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Softball vs. Northwestern
1:00 p.m. doubleheader
Today at softball field

SPORTS

Baseball vs. Eastern Mich.
1:00 p.m. doubleheader
Today at Fisher Stadium

Page 8

Saturday, April 9, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Tigers drop opener Q

By LARRY FREED
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - The setting was perfect for
Opening Day.
The sun was shining, renovated Tiger Stadium
was overflowing with 51,350 screaming fans, and
the Ball Park Franks were hot off the grill.
THE PLAY however, did not equal the surroun-
dings.
Kirk Gibson's sixth inning fielding miscue
paved the way for Chicago, as they spoiled
Detroit's home opener, 6-3.
The Tigers had things pretty much their way un-
til the former Spartan's error in rightfield. They
opened the scoring in the third, when Scott Flet-
cher failed to cleanly field a Gibson grounder. The
speedy outfielder scampered down the basepath
beating the throw, scoring Tom Brookens in the
process. Back-to-back two-out singles by Lance
Parrish and Larry Herndon drove in two more
runs.
UNFORTUNATELY for the Tigers, the three
runs closed out their scoring for the afternoon.

The White Sox, who notched their first win of the
young season, opened their scoring in the fifth via
the sacrifice fly route. Vance Law lofted a lazy fly
ball scoring Carlton Fisk, who had previously
tripled.
Detroit starter Milt Wilcox, who was saddled
with the loss, showed signs of tiring the following
inning. The righthander, however, received little
support in the field, as Gibson's error helped the
Pale Hose tie the game.
THE SEVENTH frame marked both Wilcox's
and the Tigers' demise, when the White Sox sent
nine men to the plate, tallying three runs.
The top of Chicago's line-up, Rudy Law, Tony
Bernazard and Harold Baines, all rapped out two-
out singles to drive in the three runs. Baines, who
had three RBIs on the day, advanced to third on a
Tom Brookens' error, but failed to score when
.reliever Aurelio Lopez came in to strike out Ron
Kittle with the bases loaded.
White Sox manager Tony LaRussa called on the
aging Jerry Koosman to save the game for Dennis
Lamp. And that is exactly what he did, throwing
three shut-out innings to secure the 6-3 win.

From dogs to dignitaries...
...Ya gotta love Opening Day

DETROIT

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Netters slam Boilermakers

AP Photo
Detroit centerfielder Chet Lemon makes un unsuccessful dive at a line drive
during 5th inning action in their home opening, 6-3 loss to the Chicago White
Sox yesterday at Tiger Stadium.
'M' faces EMU

By PAUL HELGREN
Eastern Michigan faces the unenviable
task of playing the streaking Michigan
baseball team in a doubleheader today
at Ray L. Fisher Stadium.
The 11th-ranked Wolverines, 17-1,
have won their last seven games, in-
cluding doubleheader sweeps over
Western Michigan, Aquinas College,
and Miami (Ohio). The traditionally
strong Hurons on the other hand, have
struggled, losing 10 of their first 19
games.
EASTERN'S biggest problem has
been a lack of hitting. As a team the
Hurons are hitting a puny .229, and are
averaging only 4.3 runs per game. Add
to that the fact they will be facing
Michigan hurlers Gary Wayne (3-1,

1.93 era) and Rich Stoll (4-0, 4.03) and it
could be a long afternoon for coach Ron
Oestrike's squad.
Eastern is also an inexperienced
team, as it starts three freshmen, five
sophomores, and one senior. The pit-
ching staff is top-notch though, and
could pose some problems for the
Michigan hitters.
"Their pitching staff," said Michigan
assistant coach Danny Hall, "is as good
as any we've faced this year. It'll be a
real test."
Leading Eastern's veteran pitching
staff is senior Jason Hansen (2-0, 1.42)
and sophomore Ken Spratke (2-1, 1.31).
In order to stop Michigan, Eastern's
pitchers will have to neutralize the blue
murderer's row of Chris Sabo (.373
average, 7 home runs, 20 RBI's), Ken
Hayward (.371, 20 RBI's), and Jeff
Jacobson (.358,22 RBI's).

WEST LAFAYETTE - The
Michigan men's tennis team kept
its record unblemished in Big Ten
play, as they defeated the Purdue
Boilermakers yesterday, 8-1.
The Wolverines, who are
seeking their sixteenth con-
secutive Big Ten championship,
upped their conference record to
3-0, and 8-10 overall.
COACH BRIAN EISNER shuf-
fled his players' seeding as they
played their first Big Ten outdoor
match of the season.
Leading the way for the netters
was Jim Sharton, Rod Schreiber,
and Hugh Kwok, who all
remained undefeated in the Big
Ten with records of 3-0.
At number four singles, Shar-
ton defeated Mark Koza, 6-4, 6-2.
Schreiber followed with a 7-6, 7-5
victory over Frank Rehweinkle.
And Kwok came from behind to
beat Matt Friedman, at number
six singles, 4-6, 6-3, and 6-3.
ALSO WINNING FOR the
Wolverines were number two
singles Mark Mees, as he
defeated Bill Sheley, 6-4, 6-1. And
Ross Laser was victorious over
Andrew Hocker, 6-0, 6-2, in the
third singles.
The lonesome loser for
Michigan was Tom Haney who
was playing his first game of the
year at number one singles. He
lost to Adam Abele, 6-3, 6-3.
Haney, however, scored
revenge as he and Mees beat
Abele-Sheley, 6-3, 6-3 in doubles
action.

ALSO, THE DOUBLES com-
binations of Laser-Sharton and
Schreiber-Kwok won their mat-
ches by similar scores 6-4, 6-4.
Purdue dropped to 7-10 overall,
and 0-3 in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines move on to
Champaign today, as they face
Illinois at 1:00 p.m.
Frederick-Foster
2nd at relavs
KNOXVILLE - Facing up to the
challenge of the transition from
indoor to the outdoor season, the
Michigan women's track and field
team made their presence felt
here last night with a fine
showing at the opening day of the
Dogwood Relays.
Over 2,000 runners have con-
verged on Knoxville, and in the
two finals held last night, three
Wolverines emerged from
the pack to show they are a force
to be reckoned with.
IN THE 800-meter event, Sue
Frederick-Foster raced to a time
of 2:07.6, just short of her per-
sonal best. It was enough to put
her second in a field of 70, a field
which included several Olympic
hopefuls.
Just a few places back was

Joyce Wilson with a time of 2:09.7
It's an important milestone for
the freshman since it was her fir-
st official individual event of the
outdoor season.
In the 3000 meters, Melanie
Weaver placed seventh with a
time of 9:22.3.
NEEDLESS to say, head coach
Francie Goodridge was happy.
"I'm surprised they did this well,
especially with the poor weather
we've had to practice in. b
Finals in other events will be
held today.
Schlichter probed
COLUMBUS (AP )-Baltimore
Colts quarterback Art Schlichter,
described by a federal source as
a victim of gamblers, is
cooperating with the FBI in a
sports gambling probe, his
lawyer said yesterday.
Schlichter, 22, a former Ohio
State University star, is not him-
self a target of the probe, the
federal source said.
JACK CHESTER, the lawyer,
said charges stemming from the
investigation, in which four
Baltimore men have been indic-
ted, do not involve football games
in which Schlichter or his team
played.

Special to the Daily
Things I liked about Opening Day ...
Two hot dogs-heavy chili, no onions-at the
Lafayette Coney Island before the game.
Fighting my way through the crowds of people out-
side Tiger Stadium. Most people hate this but I enjoy it
because it means there'll be a large, loud crowd inside.
Watching the drunks trying to stumble their way
through the gates is fun, too.
Watching the elderly ushers go out of their way to be
courteous and wipe the dust off your seat in hopes of
getting a tip. Obviously, they've never talked with a
pizza delivery man, otherwise they'd know that college
students don't tip.
The introduction of the two teams. This is my oppor-
tunity to ventilate six months' frustration from not
seeing the Tigers play. They are my favorite team in
all of professional sports and there are few things I ap-
preciate more than the chance to see them play. Let
the players know they're wanted and maybe they'll
give you something to want them for.
The ceremonial first pitch. Historically, this is the
most comical moment of the season. Unlike many ball
parks, the first pitch at Tiger Stadium is not a 10-foot
toss from some seated dignitary to the home team's
catcher. In Detroit, they drag the guests of honor onto
the field, place one on the pitcher's mound and one
behind the plate, hand them a couple of gloves and let
them wind up and throw. Have you ever seen a 70-year
old politician try to throw a strike? A few years back,
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young's first two pitches
smiled all the way to the backstop. He finally got one to
cross the plate on about three bounces and a good roll.
Yesterday, Governor James Blanchard had the
honors. Michigan's youthful chief executive, who in
campaign advertisements pictured himself playing
catch with his son, fired a couple of strikes, but
couldn't handle the return tosses of his catcher. They
should have brought his son out of the bullpen.
Hot dogs at the game. Tiger Stadium franks are the
best I've ever tasted, especially when smothered with
Red Pelican spicy mustard. In a high school nutrition
class, I once toured the Hygrade's plant where they
manufacture the tube steaks. The guide told my class
that Tiger Stadium dogs are a special make of their
product, Hygrade's top of the line, most seasoned
weiner. Just a little trivia, but grilled Tiger dogs really
are better than the ordinary Ball Park variety.
Things I hated about Opening Day...
Watching the White Sox beat the Tigers, 6-3. This is
Detroit's year to win it all and damn if the Tigers don't
start on a losing note. Of course, last year and the
dozen before it were supposed to be championship
years. But this year, like the last 13, I honestly believe
they'll do it. Really.

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By TIM MAKINEN

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FIRST ANNUAL
Best of Ann Arbor

OFFICIAL
BALLOT
All Ballots Must Be Returned
by April 10 To Be Included

Softbailers
face tough
Wildcat
squad

In what should be a weekend of ex-
cellent pitching, the Michigan softball
team faces Northwestern in
doubleheaders, today and tomorrow.
Make no mistakes about it, these Wild-
cats can throw more strikes than the
UAW ever did.
"I hope we can just back up our pit-
chers and that they're on." said North-
western coach Sharon Drysdale, discussing
her team's game plan.
IT IS RARE, however, that the Wild-
cat pitchers ever have an off day. Nor-
thwestern, the defending Big Ten
champs, is currently 12-3 - ten of those
victories being shutouts.
Leading Northwestern on the mound
is senior Ellen O'Keefe, an Ann Arbor
native, whose record stands at 4-0.
More impressively, O'Keefe has yet to
give up an earned run in 29 2/3 innings.
Helping her out will be Cathy Tawse, 5-

1, who has thrown a perfect game this
season.
Northwestern's power, though, is not
just pitching. Senior shortstop Sue Heb-
son is batting .325 and is the best shor-
tstop in the Big Ten if not the entire
Midwest, according to Michigan coach
Bob DeCarolis. "They're pretty
loaded," added DeCarolis, in a bit o4
understatement.
MICHIGAN, OF COURSE, is no
slouch in the pitching department
either. The Wolverines, 15-12, knocked
off Eastern Michigan last Thursday, 3-0
(13 innings) and 4-1, with fine perfor-
mances from hurlers Jan Boyd and
Sandy Taylor, respectively. Boyd has
now yielded only two runs in 37 innings
of regular season play.
"If we play as well as we're capable
of playing, I think we can give them a@
run for their money," said DeCarolis.
"We're going to take them one at a
time, but we can't afford to come out of
this with a losing record."

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