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'M' batsmen buck

Broncos

By ROB POLLARD
There's an old adage in baseball cir-
cles which goes "good pitching beats
good hitting." Yesterday at Ray Fisher
Stadium good pitching beat weak hit-
ting as Michigan swept a pair of games
from Western Michigan 7-1 and 5-1.
Wolverine hurlers Gary Wayne and
Bill Shuta stifled the Broncos for most
of the frigid day. "I was real happy for
both ?Gary and Billy," said Michigan
coach Bud Middaugh. "I thought Shuta
threw a dominant ball game."
SHUTA started the second game and
went six innings before being replaced
by Casey Close. Shuta, who was pen-
ciled in as the starter when scheduled
hurler, Scott Kamieniecki developed
back spasms, had six strikeouts and
yielded only five hits during his stint on
the hill.
Wayne was even more impressive.
The senior lefthander, fanned a career-
high eleven and allowed only four hits
while raising his record to 2-1.
"He had good command of three pit-
ches," said Middaugh. "He was getting
his fastball over most of the time, his
changeup over 50 percent of the time
and his curve over about 50 percent of
the time," said Middaugh.
ONE THING Wayne definitely had
command of was the, Bronco hitters.
Western's lone tally came in the fifth
inning after Michigan had built a 6-0
lead. Following a two-base error by
centerfielder Rob Huffman on a ball hit
by Bronco leftfielder Steve Bohn,
second-baseman Rich Maloney singled
to center sending Bohn to third. Third-
baseman Abe Walker then plated Bohn
with a sacrifice fly to right.

Michigan scored the game's first run
off starter Bob Bevis in the second on
Rich Bair's first home run of the season.
They added another tally in third when
Bair singled in designated hitter Barry
Larkin. Larkin, making his first ap-
pearance since injuring his ankle on
March 20th, had been hit by a pitch
leading off the inning, and moved to
third on a pair of ground-outs.
The Wolverines widened the gap in
the fourth when they struck for four
runs. After two were out, second
baseman Danny Teresa doubled to left.
Huffman then rapped a single to right,
and the. relay to the plate had Teresa
beat by 10 feet, but Western catcher
Jim Markert could not handle it, and
Michigan was up 3-0.
LARKIN then walked and shortstop
Mike Watters chased them both home
with a double to left. Ken Hayward's
single scored Watters and Michigan
had a comfortable 6-0 lead, more than
enough for Wayne.
The second game was a lot like the
first in that Michigan used a four-run
inning early in the ball game to take
command. The third frame was the big
one this time.
Centerfielder Huffman led off the in-
ning against Bronco starter Mark An-
derson by getting hit by a pitch in the
helmet. After Larkin singled him to
third, Mike Watters lofted a fly ball to
left deep enough to score Huffman.
Hayward then singled to left, and RBI,
singles by Bair and leftfielder Casey
Close gave Michigan a 3-0 lead and
chased Anderson.
RIGHTFIELDER Jeff Minick
greeted reliever Joe Debiak with a per-

fect squeeze bunt to score Bair from
third with the final run of the inning.
Michigan tallied its final run in the
fourth on doubles by outfielder Chris
Gust and second baseman C. J. Beshke.
The Wolverines had further oppor-
tunities in the inning but Casey Close fled
to right with the bases loaded to end the
frame.
Shuta meanwhile was sailing along
into the fifth inning with a one-hitter
when he lost his shutout. Catcher Roger
Marquardt doubled to deep center field,
and scored on a single by Maloney.
Although two more hitters reached
base, further damage was avoided
How the W
R H E
WMU 000 010 0 1 4 1
MICUIGXN 011 410 X 7 10 1
WMU: Bevis, Knoll (4), Gainer (5) and Markert
Mw; Wayne and Bair, Betz (5)
WP: Wayne (2-1) LP:Bevis (0-2)
HR: M-Bair (1)

thanks to Bair, who threw out Maloney
trying to steal second.
"We're doing a better job holding
them (runners) on, and also Bair is
coming up out of his crouch better,"
said Middaugh in reference to Bair's
second game performance in which he
cut down two Western base-bandits.
A positive note for Michigan was the
return of Larkin to action. Larkin DH'd
the first game and played short the
second game, leaving after the third in-
ning.
Michigan returns to action Saturday
for a doubleheader at Detroit.
Pest was won
R H E
WMU 000 010 0 1 5 0
MICHIGAN 004 000 X 5 10 1
WMU: Anderson, Debiak (3) and Marquardt
M: Shuta, Close (7) and Bair, Sanders (5)
WP: Shuta (3-0) LP: Anderson (0-2)

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Freshman third baseman Matt Siuda throws out the Bronco's Steve Bohn on
a groundball in the fifth inning of yesterday's second game. The Wolverines
swept a doubleheader from Western Michigan, 7-1 and 5-1.

Baseball's ugliest division...
... and that's not punny
By SCOTT SALOWICH
The American League West is a division that's tough to look at. It features
only one team that finished above .500 last year, the "ugly" Whie Sox, and
the rest of the division isn't much prettier. But let's take a quick glance at
the AL West, in order of talent and unsightliness, and meet some of the
personalities that make up the ugliest teams in baseball.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX -- The Sox are the team that originated and
epitomized all of this "winning ugly" nonsense last yar and this season
promises to be just as ugly, especially when one takes into account the
dissension that plagues the team.
One point of annoyance to the players is pitcher Britt Burn's habit of
constantly asking questions. The insatiably curious left ander has been
known to start quizzing his teammates at the most awkward of times.
"We've just about had it with old 'third degree' Burns," said one Sock.
The one non-ugly member of the
pitching staff is LaMarr Hoyt. Last
year's Cy Young Award winner is
not an overpowering pitcher but he
is an intelligent one who relies on
junkballs to trick the hitters.
"That heady LaMarr is a real
asset to our staff," said a team repres-
entative.
OAKLAND A'S - In the mid-70s, this club was known for its obnoxious
owner, ugly uniforms and ugly moustaches. They were also known as World
Champions for three years in a row.
Today, however, they are a team of "ex-es"; ex-Phillies, ex-Twins, ex-
Angels, etc. The most philosophical of these cast-offs is ex-White Sock Bill
Almon.
"Oakland used to win the World Series all the time," he-said, "but look at
us now. We can barely keep up with the pack. It just goes to show that Almon
are created equal and no one can win everytime."
KANSAS CITY ROYALS - The Royals' star centerfielder Willie Wilson is a
great base stealer with blazing speed. Unfortunately he wasn't fast enough
to out-run the federal agents who nailed him for possession of cocaine last
year.
Old "Scoot and Toot" Wilson paid his debt to society over the winter, but he
may not be able to return to KC because his parole officer believes some of
his teammates have been bad influences on Wilson in the past.
CALIFORNIA ANGELS - The Angels feature a bunch of overpaid fossils
like catcher Bob Boone, 2nd baseman Bobby Grich, pitcher Tommy John
and Reggie "don't call me Jesse" Jackson.
The catcher is a Boone-afide candidate for the retirement home and the
2nd sacker was unwisely obtained at a high price in one of owner Gene
Autry's "get Grich quick" schemes.
"We'll probably have to go to the John more often than we'd like to this
season," said a spokesman for the team.
MINNESOTA TWINS - These guys are not only ugly, they stink too.
There is a bright spot on the roster of these Twins, however, He is infielder
Gary Gaetti. The 28-year-old is a shrewd businessman who plans to open up
his own health club soon.
The Spa Gaetti sounds like a good idea, but is not yet a reality. Construc-
tion of the building must still be approved by the city council.
"Once it gets pasta committee, I'll be able to start building," he said.
The right handed hitter lives in Minnesota during the season but retreats
to his farm in rural Berg, Ga. during the winter. Fans are encouraged to look
up Gaetti's Berg address if they want to reach him in the off-season.
SEATTLE MARINERS -
TEXAS RANGERS - This club is managed by Doug Rader, the man who
created the "Winning Ugly" phrase. That is all that need be said to get a
laugh from those who have read Jim Bouton's book I'm Glad You Didn't take
it Personally.
For those who haven't read it, I'll relate something Bouton wrote about his
teammate. Radar used to love to try to make other players vomit. He once
wiped a nasty bit of snot on the arm of one to get his desired effect. The for-
mer third-baseman also once took a dump on top of Joe Pepitone's birthday
cake.
Now that's ugly
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