashingto1, San Anoniao 100
nks pact with Steelers
"They (the Steelers) carry three tight sequently missed part or all of the
ends, so there's a spot open for three four games before returning to the
rookies to fight for." ting lineup. But he'll report to ro
Johnson suggested a strained knee camp on May 24 ready to go and at
ligament he suffered in the opening strength.
game of the 1978 season may be the "It'll be a real challenge," conch
reason he wasn't drafted. He sub- Johnson.
NOW MICHIGAN finds itself with the
inenviable weekend task of having to
defeat the Spartans twice to walk off
with another Big Ten title, yet coach
Moby Benedict for one, is undaunted.
"That's the way it should be," said
Benedict. "You can't count on
somebody else losing to help you."
Benedict plans on starting his ace lef-
thander Steve Howe in the 3 p.m. series
opener Saturday in East Lansing, with
Howe going after his 16th league win
against no losses.
Sunday's game at FisherStadium will
start at 1 p.m.
FIDR YCH SHELLED, 6-2:
Guidry whiffs Tigers
NEW YORK (AP) - Cy Young
Award winner Ron Guidry returned to
the starting rotation with a nine-hit, 13-
strikeout effort and Graig Nettles
crashed a pair of two-run homers off
Mark Fidrych as the New York
Yankees whipped the Detroit Tigers 6-2
Fidrych, 0-2, was making his third
appearance since being sidelined for
more than a year with a sore arm. He
was tagged for six runs and six hits in
31/3 innings, including both of Nettles'
homers and a two-run shot by Chris
GUIDRY, MAKING his first start
since May 2 after a couple of relief stin-
ts in an effort to shore up the Yankee
bullpen, was pitching for the first time
in eight days. He weakened after four
innings, allowing two hits in the fifth in-
ning when the Tigers left the bases
loaded and two more hits in the sixth.
Then he settled down until the ninth,
when Steve Kemp hit a two-run homer
for the Tigers. But Guidrry finshed aipto
record his 41st victory in 47 decisions
since Aug. 10, 1977, including post-
season play. He is 4-2 this season.
Nettles, who has driven home 15 runs
in his last five games, slammed a two-
run homer into the right center field
bleachers in the first inning.
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