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May 11, 1978 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 11, 1978-Page 15
NIP HURONS 3-2, 5-4
'M' nine outshine Eastern twice

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WOLVERINE HURLER Steve Perry had trouble with this blooper off the bat of
Eastern Michigan left fielder Bill Crews, as Crews reached first on Perry's error.
The righthander had few other troubles however, as he came on in relief in the
second game of yesterday's doubleheader at Fisher Stadium to preserve a 5-4
Michigan lead. The Wolverines took the first game as well, 3-2, upping their overall
record to 24-11.
sports of the DAILY
Courting confidence
It's really a great feeling when you can prepare for a competitive athletic
event, feeling totally confident that you are definitely going to win. This is
the situation the Michigan women's tennis team is in as it enters this
weekend's SMAIAW tourney that begins today at 9:00 a.m. at the Ferry
Field tennis courts.
"We should win this event hands down this weekend," boasted Michigan
coach Bill Flood. "We've beaten all the teams in the SMAIAW so far this
year (MSU, CMU, EMU, WMU) except Wayne State, who we haven't
played, and Wayne State is ..." Flood said as he couldn't restrain himself
fron laughter.
The women enter this event fresh off a successful road trip to Penn
State, where they beat the Nittany Lions 6-3 and destroyed Big Ten cham-
pion Ohio State, 8-1, losing only to favored Princeton, 7-2.
The singles lineup for this four-day event will be the same as before but
the doubles players will have a new participant, as Whit Stodghill will test
her leg that has been recovering from a stress fracture suffered early this
"We're trying Whit at doubles because she won't have to run as much as
she would in singles," Flood pointed out. "Whit needs a partner that can en-
courage her to build up her confidence." Stodghill's partner will be freshper-
son Leticia Diaz-Perez.
With Stodghill's return to the lineup and the presence of a tournament-
tough squad, the women's tennis team can prepare itself very well for the
state qualifier next week with a resounding victory this weekend.
Rocky rolling
PONTIAC, Mich. - The Detroit Lions traded veteran offensive tackle
Rocky Freitas to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an undisclosed future draft
choice, the Lions announced yesterday.
"It was not an easy decision for me to reach since Rocks has been a solid
performer and a class person for the Lions," said Monte Clark, head coach
of the NFL club.
Clark said the Lions decided to trade Freitas and rely on a "handful of
very promising offensive linemen."
Freitas, 32, started 116 games in a row for the Lions at right tackle
before undergoing knee surgery after an injury in the third game last
season. -AP

The Wolverine baseball machine con-
tinued in high gear yesterday, with a
gutsy 3-2, 5-4 twinbill sweep of Eastern
Michigan at sun-splashed Fisher
Confident and relaxed following last
weekend's doubleheader sweeps over
Indiana and Ohio State, the Blue nine
played the role of opportunists to the
hilt, getting the key hits and fielding
plays when it most needed them in tur-
ning back the Hurons, leaders of the
Mid American Conference.
SENIOR SECOND baseman Scott
Anderson held the hot bat for Michigan
in the opener as he parked a Mark
Eighmey fastball over the leftfield wall
with leftfielder Vic Ray on board to
stake the Wolverines to a 2-0 third in-
ning lead.
The Hurons battled back in the fourth
to tie the score on a pair of walks to lef-
tfielder Whitford Boyd and thirdsacker
Brian Petroff, along with singles by
right fielder Audi Cole and shortstop
Brian Stemberger.
That set the stage for Anderson's ex-
tra inning heroics, as he opened the
eighth inning with a double down the
leftfield line. Anderson advanced on a
picture-perfect sacrifice bunt by senior
Dave Chapman, and then scored the
game-winner on Rick Leach's fly to
deep center.
LOOSE PLAY by the Hurons aided
the Wolverine cause in the first game.
Center fielder Pat Sheridan's seventh
inning grounder was misplayed by
Michigan first baseman Bob
Wasilewski, whose throw sailed past
pitcher Tom Owens covering first base.
Sheridan chose to make the turn as if to
go to second base, and Owens quickly
retrieved the ball and fired it back to
Wasilewski. Sheridan strolled back to
first base, forgetting he was in fair
territory. Wasilewski then alertly
tagged out the mystified Sheridan.
Junior righthander Tom Owens con-
tinued to impress, as he followed last

week's no-hit performance against
Notre Dame by going the route against
Eastern, limiting the Hurons to just six
hits while striking out four.
The Wolverines brought out the lum-
ber for the nightcap, as they pounded
out nine hits off four Huron hurlers.
"WE STUCK the ball real well in the
second game," said shortstop Jim
Berra. "Even the outs were usually hit
hard right at somebody."
Down 1-0 in the third, Michigan
roared back on singles by Anderson,
Leach and right fielder Mike Parker,
along with walks to Berra and left
fielder John McEldowney.
Michigan added two more in the fifth
and held a seemingly secure 5-1 lead
going into the sixth inning.
THE HURONS erupted with three
consecutive singles however, nicking
freshman reliever Mike Thomas for
three runs. With men on second and
third, junior Steve Perry came on in
relief and promptly bobbled leftfielder
Bill Crews' bouncer, filling the bases.
Undaunted, Perry struck out Sheridan,
and then mowed the Hurons down in or-
der in the top of the seventh to preserve
the one-run victory.
The win went to freshman walk-on
Mark Clinton, who pitched the first four
innings before being relieved by
Thomas. Clinton, like the rest of the
Wolverines, is enjoying a hot streak at
present, having battled his way up from
the bottom rung of Moby Benedict's
pitching rotation.
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