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The Michigan Daily

Saturday, April 10, 1982



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S tollwon't rest on laurels
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he can never be quite satisfied. Accor- In my juior year t tnougntL1inaa a
By RANDY BERGER ding to coach Bud Middaugh it is chance because I was being contacted

"Igo into every game as if I'm 0-
0 going after my first win."
-Rich Stoll
Perhaps it is this type of incentive
that best explains why sophomore
Michigan pitcher Rich Stoll is 5-0 with a
1.75 ERA. Success has not spoiled or
'thwarted the will to work harder for
Stoll as one might expect it to do.to the
19-year old from Attica, Indiana.
"I've worked equally hard this year
as.I did last year," explained Stoll."t
don't take the approach that just
because I'm a sophomore that I don't
have to work hard. I still feel that I'm
fighting for a position."
FOR A PITCHER who leads the staff
in complete games (5), innings pitched
(36), and strikeouts (24), to be worried
about keeping a position either shows
that Stoll is extremely paranoid or that

probably the latter.
"He's eager to learn and as long as a
person's willing to learn he'll get better.
If people think they've seen all they're
going to see of Rich, they're wrong.
There's still a lot of improvement
you're going to see from him."
Stoll's willingness to learn probably
originates back to when he first started
playing baseball. Unlike most kids who
have their father as coach, baseball
wasn't forced upon him.
"MY STEPFATHER didn't push base-
ball on me: If I wanted to learn he was
there to help me." By the time Stoll was
14, he had shown enough baseball skill
for his family to move to southern
Illinois so he could play in the American
Legion League. It was then, in his
junior year :in high school, that; the
thought of playing in the major leagues
began to blossom.

by pro scouts," added Stoll.
That dream, because of this year's
statistics, would seem to be ap-
proaching reality. However, right now
it is hard to say if signing a contract
would mean postponing a college
degree for Stoll.
"MY ULTIMATE goal is to play
professional ball, but right now it
depends if anybody had the right of-
fer," he said. "It's really up in the air."
As for now, Stoll's main concerns are
keeping the ball down and helping
Michigan win the Big Ten. Most people
would attribute Stoll's success this year
to the fact that he has been keeping his'
fastball "which moves like a sinker"
low at the plate.
"I'm the type of pitcher that likes to
use the defense," said Stoll. "If I make
the hitters hit the ball on the ground I
know that the defense is there to back

me up."
ADD THIS to the fact that Stoll has
seldom gotten behind hitters this
season, as proven by only allowing nine
walks in 36 innings pitched, and the
result is a winning formula. "You have
to put yourself in a pressure situation as
though you had the bases loaded with a
3-2 count on the batter," he said.
As far as the team's goals are con-
cerned, Stoll thinks that the Wolverines
are capable of repeating as Big Ten
champs. "The Big Ten is our initial goal
but ultimately we want to finish better
in the World Series than we did last
But before the team can start.
worrying about going to the College 3h
World Series, it must figure out a way
to overcome the inclement weather
which has cancelled eight games in,.
cluding two doubleheaders this
weekend against Detroit. For a r
workhorse like Stoll, the rain and snow n
have been demoralizing. "I like to keep
working and after a complete game I
only need a four-day rest," he said.
"However, the hard part is keeping
ready mentally not physically. We've
been on hot streak and all we want to do
is go out and win some more games.
When the weather does get better you
can be sure that the education major MICHIGAN PITC
will be more than ready to take the Eastern Michiga
mound. shutout, while str
Brewers pound
TORONTO (AP) - Cecil Cooper's the Toronto fanss
two-run double and a two-run home run about with a two-ru
by Ben Oglivie highlighted a six-run fir- tom of the fourth
st inning as the Milwaukee Brewers Barfield had walked
bombed the Toronto Blue Jays 15-4 Milwaukee shellei
yesterday in the season opener for both Jim Gott for sevenr
team. th. Toronto replied
Shortstop Robin Yount and first in its half of the inni
baseman Cooper paced Milwaukee's 15- Milwaukee boost
hit attack with three hits apiece. with yet another r
It was a far from rosy picture for the Gott.
Blue Jays however, as Milwaukee ees 7, Gian
brought 11 men to the plate in the first C
inning and collected six hits off a jittery CINCINNATI (A
Mark Bomback. He lasted one-third-of fired a four-hitter,
an inning before being relieved by Dale drove in three run
Murray. Reds blanked the Sa
The Brewers went ahead 7-0 in the 7-0 last night.
fourth before catcher Ernie Whitt gave Pastore, a right-I

CHER Rich Stoll is seen here in action last week against
n. The sophomore was at his best, as he threw a three-hit
iking out five Huron batters.

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something to cheer
un homer in the bot-
after rookie Jesse
ed Jerry Garvin and
more runs in the six-
d with a pair of runs
ed the lead to 15-4
un in the eighth off
ts o
P) - Frank Pastore
and Johnny Bench
s as the Cincinnati
an Francisco Giants
hander, became the

Jays, 15-4
first Reds pitcher to -throw a shutout
and a complete game this season. He
walked three and struck out three in 34-
degree weather at Riverfront Stadium.
THE REDS took advantage of wild-
ness by the Giants' pitchers, who
walked seven batters, two of them with
the bases loaded.
Snow fell as Cincinnati scored twice
in the first inning off Dan Schatzeder.
The Reds loaded the bases on a pair of
walks around Dan Driessen's single,
and Bench walked on four pitches .to
force in a run. After catcher Milt May
dropped Paul Householder's foul popup
for an error, Householder forced Bench
at second to score Driessen.
Bjrawls 6, Astros 2
ATLANTA. (AP)-r Dale Murphy
keyed a five-run Atlanta first inning off
nemesis Don Sutton with a two-run
homer to power the Braves to a 6-2 vic-
tory over the Houston Astros in their
home opener last night.
The victory was the Braves' third
straight, reporesenting their best start
since going 4-0 in 1969.

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
WOLVERINE ACE Rich Stoll shows the form which has brought him five victories thus far in the 1982 campaign. Stoll
leads the Michigan staff in complete games, innings pitched, and strikeouts.

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Willi ams places second

Special to the Daily
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Although the bulk of the Dogwood
Relays will take place today and tomorrow, the Michigan
women's track team had two individual performances that
were good enough to place in the meet yesterday.
Debbie Williams, a senior from Euclid, Ohio, threw the
javeline 148.8 feet, to give her a second-place finish.
In the 800-meter dash, the Wolverines' Sue Frederick tur-
ned in a time of 2:08.15 to finish in fourth place.

Rovals 4, Ti ergs 2
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Amos Otis hammered a grandslam
home run in the first inning last night, sending the Kansas
City Royals on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit
Tigers in their 1982 American League home opener.
The veteran center-fielder blasted a 1-1 offering from Jack
Morris deep into the left-field bullpen.
LARRY GURA, after surrendering a leadoff singlb to Ed
Miller in the first, retired 12 straight batters as the Tigers
dropped their season opener. Detroit's scheduled opener was
postponed because of snow earlier in the week in Detroit.

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