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Page Eleven

Saturday, May 14, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Satuday May14,1977THEMICIGANDAIY Pae Eeve

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Friday the 13th Bad luck
Race driver Tom Sneva slides along the fourth turn wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday after losing control of his car while practicing for
qualifications this weekend. He was unhurt.

Blue 9 face crucial weekend

By RICK MADDOCK
The pressure is on the Wol-
verine nine, this weekend, as
both Wisconsin and Northwest-
ern visit Fisher Field for cru-
cial Big Ten doubleheaders.
Currently, the Wolverines trail
Minnesota by one game (10-2
vs. 9-3) in the Big Ten, with six
games left. Minnesota hosts In-
diana (3-7) today and Ohio State
(5-3) tomorrow. The Gophers top
the league in batting with a
310 average, and they also
claim the best pitching staff
with a shining 2.18 ERA.
Wisconsin, holding a 7-7 con-
ference record, confronts the
Wolverines today at 1 pm.
John Hnath, a second and
third baseman, is the team's
leading hitter at .484 in the
Big Ten. First baseman Ran-
dy Johnson holds a .396 aver-
age.
Randy Rennicke, a right hand-
er, is seventh in the league with
a 1.58 ERA. He holds an even
2-2 record. Alan Clark, also a
righty, is tenth in the league
boasting a 2.20 ERA and a 3-1
record.

Last weekend Northwestern,
7-5 in the league, swept Wiscon-
sin, 4-0 and 15-11. Catcher Dave
Hogg, the Big Ten's "Athlete
of the Week," went six-for-eight,
knocking in all of Northwest-
ern's runs in the opener. In the
nightcap he was five-for-five,
pinus a pair of home runs and
seven RBI's.
The Wildcats also have the
Big Ten's leading hitter, Kurt
Bruksch a shortstop. He is 20
for 40, connecting at a clean
.500, in twelve league games.
Both of Michigan's weekend
opponents hold a better team
batting average. Michigan is
fifth with a .274 mark. The
Badgers are four points better
than the Wolverines, with a .278
spot. Northwestern is second in
the league, hitting at a .300
clip.
Michigan baseball coach Moby
Benedict is not worried about
his squad's hitting. "I can't be
disappointed when we are scor-
ing runs. If they walk a guy;
I can't complain. It means he's
not getting anything to hit,"
Benedict said.
"Somedays you get twelve

hits, and with the.same guys
the next day you get three
hits. It (hitting) also depends
on pitching. It's a funny game
- baseball," Benedict added.
"When you play seven inning
baseball games, that takes away
two innings. They traditionally
are not high scoring games,"
Benedict concluded.
Pitching wise, the Wolverines
are second to Minnesota in the
league. Michigan boasts a 2.72
team ERA. Wisensin is fifth in
the league showing a 4.21 EIA
and Northwestern's staff has a
ballooned 5.14 team ERA.

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