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Tigers vs. Minnesota
8:35 tonight
TV-Channel 4 (WDIV)

SPORTS

Baseball vs Western Michigan
Doubleheader starts 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday at Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily
BLUE 5-1 OVE
Ba s me h
By BOB POLLARD
Considering its recent success in the
Buckeye State, the Michigan baseball
team may want to make its annual
spring trip to Ohio rather than Texas in
future seasons.
Michigan swept a pair of games from
Bowling Green on Sunday by scores of
6-3 and 4-0 to raise its record to a
respectable 10-8 mark. The sweep gave
the Wolverines a 5-1 record for the
weekend road trip. Michigan split a
pair of games with Miami (Ohio) on
Friday and then swept the Redskins on
Saturday.
'DESPITE taking five of six, coach
Bud Middaugh found some flies in his
team's soup.
"We lost a game that we should have
won (Friday's opening game loss to
Miami), and we left a lot of men on
base," said the Michigan mentor.
In that opening game Miami out-
fielder Ken Rieman stroked an 0-2 cur-
veball from Scott Kamieniecki out of
the park to give Miami a 2-1 victory.
"There was stiff breeze blowing in,"
said Middaugh. "I don't know how that
ball made it out of the park."
THE WOLVERINES were able to
take the next three games and hence
revenge the beatings they took in Texas
at the hands of the Redskins. "They

Tuesday, April 3, 1984

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didn't look like the same team we
played in Texas," Middaugh commen-
ted.
On Sunday at Bowling Green the
Wolverines didn't look like the team
they sent to Texas as they committed
only one error in the twinbill. Michigan
got off to a fast start in the first game,
scoring all six of its runs in the first
three innings.
Ken Hayward picked up his 100!
career RBI in the first inning when he
singled in Danny Teresa. Teresa drove
in Michigan's second run in the second
with a ground-out.
THE WOLVERINES broke the game

Los Angeles pitchers potent.-.
... Can they stop Noc-a-homa?
By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
The major league baseball season starts this week and that means it's
time once again for those fearless forecasts and predictable predictions of
division winners.
In the National League West, every sports writer named Tom, Dick and
Harry is picking Los Angeles to repeat as division champs. The Dodgers
have a veritable plethora of pitching and plenty of power, but the key to the
race in the West is Atlanta's mascot, Chief Noc-a-homa.
Last year, the Braves led the division by five games when owner Ted Tur-
ner decided to remove the mascot to install more seats. After all, Atlanta
was such a hot item, even the Chief was scalping tickets for big bucks.
But without the mystical victory dances of the Chief, the Braves faltered
and the Dodgers eventually caught them. Obviously, the Braves have to get
a full season out of Chief Noc-a-homa if they're going to challenge Los
Angeles for first.
Besides the Chief, Atlanta will have to get big years from reliever Gene
Garber and third baseman Bob Horner, whose '83 seasons were curtailed by
injuries. Garber dropped from 30 saves in 1982 to nine last year, while Hor-
ner missed the last month and a half of the season.
The Braves starting rotation is a bit suspect due to the possible absence of
Pascual Perez. Perez, who was 15-8 a year ago, was busted for cocaine
possession in the off-season and may
not see the white lines of the baseball
diamond this year.
The Dodgers can match the Braves
in power and have better pitching.
Pedro Guerrero (32 homers, 103 RBI,.
W e st.298 batting average) will move back
to rightfield after 30 errors at third,
joining Ken Landreaux (17-66, .281) in
center and Mike Marshall (17-65, .284) in left.
Pitching? Lots of pitching! Los Angeles really doesn't have a bad pitcher
on its roster. The Dodgers had four pitchers with double figure victory totals
last year, led by Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Welch with 15 each.
How about a sleeper, you ask? Well, how about a Rip Van Winkle-type
sleeper, like the Cincinnati Reds? Okay, so the Reds have been in a coma the
last two years, but they lead the league in "young prospects."
For example, outfielder Paul Householder has already been highly rated.
Last year, the 25-year-old hit .255 with 43 RBI's, and with his unlimited
potential, in 10 years he has a good chance of being 35.
The Reds top pitcher is Mario Soto and he already has a victory this year,
leading his team to a 8-1 win over the Mets yesterday. The only thing stan-
ding between Cincinnati and a pennant is 161 more games.
So you're not convinced this is the year of the Reds? Maybe it'll be a big
year for the Giants. They pulled a fast one on the Expos, by acquiring future
Hall-of-Famer Al Oliver for future trivia answers Fred Breining, Max
Venable and Andy McGaffigan. San Francisco's front office also signed free
agents Dusty Baker and Manny Trillo.
The Giants bullpen is strong with Greg Minton (22 saves) and Gary
Lavelle (20) but who will they save games for in '84? Atlee Hammaker has
shoulder problems and Bill Laskey and Mike Krukow are not the stuff . pen-
nants are made of.
Legitimate first-place contenders are San Diego and Houston. Last year,
the Padres finished ten games behind Los Angeles and recent acquisitions
Rich Gossage and Graig Nettles should help to close that gap. Gossage was
13-5, with 22 saves and a 2.27 ERA with the Yankees, while Nettles, 39, still
managed to hit 20 homers, knock in 75 runs and bat .266.
The Astros will be a contender as long as Bob Lillis is their manager. Lillis
is a miracle worker. Last season, he guided Houston to a 85-77 record, only
six games back of the Dodgers. He did it with pitchers named Dawley,
DiPino, Madden, Scott and Smith. Who are these guys? Whoever they are,
they're good, and they'll get help from a more notable pitcher, Nolan Ryan.
Tomorrow: The N.L. East

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Softballers take 4th
in Baylor tourney

By BARB MCQUADE
Even a 5-5 split on its trip to Texas
hasn't hurt the confidence of the
Michigarr softball team.
Sharp pitching and solid hitting paced
the Wolverines throughout the five days
of competition, as the team placed four-
th in the Baylor tournament.
"I'M PRETTY pleased with (the
trip) even though we didn't come out of
it with a great record," said head coach
Bob DeCarolis. "We really played well.
We just ran up against some good com-
p'etition."'
Indeed, Michigan faced some talen-
ted teams, including a tough Baylor
squad and 12th-ranked Nebraska. The
Wolverines managed a 9-0 victory over
the Bears in their first matchup,
though, behind the strong pitching of
junior Linda Allen. However, the Blue
bats fell silent in the nightcap of the
doubleheader when Baylor topped the
Wolverines, 1-0, despite freshman Vicki
Morrow's three-hitter.
Allen got no more support than
Morrow in Michigan's 1-0 loss to the
Cornhuskers. The Indiana transfer
almost helped her own cause, but was
robbed of a three-run homer in the
seventh inning.
THE DEFEATS that could have been
frustrating for most coaches don't seem

to have harmed DeCarolis' optimism
about his team.
"Even the games we lost were close.
They could have gone either way," said
the fourth-year coach. "We could have
easily won three of the five.
"I think we really came together as a
team. We fought hard and that's a good
sign."
UPON THEIR return from the Lone
Star State, the Wolverines' hitting and
pitching appear to be in fine form.
"We hit the ball harder than we ever
have before," DeCarelis said. "And
I'm very happy with the pitching. Vicki
(Morrow) really pitched well.
With the conference opener only four
days away, DeCarolis feels his 12-8
Wolverines are prepared to take on
eighth-ranked Indiana. "I'm confident.
we're ready for the upcoming season."

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Hay ward
... picks up 100 career RBI
open in the third frame by scoring four
times. Hayward's double and RBI
singles by Jeff Minick and Mike Betz
were the big hits in the inning.
Freshman Dave Karasinski was
sailing along with a three-hitter when
he ran into trouble in the sixth inning.
After a walk and a hit-batsman Bowling
Green first baseman Larry Arndt
cranked a three-run homer. Hayward
then came on to pick up the save.
In the second game rookie John Gret-
tenberger combined with Hayward to
blank the Falcons.
"WE COULDN'T decide who to throw
the second game so we decided to start
Grettenberger," Middaugh explained.
"He didn't even make the spring trip,
but he threw well for us yesterday."
GRETTENBERGER went three and
one-third innings before tiring.
Hayward came on in the fourth and was
the eventual winner. '
The game was scoreless going into
the seventh inning. It was then that the
Wolverines flexed their muscles. A
double by Mike Watters and walks to
Hayward and Rich Bair loaded the
bases with none out. Minick then
followed with a long double to leftfield
to score Watters and Hayward. Bair
came home and Minick went to third
when Miami mishandled the relay from
the outfield. Matt Siuda then squeezed
Minick home for Michigan's final tally.
Michigan returns to action on Wed-
nesday at Ray Fisher Stadium for a
doubleheader with Western Michigan.
Game time is 1:00 p.m.

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