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Dodger-tng past minors

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, April 8, 1980-Page 9
Hot hurlers lead

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Less than twelve months ago, former Michigan pitching star Steve Howe
was hurling baseballs toward Big Ten opponents. Today he's a Dodger.
A lifelong ambition, Howe begins his major league career Thursday in
the Los Angeles bullpen as the Dodgers open the 1980 baseball season against
Houston in the Astrodome.
"Al Campanis (Dodger general manager) and Tommy Lasorda
(manager) called me Saturday morning and said I had made the team,"
said the portside slinging Howe. "It was a real surprise, especially since I've
always been a starting pitcher."
Howe has appeared in only 13 minor league contests, last season after he
finished his collegiate campaign. He posted a 6-2 record, five complete
games,; one shutout, and a 3.00 E.R.A. for the Dodger's San Antonio AA
"It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and
coming down healthy and ready to go," added Howe. "They needed left-
handed help in the bullpen, and with the injuries, I'm the lefthander they can
call on."
Left-handed veterans Terry Forster and Doug Rau were placed on the
disabled list last Friday opening the door for Howe.
"There just aren't that many lefthanders around," he said, "and it's
even tougher to find one with good control."
Howe gives a great deal of credit for his recent success to former
Michigan coach Moby Benedict. In his final season at Michigan Howe was 7-
2 and finished his three-year career with a 28-7 mark before the Dodgers
drafted him in early June.
"College prepared me better than 90 per cent of minor league teams
could have done," said the 22-year-old southpaw. "And being from a top-
notch school like Michigan is a very big key. We had the. best in training
facilities and Coach Benedict drilled the fundamentals of baseball into us._.
Prior to his three-year stint at Michigan, Howe led Clarkston High
School to the 1976 Class A State Championship. Clarkston is the same school
from which prep All-American and recent Michigan cage recruit Tim Mc-
Cormick hails.
Howe extended his list of championships with the Wolverines, who
claimed a Big Ten championship in 1978 and advanced to the College World
Series in Omaha.
He was a non-roster invitee to Dodgertown this spring, and with im-
pressive performances in the Grapefruit League, earned his spot on the
parent club.
"I feel I made it because they threw me in some of the big games this
spring and I did the job they needed," said a confident Howe. "I'll be the only
left-hander in the bullpen; which means that I'll be called on anytime they
need to get a left-handed batter out. It puts me on the spot, but I'm not
"I've faced some of these same guys before this spring. I'm confident I
can do the job," he added.
In the meantime, Howe will be getting his kicks, a lifelong dream come

The gray skies and wind contained
the threat of heavy rain throughout
yesterday afternoon. Similarly, the
Grand Valley softball team came to
Ann Arbor with a lot of thunder.
But neither produced the expected
storm and the Michigan softballers
came away from Veteran's Park with a
sweep, 2-1 and 9-2, to boost their record
to 7-1 for the young season.
"BOTH OUR pitchers did an
excellent job and we had some very
good fielding," said Michigan coach
Gloria Soluk after the doubleheader.
In the fourth inning of the opener,
Grand Valley struck for a single run
without the benefit of a hit. With two out
and a runner on first, a throwing error
by sophomore Diane Hatch allowed the
Lakers to stay alive.
A walk and a wild pitch by sophomore
pitcher Julie Zyjewski then put a Laker
tally on the scoreboard. On the play
after her .errant pitch, Zyjewski was
spiked as Laker catcher Jan Heikkla
slid in, but she stayed in the game to go
he distance for the win.
THE WOLVERINES scored all of
their runs in their half of the fourth.
Leftfielder Amy Ames singled the first
pitch into right center, then moved
around to score as the Laker defense
misplayed grounders by Karen"Pollard
and Sue Burk. Pollard then came in

with the winning run on a fielder's
choice off the bat of Hatch.
The Wolverine offense shifted into
drive early in the second game, scoring
two runs on two walks, two hits and a,
sacrifice. The third run, which turned'
out to be the game winner, was the
result of a single by leftfielder Debbie
Mirages, a sacrifice bunt, then another
single to put Mirages across the plate in
the second stanza. Theresa "Smoke"
Gordocki picked up the win in th&
THE DOUBLE victory over the
Lakers was especially nice, said Soluk4
since Grand Valley had been seeded
ahead of the Wolverines and had
handed Michigan one of its losses in last
year's state tournament.
Michigan will be looking for another
sweep tomorrow afternoon when they
face Jackson at 3 p.m. at Veteran's'
Park. The teams then will have d4
couple days to practice before traveling-
to Normal, Illinois, for the highly-
regarded Redbird Tournament.

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Michigan Sports Information
DONNING THE DODGER BLUE has always been regarded as an honor
throughout the baseball world, and Michigan alumnus Steve Howe has done
just that by making the regular-season Los Angeles roster. Howe, who
sported a 3.00 earned run average at San Antonio in 1979, will be used
primarily in relief.

Mason resigns as,

Arizona coach



TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)-Tony Mason,
a former assistant to Bump Elliott at
Michigan, resigned as head football
Sach at the University of Arizona,
Kllowing completion of an internal
investigation into newspaper
disclosures alleging misuse of football
recruiting money, Arizona President
John P. Schaefer announced yesterday.
His resignation letter makes
apparent reference to reports in The
Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen
last week that Mason and some of his
assistant coaches had filed expense

vouchers for airline tickets that never
were used.
"IN VIEW OF the events of recent
days, I have decided that it is in the best
interests of the university and my
family that I resign as head football
coach," Mason said in the letter.
"Please accept this letter then as my
resignation and my request that it be
accepted at once."
Mason submitted his resignation in a
letter to Arizona Athletic Director Dave
Strack, who recommended to Schaefer
that it be accepted. University

spokesman Hugh Harelson said the
resignation takes effect immediately.
Mason has coached at Arizona for
three years. He took his team to the
Fiesta Bowl at the end of last season
after posting a 6-4-1 regular-season
record. It was his first winning season
MASON, 50, WAS. appointed head
football coach Dec. 16, 1976, coming to
Tucson from the University of
Cincinnati, where he also had been
head football coach.
He coached at Cincinnati from 1972 to

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1976, compiling a 9-2 record in his final
year there. Before that, fie was an
assistant coach at Purdue for four
years and at Michigan for five years.
Schaefer called Mason's resignation
regrettable and said a search was to
begin immediately for a new head
.Sailors second at MSU
The Michigan sailing club added
another award to its already large fleet
of trophies as it captured second place
in last weekend's Michigan State
The eight-team regatta was won by
Ohio Wesleyan with 29 points. Michigan
was just seven points behind with 36.
The host Spartans took third.
and Ellen Brody sailed to a first place
finish in the 'A' division of the
competition. In the 'B' division,
Michigan's pair of Karl Neuman and
Hal Whittacre placed third.
The sailing team travels to Columbus
this weekend for the Ohio State


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