Baseball vs. EMU
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Ray L. Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily
Softball vs. Indiana
Today, 1:00 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond
Saturday, April 7, 1984
Netters nip Northwestern, 5-4
By SCOTT SALOWICH
It took until the final game of the final set of the
final doubles match, but the Michigan men's tennis
team finally overpowered Northwestern, 5-4, yester-
The Wolverines won four of the six singles matches
but the Wildcats came roaring back with victories at
first and third doubles to tie the score.
At that point, all eyes focused on the number two
doubles struggle which was tied at four games
apiece. Michigan's team of Rodd Schreiber and John
Royer broke service to make it 5-4 and Schreiber held
service to finish off Mike Krebs and Dave Kabiller.
"Even after we got the lead, I really felt it would
still be close," said Michigan coach Brian Eisner,
who pointed out that Northwestern's number three
doubles team won the Big Ten title last year while
their number one team came in second.
"It turned into a real struggle, but we played good
enough to win," he said.
Northwestern coach Paul Torricelli was pleased
with his team's performance in doubles but said it
was "too little too late."
"It was a good match but they just out-played us in
singles," said the head Wildcat. "They put them-
selves in position to win."
Michigan was indeed impressive in singles, as they
turned in what Eisner called their "best performance
of the year."
Eisner stressed his team's improvement
emotionally as a major factor in the victories. "This
is the closest we've come to where we have to be at
the end of the season," he said. "Emotionally we
were in total control for the first time this year."
Eisner was especially pleased with Jim Sharton's
play at number-one singles. The sophomore took the
first set, 6-4, but faced a real battle in the second
before getting the best of Jon Kamisar in a tie-
"I felt good throughout the first set but once I went
up 5-2 in the second I got a bit tentative," said the
Newton, Ma. native, "and with him you can't afford
to get tentative because he's too good a player."
"Sharton's win was important because Kamisar is
one of the best players in this part of the country,"
Ross Laser also picked up an important win at
number two. The Wolverines' captain was beaten
soundly in the first set, 6-2, but he rallied to take the
second 7-5 and then clinched it with a 6-3 win in the
"I came out nervous at first," said Laser, "and I
was all thumbs. I couldn't keep the ball on the court to
save my life. But I felt good and started moving bet-
ter and I finally broke him down."
Rodd Schreiber and Todd Cohen took the other
singles matches for Michigan at numbers four and
five. Schrieber's 7-6, 6-1 victory was especially
meaningful to him because it came over Marco Wen,
the man who beat him in the number five singles and
number three doubles at the Big Ten championships
"It was nice to get back at him," said Schreiber,O
"and it's also nice to have confidence for the next
time I see him."
Blue batsmen to host
a pair of twinbills
Safe! AP Photo
The Detroit Tigers' Kirk Gibson trots past Carlton Fisk of theChicago White
Sox en route to a first-inning run in yesterday's game in Chicago. The Tigers
went on to win 3-2, their third win against no losses this year.
Sofiballers begin Big
Ten season with I
By TIM MAKINEN
Ann Arbor isn't the same as sunny
California. It doesn't compare to dry
and dusty Texas either. And certainly
no one ever mistook Ann Arbor for
But after trips to the West Coast, the
Lone Star State, and the Ohio mecca,
the Michigan softball team (14-9) is rip-
roaring ready to begin the 1984 Big Ten
season here in Ann Arbor. The
Wolverines get things started today and
tomorrow with doubleheaders against
defending Big Ten champion Indiana.
"IT'S ALWAYS NICE to be back,"
said Michigan skipper Bob DeCarolis.
"The girls are really pumped up, and it
will be nice to bat as a home team
Indiana could deflate much of
Michigan's enthusiasm, however.
Along with Northwestern, the Hoosiers
(18-6) are favored to regain the con-
ference crown and are currently
ranked 12th in the nation.
Indiana's Amy Unterbrink (13-3, .31
ERA) poses the biggest threat to
Michigan's hopes of a sweet home
opener. The sophomore hurler struck
out 21 of 45 batters in her last victory, a
13-inning, 4-0 shutout of George Mason
"WE HAVE to move the ball against
her, we have to put it in play,"
DeCarolis said. "She's not unstop-
pable. She does have three losses. We
just can't afford to strike out a lot."
The series will have special
significance for Wolverine Linda Allen
who will start today's first game. The
junior from Flint pitched for the
Hoosiers her freshman season, com-
piling a 15-5 record, but then tran-
sferred to Michigan. Allen is taking the
reunion with her former teammates in
stride. "I'm looking at it as just another
game," Allen said. "I'll be ready to
Added DeCarolis, "She's putting it in
a proper perspective, which is what you
have to do. You have to keep a good
The Indiana contests will also provide
Michigan softball fans with a glimpse of
newcomers Alicia Seegert, Vicki
Morrow, Julie Clark, and Mari Foster.
Seegert is currently ripping the ball at a
.419 clip, and Morrow should see exten-
sive action on the mound.
Both doubleheaders begin at 1:00
p.m. at the Varsity Softball Diamond.
By CHRISTOPHER GERBASI
The weather may seem a bit un-
bearable for baseball, but it suited
Michigan just fine yesterday when it
was announced that today's
doubleheader with the University of
Detroit would be played in Ann Arbor.
The twinbill was to be played on the
Titans' home field, but the recent rains
have put the diamond under water and
rendered it unplayable. The Wolverines
will now host four games this weekend,
as they face Eastern Michigan in a
MICHIGAN has been hot, winning
nine of ten games since returning from
Texas to push their record to 12-8.
The Titans and Hurons are both un-
der .500, but may be better than the
records indicate. Detroit (7-9) has suf-
fered at the plate according to coach
"We've had a lack of run production
since we got back from our southern
trip," he said. "We haven't been able to
get outside and hit in the elements, and
that's hurt us. We've been getting pret-
ty good pitching, but our hitting hasn't
reached the level we think it will."
THE TITANS are hitting .251 as a
team this season, compared to .315 last
year. One hitter who isn't slumping at
the plate is outfielder Phil Kapanowski.
Kapanowski, who is also a pitcher and
designated hitter, is blistering the ball
at a .417 clip.
Outfielder Ray Graff provides power
for Detroit. He's hitting .304 with five
homers and 18 runs batted in.
Miller will send out two senior
righthanders to face the Michigan bat-
ting order. Dale Erickson is 2-1 with a
2.53 earned run average and Bob Mar-
tin is 1-2 with a 7.80 ERA.
THE WOLVERINES will counter
with Casey Close (2-2, 8.00) and Dave
Ka'rasinski (1-2, "4.71). Michigan has
been getting much more consistent per-
formances from the starting pitchers
lately, such as Gary Wayne's complete
game win over Western Michigan on
Wednesday and Bill Shuta's six-inning
effort against the Broncos.
"Basically, our pitching staff is get-
ting the ball around the plate and not
walking as many batters," said
assistant coach Danny Hall, explaining
the team's turnaround. "The pitchers
are gaining more confidence and we're
also executing muci: better on offense."
Eastern Michigan is turning things
around a bit also. The Hurons are 10-15,
but 4-0 since returning north.
LEADING the mild resurgence is
junior first baseman Rob Sepanek,
who's batting a lofty .444 with five
round-trippers and 19 RBI's. Catcher
THE SPORTING VIEWS
, , . worth the price
By SCOTT McKINLAY
With the recent signing of Steve Young to a contract worth $40 million and
rumors of Michigan Panther quarterback Bobby Herbert wanting $50
million, it is time we question the exorbitant salaries of professional
The issue of continuously rising paychecks in sports eminds me of an old
scientific experiment. If you take a frog and place him in a pot of boiling
water, he would surely jump out. But, if you take that same frog and place
him in a pot of cool water and slowly raise the temperature, he will boil to
death. We, the public, are the boiling frog.
As the athlete's contract demands have skyrocketed, we have become
conditioned to the large amounts - sort of "numbed," if you will.
Baseball stars such as Gary Carter, Dave Winfield, Mike Schmidt and
George Foster are paid $1.5 million to $2 million dollars for seven or eight
months work. A school teacher earns $10,000 to $30,000 for nine months.
A boxet can earn $5 to $10 million dollars for a single fight. A surgeon,
who saves numerous lives- with skills that he spent a decade and many
thousands of dollars to acquire, probably averages $200,000 a year. That is
ridiculous. Is America so mesmerized by professional athletes that we will
pay any salary to these men? When will it stop? Who will be the first athlete
to sign a billion dollar contract? Then a trillion? How high will salaries go?
Is a 19-year-old college dropout worth $1.2 million dollars a year to carry a
football? New Orleans Breakers owner Joe Canizaro seemed to think so
when he signed Marcus Dupree three weeks ago. I don't happen to agree.
In light of all the big contracts being signed, it was recently asked what a
person would receive for discovering the cure for cancer. If Dupree gets $1.2
million to entertain us, what would this person's compensation be to save
millions of lives?
Sports are entertainment. Aren't the athletes taking advantage of
America's love for sports? Yes they are and I think it stinks !
Many athletes are so greedy, that in their desire to soak as much money as
possible out of team owners they often tarnish their reputations as honorable
Look at Billy Sims. He signed two contracts. I think somebody woke up
with a knife in their back ... and it wasn't Sims. He woke up with an extra
And what about former Tiger Steve Kemp. Lots of Deroiters hated him
anyway, but when he filed for arbitration, he added fuel to an already
roaring fire of hatred. He wasn't happy with $400,000-plus a year.
The pro athlete is a greedy bastard. Think about it. Back in 1981, baseball
players, averaging $250,000 a year, went on strike and in the same year,
football players, averaging $90,000 a year walked out on September 21, after
playing just two games of the new season. Even avid sports fans are asking
if there is something wrong with our sense of values.
The owners are idiots for playing the bidding games and the players are
~ money-hungry, ungrateful slobs. But you can't call the players idiots.
It is probably too late to do anything now. You don't install a smoke detector
in the house half engulfed in flames. So, what can we fans do? Nothing.
I'll be in Tiger Stadium on opening day, cheering for those greedy bastards
with the "D" on their uniforms.-Go Tigers, all the way to the bank.
... gets the nod
Chris Hoiles, only a freshman, is at .360
with seven RBI's and sophomore DH
John Stanko has driven in 16 runs to go
with his .352 average.
The starting pitchers for Sunday's
games have not been determined by
Eastern coach Ron Oestrike, but he can
choose from several pitchers who have
pro arms, according to Hall. One star-
ter may be sophomore lefthander Joe
Slavik. He's 1-2 with an inflated ERA of
Wayne will get the nod in the first
game for Michiganand Shuta will pitch
the second if Scott Kamieniecki has not
fully recovered from back spasms.
Both doubleheaders will begin at 1:00
p.m. at Ray Fisher Stadium.
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Golfers uncertain of tourney chances
By SUSIE WARNER
Were one of the Michigan golfers to
ask their head coach Jim Carras what
to expect at the Purdue Invitational
tournament this weekend, he probably
wouldn't tell them a whole lot.
Not only are the weather conditions
questionable, but just who is going to be
at the tournament and other minor
details of that sort remain uncertain.
Coach Carras said he hasn't heard from
Purdue, and because of Michigan's wet,
rainy weather his players haven't had a
chance to practice.
"THERE ARE just too many
unknowns at this point to make a
projection about the tournament," he
said. Carras also pointed out that
Michigan golfers tend to peak at the end
of their season, after starting out
So Michigan doesn't know the com-
petition, what the weather will bring, or
even what to expect from its own
golfers. But there is one thing known
for sure: The Michigan's men's golf
team will travel to West Lafayette, In-
diana to challenge the Boilermakers, as
well as some other phantom teams
today and tomorrow.
Until the team returns from their
rather mysterious journey to Indiana,
Michigan fans will have to remain i
the dark. 4
Tigers 3, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Dave Bergman's
first hit for Detroit, a two-run single
capping a three-run first inning, led the
Tigers to a 3-2 victory yesterday that
spoiled the Chicago White Sox's home
opener for a paid crowd of 42,692.
Bergman, acquired in a March 24
deal in which he went from San Fran-
cisco to Philadelphia to the. Tigers the
same day, singled off loser Richar4
Dotson, a 22-game winner last season.
DOTSON, WHO gave up five hits and six
walks in eight innings, quickly ran into
control difficulties. With one out in the
first, Alan Trammell walked, stole
second and scored on a single by
Darrell Evans. Two more walks loaded
the bases before Bergman's single
scored Lance Parrish and Kirk Gibson.
Milt Wilcox, who pitched a near-
perfect game against the White Sox a
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