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Baseball vs. Grand Valley
Doubleheader, 1:00 p.m. today
Ray L. Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

Men's Tennis vs. Illinois
Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building

Page 6 The Michigan Daily Tesday, March 27, 1984

Lakers
By GARY EFFMAN
The calls of Spring may finally be
heard in Ann Arbor. The birds are
singing, the Diag is buzzing, and once
again the crack of the bat will be heard
at Ray L. Fisher Stadium where the
Wolverines will play host to the Lakers
of Grand Valley State in their home-
opening doubleheader today at 1 p.m:
It will be the first game for the
For more on the baseball
team, see the Michigan
Baseball '84 Section on
pages 9 and 10.
4
Lakers since they returned over two,
weeks ago from a very successful
spring trip down in Sanford, Fla. where
they dominated the competition not-
ching seven wins against a single loss

row into Fisher

'M' springmen soar;
tankers finish Ilith

said first-year Grand Valley coach
Doug Wabeke. "But it's a whole dif-
ferent ballgame when you come back
north."
It's also a different ballgame when
you haven't seen grass for a while.
"Being home and inside for two and a
half weeks is a little long," explained
Wabeke adding, "We're ready to go out
and play some games.''
Wabeke has right-handers Dave
Ocharz (2-0) and Jeff Agar (2-0)
scheduled for the pitching chores and
their stuff will have to be right on for
the Lakers to win. "We're going to have
to keep them to under five runs. We
have to play sound defensively and
make the easy ones," said Wabeke.
THE FIVE run limit will be hard to
enforce against the Wolverines. During
the ten game trip in Texas, Michigan
scored less than five runs only three
times.
Grand Valley will, be led offensively
by leftfielder Rick Smith who is batting
.444 and designated hitter Dave Greco
who's cruising along with a .467 batting

average. However, Wabeke admitted
that neither is a real power hitter.
Who the Lakers will face tomorrow
on the mound is still a mystery as
Michigan coach Bud Middaugh hasn't
decided upon his starting pitchers. The
likeliest starter would have to be Scott
Kamieniecki, a sophomore, whose 2-0
record and 2.45 ERA are tops in both
categories for Michigan.
Unfortunately Michigan will be
without the services of shortstop Barry
Larkin who is still hampered by an
ankle sprained during the Texas trip.
Though he is hoping to be back in the
line-up for the weekend series at
Miami (ho, Larkin will have to
watch Mike Watters fill the hole
tomorrow.
Michigan was able to practice outside
at Fisher yesterday and the rest of the
team looked strong. The Wolverines
lead the series against Grand Valley
State 5-1 and if history is a good predic-
tor only another March blizzard would
be able to sour the' sweet smell of
spring.

By MIKE REDSTONE
Kent Ferguson finished first in the
three-meter diving competition' and
notched third in the three-meter event
to pace the Michigan men's swim team
to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA
Swimming and Diving Championship
last weekend in Cleveland.
Bruce Kimball and Mike Gruber
teamed up with Ferguson on the one-
meter board to take fourth and sixth-
place respectively. With their perfor-
mances, all three divers earned All

Ferguson
... dives to NCAA title

Eriksson, Simpson shine
for thinclads at LSU

America honors.
IN THE one-meter event, Kimball
joined Ferguson as an All-American by
finishing seventh. Gruber finished in
16th-place.
The top swimming performance for
the Wolverines came in the 400-yard
freestyle relay. The team of Joe
Parker, Mark Noetzel, Kirstan Vander-
sluis, and Dave Kerska finished in a
time of 2:59.40, good for 11th place and
a spot on the All-America list.
The Wolverines finished ahead of
such perrenial powerhouses as USC,
Alabama, Tennessee, and Houston.
Florida won the meet with Texas and
Stanford following in second and third
places respectively.
MICHIGAN IS definitely the best
school from a cold climate," said
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek, whose
team moved up five spots from last
year's 16th-place finish at the NCAAs.
"This is a big step in the right direction.
Once we break into the top ten we can
put the sunbelt schools behind us.
Urbanchek is also hopeful that
Michigan's high finish will help his
recruiting in the coming years leading
to a further improved Michigan team.
"We haven't finished in the top 15 in I
don't know how long," said the second-
year coach. "We're definitely moving
up.

"WE PLAYED pretty steady
baseball and the pitching held out,"

By SCOTT MCKINLAY I
Practice was all the Michigan men's
track team wanted when they went
down to the Louisiana State University
Invitational last Saturday. And prac-
tice was all they got.
"It was a real tough meet for us, we
had trained hard all week so we didn't
have any real outstanding performan-
ces," said head coach Jack Harvey.
Some 50 teams participated in the
meet, but there are no team results.
"It's just individual events, they don't
keep score," Harvey said.

SOME STRONG performances for
the Wolverines included Scott
Eriksson's 177' 11" third-place showing
in the discus and John Nielson's fourth
place finish in the shot put with a toss of
58' 6". Ron Simpson finished a strong
second in the 1500 meters..
One Wolverine had a season best.
Dave Woolley jumped 16' 8" in the pole
vault, although that didn't allow him to
place.
The team is slated for more action
April 6-7 in Austin, TX for the Texas
Relays.

Astros nip Tigers, 5-4
OA, Fla. (AP) - Ray Knight's eighth tied the game at 4-4. added a ninth-inning run on a s,
ning single drove home Jose Mike LaCoss shut out the Tigers over fly by Ron Wotus.
with the winning run as the the final four innings to get the victory. The Pirates had the potentia
on Astros posted a 5-4 exhibition Houston improved its spring season run on third base with two outs 1
v over the Detroit Tigers yester- record to 14-8, while Detroit fell to 8-14. Reed, a former Philadelphia F

COC
12th-in
Cruz
Housto
victory

acrifice
al tying
but Ron
Phillies'

day.
Cruz opened the 12th inning with a
single, advanced to second base and
reached third base on an infield out.
THE ASTROS took a 3-0 lead in the
first inning against Detroit starting pit-
cher Jack Morris. Phil Garner drove in
two runs with a double and Jerry Mum-
phry singled in a run.
Lou Whitaker singled in the third in-
ning for Detroit. Tom Brookens doubled
in two runs in the fourth inning to create
a 3-3 tie.
Whitaker then belted a home run off
Houston starting pitcher Nolan Ryan in
the fifth inning. But Houston's Denny
Walling's run-scoring single in the

White Sox 4, Pirates 3
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Toni
Seaver pitched six scoreless innings as
the Chicago White Sox edged the Pit-
tsburgh Pirates 4-3 in exhibition
baseball yesterday. '
Seaver allowed only four hits and
struck out two as the White Sox took a 4-
0 lead through seven innings on run-
scoring hits by Tom Paciorek, Rudy
Law and Carlton Fisk. Vance Law, the
son of former Pirates' pitcher Vernon
Law, had a solo home run in the fourth
inning.
THE PIRATES scored two runs in the
eighth inning on hits by minor leaguer
Mike Howard and Bill Madlock, then

reliever, struck out Joe Orsulak to end
the game,
Larry McWilliams suffered his
second loss of the spring against two
wins, working six innings and allowing
six hits and two runs. Seaver is 1-1 this
spring.
SCORES
Exhibition Baseball
Houston 5, Detroit 4
California 1, Milwaukee 0
Texas 3, Baltimore 0
Philadelphia 9, Cincinnati 2
Seattle 14, San Diego 7
San Francisco 5, Oakland 3
Cleveland 5, Chicago (NL) 4
Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 2
Chicago (AL) 4, Pittsburgh 3

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