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Scturday, June 8, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

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USC favored in

pMAHA, Neb. (P) - An Eastern team
hasn't won the College World Series in
19 years, but Miami Coach Ron Fraser
thinks the drought should end.
-Wake Forest did it in 1955 - and
that's a long time ago," noted Fraser. "I
thing the brand. of baseball we play
in our part of the zountry is as good
as any.
Fraser's team, along with Texas and
Oklahoma, carries the top chaltenger
rating as seven teams will be out to
end Southern California's dominance of
the classic.
The 28th collegiate finals opened last
night with Miami, 48-9, matched against
itarvard, 31-9, and Oklahoma, 42-6, go-
ing against surprising Northern Colorado,
31-11.
But looming over the double-elimina-
tion tournament is the question: C an
Southern California be denied a fifth
straight title?
ROD DEDEAUX has guided Trojan
teams to a series record eight titles -
and five in the last six years, but many
feel this is not one of his better clubs.

Dedeaux doesn't agree.
"We feel that we will be able to hold
our own in this field," he said. "It's
a strong one, but our club has come
back from adversity all year."
Twice during the District S playoffs,
Southern California was within a loss of
failing to qualify for the series, but
bounced back.
"This team has come back more
than any team I've had," continued De-
deux. "So we again believe that we
can win."
SOUTHERN California brings a 49-19
mark to the series - ths school's worst
in 22 years, but the Trojans always
seem to be tougher in the series.
"Don't let that record fool you," said
Fraser, whose team was ranked No. 1
along with Texas in the final poll by
Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
"They are definitely a tournament
team, they have proved that,' said Fras-
er. "We know they will be tough."
Southern Cal's first test is a big one
- against Texas, 52-6, Saturday night.
Seton Hall, 33-8, battles Southern Illi-

College
nois, 47-10, in the final ftrst-round game
Saturday.
All of the entrants with the exception
of Miami have been to the series before,
and the Golden Huricane's lack of series
experiences bothers Fraser.
"We did well in our own tournaments
back home," noted Fraser. "But this is
a different story. We'll have to prove we
can stand up under the pressure here."
Big Eight Conference champion Okla-
homa, pitching-rich Texas, Miami and
Southern Cal apear to be the class of the
field, but then there are rpstarts North-
ern Colorado and Southern llinois.
NORTHERN Colorada shocked the col-
lege baseball world last weekend by
sweeping then top-ranked Arizona in the
District 7 playoffs. Arizona finished 58-
6.
"Anything can happen it a short ser-
ies," said Northern Colorado Coach Tom
Petroff. "I think we prved that against
Arizona, so we are hopeful coming to
Omaha."
The Bears' bid rests mainly with a pair
of freshmen pitchers, Keith Bailey 10-1

Series
and Rick Thoren, 7-1., who hurled the
victories over Arizona.
Southern Illinois has twice finished
second to Southern Cal - in 1968 and
1971 - and will relp on depth and its
running game.
The Salukis set a school record for
victories this season, and were a come-
from-behind victor over Big Ten Con-
ference champion Minnesota to gain the
series.
Texas is making a record 17th ap-
pearance, but the Longhorns haven't
taken home a title since 1950 as Western
and Big Ten Conference teams have
dominated the series the last 15 years.
Texas brings a veteran club to its third
straight series, led by pitchers Jim Gid-
eon 18-1, Rick Burley 12-0 and Richard
Wortham 10-3.
"The tournament appears to have an
outstanding field," said Longhorn Coach
Cliff Gustafson, "with the power well
distributed. We feel that we have one
of our better series teams." Oklahoma
also brings a veteran team, deep in
pitching.

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sociation Track and Field Meet.
llerndon, a freshman from
San Bernardino, Calif., leaped
21 feet, 6% inches after fouling
on his first effort. Randy Wil-
liams of Southern Cailfornia
was second at 26-4.
The points were the first for
Coach Jim Bush's Bruins who
are slight favorites to capture
their fourth consecutive title in
this 53rd annual NCAA meet.
In another afternoon field
event, Pete Farmer of the Uni-
versity of Texas at El Paso
took the hammer throw with an
effort of 230-6. The defending
champion in the event, Jacques
Accambray of Kent State, fin-
ished fifth at 199.
Wesley Smith of Louisiana
Tech captured the third place
medal in the long jump despite
a thigh injury which had him
limping. He passed on two
jumps but still managed a 26-3.

ings but that was expected after
three events. Southern Califor-
nia had 16 points, Brigham
Young 11, UCLA 10, Texas-El
Paso 10, and Fresno State 8.
Tennessee, expected to be a
strong challenge to the Bruins,
had yet to pick up a point.
Bush said, "We came here to
compete and I think this just
may be the greatest competi-
tive team I've ever had."
In a related development the
United States Track Coaches
Association said a poly'of coach-
es at the Meet indicated 65 per
cent of them do not want for-
eign athletes competing in na-
tional collegiate championships.
Mel Brodt, an association
spokesman and the head track
coach at North Carolina,. said
"15 of the 25 track All-Ameri-
cans last year were foreigners.
At the indoor NCAA meet, there
were 30 per cent first place
awards going to foreigners."

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