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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, May 11, 1976
Michigan set for pennant drive
By BILL STIEG
Things are looking good for Michigan's
baseball team - good enough for an-
other Big Ten championship. But don't
tell that to coach Moby Benedict.
"You're not going to get me to say
any thing about that," said the veteran
coach yesterday when asked how he as-
sesses the race and his team's chances.
"We play one game at a time."
T H E W O L V E R I N E S
played four games last weekend and
won three, which kept them on top
of the Big Ten with a 7-2 record, one-
half game ahead of 8-4 Iowa. Michigan
lost the first game of a doubleheader
with OSU Saturday, then won the night-
cap and swept two from Indiana on Sun-
It was the first time since April 17
that the Wolverines have won three in
a row, and only the third time all year.
Michigan is 15-14-1 overall. As in bas-
ketball, the NCAA takes conference
champs and runners-up with good re-
Today at Fisher Stadium Michigan
tries to improve its non-conference re-
cord in a doublehender with Bowling
Falcons here today
Green, the second - place team in the
tough Mid-American Conference. The
Wolverines will get a look at the Fal-
cons' ace pitcher Kip Young, who has
lost to only two teams in his fine ca-
reer - Toledo and Michigan.
MICHIGAN HAS a good chance for its
second straight conference title because
it is two games up in the loss column
with only six games to go. Rainouts are
cancelled. not just postponed. Four of
these games are with second division
teams. B't Benedict has seen too many
"You don't take anyone lightly in
baseball," said Benedict. "Anyone can
Michigan plays twinbills at Wisconsin
and Northwestern this Saturday and Sun-
day, and finishes the season with a
home-away series with Michigan State
Star Michigan hurler Lary Sorenson
won the nightcaps of both doubleheaders
last weekend to boost his record to 8-0.
The other Michigan win went to Bill
Stennett in a very strong effort against
Indiana. Stennett, one of the victims of
Notre Dame's 12-run inning last week,
went six innings and give up five hits
and one run.
MARK WEBER, who lost a tough 2-0
game to OSU Saturday, came in for
Stennett, who yielded three straight hits
to start he seventh. Weber fired seven
straight strikes, getting the Hoosier hit-
ters to fan, pop up and bounce out to
end the game in Michigan's favor, 3-1.
Michigan had scored all the runs it
needed in the first inning on a two-run
homer by Bob Wasilewski.
In the second game Sunday, the Wol-
verines batted around and scored six
runs in the first to coast to an 11-4 deci-
sion, Dick Walterhouse pumped up his
average with a four-for-four game, scor-
ing three runs. Sorensen scattered seven
hits while going-the distance.
Saturday's games were a bit more
tense. OSU won the first on a three-hit-
ter by Russ Pensiero, 2-0, but in the
nightcap Wasilewski drilled a two-out
double over the left-fielder's head in the
bottom of the seventh to knock home
the winning run, 3-2. Bill Haslerig scor-
ed a run in the second and knocked one
in in the third to put Michigan up, 2-0.
OSU came back with an unearned run
in the fourth and tied it on a triple and
a sacrifice fly in the fifth to set up the
last-inning heroics. Sorensen went all
the way for Michigan, giving up four
Michigan State (14-20-1)
Ohio State (18-14)
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Netters bust Broncos, 8-1
By BOB MILLER
Michigan's men's tennis team
bounced back from a 7-2 setback
to Ohio State on Saturday to
bomb Western Michigan 8-1 yes-
terday. The win closed out the
home portion of the 1976 tennis
At Ohio State, nearly nothing
went right for the Wolverines.
Seven of the nine matches went
the full three sets. Coach Brian
Eisner also alluded that "an-
other match could have gone
three, but didn't . . . the out-
come could have been 7-2 for us,
it was that tight."
Captain Eric Friedler lost to
the Buckeyes' Fernando Gon-
zales in what was possibly a
preview of the Big Ten finals
at number one singles.
The 7-2 final score marked the
first time in five years that
Michigan lost to two conference
opponents in the same season,
and was the Wolverines worst
Big Ten loss since Indiana won
by the same score in 1964.
Yesterday Eisner substituted
Mark Zausmer at third doubles
and Steve Swanson at sixth sin-
gles to replace Buddy Gallagher
who is resting for the conference
The doubles team of Friedler
and Jeff Etterbeek never pulled
away from their WMU counter-
parts, Tony Lamerato and Bob
Learman. The Michigan duo
held on to claim a narrow 7-6
opening set win, and battled to
a well earned 6-3 victory in the
Jim Holman and Brad Hol-
land followed with a three set
decision over Jim Buck and
Fritz Dwyer. WMU led 5-2 in
the final set, but Michigan
took over from that point, and
Holman and Holland blazed
back for a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 win.
Ollie Owens and Zausmer took
their first set 6-4, but fell victim
to Scott Frew and Scott Schultz
in a bizarre manner. Western
tied things up, 64, but in the
tiebreaker of the deciding set,
Frew sprained his ankle.
Frew continued, but was re-
duced to playing out the set by
standing in one spot as though
he were playing the net, and
hobbling from side to side after
each point. His timely put-away
at the net helped Western win in
a wild finish, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. Iron-
ically, it proved to be the only
point WMU could muster all
In singles, Friedler wore
Lamerato down after a tiring
first set, to win 6-4, 6-2. This
point clinched the match for
the Maize and Blue, who then
led 5-1. E a r li e r Holman
squashed Learman 6-0, 6-2, in
the meet's only one-sided af-
Etterbeek followed with a con-
vincing 6-3, 6-2 takedown of
Buck, to set up Friedler's clinch-
As his second set neared con-
clusion, and victory -seemed im-
minent, Friedler, playing his
last home match, turned to the
crowd and announced that "this
is my Ann Arbor swansong."
A voice shot back, "What are
you going to do, cry?"
"No," said Friedler, "just
He then proceded to whip off
the remaining two games, and
received a standing ovation for
1. Eric Friedler (M) def. Tony
Lamerato 6-4, 6-2.
2. Jeff Etterbeek (M) def. Jim
Buck 6-3, 6-2.
3. Jim Holman (M) def. Bob Lear-
man 6-0, 6-2.
4. Brad Holland (M) def. scott
Schultz 6-2, 7-5.
5. Ollie Owens (M) def. Fritz
Dwyer 6-4, 6-3.
6. Steve Swanson (M) def. Tom
Mitchell 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
1. Friedler-Etterbeek (M) def. La-
merato-Learman 7-6, 6-3.
2. Holman-Rolland (M) def. Buck-
Dwyer 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
3. Frew - Schultz (WMU) d ef.
Owens-Zausmer s-6, 6-4, 7-6.
MICHIGAN SENIOR CAPTAIN Eric Friedler races for the ball in his doubles match yesterday
against Western Michigan. Friedler did well in his last matches in Ann Arbor, winning number
one singles, 6-4, 6-2 and pairing with Jeff Etter beek (background) for a 7-6, 6-3 doubles win.
Major League Standings'
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Philadelphia 15 7 .682 --
New York 18 10 .643 -
Pittsburgh 15 9 .625 1
St. Louis 12 15 .444 5a
Chicago 11 16 .407 614
Montreal 9 15 .375 7
Cineinnati 15 10 .600 --
Los Angeles 16 11 .593 -
Houston 14 14 .500 2Y4
San Diego 13 13 .500 2 .
San Francisco 9 17 .346 61
Atlanta 8 18 .308 71
Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3
Only game scheduled
a Today's Games
San Francisco (lalicki 2-4) at
Chicago (Fralng 1-0).
San Diego (Spillner 1-4) at Phila-
delphia (Carlton 1-1), n.
New York (Matlack 3-0) at Atlanta
(Morton 0-4), n.
Pittsburgh (Kison 2-i) at Cincin-
nati (Nolan 2-1), a.
Los Angeles (Sutton 3-3) at St.
Loi.s (Curtis 2-2), n.'
Montreal (Kirby 0-1) at Houston
(Niekro 1-5), n.
W L Pet. GB
New York 15 6 .14 -
Milwaukee 10 7 .585 3
Detroit 10 9 .526 4
Cleveland 10 12 .455 5;'
Baltimore 9 13 .409 614
Boston 6 14 .300 81
Texas 15 7 .681 -
Kansas City 11 9 .550 3
Minnesota 11 10 .529 3}
Oakland 12 13 .480 5
Chicago 8 11 .421 5?
California 10 16 .385 7s
Minnesota 5, Kansas City 4 (10 inn.)
Chicago 7, Texas 6 (11 inn.)
Boston (Jenkins 1-4) at Cleveland
(Dobson 2-3), n.
Detroit (D. Roberts 3-1) at New
York (Figueroa 2-1), n.
Baltimore (Cuellar 0-2) at Mil-
waukee (Colborn 2-2), n.
Minnesota (Hughes 0-2) at Kansas
City (Bird 2-0), n.
Chicago (Forster 1-1) at Texas
(Barr 1-1), n.
California (Ross 0-3) at Oakland
(Blue 2-4), a.