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Baseball
vs. Indiana (DH)
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, April 4, 1985

Softball
vs. Toledo (DH)
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.
'M' Varsity Diamond
Page 7

Softball
By JON HARTMANN
It was a cold and blustery day, the
kind that makes it very uncomfortable
to be a fan sitting in the bleachers.
Unfortunately, yesterday afternoon
was even more uncomfortable for the
softball team, scored hitless at the
critical moments of yesterday's
doubleheader.
In 14 innings against Toledo hurlers
Tami Johnston and Judy Johnson, the
Wolverines outhit the Rockets, 11-7. But
Michigan lost both ends of the twinbill,
2-1 and 3-2, because of its inability to
produce RBIs.
MICHIGAN head coach Carol Hut-
chins was upset by her team's lack of
run production: "We don't execute with
runners on base. We just don't bring
them in. . . I just don't think our team
came out there to win today."
Hitting has been the. Wolverines
major concern throughout the
preseason. It looked as though the team
was improving when senior shortstop
Carol Panetta opened the game with,a
sizzling double and scored when Toledo
shortstop Staci Schultz misplayed a
Vickie Morrow grounder after the
sophomore pitcher had faked the bunt.
But that was all for the Wolverines in
the first game as they froze in several
key situations.
Leading off the third inning, out-
fielder Lisa Juzysta, a sophomore from
Port Huron, reached first when
Toledo's Kathy Burlington bobbled a
grounder at third. The time was ripe for
a rally when "Peanut" Panetta advan-
ced Juzysta with her second hit of the
day, a base hit up the middle.
ARY HOPES FOR a shower of runs were
ly dimmed slightly when Juzysta was
forced at third on an attempted sacrifice

ers drop
by senior Mena Reyman, the Wolveri-
nes' academic All-American starter at
first base. But the cold really set in
when Morrow and sophomore third
baseman-catcher Alicia Seegert pop-
ped out.
Toledo scored both of its runs in the
fourth with only one hit, benefiting from
an infield sacrifice and a passed ball,
and things went downhill from there.
Said Hutchins, "This team thinks it's
lost when it's one run down. We need to
develop a winning attitude. We need to
act like we own the field. We aren't
doing that right now.''
One bright spot in the opener was the
pitching of Vicki Morrow, who went the
full seven innings, striking out six and
allowing only two hits and one walk. Hut-
chins had originally intended to give er-
stwhile outfielder Mari Foster some
work on the mound, but had no choice
when faced with Morrow's brilliant per-

twinbill
form ance.
HUTCHINS was also impressed by
the pitching of freshman Michelle
Bolster, who went five-and-two-thirds
innings in the second game, giving up
one unearned run in the third, and two
more when her control began to falter
in the sixth. But she defused the
Rockets in order in the second and fifth
innings and was in commanid until the
end.
Bolster's relief came in from
sophomore Julie Clark, who tamed
Toledo's last four at-bats with a little
help from senior second baseman Mary
Bitkowski, who contributed a backhan-
ded grab and quick flip to first for the
second out in the seventh.
Michigan's first run came in the six-
th, when Panetta came home on a wild
pitch after singling and moving to
second on Reyman's fake-bunt
sacrifice.
MICHIGAN scored its final tally of
the day on some cool baserunning by
Alicia Seegert. After ending a mini-
slump by slamming a double to the
deepest part of center field, she tagged
and. went to third on Allen's deep
sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch. But
two runs were not enough.
The Wolverines will face much stiffer
competition when they travel to North-
western for four games this weekend.
Hutchins is worried. "We haven't faced
any superior pitchers yet (Northwestern
sports Lisa Ishakawa, who struck out
497 last year). That's my concern. One
mistake will beat us because we don't
score any runs. But we can't get down
yet," she said.
If yesterday is any indicator, it could
be an unseasonally cold summer for the
Wolverines. But if the hitting comes
around, things could really warm up.

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Daily Photo by KATE O'LEA
Senior rightfielder Linda Allen swings away during yesterday's doubleheader with Toledo. Allen hit a deep sacrifice f
late in the second game and made a great short-hop stop in the opener to nail a runner at first.

Panetta-
collects four hits

Padres to pitch for first...
... Giants turn Lilliputian
By JERRY MUTH
The once pathetic San Diego Padres became the darlings 'of the National
League West last year, winning the division by 12 games, and then bumping
the Cubbies in the playoffs. But let's not forget that the Padres making the
playoffs was as big a surprise as seeing Villanova dump Georgetown.
Without a doubt, the Padres have the finest starting eight in the division.
With golden boy first-sacker Steve Garvey anchoring the infield and a
slowing but still dangerous Graig Nettles at third, the Padres appear solid.
Alan Wiggins at second base figures only to get better after his first season
there since the minors. Meanwhile, the young outfield corps is led by the
sweet-swinging batting champion, Tony Gwynn.
What most people remember about the Padres, however, is the
shellacking their starting pitching took in the World Series. But things
aren't as bad as they seem. The starters actually led the league in shutouts
and fewest hits allowed. The acquisition of the rotund yet talented Lamarr
Hoyt should help the pitching staff if Hoyt doesn't look the Pillsbury dough-
boy he was last year. Prediction: First.
Perhaps the biggest decision owner Ted Turner made was not the signing
of free agent relief ace Bruce Sutter for his beloved Atlanta Braves, but in-
stead, the firing of manager Joe Torre. Torre hindered the development of
some of the promising players in the Braves organization, so this year we'll
finally get to see what they can do under new manager Eddie Haas.
Haas has given free reins to budding stars like left fielder Brad Komminsk
and first baseman Gerald Perry. That fact alone should give the Braves a
much needed boost. Third base, however, could be the pivotal position for
Atlanta. If Bob Horner has recovered sufficiently from wrist surgery, the Braves
will improve after having 'missed
Horne almost all of last season.
The Braves also acquired backstop
N . . . Rick Cerone from the Yankees, and
he should aid Dale Murphy's cause.
Meanwhile, the Braves' hurlers
will continue to impress virtually no
one. Behind pencil-thin Pascual
Perez the staff lacks depth. Sutter
will have to douse more fires than Smokey the Bear for the Braves to win the
West. Prediction: Second.
The Padres and Braves are clearly a cut above the rest in the West.
Beyond that there are a lot of unanswered questions. Give Houston manager
Bob Lillis as much credit as anyone for scratching out runs with his meek
and mild offense. Without the most underrated player in the game, Jose
Cruz, in leftfield, the Astros' lineup wouldn't scare a Little League team.
Houston could really use the return of shortstop Dickie Thon's bat to
provide some righthanded power after Thon missed almost all of last season
due to injury. Forget the fact that ace pitchers' Joe Niekro and Nolan Ryan
are 40 and 38, respectively. These guys can still hum it. The bullpen has an
abundance of capable young arms led by Bill Dawley. Prediction: Third.
The proud Dodger organization has no reason to boast now. Without the
finest pitching rotation in the National League, Los Angeles would be a
cellar dweller. It almost makes my heart bleed Dodger blue for manager
Tommy Lasorda.
The only proven offensive threats for the Dodgers are third baseman (?)
Pedro Guerrero and the aging Al Oliver. Hardly an infielder, Guerrero's offen-
sive production slipped last season when Lasorda plugged him into the hot
corner.
Clearly Dodger hurlers must carry this team. Fireballers Orel Her-
shiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Bob Welch, and crafty Jerry Reuss are ex-
cellent starters, and relief men Tom Niedenfuer and Steve Howe are two of
the game's best. Prediction: Fourth.
Although some people think the hiring of Pete Rose as player/manager
was only a publicity ploy for the Cincinnati Reds, Rose provides this club
with badly needed leadership.
There are signs of hope down in Riverfront - the fleet footed outfielders
Eric Davis, Duane Walker, and Gary Redus for instance. But how many of
the Reds young outfielders will see playing time with reborn Dave Parker in
right and journeyman Cesar Cedeno patrolling left?
The Reds' infield should also improve now that shortstop Dave Concepcion
has been reunited with Rose. Cincinnati might actually contend for
something if ace Mario Soto could pitch everyday. No such luck, though. Lef-
ty Joe Price provides Soto with some help, but some babes in the woods like
Jay Tibbs will have to come through for the Reds to do anything beyond wat-
ching Rose break Ty Cobb's hit record. Prediction: Fifth.
It's too bad for the San Francisco Giants. This squad can actually field a
starting eight almost as formidable as the Padres. And yet, as some brilliant

SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Greg
Gallant's third period goal helped the
Detroit Red Wings clinch third place in
the National Hockey League's Morris
Division with a 3-2 victory over the Pit-
tsburgh Penguins last night..
Gallant grabbed a loose puck in the
slot and swept a shot past goalie Denis
Herron at 13:10 to give the Red Wings
theiit fifth victory in seven games.
DETROIT took a 1-0 lead at 10:27 of
the first period when Ron Duguay
scored his 37th goal. Duguay lifted
Reed Larson's rebound over Herron.
Mario Lemieux tied the score at 18:39
when his shot deflected off a Detroit
defenseman and post goalie Greg Stefan.
Bob Manno gave the Red Wings a 2-1
lead at 4:12 of the second period when
he beat Herron with a shot from the left
point. Doug Shedden tied it at 10:58
when he converted Lemieux's pass.
Detroit now has 65 points on the
season, putting third place out of reach
of the fourth place Minnesota North
Stars.
Tigers 7, Red Sox 6
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A mental
lapse by Boston right fielder Dwight
Evans and a wind blown triple by
Detroit's Larry Herndon contributed to
a five-run seventh inning as the Tigers
beat the Red Sox 7-6 in exhibition
baseball yesterday.
Morris
... notches first spring win
With the Red Sox leading 4-2, reliever
Mark Clear walked Lou Whitaker and
Alan Trammell to start the Detroit
seventh. Whitaker stole third and
scored on Kirk Gibson's single. Bob
Ojeda came on after Lance Parrish
popped out and gave up an intentional
walk to pinch-hitter Marty Castillo that
loaded the bases.
BARBARO GARBEY then lofted a
pinch sacrifice fly that Evans caught on
the warning track, but both Trammell
and Gibson scored as Evans held onto
the ball. Herndon then hit a pinch triple
that fell between three players down
the line in shallow right. Herndon
scored when Ojeda balked and the
Tigers led 7-4.
Jack Morris, 1-0, worked the first
seven innings for Detroit and was
eredited with the victnryu THTDnwm

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Associated Press
Red Wings' defensement Randy Ladouceur is toppled to the ice after colliding with Pittsburgh's Mitch Lamoureux in
the first period of last night's NHL contest. Detroit edged out the Penguins, 3-2.

led Louisiana Tech to two straight
NCAA tournament appearances, signed
a four-year contract yesterday as head .
basketball coach for the University of
Washington. "My main job right
now is to prove to people that I am a
good coach and that I do want a
national basketball program." Russo,
36, told a news conference here.
UW ATHLETIC Director Mike Lude
said Russo agreed to the job Tuesday
night when he and Russo arrived by
plane from Lexington, Ky., where they
had attended the NCAA Final Four
tournament. Lude said Russo signed
the $65,000-a-year contract yesterday
morning.
Russo accumulated a record of 122-55
in his six seasons at Louisiana Tech,
and directed the Ruston, La., school to
the NCAA tournament the past two
seasons. The eighth-ranked Bulldogs, 29-
3, were eliminated from the tour-
nament by Oklahoma in the Midwest
Regional this year after beating Pit-
tsburgh and Ohio State.
Russo replaces Mary Harshman, 67,
who is retiring at the end of his 14th
season with the Pacific-10 Conference
- Huskies. Harshman also took his team
to the NCAA tournament the past two
seasons.
Russo said that one of his major goals
at Washington will be to help develop a
pool of talent among state high schools
from which the Huskies can recruit.
K.C. Kings will move to

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