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Wednesday, April 8, 1981

The Michigan Daily

Page 7

'Batsmen conquer
Aquinas in 13, 2-1
qPay Y

Rightfielder Jim Paciorek slammed
a brie-out single past a drawn-in infield
with the bases loaded in the 13th inning
yesterday, to give the Michigan
baseball team a marathon 2-1 victory
over Aquinas. The hit, in a warm but
windswept Fisher Stadium, was the
climax of a spectacular pitching duel
begun nearly three and a half hours
earlier by starters Mark Clinton of
Mihigan and Tom Rentschler of the
The decisive 13th inning rally began
when Jeff Jacobson drilled a liner up
the gap in right-center field and legged
it out for a double. Winning pitcher Rich

Stoll (2-0)j who started the game in lef-
tfield, then tapped a grounder to first
baseman Gary Poliski, who whirled
and threw to second in an attempt to
catch Jacobson off the bag. The throw
was wide however, and Jacobson ad-
vanced to third as Stoll checked in at
WITH GREG SCHULTE next at bat,
Aquinas reliever Mike Koehler un-
corked a wild pitch, but Jacobson was
late in racing for the plate and was
thrown out. Stoll moved around to third
on the play.
Aquinas manager Terry Bocian then
made a highly controversial move by
intentionally walking both Schulte and

second baseman Dave Stober to pitch to
Paciorek, who promptly lined the game-
winning hit.
Michigan manager Bud Middaugh
refused to criticize his counterpart's
move. ,'I don't question other coaches'
strategy," he said. "He felt that the
percentages were with him. Jimmy
hadn't been hitting well today."
THE MICHIGAN pitching contingent
of Clinton, Bill Shuta, and Stolt turned
in an admirable performance holding
the Saints without a hit over the last
seven innings. However, it was early
wildness which nearly destroyed the
Wolverines, as the starter Clinton, who
See PACIOREK, Page 8

Daily Photo by JOHN HAGEN
TIM MILLER (20) FALLS shoft in an attempt to steal second in the game against Aquinas yesterday. His teammates,
however, made up for it as the Wolverines beat the Saints 2-1 in 13 innings.

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The stiffest challenge that Michigan's women's
tennis team faced yesterday was from the wind. Very
little in the way of competition came from the
University of Toledo squad, who was whitewashed by
the Wolverines 9-0. The victory raised Michigan's
record to 9-1.
At No. 1 singles, Marian Kremer easily defeated
Toledo's Sheila Hart, 6-0, 6-1. "At first it was kind of
hard because of the wind, but I adjusted," Kremer
said. "I think it gave me an advantage, because on
one side I could hit the ball really hard and on the
other side I could slice it."
MARY MACTAGGERT followed Kremer's victory

with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Amy Schmitz, while third
singles Sue Weber fought off a late surge by Toledo's
Lisa Bialorucki to win 6-3, 6-4. Fifth singles Maryan-
ne Hodges had the day's easiest match, with a 6-0, 6-0
blanking of Toledo's Jane Jimenez.
The Rockets almost broke the Wolverines victory
string at sixth singles. Stacey Fallek needed three
sets to record her victory over the Rockets' Sheila
Freiss, 3-6,'6-4, 6-1.
In doubles competition, Michigan simply over-
powered Toledo. Kremer and Mactaggert combined
to defeat Bialorucki and Schmitz, 6-1, 6-1. Juliet Naft
and Jill Hertzman were winners at second doubles
with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jiminez and Hart, and
Fallek and Hodges completed Michigan's blow-out

with a 6-4,~6-3 pasting of Freiss and Ritchey.
"IT WAS REALLY windy and a lousy day to play,"
said Michigan coach Oliver Owens. I'm happy that
we played so well with these conditions, because we
might have to play in this stuff in the future."
'We just started out spring program," said Toledo
coach Marnie Swift, who saw her team's record fall
to 1-2. "The girls have only had three or four days of
outdoor play, but you can't blame our loss on the
wind. The wind is the same on both sides of the court,
it didn't just blow on our players."
The women netters were playing their first outdoor
match of the year on the home courts, and Owens said
that the change of court surface affected his team.
ISee NETTERS, Page 8

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A Daily Sports Analysis
There is no other division in the major
league in which a team could win 100
games and still finish second. Yet last
year the American League East had
just that situation when the New York
Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles
for the title.
This year should see little change.
Three of the toughest teams will battle
for first and if all the teams remain
healthy, it could be one of the tightest
battles baseball has everseen.
BALTIMORE - Many people feel
that Baltimore's greatest asset is its
pitching. Indeed with three of the last
five Cy Young award winners - Jim
Palmer, Mike Flanagan, and Steve
Stone in one rotation - there are few
teams in the major leagues that could
hope to compare with the Orioles' star-
ting-corps. When 20-game winner Scott
McGregor and ace relief pitcher Tim
Stoddard are taken into consideration,
the .Orioles' pitching seems to be the
naim reason why the Birds were
capable of compiling 100 wins last
Yet there are still others who believe
that the key behind Baltimore's magic
is its solid defense. Behind home plate,
Rick Dempsey appears to have fallen
into the mold of his former mentor, the
late Thurman Munson.
Guarding the infield for the Orioles
are third baseman Doug DeCinces,
second baseman Rich Dauer, 37-year-
old shortstop Mark Belanger, and first
baseman Eddie Murray. Belanger
(.228) might have trouble connecting
with the bat, but there are very few
bAlls that will get past him in the field.
TRUE, THEIR pitching and defense
and powerful hitting by Murray (.300),
Al Bumbry'(.318), Ken Singleton (.304),
and DeCinces (.249) helped Baltimore
reach its .617 winning percentage last
year, but the one factor which no other
team could hope to copy or attain is
manager Earl Weaver.
He has consistently taken the Birds
from the bottom of the pack at the All-
Star break and made them contenders
for the division title by the end of the
season. Weaver's knowledge of the
game, and of every opponent that could

East: B


meet the Orioles will guide his men to a
division title this year.
NEW YORK - The Yankees are the
best team money can buy. But, money
can't buy everything. Last year, it
couldn't get New York the pennant.
This year, however, the new ad-
ditions could be all the men in pin-
stripes need, though. The two ex-
Padres, Dave Winfield (.276) and Jerry
Mumphrey (.298), the former being the
Yankees' 25-million dollar man, should
provide for a number of New York runs.
Offensively, the Yankees already had
one of the strongest teams. With Oscar
Gamble (.278), Lou Piniella (.287) at
DH and third baseman Graig Nettles
(.241), the runs should continue to be
scored. And if Reggie Jackson can
recover from his recent injury and his
temper, it would be hard for a team to
keep New York's bats silent.
At the same time, the Yankees might
have a hard time stifling other teams'
runs. With a starting rotation of only
left-handers, New York has its biggest
gap with its pitching. Both Tommy
John and Rudy May have passed their
prime and Ron Guidry is unlikely to
repeat his Cy Young award winning
performance of three years ago.
MILWAUKEE - The Brewers
acquired pitchers Rollie Fingers (2.80
ERA) and Pete Vuckovich (3.41) and
now have one of the most impressive
bullpens in the American League.
Which is just what Milwaukee needed
since its starting rotation needs im-
Hitting will continue to be a major
plus for the Brewers as Cecil Cooper
(.352), Robin Yount (.293), and Ben
Oglivie (.304) will continue to be the
backbone of Milwaukee's offense.
New to the Brewers, Ted Simmons

oirds to
will bring security behind the plate
which has been lacking in recent years.
Manager Buck Rodgers had his work
cut out for him last year as he guided a
dismantled team to 86 wins and third
place. This year, he's liable to surpass
both those marks.
CLEVELAND - In any other division,
the Indians would have finished far
above sixth place. It's the Tribe's pit-
ching that again will bring about the
most trouble. While Len Barker (19-12,
4.17) had an outstanding year, he will
have little help from the rest of the
Ron Hassey, who was the most
productive catcher last season with an
average of .318, will have added support
behind the plate this season from for-
mer Pirate Manny Sanguillen.
The Indians this year will have an
advantage over last year's version.
Their two infielders who were lost to in-
juries last year, Andre Thornton and
Duane Kuiper, will return to the star-
ting line-up this year.
DETROIT - After winning $600,000
during arbitration, Steve Kemp might
find that this is his last year as a Tiger.
Kemp (.293) and Alan Trammell
(.300) were the backbone of Detroit's
hitting which last year topped the
major leagues with 830 runs. With a
healthy Kirk Gibson and an improved
Lou Whitaker,. the Tigers should con-
tinue with their fine offense.
Pitching will again place Detroit in

its coveted fifth place position. Last
year they had a team ERA of 4.25 and
this year there are few changes that
will make any measurable difference.
BOSTON - It is not a question of who
is playing for the Red Sox, but rather
who is not. No longer will Carlton Fisk,
Fred Lynn or Rick Burleson be calling
Fenway Park home.
The only power left in Boston is 41-
year-old Carl Yastrzemski and slugger
Jim Rice.
Boston's pitching is in worse shape
than its offense. Their three top pit-
chers, Dennis Eckersley, Mike Torrez
and Frank Tanana all sport losing, in-
jury-plagued seasons.
TORONTO - Newly-named college
basketball Player of the Year Dan
Ainge from Brigham Young will now
have a chance to prove his ability on the
diamond at third base. Ainge is
representative of the rest of the Blue
Jays, talented, yet young and inex-
Toronto doesn't have much in the way
of pitching to rely on either. DaveStieb
(3.70), Joey McLaughin (4.50), and Jim
Clancy (3.30) all failed to register a
winning season, in fact, there is no one
in the Blue Jay organization who won
over 50 percent of their games last
Despite claiming first place of the
division last year for five weeks, Toron-
to ended the season in seventh place
and should have no problem in doing so

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