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Baseball
vs. Bowling Green
Today, 1:00 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Michigan State
Today, 3:30
Track and Tennis Building

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, April 2, 1985 Page 8

Wolverines wallop Adrian for 14th straight win

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By DAVE ARETHA
Michigan has been fielding baseball
teams since Abraham Lincoln was
president, but never has a Wolverine
team started a season like this year's
squad.
Branch Rickey and his boys Were 12-0
back in the William Taft years, and
Ray Fisher's troops jumped out to a 20-
1 start when Harry Truman was
president. But no team in the 120 year
history of Michigan baseball has ever
equalled the Wolverines current 14-0
mark.
GRANTED, the Wolverines' early-

season schedule has not consisted of a
Who's Who in college baseball
(Michigan has feasted off such non-
entities as Northern Iowa, Grand
Valley State, and Adrian.) But still, the
Wolverines are winning - and winning
impressively, having outscored their
opponents 119-31.X
On Sunday they toyed with Adrian (2-
7), sweeping a doubleheader, 10-0 and 9-
1. The first game was so lopsided the
Bulldogs actually begged for the mercy
rule in the fifth inning - a tactic
Michigan coach Bud Middaugh hasn't
seen in quite a few years.
"They play a ten-run rule in their

league, and I was shocked," Middaugh
said. "I didn't know. But if that's the
way they want to play, that's fine.
EIGHT Wolverines circled the base
in the first inning of game one, with
Barry Larkin bringing home the first
two runners with a triple. Ken
Hayward and Hal Morris moved the
first inning merry-go-round along with
RBI singles and Dan Disher kept it
going with a two-run double. Catcher
Mike Betz later added a two-run homer
in the third inning.
The base-circling continued right
from the beginning of game two. The
Wolverines ate up Adrian pitcher Lyn-

don Donut in the first inning by scoring
three runs on two hits, two walks and
five stolen bases. Michigan stole nine
bases in the nightcap, mostly because
Middaugh "wanted to work a little bit on
the running game."
The real story of game two, though,
was Michigan's pitching, or to be more
accurate, Adrian's lack of hitting. The
Bulldogs mustered only one single
while striking out 14 times. Michigan
pitcher Kevin Gilles said he didn't even
pitch well, yet he still fanned eight
Adrian batters in just three innings.
A Wolverine who shined in both
games of the doubleheader was, Mike

Watters, who went three for six and
scored four runs. Watters' bat has been
ringing lately. In the last four games he
is 10 for 14 with nine runs and eight
RBIs.

Watters and Michigan will try to
stretch their record to 16-0 today when
they face Bowling Green at Ray L.
Fisher Stadium. Game time for the
doubleheader is 1:00 p.m.

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The Kean Eye

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By Tom Keaney

Men netters stifle Hurons, 9-0

By MARK KOVINSKY
It was just what the doctor ordered.
Michigan men's tennis coach Brian
Eisner revamped his lineup Sunday af-
ternoon, and it turned out to be just the
remedy the netters needed as they won
all nine matches against Eastern
Michigan at the Huron Valley Racquet
Club, raising their overall record to 3-2.
"WE'VE BEEN playing nervous and
we've been playing tight," said Eisner.
"Our goal today was to pull some things
together." And that is exactly what
they did, but with some new faces.
Junior Jim Sharton, playing in his
usual top singles spot, started things off
on the right foot for the Wolverines as
he disposed of Huron sophomore Matt
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Kuhlman in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.
The southpaw had some difficulty
handling Kuhlman's serves and com-
bating his kamikazee style of play, but
he didn't appear too concerned.
"HE (KUHLMAN) served well, and
that's my biggest problem," Sharton
said. "I just don't return serves really
well."
In what was probably the best played
match of the day, Ed Filer took over the
number two singles spot for the first
time this season and made the move
pay off with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win
over EMU's Scott Lyke. Filer, a
sophomore transfer from the Univer-
sity of South Carolina, replaced usual
number two man John Royer.
In fact, Royer did not play in the mat-
ch at all for the netters as a result of
what Eisner would only term a
"disciplinary action."
FRESHMAN Jon Morris of Ann Ar-
bor, playing his first singles match in,
six or seven weeks, overpowered
Eastern's number three player Kelly
Loomis 6-2, 6-2. Morris, who is still
aggravated by tendinitis in both knees,
proved that he was ready to play
singles again (having only competed in
doubles prior to Sunday) displaying

some steady play and a shattering ser-
ve.
"He weathered it (the injury)
nicely," Eisner said. "I'm looking for-
ward to using him in doubles and
singles now."
In the number four singles match,
another freshman, Franz Geiger, came
up with a good effort as he beat junior
John Snyder 6-4 and 7-6. John Solik,
down three match points in the second
set, escaped a tiebreaker and pounded
the Hurons' Dave Coverly in the final

set for a 0-6, 7-6, 6-0 victory at fifth
singles.
Hugh Kwok rolled to a quick 6-1, 6-2
defeat of Dave Pear at sixth singles.
Having already won the match before
the start of doubles play, everything
continued to go right for Michigan as all
three doubles teams - Sharton and
Filer, Jed Hakken and Solik, and Kwok
pairing up with Tom as Andersson -
also grabbed straight-set wins over
their opponents.

NCAA's other tournament...
..final four hockey highlights
INCASE you missed it, the other final four, the NCAA hockey tournament
Lw as held in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena over the weekend.
I'm one of the ones who didn't miss it. But alas, the fanfare for college
hockey's final four is somewhat less than basketball's, so just in case you
missed it...
" The new NCAA Champion is Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute. RPI
edged out Providence College 2-1 in the finals. I don't know about you, but I
have a hard time living with the fact that the best college hockey team in the
country calls itself the Engineers.
" The four games played at Joe Louis were just a little exciting. Three of
them went to overtime, two of those went to triple overtime and, igo games
were decided by more than one goal. The games themselves were idcredible,
a whole lot more exciting than watching Villanova work for the last shot with
ten minutes left in the first half of a basketball game.
* Providence's loss in the finals proves by long-standing theory that no
team will ever win a major hockey tournament that doesn't wear hockey
pants. Look how well the Philadelphia Flyers are doing since they made the
move back from those silly sweat pants to hockey pants.
* I still think Michigan State could have beaten RPI. They outshot
Providence by over 40 the week before the final four. Unfortunately for the
Spartans, however, they ran into an unbelievable goalie - Chris Terreri -
in the midst of an unbelieveable hot streak.
. TheFriars are not a good hockey team,
they are a very mediocre hockey team
which happens to have an outstanding
goalie playing on it. If Terreri had played
for Michigan, the Wolverines would have
made it to the NCAA finals.
" Terreri is just plain hyperactive. Even
on face-offs at the other end of the ice, he's
bouncing up and down, slapping himself
with his stick, touching the posts, skating
around - he does not stop moving from the
time he steps on the ice. Terreri
* By contrast, RPI would have made it to the finals with anyone in goal.
The Engineer goalie, Daren Puppa seems to have mastered the art of
making the very easy look incredibly difficult. He has a knack for taking a
fairly easy shot, mishandling it, recovering to barely save the goal and then
getting a big ovation for his "efforts."
" There were probably more Michigan State fans at the finals than RPI
and Providence fans combined. Realizing this, the RPI mascot, a big fat guy
dressed as a bee (figure that one out) grabbed a big State flag and carried it
around the ice, trying to.get the non-partisan support. It worked.
*Speaking of State fans, what kind of people yell "GO GREEN, GO
WHITE" at a hockey game between RPI and Providence?
" Minnesota-Duluth had the greatest fan support of the teams that came to
Detroit. But the point has to be made that I have never seen so many drunk
fans in my life. Not unruly drunk, mind you, but drunk nonetheless. Then
again, what else is there to do in Duluth except get drunk and go to hockey
games?
* The RPI fans were well represented also, especially for a school whose
enrollment is 4,500. But again, I have a hard time respecting fans who wear
bright red construction hard hats to show their support for their beloved
Engineers.
E What is the only school to finish in the top twenty nationally in football,
basketball and hockey? Boston College, which wound up taking fourth in the
tournament, losing to Providence in triple overtime and UMD in single over-
time in the consolation game.
* After the final game, after Chris Terreri had made 170 saves in the past
three games and established the key to the Friars success, a reporter said to
him, "Hey Chris, you gonna bring the championship home next year in the
(Providence) Civic Center?" It was a set-up question, the kind of question
you ask for a predictable answer. The other reporters and I wanted and ex-
pected him to say, "Oh, definitely," or "Count on it," or something like that.
Terreri shook his head. "I don't know," he said. "I just don't know."

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Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS
Freshman Jon Morris blasts a backhand in Sunday's match against Eastern
Michigan. Even with tendonitis in both knees, the Ann Arbor native defeated
Kelly Loomis, 6-2, 6-2.

Ritt's old team haunts Wolverines, 7-2

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By DEBBIE deFRANCES
Inexperience and fatigue may have
gotten the best of the women's tennis
team Sunday as they lost to Wisconsin
7-2. The Wolverines, now 4-4 for the
spring seasoni, lost to the Big Ten op-
ponent in the final match of a three-day
weekend at Huron Valley Tennis Club.
The young Michigan team was out-

distanced by a more experienced
Badger performance, according to
head coach Bitsy Ritt. Wisconsin has
competed in 15 matches to the
Wolverine's eight.
"THEY HAVE a little more ex-
perience than we do and they're match
tough," said Ritt of the Wisconsin team
where she was an All Big Ten player
and an assistant coach before coming to

Michigan. "Wisconsin was the best
team we played this weekend."
Finishing their three consecutive
match stint in Ann Arbor, only two of
the Wolverines' singles players
managed to prevail against the Wiscon-
sin team. First singles, Paula Reichert,.
squeezed by Chris Gillis in three sets
winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Teammate Monica
Borcherts also won her fourth position
match defeating Wisconsin's Chris
Yarhr 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
According to Ritt, her team played
very well, losing many close points in
the no-ad scoring. "Monica had a big
win because lately she's been losing
tough three-set matches, so this really

psyched her up," Ritt said. "arm
pleased for both. They were definitely
the brightest spots of the day."
Although the three starting fresh-
man, Leslie Mackey, Tina Basle and
Erin Ashare were not victorious in their
efforts on Sunday, they are developing
experience and style that is needed to
compete on the college level, according
to Ritt.
Today the Wolverines continue their
Big Ten competition as they challenge
Michigan State at the Track and Tennis
Building. "This should be a good match
especially since the rivalry (between
Michigan and MSU) is so strong," said
Ritt.

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