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Page Twelve


Thursday, May 19, 1977

Hurons, Blue split twin bill

Mike Parker, enjoying his finest day of the Michigan
baseball season, crashed a two-out solo homerun in
the eighth inning yesterday to give the Wolverines a 4-3
victory in the nightcap and a split of their doubleheader
with Eastern Michigan.
The first game was all Eas'ern, as the Hurons mas-
tered Michigan, 5-1. with an 11-hit attack and some fine
pitching by junior John Martin.
PARKER'S BLAST consumated a Michigan comehack
which was aided by two EMU errors. One of the Huron
miscues came on an unusnal play in the bottom of the
fifth inning.
With Michigan trailing 3-1, second baseman Scott
Anderson led off the inning with a sharp double into
the left field corner. But Eastern first baseman Bob
Vizthum was of the opinion that Anderson neglected to
touch first, and he called to pitcher Bill Martin '(no
relation to John) to try an appeal to the umpires.
But Martin's throw skipped in the dirt and evaded
Vizthum, while the alert Anderson scampered to third.
The umpire was unsympathetic to Vizthum's view of
the play, and on the next pitch Rick Leach drove Ander-
son home to make the score 3-2.
THE HURONS continued to display their human
qualities in the bottom of the sixth.

Michigan shortstop Jim Berra opened with a sharp
grounder to third. Third baseman'Brian Petroff, who
had handled three tough chances flawlessly in the first
game, grabbed the ball cleanly but threw way over
Vizthum's head to send Berra to second.
Then, after Parker moved the runner to third on a
sacrifice, catcher Jim Capoferi singled through the
drawn in infield to knot the game at three.
Tom Owens, who pitched all eight innings for the Wol-
verines, scattered nine hits and was tough when he
needed it in the late innings. He allowed the potential
winning run to reach base in both the seventh and
eighth, but both times pitched out of the jam to even his
record at 2-2.
"I planned to let Tom pitch as long as he could go,
but I was surprised and pleased that he went all the
way," said Michigan coach Moby Benedict after the
OWENS WAS the victim of a couple bad hops in the
fifth inning when Eastern broke a 1-1 tie with two runs.
After two were out, Brian Stemberger and Vizthum
reached base on consecutiev ground singles that bounced
wildly at the cut of the infield.
Huron centerfielder Ted Dasen cleared the bases
with a 375 foot double.
Dasen also keyed the Eastern attack in the first game
with three hits. He leads EMU with an average over

But Dasen's feats with the bat were bettered by
Parker. The junior from Toledo, who started the day
'batting .237, 'collected four hits in four official trips to
the plate. Besides his winning round tripper, he swatted
two doubles to the outfield fence. For the day, he drove
in two runs and scored two.
HE ALSO threw in a walk and a sacrifice for good
Parker's play was all the Michigan fans had to cheer
about in the first game. The Wolverines 10-game win-
ning. skein was snapped by Martin, who only allowed
just three hits and raised his record to 6-7 on the year.
Martin would probably like to make a career out of
pitching against Michigan. He shut the Blue bats out on
two hits earlier in the season in a 1-0 win.
Vizthum drove in Dasen with the first run of the game
in the second inning. Then it was Dasen driving in
Stemberger and Pat Sheridan in the third.
BENEDICT BROUGHT in Kevin Clinton in the fourth
to replace starter and loser Bill Stennett (5-4). But
Petroff greeted the senior reliever with a blast to left
which flew over the fence just inside the foul pole,
Michigan's only run came in the third. After Berra
walked and took second on a wild pitch, Parker un-
corked one of his doubles to deep center.
Eastern added another run in the fifth to seal the

Ipr e if the l e4,
___________Blazers plan strategy

By The Associated Press
Tigers promote Corcoran
DETROIT-The Detroit Tigers called up rookie outfielder-first
baseman Tim Corcoran from their Evansville, Ind., farm club yes-
terday to bring their American League roster to the 25-man limit.
The 24-year-old Corcoran hit .378 in 31 games with the
American Association club, the same batting average he had
in spring training with the Tigers.
At Evansville, he had a 16-game hitting streak going when he
got the word to report to the Tigers at Dallas.
Corcoran was signed as a free agent by the Tigers while he
was in college in California in 1974.
Aurelio switching to short?
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Aurelio Rodriguez, slick-fielding third
baseman for the Detroit Tigers, is expected to rejoin the team this
weekend in Chicago.
Rodriguez, who has been sidelined for three weeks with an
injured ankle may find himself at shortstop.
"I'm not saying we're going to do it," Houk said Tues-
day. "But it's something that's under consideration."
The move would solve two problems for the struggling Tigers.
It would enable them to keep hot-hitting rookie Phil Mankowski
at third and would probably shore up the fielding at shortstop.
Hoik has rotated Tom Veryzer and Mark Wagner at shortstop
this season. Neither is hitting .200 and Veryzer has committed
three errors, while Wagner has been charged with six.
Dantley top NBA rookie
NEW YORK-Adrian Dantley, who averaged 20.3 points a
game, a record for a Buffalo rookie, was named NBA Rookie of
the Year yesterday in a runaway vote.
The 6-foot-5 forward, the first rookie to surpass the 20-
point average since Sidney Wicks did it for Portland in 1971-
72, received 44 of the 66 votes cast by sports writers and
broadcasters in NBA franchise cities.
John Lucas of Houston was a distant second with eight votes.
Scott May of Chicago, Richard Washington of Kansas City, Mitch
Kupchak of Washington and Ron Lee of Phoenix shared -the re-
maining votes,
Dantley, a native of the nation's capital, left Notre Dame
after his junior year and signed with Buffalo as a hardship case.
He wound up as Buffalo's top scorer in 23 games and had 10 or
more rebounds in 24 games.

By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. - J a c k
Ramsay, coach of the Portland
Trail Blazers, says his team
must stop three high-scoring
players in order .to beat the
Philadelphia 76ers and win the
NBA title.
The 76ers rely on three play-
ers-Julius Erving, George Mc-
Ginnis and Doug Collins - for
most of their offense, Ramsay
Hitler, Tic
Reds topjc
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Texas'
Gaylord Perry became the third
pitcher in major league history
to win 100 games in both the
American and National leagues
as the Rangers defeated the De-
troit Tigers 6-3 last night.
The 38-year-old Perry, 3-4,
was credited with the victory
after a rocky start in which.
he fell behind 3-0 in the first
inning. As he has done many
times in the past, Perry got
better as the game progressed,
retiring the final 18 Detroit
Texas tagged Tigers starter
John Hiller, 1-4, with the loss
thanks to five runs in the fourth
inning. Reserve catcher John
Ellis delivered the key hit, a
two-run single, to spoil relief
ace Hiller's third start in the
last six years.
Reds romp
CINCINNATI - Bob Bailey,
shrugging o f f Cincinnati's
clean-up" jinx, drove in three
runs with a single and a sac-
rifice fly to lead the reds to
Late Baseball
Chicago (AL) 7, Kansas City 4
St. Louis 8, Houston 4
Atlanta 10. Montreal

"McGinnis, Collins and Erv-
ing are great individual play-
ers," the Portland coach said
yesterday. "You've g.t to stop
those three guys, especially Erv-
ing. He's made some fantastic
individual plays."
nal game of the Philadelphia-
Houston semifinal series Tues-
day night in Houston.

The Blazers worked out on
their home court yesterday.
They will travel to Philadelphia
today and practice Friday and
Saturday for the championship
series opener Sunday'afternoon.
"They (the 76ers) are a one-
on-one play team," R a m s a y
said. "They don't have the team
concept that we do, but they use
their one-on-one abilities very

The Blazers, who swept the
Los Angeles Lakers in four
games for the Western Confer-
ence crown, will have been idle
for eight days by gametinme
)Ie Pirates Sunday.
"I think it helps us," Ramsay
an 8-3 .victory over the Pitts- said of the layoff. "It enables
burgh Pirates yesterday, hand- tis to get Dave Twardzik back
ing winless Jerry Reuss his in the game and I think it real-
fifth loss, ly helped Bill Walton get over
Bailey, the sixth member the physical Los Angeles ser-
of the Reds tried in the No.
4 batting spot, triggered a TWARDZIK, A starting guard,
four-run first inning with his missed the last six Blazer play-
two-run single and hit his off contests because of a
sacrifice fly in the fifth, when sprained ankle. He will be
the Reds scored twice with- "about 100 per cent" for Sun-
out a hit. day's game, Ramsey said.
Major League Standings
East East
W L Pet. (tB w L Pet, GB
New York 19 14 .576- Pittsburgh 23 1 0 69
Baltimore 17 13 .567 Chicago 21 11 .656 i
Boston 18 14 .563 t. Louis 20 13 .606 3
Milwaukee 1it18 .486 3 Phiadephia 17 14 .548 5
Toronto 15 20 .4219 5 Montreal 13 17 .433 0'.
Detroit 14 19 .424 5 New York 12 20 .375 11
Cleveland 12 20 .375 6' West
W~est Los Angees 2tt80.771 -
Minnesota 24 11 .686 - Cineinnati t1509 .441 11'
Chicago 20 12 .25 Houston 14 20 .412 t'
Texas 17 14 .548 5 San Francisco 13 20 .394 13
Kansas City 17 16 .515 6 San Diego 14 24 .368 14'
Oakland 17 18 .486 7 Atlanta 11 24 .314 16
California 16 20 .444 8t'. Yesterday's Results
Seattle 13 27 .325131 % Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 3
Late games not included
Today's Games Today's Games
Toronto (singer, 2-5) at Mil- San Diego (Jones, 3-5) at Mon-
waukee (Cort, 1-1) treal (Stanhouse, 3-5), n.
Seattle (Pagan, 0-1) at Oakland Chicago (Reusehel, 6-1) at At-
(Langford, 3-2) lanta (Mfekra, 1-7), a.
Baltimore (Palmer, 5-3) at New Lm K Angeles (Rau, 5-0) at Pitts-
York (Gullett, 3-2), a, burgh (Kison, 3-2, a.
Kansas City (Colbun, 5-3) at San Francisco (Halicki, 2-3) at New
Chicago (Stone, 3-3), n. York (Todd, 0-0), n.
Minnesota (Goltz, 2-2) at Califor- Philadelphia (Kaat, 0-1) at 5os
ila (Ryan, 5-4) n ton (Anftaima 245. a

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