Page 16-Saturday, May 27, 1978-The Michigan Daily
HOWE HUR LS FOUR-HIT TER
Michigan blasts Aggies 8-1
By JAMIE TURNER
Eight days ago, Steve Howe was get-
ting out of bed for the first time in
nearly a week because of a bladder in-
fection. After yesterday's performan-
ce, the Texas A&M Aggies must have
been wondering what the- Wolverine
sophomore could do if he had been
healthy all that time.
For the lefty from Clarkston limited
the Aggies to only four hits in leading
the way for Michigan's 8-1 clobbering of
the sloppy College Station team.
It wasn't that the Wolverines didn't
earn the victory, for they most cer-
tainly did. With timely hitting and a
practically airtight defense, Michigan
spotted A&M a first inning run, and
then ran away and hid with a five-run
fourth that sealed the victory.
But a big part of the'game was the
many physical and mental miscues
committed by the Aggies, a performan-
ce that while not dooming the team
from Down South, surely added to their
Michigan tied the game 1-1 in the
second inning when Jim Berra''s
possible double play grounder was
dropped by A&M second baseman Ran-
dy Woodruff with the bases loaded. In
the fourth, first baseman Kyle
Hawthorne's muff loaded the bases for
Scott Anderson's two-run single that
broke the game open.
Moments later, Vic Ray came home
from third when catcher Buster Turner
threw over third baseman Bob Verde's
head, with Anderson moving to third.
Two pitches later, a wild toss by starter
and loser Mark Ross scored Anderson.
"You're always surprised when the
other team kicks the ball around," said
Michigan coach Moby Benedict, "The
surprising thing was that they were
making errors on easy, or what should
have been easy, plays."
More errors by the Aggies set up the
final two runs for Michigan in the fifth.
After Mike Parker was hit by a pitch,
George Fousiannes was safe on a
booted grounder by All-American can-
didate Bob Bonner at shortstop. Jim
Capoferi drove in Parker with a single
to center and Fousiannes scored on Bob
Wasilewski's long sacrifice fly.
commented Benedict. "Howe's the type
of guy that can put the game away for
you when you go into the ninth."
The victory for Michigan puts it into
the winner's bracket of the double-
elimination tournament. The
Wolverines will square off against
Eastern Michigan in a 4 p.m. game this
Missouri and Texas A&M will play
each other in the losers game at 1 p.m.
The winner of that game will play the
loser of the Michigan-Eastern game for
the right to be in the tournament finals
Graig McGinnis will start for the
Wolverines this afternoon, aiming for
his seventh win against the Hurons'
Ray Yanus (3-6). Michigan holds a 3-1
season series edge, sweeping Eastern
in a doubleheader two weeks ago.
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MICHIGAN'S STEVE HOWE is congratulated by his teammates following the
Wolverines' 8-1 clobbering of the Texas A&M Aggies in first round play of the
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from earning a spot in the College World Se
Meanwhile, Howe was breezing along
on his way to his tenth win of the
season, breaking the school record for
victories. Employing an elusive slider
and curveball with an occasional fast-
y DP-Texas A&M 3, Michigan 1. LOB-Texas A&M
eries in Omaha June 2-9- 7, Michigan 4. E-Parker, Ross, Bryant. Bonner
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during the decisive middle innings. TEXAS A&M
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never in doubt. "When you're close to T-213 A-273
the well, he (Howe) smells the water,"
Hurons win opener
By JAMIE TURNER
Eastern Michigan came into the
NCAA District Baseball Tournament
as a distinct underdog. Not only had the
Hurons not been highly regarded at the
beginning of the season, EMU faced
yesterday the hottest hitting team in
the tournament in the Missouri Tigers.
But the doubters turned into believers
after the Hurons downed the Tigers 4-2
on the strong left-handed pitching of
MART ALLOWED bookend runsin
the first and ninth innings to the Big
Eidht conference division champions as
he spaced nine hits while striking out
Martin's powerful performance was
a boost for Huron coach Ron Oestrike,
whose team was facing nearly a two
week layoff entering the tournament.
"He's been off for two weeks and I
didn 't Mow if he could throw.strikes,",,
said a pleased Oestrike. "I was a bit
worried (in the first inning) but he got
tougher as the game went along."
After Curt Brown drove in second
baseman Jim English with a two out
single to left for a 1-0 first inning lead,
Tiger starter and loser Bob Pietroburgo
was coasting along with a no-hitter into
BUT IN THE course of five pitches,
Pietroburgo lost his no-hitter, his
shutout, and then the game.
Huron Byron Horn led off the fourth
with an infield single, then came home
when right fielder Audie Cole leaned in-
to a fast ball and drove it over the left
field wall. _x
Third sacker Brian Detroff reached
second on thp next pitch when Tiger -
third baseman first dropped Detroit's
grounderathen threw wildly to first. AN UNUSUAL SIGHT at Fisher Stadium yesterday during the NCAA Tourna-
Detroff came home on Brian Stem- ment was the appearance of two "Diamond Darlings" from Texas A&M. The two
runsithey would need. Aggie bat-girls are part of a troupe that performs at all regular season Aggie