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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Saturday, April 3, 1982

Page 9

Michigan netters destroy PurA

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By CHUCK JAFFE
It wasn't pretty, but it still counts.
That's the way Michigan tennis coach Brian Eisner
was feeling after his squad plastered Purdue, 9-0,
westerday at the Liberty Racquet Club. It was
oisner's 200th career match win as Michigan's
coach.
."I'M HAPPY that we won the match because we
won it, not because it was number 200," Eisner said.
"We don't just want to beat these teams in our area,
we want to beat them decisively. We don't want
anyone in the area or the Big Ten to even think that
they can beat Michigan."
Purdue learned just what Eisner meant by
"decisively," as it lost all six singles matches, win-
Wng only two sets in the process.
Michael Leach won a thriller in a third-set
tiebreaker over Purdue's Adam Abele at first singles,
4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
LEACH, WHO has been bothered by a recent
shoulder injury had to fight off several rallies to beat

Boilermaker coach Ron MacVittie's ace.
"One of our strengths is Adam," MacVittie said.
"He was 18-2 coming into today and he played
another great match, but so did Leach. You can't get
much closer than 7-6 in the third set."
Mark Mees and Tom Haney added to Michigan's
score with blow-out wins at second and third singles,
respectively.
MEES DOWNED Bro Ballentine, 6-2, 6-1, while
Haney crushed Alan Kaufman, 6-0, 6-2, in his match.
"I feel good about my play today," Haney said. "I
feel that if you get on top of a guy and are relentless,
that you'll break his back. I broke his serve in the fir-
st game and stepped on him in the second. I never
gave him the idea that he could win, and he just bent
over and held his ankles."
Ross Laser followed Haney with a bitterly-con-
tested three-set win over Matt Friedman. Despite a
number of heated arguments over line calls, Laser
won a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 match.
IHOR DEBRYN and Bill Godfrey won straight-set
matches in the final two singles positions. Debryn
beat Purdue's Bill Sheley, 6-2, 7-5, while Godfrey

dumped Frank Rehwinkel, 6-1, 6-4.
The Boilermakers never had a chance in the
doubles competition, as the Wolverines took three
quick straight-set victories.
Leach and Mees teamed for a 6-2, 6-1 blowout of
Abele and Ballantine, while defending Big Ten
second doubles champs Haney and Debryn won a 6-3,
7-6 (7-0) victory over Kaufman and Friedman. God-
frey and Rodd Schreiber closed out the afternoon
with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Sheley and Rehwinkel.
"I'M HAPPY with the way we played," said
Eisner. "It was our first sectional meet, and we had a
little pressure, because we're expected to do better
than the rest here. I think we'll be looser against
Illinois tomorrow (today)."
"I think we're improving," said Purdue's MacVit-
tie. "Last year we only won one set against
Michigan."
The Wolverines' next match is today against
Illinois at 1 p.m. The match will be either at the Var-
sity Tennis courts (outdoors) or the Liberty Racquet
Club (indoors), depending on the weather.

COACH PLEASED WITH DEPTH, EXPERIENCE:

Home softball season opens

today

By DAVID FORMAN
Weather permitting, the Michigan's
women's softball team opens the 1982
home season with a doubleheader
against Ferris State at noon today. The
squad recently returned from a spring
rip in which they compiled a 7-3
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The Wolverines enter the season with
perhaps the best team on paper in the
five-year existence of the softball
program. All six seniors have held a
starting position for four years and the
transfers and freshmen have added the
needed depth.
GOING INTO the spring trip, the
team's strength lay in its defense and
pitching. But going into today's
doubleheader, hitting seems to be the
number one strength even though
junior Jan Boyd pitched two shutouts
and recorded 14 and nine strikeouts in
two separate games. The defense ten-
ded to be a little shaky, but head coach
Bob DeCarolis attributes this to the fact
that it was the first time the girls
played outside.
According to DeCarolis, in his second
year as head coach, "Down the line, to
be successful, pitching and defense are
going to be the key. If we don't walk
people and don't make mental errors,
we're going to be in good shape."
DeCarolis plans to alternate his star-
ters in today's games. Expect to see
Jan Boyd on the mound with either Sue
Burk or Diane Ashcraft doing the cat-
ching. Going around the infield, at first
will either be Mena Reyman or Tam-
mie Sanders, Sandy Taylor or Karen
Crawfis at second, Karen Pollard at
third, and at shortstop, Missy Thomas.
The outfield will consist of right fielder

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Leach drives in four

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Former
Michigan baseball and football sian-
dout Rick Leach drove in his fourth run
of the game with a two-out single in the
ninth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to
an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in
exhibition baseball yesterday.
Singles by Leach, who went four-for-
five, scored Mick Kelleher and Enos
Cabell in the third and Ed Miller in the
*fth inning..
ELIAS SOSA, 1-0, was the winner,
Denny Miscik, 0-1, the loser.
Pittsburgh tied the score at 7-7 in the
sixth on a three-run, pinch-hit homer by
Willie Stargell.
The Tigers, 10-15, got their first run
on Enos Cabell's RBI double in the
third.
IN THE FIFTH, Detroit starter Jack
Morris scored from third on starter John
andelaria's wild throwv trying to pick
him off. Cabell scored on Lance
Parrish's sacrifice fly.
Dale Berra's eighth error of the
preseason, a relay throw that sailed
past third, allowed Alan Trammell to
reach the plate on a triple in the sixth
inning.
In the'ninth, Ed Miller led off with a
single and advanced to second on a
ground out before Leach tapped Miscik
for the big single to left field.
The Pirates, now 15-10-1 and losers in
heir last four games, got three runs in
the first on an RBI double by Dave
Parker, a sacrifice fly to Jason Thom-
pson and a ground out by Bill Madlock
to score Parker.
Johnny Ray hit a solo homer for the
Pirates in the fourth inning.
Chisox get Rodriguez
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - The Toronto
Blue Jays acquired outfielder-catcher

dge Bucs
in 27 games for New York during 1981
and was hitting.255 in 16 games for the
Blue Jays this spring.
Nordhagen, a right-handed batter,
broke into the major leagues with
Chicago in 1976 after being traded by
the Philadelphia Phillies. He batted
.315, .301, .280 and .277 the next four
season in a part-time role for Chicago.
Hubbard scores 20
PHILADELPHIA (AP)- Bobby
Jones scored 22 points to lead seven
Philadelphia players in double figures
as the 76ers trounced Cleveland 135-115
last night, handing the Cavaliers their
10th straight National Basketball
Association loss.
James Silas tallied a game-high 31
points and former Michigan cager Phil
Hubbard had 20 for the losers.
The Cavaliers led 27-26 after one
period and stayed in the game, trailing
51-49 with 4:33 left in the first half.
Jones, however, scored 10 of his poin-
ts in the last four minutes of the second
period as: the 76ers outscored the
Cavaliers, 19-10 to build a halftime lead
of 70-59.
Ioston 110, Atlanta 107
ATLANTA (AP)- Larry Bird's two
free throws and a key rebound by Kevin
McHale gave the Boston Celtics a 110-
107 National Basketball Association
victory over the Atlanta Hawks last
night.
The Celtics built a 10-point lead early
in the fourth quarter, but Atlanta chip-
ped away, twice pulling to within three
points. The Hawks tied the score with 57
seconds left on a jumper by John Drew.

Jody Humphries, center fielder Diane kids knew we could still win, and we
Hatch, and left fielder Debbie Haines. came back and won. A year ago we
Lisa Panetta is most likely to start as didn't have that self-confidence. They
the designated hitter to round out the are maturing not only as people, but as
starting lineup. Considering that the ballplayers. The attitude and confiden- h
Wolverines will play five double- ce is very positive at this time."
headers in dive days, all four of the The women's softball team faces an
team's pitchers are likely to see action. extremely competitive schedule which
Although a Division II team, Ferris includes two of the toughest teams in
State plays half of its games against the state within the next week-
Division I teams. "The key today is to Michigan State (April 6) and Central Doil Photo by MIKE LUCAS
get our kids fired up. Because if we're Michigan (April 7). The team will also MICHIGAN'S MARK Mees hits
not, Ferris State is going to be," said appear in four tournaments including
DeCarolis. "If we play like we can, we the Regional Tournament in which forehand in his match against Purdue's
should have no problems." Michigan will be the host team. "The Bro Ballentine yesterday. Mees Presents
He than added, "I feel a maturity of total schedule is very competitive," crushed Ballentine 6-2, 6-1 as theM O AH
the players. When we were behind said DeCarolis. "Women's softball has Wolverines defeated Purdue, 9-0.
(during the spring trip), I felt that the made some giant strides."E.erty953
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