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9

Maize and Blue Spring football
1:30 p.m. today at Michigan Stadium
Admission $1

SPORTS

Crew vs. OSU and MSU
Today at Gallup Park
Varsity 1:00 p.m.

Page 10

Saturday, April 16, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Wolverines face tough Hoosier hurlers

By RANDY BERGER
One only has to listen to the head
baseball coaches of Indiana and
Michigan to get an indication of where
their baseball programs are coming
from as they enter today's opening Big
Ten doubleheader at Ray Fisher
Stadium.
In Michigan, is a team that currently
is ranked fifth in the nation by
Collegiate Baseball magazine, has a
record of 19-3 and has been in post-
season action in six of the last eight
years. From listening to coach Bud
Middaugh, whose main concern this
weekend seems to be the threat of rain,
one can sense he has an air of confiden-
ce in his team.
"WE'VE DONE all we can do to get
ready," said the Michigan mentor, who
is just four wins short of earning his
500th career coaching victory. "The
game is played between the lines so

there is not much else we can do. I'm
still concerned with the weather. The
better the weather, the more ex-
citement there'll be due to a bigger
crowd."
However, if one talked to Larry
Smith, coach of the 15-12 Hoosiers, one
would get the feeling that more than the
weather is on his mind. To say the least,
the third-year coach seems to be in awe
of the Wolverines' record and past
achievements.
"We're going into the head of the
lipn," said Smith. "Michigan knows
how to play baseball very well and this
is probably one of their best teams
ever. In addition, we have to combat
the intimidation factor of playing
against a rich tradition and the shroud
that hangs over their winning
tradition."
OFTEN TIMES, though, coaches
tend to exaggerate. Michigan probably
is not as invincible as it gets credited

and Indiana certainly isn't a pushover.
Michigan's record may be somewhat
misleading. The Wolverines picked up
two of their three losses in their last
four games and the team really hasn't
appeared that sharp since its spring
trip to Florida.
Michigan may get a rude awakening
this weekend from Indiana, which
possesses a pitching staff comparable
to anyone's. Hoosier pitchers facing the
Wolverines include Jay Grate, a fresh-
man righthander who holds a 4-0 record
with an earned run average of 2.67,
Mike Humphrey, who has 2-3 record
and 2.73 ERA, and Bob Hicks, a lef-
thander with an impressive 1.40 ERA
and record of 2-1. This staff would
worry any opposing coach, which
definitely includes Middaugh.
"Indiana has very strong pitching
and it should make for a very good
series,' added Middaugh.
ALONG WITH ITS fine pitching staff,

Indiana hasa trio of hitters who have
been wreaking havoc on opposing pit-
ching. Leading the group is first
baseman Tony Nelson, a two-time
All-American. Nelson goes into today's
doubleheader with a .407 batting$
average. Center fielder Chris Sigler
who is batting .357, and shortstop Joe
Franczek with a .333 batting average
round out Indiana's main attack.
The thing holding Indiana back is
probably its youth. Presently there are
only four seniors on the squad.
"We've been battling inexperience
all year," added Smith. "We are a very
young team as has been shown by
passing up opportunities to score and;
not taking advantage of other team's
mistakes."
Nevertheless Smith feels his Hoosiers
can play with Michigan - but only if
they play their best.

Wilcox near perfect

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan head coach Bud Middaugh gives the umpire a piece of his mind
earlier this season against Western Michigan. Looking on are Western's
Greg Brake (19) and Marc Quince. (8).
Michigan Base ball Statistics

One out away from
first in Tiger history

Hitting

Name, Pos.............
Dave Kopf, P-DH............
Dan Disher, OF-P...........
Chris Sabo, 38B..............
Ken Hayward.B-P .........
Rich Bair, C ...................
Jeff Jacobson, 2B-Ss........
Barry Larkin, S ............
Mike Watters, OF...........
Fred Erdmann, OF..........
Dale Sklar, OF ...............
Casey Close. OF-P...........
C. J. Beshke IF-OF.........
Chuck Froning, IF-OF........
Dan Sygar, OF .............
Eric Sanders.C............
Jeff Minick, OF ...............
Chris Gust, OF ................
Chris Seychel, OF...........
Tim Karazim, P............
Kurt Zimmerman, IF-OF .

G
9
17
22
22
21
22
20
21
15
18
16
15
16
14
9
5 '
17
3
9
6

AB
13
32
81
74
60
78
62
49
36
42
35
23
30
7
12
5
11
4
2,

R
2
8
23
16
8
12
16
14
3
10
2
3
4
5
1
0
7
0'
0
3

H
5
12
30
27
21
26
20
14
9
10
7
4
5
2
3
1
2
0
0
0
198
144

2B-3B-HR
1-0-1
2-i-1
8-0-7
7-0-3
5-1-1
5-0-3
2-0-1
3-1-0
4-0-0
2-1-1
1-0-0
1-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
0-0-0
41-4-18
23-5-4

BB
0
2
10
10
3
10
12
3
4
5
5
3
3
2
0
5
0
0
3
88
105

SO
3
9
3
6
12
3
2
6
0
12
2
2
1
0
3
1
9
0
69
105

RBI
2
2
20
24
8
25
10
10
7
7
3
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

AVG.
.385
.375
.370
.365
.350
.333
.3'23
.286
.250
.238
.200
.174
.167
.286
.250
.200
.182
.000
.000
.000

CHICAGO (UPI) - Veteran right-
hander Milt Wilcox, rebounding from his
injury-riddled 1982 season, came within
one out of pitching the American
League's second perfect game in the
last three years last night, allowing
only a two-out single in the ninth inning
by pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston in the
Detroit Tigers' 6-0 victory over the
Chicago White Sox.
Wilcox, who threw a one-hitter last
April 20, appeared ready to record the
first no-hitter as well as the first perfect
game in the American League since
May 5, 1981, when Cleveland's Len

Barker blanked the Toronto Blue
Jays. The last no-hitter in the majors
was on Sept 26, 1981, when Houston's
Nolan Ryan threw his fifth career no-
hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Los
Angeles Dodgers.
BUT HAIRSTON, batting for Jerry
Dybzinsky, singled cleanly up the mid-
dle on the first pitch from Wilcox after
he had retired the first two batters in
the ninth.
The crowd of 19,483 gave Wilcox a
standing ovation as he walked out to the
mound for the ninth inning. Wilcox got
Carlton Fisk to fly out to left for the first

out and then induced pinch-hitter Mike
Squires to ground out to first. Hairston
then ended Wilcox' bid for the perfect
game and the pro-White Sox crowd
booed their own player.
Wilcox came within an out of pitchng
the first perfect game in Detroit history
'and the first no-hitter for the Tigers in
25 years. Jim Bunning, who later pit-
ched a perfect game for Philadelphia
against the New York Mets in 1964, had
a no-hitter for Detroit against Boston on
July 20, 1958.
Wilcox, who will be 33 next Wed-
nesday, was 12-10 last year despite a
series of shoulder, back and hand in-
juries and pitched a one-hitter on his
birthday, defeating Kansas City 8-0. His
best year was during the strike-torn
season of 1981, when he had a 3.03 ear-
ned run average with a 12-9 record.

I

Wilcox
... so close

4

OUTFIELDER S TR UGGLING A T PLA TE:
Hulries works to reviv

MICHIGAN................... 22 657 137
Opponents....................122 616 77

123 .301
68 .234

Pitching

Pitcher
Jamie Piper ...................
Scott Kamieniecki...........
Tim Karazim ....... ........
Dave Kopf ...................
Ken Hayward ..............
Gary Wayne...............
Casey Close ...................
iRich Stoll......................
Bill Shuta .....................
Dan Disher ....................

G
3
3
9
6
3
6
4
6
6
3

GS
0
1
1
4
0
3
3
6
3
1

SAV
0
4
1
0
0
0
0

W-L
2-0
0-0
1-0
4-0
2-0
3-1
1-0
4-1
2-0
0-1

IP
5.7
7.3
19.3
33.0
6.7
22.3
17.3
37.7
13.3
4.3

H
2
4
12
30
4
20
16
42
8
6
144
198

BB
4
7
9
14
2
21
23
7
13
5
105
88

SO
1
5
10
23
3
19
14
14
12
4
105
" 69

ERA
0.00
0.00
1.87
2.45
2.69
2.83
3.64
4.06
4.74
8.37
3.07
5.75

By KATIE BLACKWELL
Jody Humphries is in a slump; A bat-
ting slump. The junior outfielder for the
Michigan women's softball team is
frustrated with her hitting - usually
her strongest point. This is a rough spot
to be in for one as dedicated to softball
as Humphries.
"I can't hit," said Humphries of her
recent problems at the plate. "I can on-
ce in a while, but it's few and far bet-
ween."

MICHIGAN................... 22 22
Opponents.................... 22 22

7 19-3 167.0
2 3-19 161.3

It is very hard for Humphries to talk
about her batting problems. She's not
living up to her goals. To counteract
this, Humphries spends extra hours in
batting practice with coach Bob
DeCarolis.
"Teamwise, Jody's slump is a big
problem," said DeCarolis.
"Historically,. Jody has been the
leading RBI person." Now that Hum-
phries is having difficulties driving in
the runs, the rest of the team is not
picking up the slack. Hence, the
problem.
Expressing her frustrationi at not
being able to reach her usual near-.300
batting average, Humphries said, "If
I don't get on base, it's boring."
As a freshman, Humphries earned all-
Big Ten honors. Last year, she was all-
regional. This year is turning out to be
a disappointment.
The slump is not about to last long,
according to DeCarolis. "It's a mental
thing," he said. "I think we're getting
her out of it a little bit. We've changed a
couple of things (her batting style)."
No matter what her current batting
status, Humphries is always considered
a threat. The opposing team worries
when she comes to bat, and the
Wolverines are relieved. She is still
their number three batter. And she is
still, despite everything, batting .240.
DeCarolis has every confidence that
his star slugger will return.
"Traditionally, she starts out slow in
the beginning of the season."
Humphries almost didn't make it to Ann
Arbor.^A Michigan All-Stater in softball
her senior year, she was not recruited
by many schools. The Westland native
was about to attend Eastern Michigan
when, in mid-July, she and 'her high
school coaches walked into DeCarolis'

office and said she would like to play
softball for the Wolverines.
As a walk-on freshman, Humphries
began her career starting in right field.
She has started ever since, earning a
partial scholarship along the way.
Humphries' softball career began at
about age six. "My dad would take me
in the lack yard and throw balls at
me," she said. Realizing the con-
notations of her statement, Humphries
added, "It started to hurt after awhile
so I thought I'd better catch it!"

I

e itting
DeCarolis said, "Jody has a knack for
sarcasm. If she has something on her
mind, she'll say it." This sarcastic
streak that runs through Humphries
sometimes helps break the tension
among the team when the going gets
tough, he said.
Humphries career goal is to be a
sportcaster. "I think she wouldsbe
really good at sportcasting," said
DeCarolis. "She is very at ease with
people. She would make a great stand-4
up comedian. She has talents that are
going to carry her a long way."

I

'M'golfers stuck in
21st at Ohio tourney'

SHumphries
... battles slump

Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS-The Michigan men's
golf team had a difficult time getting on
course yesterday and found itself mired
in 21st place out of 24 teamsafter the
first round of the Kepler Invitational
held at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Play in the 54-hole tournament con-
tinues today and tommorrow.
The Wolverines chipped in a team
total of 411 on the demanding course.
John Nolan was the only Michigan
golfer to break 80 as he fired a 78 for the
day. Dan Roberts and Pete Savarino
were next for the Wolverines with
scores of 81 and 82, respectively.
"WE'RE NOT a great team, but we
shouldn't have anyone shooting in the
upper 80s or 90s," said Michigan coach
Jim Carras. "I feel they can come back
and get it together. I'm dissappointed in
the round, but it's not the end of the
tournament."

Women nPtters bombed
Special to the Daily
BLOOMINGTON - The Michigan
women's tennis team could not meet
the challenge of defending national
champion Indiana as the Wolverines
were handily defeated by the Hoosiers,
8-1. The Wolverines record now drops to
3-2 in the Big Ten 4nd 7-6 overall.
Michigan's only point came in the
number four singles, where Karen
Milczarski rebounded from a first set
loss to down Indiana's Diane McCor-
mick, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.
STEPHANIE Lightvoet and Mary
Mactaggart fought a tough battle in the
number one doubles, taking Heather
Crowe and Anne Hutchens to three sets
before losing 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
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