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Page Twelve


Wednesday, May 18, 1977

Streaking Blue nine duels Hurons


There are a few reasons why Moby
Benedict and his Michigan baseball
team might not care about today's dou-
bleheader against Eastern Michigan.
First, Eastern doesn't seem to offer
much of a challenge on paper. The Hu-
rons record of 26-31 is clearly inferior
to Michigan's 29-11 mark.
Second, Benedict and his squad have
to face Michigan State in a home-and-
home series this weekend which is cru-
cial in determining the outcome of their
Big Ten pennant race with Minnesota.
They may be looking ahead.
FINALLY, MICHIGAN has played ten
games in eight days. They could just be
But, if Benedict has a say in the mat-
ter, there will be no letup.

"There's no way we're going to let
up," said the coach of the team which
has won 10 straight and 13 of it's last
14 games. "There are plenty or reasons
why these two games are important."
"First, I think that these games could
be very important to our chances for
getting an at-large berth in the NCAA
IF MICHIGAN loses either game to
MSU or Minnesota beats Iowa twice, the
Wolverines will finish second in the con-
ference. An impressive record against
non-conference foes would enhance the
Wolverines chances of being invited.
"If we can beat EMU and MSU, I don't
think we have to worry about whether or
not we'll be playing more baseball,"
Benedict said.
REVENGE MAY also be on the Mich-
igan players' minds when they take the

field. They absorbed two one-run losses
in an encounter with their Ypsilanti
counterparts earlier this season.
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the
Houston Rockets, 112-109 last night
to win their NBA semi-final series,
four games to two.
Philadelphia faces Portland in
the finals.
Veterans on the team may also re-
member that it was Eastern that de-
prived them of a trip to the College
World Series each of the lastetwo years
by beating Michigan in the finals of the
Mideast Regional.

AN EMU TEAM geared around hitting
and speed will try to make things less
enjoyable for Michigan. The Hurons team
batting average is a lofty .287, and they
have stolen almost three bases per game.
Senior centerfielder Ted Dasen, com-
ing back from a shoulder injury that
sidelined him for four weeks, leads the
Eastern hitting parade with a .386 aver-
age. He also has eight homers and 27
Junior second baseman Dan Schmitz
is batting .348 and has scored 46 runs.
But a. freshman from Monroe, Audie
Cole, is the big man in the clutch. Cole
has knocked in 43 runs to go along with
a .308 average.
Unfortunately for Eastern, their pitch-
ing staff also sports some high figures.
The team ERA is 5.63, while Michigan's
is 2.63.

S/oIeo the Add Yank's nip Oakland in 15th, 5-2

Champion Crouther
Michigan's Charles Crouther, a sophomore sprinter and hurd-
ler, has been named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for his
performance in a dual track meet last Saturday against Indiana.
In the Wolverines 84-61 victory, Crouther won two events
and ran on two winning relay teams. Crouther won the 120-
yard hurdles in a time of 14.2 seconds - the fastest time in
the conference this season.
"Crouther has been getting all the time and has a tremendous
future in track," Michigan track coach Jack Harvey said.
Grid Awards
Three linebackers received Michigan's major spring football
awards recently.
Senior John Anderson, 6-3, 208, won the Meyer Morton
Award given annually to the Wolverine who shows the greatest
development and most promise for future success as a result
of the annual Blue-White spring scrimmage. Greg Morton,
drafted by the Buffalo Bills ten days ago, won the award last
Anderson, an All Big Ten linebacker, also doubles as Michi-
gan's punter.
Junior Jerry Meter, 6-3, 205, was the recipient of the Freder-
ick C. Matthaei Award - given each year to the junior-to-be
player on the basis of achi vement in the classrom and on the
gridiron. Anderson earned this honor last year.
Sophomore Ron Simpkins, 6-2, 220, received the John F. Maul-
betsch Avard given annually to a freshman player on the basis
of leadership and capability both on and off the football field.
Qurrterbuck Rick Leach won the award last year.
SAN FRANCISCOs- The Pacific-8 Conference will officially
become the Pacific-10 Conference, with the addition of Arizona
State and Arizona, on July 1, 1978 and the newcomers will com-
pete for the conference football title that fall, it was announced
Wiles Hallock, executtise director of the conference, announced
here the decisions reached at the annual Pac-8 spring meeting
which was held in Los Angeles Monday.
The president and chancellors of Pac-8 schools officially
approved a 1978 football schedule in which the Arizona Uni-
versities, now in the Western Athletic Conference, will meet
the seven-game minimum requirement for championship com-
Hallock said, "We are delighted that Arizona and Arizona
State have been able to resolve their football schedule conflicts
so they can compete for the opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl
in their first year."

By The Associated Press bases, Chambliss lined his game-
OAKLAND-Chris Chambliss' winning hit to right.
two-run single with one out in * *
the 15th inning highlighted a Cubs dlof
three-run rally that gave the
New York Yankees a 5-2 victory CHICAGO-Larry Biitner hit
over the Oakland A's yesterday. two home runs to lead a seven-
homer barage including three in
Rookie Dell Alston, making a row yesterday and the Chicago
his first major league appear- Cubs unleashed a 24-hit attack to
ance, opened the 15th with a gain their sixth straight victory
pinch-hit double off reliever in a 23-6 romp over the San
Dave Giusti, 0-2. Willie Ran- Diego Padres.
dolph walked and Mickey Rivers Home runs by Bitner, Steve
sacrificed the runners to second Ontiveros, and Gene Clines key-
and third. "ed an eight-run third inning be-
After Thurman Munson was fore the Cubs belted successive
intentionally walked to fill the homers by Biitner, Bobby Mur-

cer and Jerry Morales in the
fifth inning.
Reds blanked
CINCINNATI - E d O t t' s
eighth-inning single drove in
Rennie Stennett and Willie Star-
gell slammed a two-run homer
in the ninth, allowing John Can-
delaria to run his record to 5-0
as the Pittsburgh Pirates blank-
ed the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 trst
Phils flop
vey's two-run homer in the
seventh inning snapped a 4-4 tie
and gave unbeaten Don Sutton
his sixth straight victory last
n i g h t as the Los Angeles
Dodgers beat Philadelphia 6-4,
snapping the Phillies' five-game
winning streak.
Phillies starter Larry Chris-
tenson, 3-4, retired the first two
batters in the seventh, then
walked Ron Cey. Garvey, who
was hiless in three earlier tn
to the plate, smashed a borne
run, his seventh of the seasyr
over the 408-foot sign in centr
field to send the Dodgers ahe'd
Major League
W 1J Pc. Grl
Bartimore 17 12 .586 -
Boston 18 13 .581 -
New YVor z 19 14 .576
Mitwauke, 17 17 500 5',
Detroit 14 19 .42 5
Toronto 14 20 A12 i
Cleveland 12 19 .387
Minneota 23 it .075
Chirato, 20so2i.6t11
Texas 17 14 .567 4'.
Kansas City 17 16 .515 5'
Oakland 17 18 .586 6'
California 15 20 .429 '.
Seattle 12 27 .309 1
Yesterday's Games
New York 5, Oakland 2, 15 innins
Texas 3, Detroit 1
W L Pct. e
Pttsburghe 2.3 95.711 -
Chsicato 2151 it656t2
St. Louis 20 12 .65 3
Philadephia 17 14 .548 5
Montreal 51 It 7433
New Yoek 12 20 ,375 11
Los Angeles 27 8 771 -
cincinnati 14 19 a25
Houston 13 20.391 t5
San Francisco 135 0 94 13
San tDeo 14 24 .368 sl
Atlanta 11 24 314 16
Yesterday's Games
Chicago 23, San Diego 6
Los Angeles 6, Philadelphia 4
New York 8, San Francisee 5
Pittsburgh 3, CiacnnatsO
Atlanta 9. Montreal 6

Tennis title
Ann Arbor is the site of the 1977 Big Ten Tennis Championship
which open tomorrow and run through Saturday. Michigan will be
shooting for its tenth consecutive title.
Wolverine Jeff Etterbeek will be gunning for his second con-
ecutive number two singles championship.s
"I have more control over my emotions this season and I
feel much more confident of winning the big points," Etter-
beek said. "I know what my strengths are and what they can --AP Photo
do for me now, whereas last year I had my doubts when it TEXAS RANGER catcher Jim Sundberg holds his head after
came to a key point." being hit by a bat on a one-handed follow through by Detroit
Ticket prices are $1 for Thursday's preliminaries, $2 for Fri- Tiger rightfielder Ben Oglivie. The Tigers and rookie pitcher
day's semi-finals, and $3 for the finals on Saturday. Matches Dave Rozehma lost last ,night 3-1. Rozema went the distance
begin at 9 a.m. each day. and allowed only six hits, but was victimized by three Ranger
-DAILY SPORTS stolen bases.

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