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Saturday, June 21, 1975

Tigers hold on to win, 10-9

Special To The Daily
DETROIT - This one was
supposed to be a laugher.
When the Tigers scored seven
runs in the first inning off Rudy
May and reliever Dave Pagan,
the 23,347 fans at Tiger Sta-
dium relaxed last night.
And why not? After all, Vern
Ruhle, one of their club's more
reliable starters, had to be a
good bet to make the lead stand
up. And if worst came to worst,
there was a well-rested John
Hiller lurking in the bullpen to
make victory certain.
Three hours later, they knew
better, Ruble, shaky through-
out, had to be lifted in the top
of the ninth after he'd clearly
lost his stuff. Then, the roof
very nearly fell in, as Hiller
suffered a rare, terrible outing,
and the Tigers were relieved to
break their four-game losing
streak with a 10-9 escape.
MICKEY Stanley's three-run
homer, which had seemed the
height of frivolity when he tag-
ged it in the seventh, turned
out to be the deciding blow. The
Tiger veteran, who's better than
adequate with the glove at his
new first-base slot, is doing
everything the Bengals had or-
iginally expected of Nate Col-
bert, whom he replaced.
Facing a 10-3 Tiger lead in
the top of the ninth, Yankee
manager Bill Virdon called on
Bobby Bonds, recuperating

from an injury, to bat for short-
stop Jim Mason. Ruhle's sec-
ond pitch to him landed in the
right field upper deck.
One out later, Walt Williams
drove a hard single, his third
of the night, to right field. Hil-
ler had been warming up since
the sixth, and needed the work,
so Ralph Houk decided to get
Stanley booms
the game over with quick and
made the switch.
It was the right move, but it
nearly gave the wrong result.
Roy White lashed a two-strike
hanging curve to left, and a
nassed ball moved the runners
to second and third. Ron Blom-
berg walked, and Thurman

Munson drove in Williams with
a knock to center.
CHRIS Chambliss flied deep
to Dan Meyer in left, scoring
White, but putting the second
out on the scoreboard. Then
Graig Nettles, who had 4 RBIs
for the night, stroked a double
down the left-field line, clear-
ing the bases.
Rob Reynolds quickly began
throwing hard in the Tiger
A wild pitch moved White to
third, and pinch-batter Alex
Johnson beat out a hard smash
Aurelio Rodriguez had trouble
But just when disaster seem-
ed inevitable, Tom Veryzer
made a fine stop on Bonds'
smash, and made the force play
with Gary Sutherland to bail
the Bengals out.
THE TIGERS' seven run out-
burst, which eventually tagged
May with his first loss after five
straight wins, saw Ron LeFlore
walk, take third on Sutherland's
single, and score on Danny
Meyer's grounder to short.
Singles by Willie Horton, Stan-
ley, Rodriquez, Veryzer, and
LeFlore, and a double by John
Wockenfuss, accounted for the
rest of the runs.
Wockenfuss collected two hits
on the evening, and seemingly
has Wally Pipped Bill Freehan
to the bullpen.

The Michigan Daily
Major League Standings -
East East
W L Pet. GB W L Pet. GB
Boston 36 24 .600- - Pittsburgh 37 24 .607 -
.ew York 35 29 .547 3 Philadelphia 35 29 .547 33/2
Milwaukee 32 31 .508 51/. New York 32 28 .533 4%j
Baltimore 20 33 .441 8 chicago 32 32 .500 6
Detroit 26 34 .433 10 St. Louis 29 32 .475 8
Cleveland 24 38 .387 13 Montreal 26 32 .448 4x.
west West
Oakland 39 25 .609 - Cincinnati. 41 36 .612 -
Kansas City 37 28, .569 2y Los Angeles 39 29 .574 2
Texas 32 31 .508 6y., San Francisco 31 34 .417 9
Minnesota 30 31 .492 7% San Diego 30 35 .462 91>
California 31, 35 .470 9 Atlanta 20 37 .431 12
Chicato 26 37 .413 12i/, Houston 24 46 .343 IS'3
Detroit 10, New York S Atlanta 4, San Francisco 2
Boston 4, Baltimore 3 Pittsburgh 5, New York 1
Milwaukee 6, Cleveland 0 Philadelphia 7, Montreal 4
Minnesota 5, Chicago 3 Ss. Louis 5, Chicago 4
Today's Games Cincinnati 7, Houston 3
Minnesota (Campbell 0-3) at Chi- Today's Games
rago (Kast 10-3) Pittskuegh (Kison 7-2) at New
New York (Dobson 7-5) at De- York (Matlack 8-5)
troit (Lolich 7-4) Montreal (Blair 3-8) at Philadel-
Boston (Pole 1-2) at Baltimore phia (Carlton 6-5)
(Palmer 11-3) San Francisco (Caldwell 3-6) at
Kansas City (Busby 9-5) at Oak- Atlanta (Morton 7-6), twinight
land (Holtzman 6-6) Chicago, (Reuschel 4-6) at St.
Milwaukee (Broberg 6-7) at Cleve- Louis (Gibson 1-5), night
land (Eckersley 4-0), nitht Cincinsnati (C. Carroll 5-4) at
Taos (Umbarger 2-2 and wright Houston (Richard 4.3), night
0-3) at California (Tanana 4-4 and Los Angeles (Messersmith 10-3) at
Hassler 3-7), 2, twinight San Diego (Folkers 2-3), night

Blue netters fall

Special To The Daily
MICHIGAN'S remaining players in the
91st NCAA tennis championship at
Corpus Christi, Texas, Fred DeJesus in
singles and doubles entrants Eric Fried-
ler and Jerry Karzen were eliminated
yesterday in semi-final action.
DeJesus, the tournament's twelfth seed
hadn't lost a set in the competition until
he met Southern Methodist's three-time
all-American George Hardie who elimi-
nated the Michigan ace 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Friedler and Karzen seeded seventh,
were ousted by the third seeded doubles
team of Billy Martin and Brian Teacher
from UCLA, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
Michigan, coached by Brian Eis-
ner, is out of competitors and fin-
ishes with 17 points. The Wolverines
are in a fourth place tie with Stan-
ford and SMU, with the competition
ending today.
UCLA ran away with the team title
early. The Bruins have 26 points al-
ready. Behind them, with second and
third place locked up, are Miami of
Florida with 20 and Trinity with 19 re-
spectively. Neither of those schools has
any players left in competition.
Hardie, who gained four-time All-
American status by yesterday's victory,
could give SMU sole position of fourth,
dropping the Wolverines to fifth if he
can beat top-seeded Billy Martin of
UCLA who gained today's finals by
crushing Joao Soares of Pepperdine 6-0,
6-4, 6-4. The Bruins are hoping that Mar-
tin, a freshman, can duplicate Jimmy
Connors' 1971 feat of taking the singles
crown in his first year. The match is
scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT.
Martin also has a chance to become
the first freshman to win both the sin-
gles and doubles title as he and Teacher
will face cross town rivals Butch Walts
and Bruce Manson of USC who yester-
day knocked off Alvaro Fillol and John
Eagleton from Miami of Ohio 6-3, 6-1,
Against Hardie, a left-hander, De-

Jesus was trying to come back from
a 2-1 deficit in the best of five sets.
The fourth set was tied 6-6, so the
two played a tie-breaker. Hardie
went up 4-1 (the first player to five
points wins), but DeJesus hit a low
shot that just cleared the net to stay
alive. The Michigan junior from
Puerto Rico then scored the next
point to make it 4-3, but later hit a
return long to lose 5-3 and the set
Hardie, who could win his first cham-
pionship by beating Martin today said
the turning point in the match was
when he broke DeJesus' serve to go up
2-0 in the third set.
After the match, which many people
felt was the best of the tournament (to-
day's contests not withstanding) the
crowd gave the two a standing ovation.
Friedler and Karzen threw a scare
into the UCLAns but Martin, somewhat
tired from his earlier match, rallied him-
self to send the Wolverines packing.
It marked the first time that any
of Eisner's squads or any Maize and
Blue entrant had reached the semi-
finals since the Wolverines' 1957
championship team.
Although the Wolverines- finished with
17 points and will wind up in either
fourth or fifth place, (compared to last
year's total of 19 and third place), in
many respects this year's performance
was better.
Michigan's Victor Amaya and Jerry
Karzen didn't score a point in singles
competition, while the first-seeded dou-
bles team of Amaya and DeJesus fell
untimely in the quarter-finals to a Texas
squad they had beaten earlier this year.
The Wolverines can take pride in
their NCAA performance in which
they were the only cold climate
school to finish in the top ewelve.
They actually did better than Stan-
ford, last year's champs, although
the Cardinals returned all their big

ELECTRICAL METER READER Gary Miller, from Atlanta, strokes an
ace on this year's championship putt-putt course at Columbus, Ohio. Miller
won the Professional Putters Association finals with a 3-2 victory over Dan
Anders, a sophomore at St. Petersburg, Fla. College. Miller copped (count
it) $50,000 while Anders won $15,000. Not bad, eh? Don't miss the nation-
als-they'll be played this weekend,

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