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Page Twelve


Tuesday, May 18, .,971

Wolverines cop Big Ten wins

Jim Burton twirls no-hitter
as batsmen dump Badgers

Netters sweep tournament;
take fourth straight title

If Jim Burton had planned
things that way, he couldn't
have picked a better day to
throw a no-hitter than last Sa-
Among the several hundred
spectators at Michigan's double-
header sweep against Wisconsin,
were scouts from Houston, Pitts-
burgh, Boston, Atlanta and a
number of other major league
Burton, who will become ell-
.gible after this season to be
picked in the secondary phase
of the major league draft, is
among the handful of top pro
prospects in the country, and
his 3-0 victory over the hard-
hitting Badgers certainly did-
n't dull his luster.
But oddly enough, Burton
didn't think he was at his top
form. "I didn't think I was es-
pecially sharp," said Burton,
who walked three and struck
out six. "They just seemed to
be going after the first pitch."
"He was good enough for me,"
said coach Moby Benedict with
a laugh. "He was faster at Ohio
State where he struck out 14,
and he was really burning it to
'em. But Saturday he only threw
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Big Ten Standings,,,,
W L Pet. GB
MSU 10 2 .833 --
Minnesota 11 5 .688 1
Michigan 8 4 .667 2
Illinois 9 5 .643 2
Iowa 9 7 .563 3
Wisconsin 6 8 .429 5
Purdue 5 9 .357 6
Indiana 4 8 .333 6
Ohio State 4 8 .333 6
Northw't'n 2 12 .142 9

88 pitches and that was really
low for him."
Burton's effort was the first
no-hitter by a Wolverine hurler
in anybody's memory. The long-
est memory belongs to ex-coach
and former4 major league star
Ray Fisher and goes back more
than 50 years.
But Benedict was not too con-
cerned during the contest with
Burton's bid for Wolverine im-
mortality. "There was only one
thing important to me and that
was to win the ball game. Until
the seventh we had only a 1-0
lead and I was really concerned
with the fact that we win the
ball game."
In the sixth, Michigan scored
two more, and then Benedict
joined the rest of the team in
rooting for Michigan's ace hurl-
"They were really pulling for
him in the seventh," Benedict
said. At the start of the inning,
everybody in the dugout w as
up on their feet, standing on
the first step. After each out,
the players moved up one step.
You can see, he smiled, "there
are only three steps."
Burton's no-hitter was all the
more impressive because it came
against Wisconsin, the third
best hitting team in the Big Ten.
Michigan has been the worst,
but in the nightcap the Wolver-
ines exploded for 13 hits, and
won, 8-5. Mickey Elwood over-
came three errors by shortstop
Mike Rafferty, one by himself
and four unearned runs in
notching the win.
Michigan also swept a twin-
bill against Northwestern Fri-
day to improve its conference
mark to 8-4, good for t h i r d
place. Friday's first game was

Jim Burton
a 15 inning affair in which
Michigan managed only seven
hits, but still managed to win
2-1, as Pete Helt went the dis-
"That game, I could h a v e
sworn we were the worst hitting
team in baseball," Benedict
said. "Our kids knew every pitch
that was coming and they still
couldn't hit the ball."
Benedict explained that Wild-
cat pitcher Robert Artemenko
gave away his pitches with h i s
grip and that, from his t h i r d
base coaching position, Bene-
dict would relay the fact to his
players via code.
"Maybe that hurt their con-
centration," Benedict said. "Af-
ter the seventh inning, I said,
'To hell with it. You guys are on
your own now,' but they s t i ll
couldn't get any hits."
Benedict reflected, "Batting
is a fickle thing in baseball."
Then, perhaps explaining the
success of Michigan's hitless
wonders this year, he said,
"Batting comes and goes, b u t
pitching is constant.
Orlando Cepeda's 11th smash
of the year in the ninth wiped
out a 2-1 New York lead and
sent the contest into overtime.
* * *
Pirates pop
PITTSBURGH - Roberto Cle-
mente, who had homered in the
eighth inning, drilled a two-run
triple with two out on the ninth,
giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a
6-5 victory over Montreal last
The Pirates trailed 5-4 when
Gene Alley opened the last of
the ninth with a single off Ex-
pos' reliever Mike Marshall.
Gene Clines sacrificed Alley to
second and he held there as
Dave Cash beat out an infield
hit to third.
Vic Davalillo flied out, but
Clemente, who had stranded five
base runners before hitting his
solo homer in the eighth; lashed
a drive off the center field wall,
scoring the tying and winning

Does a tennis team deserve a
rest after winning a conference
championship? The number one
singles player in the Big Ten,
Michigan's Joel Ross, apparent-
ly doesn't think so.
The Wolverine netters, who
convinced all doubters by de-
cisively defeating conference
competition in Evanston last
weekend, h a d just returned
home at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morn-
ing, when Ross hopped in his
car and sped through the dark-
ness to New York to participate
in a tournament which began
His teammates aren't staying
here much longer. They're all
going home to play in l o c a l
tournaments before the top four
singles players and top two dou-
bles teams return next month to
practice for the nationals.
Not that they didn't deserve
the rest they all spurned. The
newly-won Big Ten champion-
ship, Michigan's 13th in the last
17 years, was hard-fought for.
Many people f e 1 t Michigan
wasn't as strong this year as it
had been in years past while
compiling a record of 19 league
titles, more than any other
But, in pursuit of t he 20th_
and fourth in a row, Michigan
had more on its side than just
skill. It had determination.
"The single factor in our vic-
tory," coach Brian Eisner said,
"is that we worked hard for our
victory. We went in with the
idea that we were going to win
it. We knew we were the best
"We just refused to lose."
The Wolverines went into the
tournament with just a three
point le a d over Indiana, but
came out of it with a 25-point
Michigan finished with 120
points, Indiana with 95. Iowa
with 84 and Michigan State
with 82 followed.
"We feel very, very elated be-
cause the team really came up
with a super performance in
the tournament. E v e r y b o d y
played well," said Eisner, who
has led the Wolverines to two
conference crowns in his two
years as coach.

The Wolverines took three
singles championships and two
doubles titles in the tourna-
ment, in which sophomore Mike
Ware did not lose a single set
at number six singles.
Ware defeated Illinois's Miles
Harris Saturday for the champ-
He also teamed up with Tim
Ott at number two doubles to
defeat Kevin Conway and Scott
Pearlstein of Wisconsin Satur-
day for another title.
Team captain Ramon Almon-
te, who came into the tourna-
ment w it h a 5-4 conference
mark, won number four singles
by beating Iowa's Bruce Nagel,
4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
"This was a great victory,"
said Eisner. "Ramon has pro-
vided leadership all year as cap-
tain and he battled all the way."
Almonte also teamed with
freshman Kevin Senich to win
the number three doubles title,
defeating Wisconsin's Ken Sch-
wartz and Bob Becker, 6-3, 6-2.
Ross took the overall singles
championship, defeating North-
western's Bill Meyers, 7-6, 4-6,
6-0. He had also come into the
tourney with only a 5-4 confer-
ence record.
The Wolverines lone setback
in the finals came at number
one doubles, where Ross a n d
Dick Ravreby lost to runner-up
Indiana's Mark Bishop and Jeff
Hodgson, 6-1, 6-4.
The Ann Arbor recreation de-
partment has announced the in-
itiation of the second annual
Pioneer Summer Basketball
School, directed by Eldon Rouse
from June 14 to August 6 t h .
The cost is $15 per boy and en-
rollment is limited to 100 boys
in each age group.
Fifth and sixth graders w i l1
meet from 9:00 to 10:30 each
weekday morning, seventh grad-
ers from 10:30 to noon, eightl
graders from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.,
and ninth and tenth graders
from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. For fur-
ther information, call George
G. Beaudette, 665-8822.


Red Sox tame


By The Associated Press
BOSTON - George S c o t t
pulled Boston from behind with a
two-run double in the fifth inning
and Carl Yastrzemski helped pre-
serve the lead with a spectacular
catch in the seventh as the Red
Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2
last night.
Scott's sharp ground double
down the left field line with two
out scored Luis Aparicio and
Reggie Smith to offset a two-run
Canonero II
might be sold
Baptista Sr., co-owner of Ca-
nonero II, said yesterday he
plans to fly to Florida soon to
discuss an offer of $4 million
for the winner of the Kentucky
Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Baptista refused to identify
members of the syndicate which
made the offer.
The Caracas businessman said
that even for the syndicate of-
fer to be considered three condi-
tions would have to be met:
-~-Canonero II must be en-
tered under his own name in
the Belmont Stakes June 5.
- Baptista will get any earn-
ings from the Belmont.
- Baptista will get f o u r
shares in the syndicate.
The colt currently is stabled
in Baltimore and is to be ship-
ped to Belmont to begin train-
ing on Thursday, Baptista said.
Baptista said his govern-
ment was interested in buying
the horse, who approaches the
rank of a national hero in Vene-
zuela, for breeding purposes to
improve thoroughbred racing in
that country.

homer by Willie Horton in the
Then, with two out in the sev-
enth and Mickey Stanley on first
base, Horton was the victim of
Horton drilled a line drive
which appeared for extra bases
off the wall in left center. How-
ever, Yastrzemski, running at
full speed, leaped and snared the
ball against the scoreboard to
rob Horton of an extra base hit.
Birds bombed
NEW YORK - Roy White
socked a two-run :comer and
Gene Michael stroked a pair of
run-scoring singles to lead the
New York Yankees to a 6-3 vic-
tory over the Baltimore Orioles
last night.
White slammed his seventh
home run of the season off loser
Pat Dobson in the first inning
following Horace Clarke's lead-
off double.
The Yankees nicked Dobson,
2-3, for an unearned run in the
second. Jerry Kenney reached
first on shortstop Mark Belang-
er's throwing error, atole second
and rode home when Michael
Mets edged
ATLANTA - Ralph Garr, who
tied the game with a two-out
home run in the 10th inning, won
it for Atlanta with another two-
out shot in the 12th as the Braves
trimmed the New York Mets 4-3
last night.
Garr's shot into the left-field
seats came off the Mets third
pitcher, Ron Taylor.
Garr's first blast off Mets
starter Tom Seaver tied the
game 3-3, the second inning in a
row that an Atlanta home run
produced a tie.

Linksmen finish seventh

The Columbus jinx strikes
The Wolverine golfers failed to
follow in the footsteps of their
tennis namesakes this past
weekend as they finished a rath-
er dismal seventh in the Big
Ten Tournament at Columbus
Scarlet course.
The Michigan team carded a
total of 1568 strokes, 67 behind
the tournament winner, favorite
Purdue, as they failed by over
40 strokes to crack the first
Gary Balliet, the Wolverine

Major League Standings.
East East
W L Pct. GB W L Pet. GB
Boston 21 11 .656 -- New York 21 12 .535 -
Baitimore 19 14 .576 2!/, Pittsburgh 2 14 .5
New York 16 16 .500 5 5t. Louis 10 11 .571 2
Detroit 16 15 .471 6 Chicago 18 15 .514 4
Washington 15 20 .429 7Y' Montreal 13 14 .481 5
Cleveland 13 20 .394 8Y2 Philadelphia 11 22 .333 10
West West
Oakland 25 14 .641 - San Francisco 25 10 .730 -
Minnesota 18 17 .514. 5 Atlanta 18 18 .500 8',
California 18 19 .486 6 Los Angeles 18 19 .485 9
Kansas City 18 11 .486 6 Hloustons 17 19 .47211/,(
Muwaukee 14 1 .438 17 Cincinnati 13 2 .371 13
Chicago 13 20 .394 San Diego 10 25 .285 16
Monday's Results Monday's Results
New York 5, Baltimore 3 Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 5
Cleveland 5, Washington 3 Atlanta 4, New York 3,12 inn.
Boston 3, Detroit 2 Philadephia 3, Cincinatli 2
Minnesota at California, inc. Houston 2, San Diego 0
Other clubs not scheduled. Other clubs not scheduled.

captain elect for next season,
led the Michigan squad w i t h
rounds of 77-75-74-78 for a
total of 204 strokes over the
tough 7,120 yard course.
Balliet was the Wolverine's
second leading player during the
regular season.
The teams stroke average
leader, Rocky Pozza, with an
average of 75.6 strokes, s h o t
80-83-76-77 for a disappointing
total of 316. Pozza, finishedone
stroke behind teammate Jim
Neil Spitalny carded a 321,
while John Roska turned in a
As expected, the Boilermakers
dominated the tourney all the
way. From a one shot lead af-
ter the first round, the Purdue
team built up a lead of n in e
strokes over Michigan State at
the end of the final round.
This was the eleventh t i m e
the Purdue team won the Big
Ten championship in the past
twenty years, taking the title for
the last time in 1967 on the
Michigan course.
' Minnesota's Dave Haberle
picked up individual first place
honors, despite the fact that his
team finished one slot behind
the Wolverines. Haberle carded
a 293 to take the medalist hon-


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