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Page 8-Sunday, April 3,1983-The Michigan Daily

Batsmen
beat
rain, post
7-3 win

Special to the Daily
OXFORD, Ohio - Sophomore outfielder Dale Sklar
blasted his first career home run - a grand slam -
to lead the Michigan Wolverines to a 7-3 baseball vic-
tory over Miami of Ohio yesterday.
Sklar, who sat out last season with academic
problems, hit his bases-loaded shot in the fourth in-
ning to make a winner out of pitcher Gary Wayne (2-
1). The victory raised the Wolverines' record to 13-1.
The second game of a scheduled double-header was
cancelled because of darkness and impending rain.
THE GAME STARTED slowly in more ways than
one. First, it began 1:15 late due to rain. Then, neither
team scored in the first three innings. In fact, the
squads managed only one hit apiece through the
third.
Michigan, however, brokd into the scoring column
and took the lead for good in the fourth. With one out,
Miami starting pitcher Kevin Davis (3-1) lost his con-
trol and walked the Wolverines' Chris Sabo, Jeff

Jacobson and Casey Close to fill the bases. Sklar then
cleared them and sent Davis to the showers with his
grand slam, a drive over the right-center field fence
that gave Michigan a 4-0 lead.
The Wolverines scored twice more in the fifth. With
one out, freshmen outfielder Mike Watters walked,
Sabo beat out an infield single to second and Ken
Hayward knocked Watters home with an RBI single
to right. Sabo, who moved to third on Hayward's hit,
proceeded to steal home on Miami reliever Mike
Carnegie.
THE FINAL MICHIGAN run scored in the seven-
th. Pinch-hitter Chris Gust walked, stole second and
scored on Barry Larkin's second double of the game.
Wayne, meanwhile, held the Redskins at bay.
Miami managed only one hit off the southpaw until
the sixth, when it produced three unearned runs. An
error, a double and three singles resulted in the
scores and the exit of Wayne, who finished the day
with four strikeouts to his credit.

Tim Karazim came on to retire the final four
Miami batters and seal the Michigan victory.
The 11th-ranked Wolverines will open their home
season Tuesday afternoon with a double-header
against Aquinas at Ray L. Fisher Stadium. Western
Michigan will play two with Michigan on Wednesday,
at Fisher.
Bill Shuta, Rich Stoll, Dave Kopf and Close are ex-
pected to be the Wolverines' starting pitchers in the
four games.
Sklar of the game
R H E
MICHIGAN .............................. .000 421 0-7 5 3
Miami......... ..................000 003 0-3~ 5 2
M: Wayne, Karazim (6) and Bair.
Miami: Davis, Carnegie (4) and Wright.
WP: Wayne (2-1) LP: Davis (3-1)
HR: M-Sklar (1)

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Sklar
... hits grand slam

It's Houston vs. North Carolina St.

Wolfpackkicki
'Dogs, 67-60,
to reach finals
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - North Carolina
State didn't have to worry about a last-second
decision this time. Still, reaching the NCAA basket-
ball championship game wasn't easy for the Wolf-
pack.
"What can I say, the dream just continues,"
Coach Jim Valvano said after the Wolfpack beat
Georgia 67-60 yesterday in a semifinal game of
Final Four. "Just to be playing in the last game of
the season.
"WE WERE emotionally tired. Our team was sky
high."
N.C. State built an 18-point lead with 5:56 to go,
then withstood a Georgia rally for the right to play
Houston in the championship game Monday night.
"I'll tell you, those were the longest minutes I've
spent in my life," said Valvano, in his third year as
N.C. State's coach. "I was a little incoherent."
NORTH CAROLINA State has been involved in a
string of close games lately, winning three games in
its conference tournament by a total of 11 points and
getting into the Final Four with a total victory
margin of 22 points in four games - including an 18-
point victory over Utah.
This time, it was different.
Dereck Whittenburg, a 6-foot-1 senior, and Thurl
Bailey, a 6-11 senior, each scored 20 points in pacing
the Wolfpack, 25-10, to its ninth consecutive victory.
No team with 10 losses in a season has ever won the
NCAA title.
WHITTENBURG missed 14 games in midseason
because of a broken foot and was suffering from the
flu earlier this week. But on Saturday, as his coach
said, Whittenburg "was dynamite."
He scored 12 of his points in the first half. The
Wolfpack took a 33-22 halftime lead and Georgia had
the jitters.
"I was still sick this morning," Whittenburg said.
"During the game I got tired. I kept looking over at
the bench to coach thinking he might take me out.
But he just shook his head no."
WHITTENBURG sat out only 30 seconds. He hit

Cougars slam
Cards, 94-81

0

AP Photo
North Carolina State forward Thurl Bailey keeps the ball away from Georgia defender James Banks in NCAA
Final Four action yesterday in Albuquerque. '

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Fir-
st, Houston switched its defense from
zone to man-to-man. Then, as Coach
Guy Lewis put it, "Phi Slama Jama
came alive."
Finally, Clyde Drexler and Akeem
Abdul Olajuwon took charge, each
scoring 21 points in leading the top-,
ranked Cougars past second-ranked
Louisville 94-81 yesterday and into their
first championships game of the NCAA
basketball tournament.
HOUSTON, now 31-2 and riding a 26-
game winning streak, will face North
Carolina State.
The Houston-Louisville game was a
bruising battle of the boards, played
before a crowd of 17,327 at the Univer-
sity of New Mexico arena.
Phi Slama Jama is the nickname for
the Cougar's awesome frontline frater-
nity of 6-foot-7 Drexler, 7-foot Olajuwon
and 6-9'Larry Micheaux. They even had
the nickname printed on-their warmup
suits for the first time yesterday.
BUT THE Cougars had to perform
their aerial act without Micheaux, also
known as "Mr. Mean," after he fouled
out with 13:24 left in the game and
Houston trailing 55-49.
Milt Wagner's goal quickly put
Louisville up 57-49, but then Houston's
slam dunkers went to work. Michael
Young started off a 21-1 spurt that put
the Cougars in command for good with
a one-handed slam dunk on an alley-oop
pass from Drexler.
Then it was Drexler's turn for a slam
dunk, and Benny Anders followed with
a driving dunk. Later Drexler did a
double-pump stuff. As the Cougars took
a 60-57 lead, they kept pouring it on.
Finally, Drexler's rebound shot put
them up 70-58 with a little more than
seven minutes remaining.
ACCORDING to Drexler, it was the
defensive change that woke up the
slumbering Cougars.
"The man-to-man got everybody in-
volved in defense, and everybody came
alive," he said.
Drexler hit 10 of 15 from the field, and

Olajuwon nine of 14 inleading Houston's
55 percent field goal shooting pace.
Olajuwon, a sophomore from Nigeria,
also grabbed 22 rebounds and blocke
eight shots. Eleven of Houston's 24 fiel
goals in the second half came by dunk.
"WE DIDN'T have near enough
dunks," Lewis said, but Louisville's
Scooter McCray didn't agree.
"I've never seen a dunking display
like that during a real game," McCray
said after the loss, which snapped the
Cardinals' 16-game winning streak and
left them 32-3."We've put on a few like
that for our fans during preseason, but
I've never seen anything like that durin
a real game."
McCray has seen his share of slams,
360s and other in-your-face acts.
Louisville's 1980 national champions, a
team he watched from the sidelines
while red-shirted with an injury, were
known as the "Doctors of Dunk."
COACH DENNY Crum of Louisville
said Houston "was kind of awesome.
They've got a lot of great players
They're just a great basketball team, so
physically overpowering. They kept
running in fresh people, and at the end
of the game, they were just stronger
than we were." The offensive display
also made an impression on Coach Jim
Valvano of North Carolina State.
"I never saw so many dunks in my
life," he said. "It's unbelieveable."
Houston, which was out-rebounded by
Louisville in the first half 26-15, boun-
ced back in the second half and outO
rebounded the Cards for the game 45-40.
Louisville shot 46 percent from the
field.
Lewis has been coach at Houston for
27 years and is in his fourth Final Four,
although this was his first victory. He
received a technical with 1:39 left in the
first half after Scooter McCraw stole
the ball in front 'of his bench and
Lewis' famed checkered towel flew onto
the floor.
He denied that he threw it, saying "I
slipped out of my hand. That's the first
time it's ever happened. I certainly
didn't intend to do it."

eight of 18 from the field and had six assists. His
backcourt partner, Sidney Lowe, had 11 assists and
10 points.
N.C. State used a variety of zones against the
Bulldogs, known for their quickness - and lack of
height. Terry Fair, at 6-7, was the tallest Georgia
player.
After N.C. State went up 59-41, Georgia ran off 11
straight points to cut the margin to 59-52 with 1:55
remaining. But the closest the Bulldogs could get af-
ter that was 65-60 on Vern Fleming's layup in the
waning seconds.
"AT THE BEGINNING of the game we didn't
shoot the ball very well," said Georgia Coach Hugh

Durham. "Something like 27 percent for the first
half. That was a big factor in the game, but so was
their board strength.."
Banks, who led Georgia past St. John's and
defending champion North Carolina last week in the
East Regionals, made only 5 of 19 shots from the
field and finished with 13 points.
North Carolina State, a surprise winner of the
ACC title, will be the third representative of the con-
ference in the NCAA championship game in the last
three years. North Carolina won the title last year
after being beaten by Indiana in the championship
game two years ago.

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NCA A Basketball Final
Monday, 9 p.m.
Houston (31-2)
vs.
North Carolina State (25-10)

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

'M' softballers shutc
twice by Minnesota

gut

MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan's soft-
ball team forgot its bats yesterday and
dropped both ends of a double-header to
the Minnesota Gophers by identical, 1-
0, scores.
The Wolverines (12-9) collected only
three hits off Minnesota pitcher Gret-
chen Larsen in the openeer and just fiv-
e more of May Lee Hansen in the night-
cap. Their best scoring opportunity of
the day was wasted, too, when Carol
Patrick was stranded at third base af-
ter a first-game triple.
THE GOPHERS put together a single
by Leslie Anderson and an RBI double by
Julie Zieminski in the sixth inning to win
the first game.
The second game went eight innings
before Zieminski finally scored on a Julie
Oliverius single to give Minnesota the
victory.
"You've got to score at least one run
to win a ball game," said Michigan
coach Bob DeCarolis. "You can't ask
your pitcher to pitch 15 innings and not
score a run."
Jan Boyd pitched two complete
games for the Wolverines yesterday as

record this season to 7-0.
The Wolverines downed Iowa in the
first game, 8-6, as the laxmen over-
came a 5-4 third-period Hawkeye lead
to notch the victory. Sophomore at-
tacker Steve Friedlander scored three
goals and Matt Dawe and Bill Kalb-
fleisch added two each.
THE SECOND match saw Michigan
dominate Wisconsin from start to finish
and win easily 9-5. Eight players scored
for the Wolverines as they played their
reserves throughout much of the con-
test.
Now Michigan, ranked number one in
the Midwest by the Midwest Club
La crosse Association, faces number
two Northwestern in the Big Ten final
this afternoon in Dyche Stadium.
Alston suffers heart attack
CINCINNATI (AP) - Walter Alston,
the former Brooklyn and Los Angeles
Dodgers manager who was voted into
baseball's Hall of Fame last month,
was in critical condition yesterday
following a heart attack.
Alston, 71, who guided the Dodgers to
seven National League pennants and
four world championships in his 23

Look Byron, Geese
Five-year-old Byron England, a Detroit native, meets Harlem Globetrotter
Geese Ausbie yesterday at Joe Louis Arena. England had just beenreleased
from Children's Hospital where he was being treated for leukemia.

SCORES
NBA
Milwaukee 105, New Jersey 103
Atlanta 109, Indiana 99
NHL
Hartford 4, Quebec 2
Los Angeles 8, Minnesota 5

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