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Page 14-Tuesday, May 22, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Spartans KO Blue tournament bid
for an 8-5 win and their second con- tan third. hitter.
By ALAN FANGER ference title in 25 years. The scheme And before Howe could rescue him- The crowd of 2,419 came to its feet
Moby Benedict came up with the had flopped - all that remained was self from the disastrous inning, when Perry fanned two of the last three
scheme which would conclude his Sunday's sentimental tribute to the 17- brothers Tom and Bill Schultz singled, Spartans to end the game, but the ap-
Michigan baseball coaching career year Benedict coaching era. with Tom eventually coming home on a preciation seemed destined for both the
with another Big Ten championship and "He (Howe) threw good for the first wild pitch. That prompted Benedict to departing seniors and their steadfast
a fifth NCAA regional berth. inning or so, then everything tug his number one starter in favor of mentor.
He would pitch southpaw ace Steve straightened out," said Benedict, who Mark Clinton, who had hurled a two- Among other kudos, Benedict's num-
Howe in the first game of a home-and- will takea position with the Intramural hitter against Iowa the previous Sun- ber One was retired before the game.
home series with Michigan State in sports department this fall. "He's a day. The Blue skipper was also given a
East Lansing Saturday. Howe would great pitcher, there's no question about The Wolverines received a big break plaque by his players after the contest,
keep his undefeated conference hurling that. But once in a while, he gets in a bit in their fifth when Wolcott was pulled and a picture with warm greetings
record intact by whipping the Spartans, of a slump." from the game with a pain in the from one of his favorite pupils, Min-
leaving righthander Steve Perry to And while Howe was slumping, Perry shoulder of his pitching arm. Mark nesota Twins pitcher Geoff Zahn.
complete the sweep Sunday at Fisher was closing out his collegiate career Pomorski proved to be no equal as the But the veteran coach kept his eyes
Stadium. Sunday with a five-hit, 6-0 shutout per- Blue batsmen touched him for three fixed on the box score. "I'm going to
But Howe was shelled for six runs in formance. runs, pulling within one at 6-5. frame that one," he said.
the third inning at MSU 's rain-soaked For the first two and a half innings at Unfortunately for Benedict's crew, Benedict's final class will no doubt
Kobs Field, and the Spartans hung on East Lansing, it looked as if Benedict's MSU coach Danny Litwhiler had a bet- have an impact in the professional

Big 10 St udings

Michigan State ............ 11 4
Wisconsin ................. 13 5
MICHIGAN ...............10 4
Minnesota:................ 12 6
Iowa ...................... 10 6
Ohio State............... 10 7
Purdue .................... 6 12
Northwestern ............. 5 11
Indiana ................... 3 13
Illinois .................... 3 15
saturday's Results
MichiganStatet8,MICHIGAN 5
Ohio Statet8-11,Illinois 1-0
Purduet-0, Indiana 3-1
Sunday's Results
Purdue5-4. Ohio ase,4-7
Indiana 13-3,Ililinoins-11


strategy would pay off. Third baseman
Jim Paciorek took State hurler Brian
Wolcott's second pitch of the contest
and poked it over the left centerfield
fence, and Rick Leach added a solo
blast in the third.
But MSU, which came into the game
with a 10-3 conference mark (the
Wolverines were 9-3 going into the
weekend series), caught several of
Howe's higher-placed fastballs,
buildinga 6-2 margin by inning's end.
After walking Joe Lopez, Howe
yielded singles to Al Dankovich, Randy
Hop and Ken Robinson. Lopez and
Dankovich scored, and the two-run
Wolverine lead had been quickly
The real damage, however, was in-
curyed by State's Roger Bastien, who
drove a high pitch down the rightfield
line that narrowly cleared the em-
bankment at the 301-foot mark.
Bastien's round-tripper made it a 5-2
ballgame, with only one out in the Spar-

ter gun in his arsenal - Mark
Sutherland. Sutherland came in and
warded off several Michigan rally at-
tempts to save the game and earn the
Spartans an NCAA regional berth on
their own turf next weekend.
Thus the Wolverines returned home
with their Big Ten championship and
tournament hopes in shambles. Sun-
day's game would be for the seniors -
Leach, Howe, Perry, leftfielder Dan
Cooperrider, infielder Dale Mason, and
catcher Jim Capoferi.
"Moby pulled us all in and said, 'Let's
go out there, hang loose, and have
fun'," said Capoferi.
And have fun they did. All the bat-
smen needed was a three-run first-in-
ning bombing of MSU starter Jay
Strother, and that was enough to keep
the home folks happy. Run-scoring
singles by Cooperrider, Foussianes and
Tim Miller gave Perry all the runs he
would need, as the big righthander held
the Spartans at bay while hurling a five-

ranks. Both Leach, who ended the year
with a .315 average), and Howe are con-
sidered first-round material in next
month' draft, while Perry and Capoferi
could be drafted in later rounds.

Blue striders stumble as Hoosiers take title

In the chart Indiana coach Sam Bell
worked out before the Big Ten track
championships, he calculated his team
would score in the neighborhood of 150
points, easily enough, he figured, to
take top honors in the two-day event.
And Bell, like his Hoosier track con-
tingent, proved to be right on target
through the whole weekend, his team
adding the outdoor championship at
Ferry Field to the conference indoor
title it won at Illinois earlier this
INDIANA ENDED up just six points
shy of Bell's prediction, totaling 144
points, while host Michigan finished
second with 111, followed by Wisconsin
with 101. Ohio State was a distant fourth
at 56, with Illinois fifth at 44. Michigan
State, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota and
Northwestern rounded out the bottom

The Hoosiers grabbed nine firsts in
the sun-splashed competition, while the
host Wolverines could manage but one,
when Mike Lattany successfully defen-
ded his Big Ten outdoor high jump title
with a meet record leap of 7-31.
Despite the impressive showing by
Indiana, Michigan might have
challenged had it not been for two set-
backs, one of which occurred on
Friday, the other coming on the final
day of competition.
Sprinter Andrew Bruce, on whom
Michigan coach Jack Harvey was
banking for points in the 100- and 200-
meter dashes, pulled up lame in his
Friday qualifying heat with a ham-
string pull, knocking him out of the
"I THINK the only way we could have
won the meet is if Bruce had been
healthy and Indiana had gotten some
bad breaks," said Harvey after the
meet. "And that's just not bound to
Yet it was Michigan which ironically
suffered the "bad break" of the meet,
when hurdlers Marshall Parks and Don
Wheeler each fell to the track, both
failing to finish the 110-meter high hur-
dle final.
After a quick start, Parks was
knocked offstride by Iowa hurdler Ran-
dy Elliot's elbow. Parks careened into
Andy Wells of Michigan State and the
two fell in a heap. Wheeler simply fell of
his own accord.
Bell labelled that mishap the turning
point of the meet, as Dan Oliver of Ohio

State finished first to retain his Big Ten
crown, followed by Indiana's Nate Lun-
"THAT'S WHERE Michigan was
┬░going to have to score if they were to
win, and where we were going to have
to battle," said Bell.
Battling most successfully for the
Hoosiers was Lundy, who topped off his
second in the 110's with a first in the 400-
meter hurdles, and Robert Cannon, who
repeated as conference champ in the
triple jump and long jump. Tim Graf
won the 100-meter dash for Indiana and
Lance Fox nosed out teammate Brian
Kimball to take the pole vault event.
Michigan, meanwhile, was cast in a
bridesmaid role, finishing second in
seven events. Along with seconds in
both relays, Steve Elliot was runnerup
in the 1500, Tim Thomas was nipped in
the stretch by Hoosier Mark Shroyer in
the 800-meter run and Calvin Williams
was second in the 400 hurdles. Dan
Heikkinen and Butch Woolfolk gar-
nered seconds in the steeplechase and
100 meters, respectively. Woolfolk ad-.
ded a third in the 200-meter event while
Heikkinen finished sixth in the 5000.
. Along with Lattany's championship,
Harvey cited Heikkinen's performance
as the high point of the meet for
"We weren't sure we would get points
from Dan in the 5000, while we knew
Lattany would get a first or a second,"
Harvey said. "Overall, Ithought we ran
well. Indiana ran away from everybody
indoors, but they at least were in a fight

Dan Heikkinen

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