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Page 16-Saturday, July 29, 1978--The Michigan Daily
Blue, Bucks still best, say coaches
CHICAGO (AP) - It's been seven years since a "I tell them the truth ... The only, way to get
Big Ten football season ended with anyone other their respect is to be honest with them," he said. reputation. But he also felt things were looking up
than Michigan or Ohio State in the top two spots. "The secret to motivation is to gain a person's for the Little a.
And conference coaches agreed yesterday that by respect." "I think there's a good possibility that four teams
nightfall on Nov. 25, when the Big Ten season ends, With such an attitude 49 days before Indiana's fir- could end up going to a bowl game this year," he
that dominance will have spanned eight years. st conference game, how can his team be said. Michigan, Ohio State and Minnesota all played
Many of the coaches of the so-called "Little 8" motivated? With the truth, Corso said. in bowl games last season.
division talked at the conference football kickoff "I tell them the truth. . . The only way to get "There's no question we're going to be an im-
luncheon in terms of fielding "improved" or their respect is to be honest with them," he said. proved football team," said Jim Young, who led
"decent" teams. None talked of fielding a team that "The secret to motivation is to gain a person's Purdue to a 3-5 conference mark last year. "I have
could topple the "Big 2." respect." great respect for Ohio State and Michigan but I
Indiana Coach Lee Corso, whose Hoosiers are Gary Moeller, beginning his second season as think It's time we paid more attention to our own
given one of the better shots at leading the Little 8, coach at Illinois, said the gap between Ohio State teams and not think about the Big 2 and the Little
was the most direct. and Michigan and the rest of the conference is 8.
Will Ohio State and Michigan again head the con- shrinking. Rick Venturi, an assistant coach at Northwestern
ference, he was asked? "The only time that we'll ever overcome this Big 2 when the team was runnerup to Michigan in 1971, is
"Absolutely, without a question. Michigan, Ohio dominance is when we bring our programs up to in his first year as head coach of the Wildcats and
State, either 1-2 or 2-1," he said. "After that it's the their level," he said. "It takes time ... You just has the job of lifting them out of the cellar after a 1-8
rest of us battling to see who survives." don't wait for somebody like that to fall down." Big Ten campaign.
With such an attitude 49 days before Indiana's fir- Wisconsin's Dave McClain, embarking on his first "I think the whole conference is going to continue
st conference game, how can his team be season as a Big Ten coach, said the idea that the to get better and better and better," he said.
motivated? With the truth, Corso said. conference has just two strong teams has hurt its

special to The Daily
DETROIT-A dramatic two-run
homer by Lou Whitaker with two outs in
the ninth allowed the Detroit Tigers to
edge the Seattle Mariners 4-3 last night.
The upper deck blast, with Ron Le-
Flore on first, was rookie Whitaker's
first of the season. It also saved starter
Dave Rozema (5-5) from what would
have been a heartbreaking defeat.
THROUGH THE first six innings the
Tigers were up 2-0. The righthander
limited the Mariners to just one hit
while retiring 16 straight batters.
But in the seventh, the Mariners
loaded the bases with nobody.out on a
double, bunt single and a walk. This set
the stage for what could have been a
disastrous error. Aurelio Rodriguez,
just inserted at third as a defensive
replacement, misplayed a hard groun-
der by ex-Tiger Leon Roberts and
allowed the ball to scoot fair into foul
territory. Three Seattle runs scored on
the two-base error and it appeared that
the Tigers would lose it until Whitaker's
heroics in the ninth.

nip Seattle on Lou's blast

Jason Thompson staked the Tigers to
an early lead with a long solo homer in
the second inning off Mariner starter
Jim Colborn. The blast was Thomp-
son's 22nd of the season.
THE TIGERS got back down to

Sweet Lou.. .
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business in the bottom of the sixth.
LeFlore walked to start the inning and
promptly stole second.
LeFlore moved to third on a sacrifice
bunt by Whitaker, bringing Rusty Staub
to the plate. Staub, who now leads the
American League in RBI's with 84,
blooped a single to right to score
DOWN 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth,
the tigers threatened to tie or hop
ahead, Whitaker lashed a single down
the leftfield line. Reliever Tom House
induced Staub to fly out, but walked
Jason Thompson.
Seattle manager Darrell Johnson
then brought in his ace, Enrique Romo,
to put out the fire. Romo, the only pitch-
er on the Mariner staff with a winning
record (now 8-3) got Steve Kemp to
Rose elips
Bye AssociadPrss
CINCINNATI-Pete Rose of the Cin-
cinnati Reds tied George Sisler Friday
night by hitting in his 41st consecutive
game when he laid down a perfect bunt
single in the sixth inning of the nightcap
of last night's double-header against
Rose's one-out bunt single rolled near
the third base line and Phils third
baseman Mike Schmidt was not able to
make the throw. The hit was Rose's fir-
st in 14 at-bats this season against Phils
left-hander Steve Carlton. Carlton had
gotten Rose to ground to third in the fir-
st inning and ground back to the pitcher
in the third.
In the first game, the 37-year-old
Rose tied Hall of Famer ty cobb's 40-
game streak with a double in the third
inning. The only men now with hitting
streaks longer than rose's are bill
Dahlen with a 42-game streak in 1894,
willie Keeler with a 44-game streak in
1897 and Joe DiMaggio with a 56-game
streak in 1941.
Royals blank Bosox
OBOTON-Rich Gale's eight-hit
shutout and Frank White's three-run
homer led Kansas City past Boston 4-0+
last night. It was the Royals' 13th vic-
tory in their last 14 games and the Red
sox's ninth loss intheirlast 10.

bounce out and struck out Mickey


nings having allowed just five hits, but
still trailed 3-2 as the game went into
the bottom of the ninth. The Tigers'
hopes looked slim as Romo got leadoff
hitter Rodriguez to ground out and
struck pinch hitter Lance Parrish. This
left it all up to LeFlore, and Ron kept
things alove with a line single up the
middle. Whitaker came up next and
won the game for the Bengals, jumping
on Romo's 2-1 delivery.
Meanwhile in Florida, Mark Fidrych
tuned up for his impending return to
Tiger Stadium. Pitching four innings
for Lakeland, the Bird threw 63 pitches,
gave up four hits and allowed five runs.
Cobb's4 4
Gale, 12-3, struck out nine, seven
coming in the first four innings, as he
breezed past the Red Sox in the meeting
between the American League division
The Royals, first in the West, got a
third-inning run off Mike Torres, 12-6,
on two walks, a single by White and an
RBI grounder by PeteLaCock.
Birds nip Angels
BALTIMORE-Rich sauer's two-out
double in the seventh inning capped a
four-run burst and gave the Baltimore
Orioles a 5-4 victory over the California
Angels yesterday.
The Orioles trailed 4-1 when Ken
Singleton reached second on Bobby
Grich's fielding and throwing errors
leading off the seventh. Don Aase, 7-6,
walked Doug DeCinces and Lee May
drove Singleton home with a single to
left. After Andres Mora popped up,
Aase walked pinch-hitter Terry
Crowley to load the bases.
Dave LaRoche took over and walked
pinch-hitter Mike Anderson, forcing in
a run. After pinch-hitter Carlos Lopez
struck out, Dauer doubled down the line
in left, the 10th straight game in which
he has had at least two hits.
Jim Palmer picked up his 13th vic-
tory for the Orioles,

W L Pct. GB
Boston................. 63 37 .630 -
Milwaukee ............ 58 41 .586 4%1
Baltimore ............. 57 44 .564 6%
New York ............. 55 45 .550 8
Detroit ................ 53 48 .525 101/
Cleveland ............. 48 52 .480 15
Toronto ............... 37 65 .363 27
Kansas City ........... 57 42 .576 -
California ............. 54 49 .524 5
Oakland................ 52 51 .505 7
Texas ................. 49 51 .490 8
Minnesota ............. 44 54 .449 12%
Chicago ............... 41 58 .4i4 16
Seattle................ 36 68 .34623
Yesterday's results
Detroit 4, Seattle 3
Kansas city 4, Boston 0
Minnesota 7, New York 5 (10)
Baltimore 4, California 3
Toronto 3, Milwaukee2 (11)
Cleveland 4, Oakland 2

W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia .......... 55 43 .562 -
Chicago................4949 .500 6
Pittsburgh ............ 47 49 .490 7
Montreal .............. 47 56 .456
New York ............. 45 59 .433 13
St. Louis ............... 40 61 .396 16%
San Francisco ......... 61 40 .604 -
Los Angeles ........... 59 42 .584 2
Cincinnati ............. 59 44 .573 3
San Diego ............. 50 52 .490 11%/
Atlanta ................ 47 53 .470 13
Houston ............... 45 56 .445 16
Yesterday's results
Philadelphia 12-1, Cincinnati 2-2
Atlanta 6, Montreal 4 (2nd game, n.)
San Francisco 9, Chicago 8 (2nd game,
Late games not included

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