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The Michigjan Daily-Saturday, May 6, 1978-Page 19
SELDOM USED HURLER BLANKS NOTRE DAME

No-hit Owens seeks more

By JAMIE TURNER
One could be excused if the name
Tom Owens doesn't ring any bells while
discussing the resurgent Michigan
baseball team.
IN-THE WAKE of the team's winning
streak the heroes have been the other
pitchers on the staff such as Steve'
Howe, Graig McGinnis and Bill Sten-
Cinderman,
Hoosiers
meet today
By ELISA FRYE
The men's track team, in preparation
for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
to be held May 19-20 in Evanston, will
be competing in a dual meet with In-
diana in Bloomington today.
"We probably won't have any great
performances," said assistant coach
Ron Warhurst. "We won't break any
records, we're just looking for sound
competitive performances. In the Big
Ten meet we'll be competitive and
fast," be added.
Although the line-ups will remain
basically the same, Warhurst says,
"We're kind of switching the personnel
around. We're experimenting with
three people in the 5000 meters; Mike
McGuire, Dave Lewis and (freshman)
Bill Weidenbach," said Warhurst.
"Weidenbach may be something of a
surprise, he's been training well."
All-American 5,000-meter specialist
Bill Donakowski will not be par-
ticipating against the Hoosiers as he
will be attending his brother's wedding.
T OLKIE N
fr-om
A to Z
Amster

nett. Even Steve Perry, who has been-
sidelined much of the year and who
pAssesses the-highest ERA on the team,
got a start last weekend ahead of the
seldom-used Owens.
But the junior from Grand Blanc
made a bid to change all of that with his
brilliant no-hitter of Notre Dame Wed-
nesday afternoon. Only three batters
reached base against the 6-4 righty, and
two of those were on errors.
"I knew all along that I had a no-

but he's had periods of wildness and in-
consistency," stated coach Moby
Benedict. "We sure hope the fact that
he pitched a no-hitter will give him the
confidence to be a fine pitcher for us."
But Owens believes that he already
has confidence.
"I THINK I can pitch ... I know that
I can pitch," said Owens. "Sometimes I
get some opportunities and I don't do so
well, but I think I can have success
here.
"I think I've completely conquered
(the control problems)," he continued.
"We certainly have a strong staff, and I
certainly don't want someone not to do
well, but I do want to get in and pitch."
The biggest threat to Owens' no-hitter

starts
was in the seventh inning when with two
outs, a Notre Dame batter laid down a
bunt. Owens slipped slightly moving off
the mound, picked up the ball and fired
high and wide to first - pulling first-
sacker Bob Wasilewski off the bag in
the process.
The scoreboard signaled a premature
"hit" on the play that was later
changed to an error on Owens.
"I didn't look at the scoreboard on the
play. I didn't know whether it was a hit
or an error," stated Owens.
But after mowing down the next bat-
ter, Owens got the word in the dugout
that he had indeed received the no-
hitter, an effort which he hopes will get
him a few more starts.

iom niens
hitter going," said Owens. "Nobody
was saying anything to me in the
dugout except things like 'let's play
good defense'."
"They knew and I knew (about the
game)," he continued. "There's this
thing that nobody should say anything
about the no-hitter. I remember earlier
this season somebody said something
and a few innings later a guy got a hit."
EXCEPT FOR sophomore Mike
Bryant and freshman Kevin Clinton,
Owens has pitched fewer innings over
his career than any other member of
the Michigan staff. As a Wolverine
hurler, Owens holds a 5-5 record with a,
4.67 ERA over two and a portion
seasons seeing only sparse action this
year after having a less than successful
spring down in Florida (1-1, 7.56 ERA).
"He (Owens) has the ability to pitch,

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