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Softball
vs. Detroit
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
'M' Varsity Diamond

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SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Indiana
Today and Tomorrow, 1:00 p.m.
Ray Fischer Stadium

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The Michigan Daily

Saturday, April 6, 1985

Page 8

Batsmen to battle Hoosiers

By BRAD MORGAN
A double-header loss to Western Michigan may have
slowed Michigan's baseball juggernaut down a little,
but it will be full-speed ahead as the batsmen steam
into the Big Ten season today against Indiana.
The Hoosiers will bring their 36-8-1 team record to
town for a pair of 1:00 p.m., doubleheaders at Ray
Fisher Stadium today and tomorrow, and Michigan
head coach Bud Middaugh knows how important
those games are.
"WE TRY to have intensity for every game, but the
Big Ten games are crucial," he said. "We're starting
a whole new season today."
Michigan's spring season had been nothing but
smooth sailing until it ran into a fired-up Bronco team
that was opening its season Wednesday. The
Wolverine's 10-7 and 9-8 losses at the hands of WMU
were their first of the season after reeling off 16
straight victories.
"We lose two games and you guys jump down our
throats," Middaugh laughed when asked what went
wrong in Kalamazoo. "We're not going to win them
all. Any loss is disappointing, but we just did not play
well. Our defense wasn't as solid as it had been, and
our pitching wasn't consistent."
FOR HIS TEAM'S conference opener, Middaugh
has pinpointed pitching as the main area on which he
intends to concentrate.
"My biggest concern is improving the mechanics of
some of our pitchers," he said. "They're some things
we (the coaches) can do to help. At Western, I was
happy with Dan Disher and (Kevin) Gilles. And
(Greg) Everson came in for one-third of an inning
and got us out of a jam, so you've always got to take
the good with the bad."r

'A' looks to
halt2-gme slide
Middaugh will probably turn to his aces in an effort
to steer clear from the rough seas his moundsmen
found in the mid-week losses. Startprs for the four

'We try to have intensity for
every game, but the Big Ten
games are crucial. We're
starting a whole new season.
today."
-Bud Middaugh

AT THE PLATE, junior Mike Watters has been on
a tear so far this season. The second baseman/out-
fielder is clipping along at a .415 pace, has knocked in
13 runs, scored 21 and is eight-for-eight in stolen
bases.
"He's worked hard, and he's in a good groove
now," said Middaugh of Watters. "He has definitely
helped us out a lot so far this season."
Other big bats for Michigan include junior Casey
Close, who leads the team with four homeruns (.390,
16 RBI's) and shortstop Barry Larkin, team leader in
RBI's with 17 (.340, eight stolen baes). Offensive help
could also come from junior Eric Sanders (.571),
senior Randy Wolfe (.444) and senior C.J. Beshke
(.395).
INDIANA HEAD coach Bob Morgan will look to his
senior trio of catcher Bill Mueller, shortstop Alex
Smith and left fielder Chris Ziegler to give the
Hoosiers an early spot at the Big Ten helm.
Morgan had no up-to-date statistics for the three,
but said, "They're my seniors, and they're definitely
my best hitters."
On the mound, Morgan isn't sure of what order
they'll go in, but the four starters will come out of a
group of five that includes Jay Grate, Mike Hum-
phrey, Ray Pulver, Brad Fella and Mark Graner.
Grate was only 2-2 in the conference last year, but
finished second in the league with a 1.33 ERA.
"We've played good defense and hit the ball well,
but our pitching has struggled," Morgan said.
"We've had a couple of nagging injuries that have
bothered us all year."
In the end, though, Morgan knows it's going to be
tough to knock the wind out of Michigan's sails.
"We're just going to have to play good baseball,"
he said. "We've got to get good hitting, good pitching,
good defense, and then put it all together."

games will almost certainly include junior Scott
Kamieniecki (4-0, 3.54 ERA) and freshman Mike
Ignasiak (2-0, 0.60). The other two starters wil most
likely come form the trio of Jim Agemy (3-0, 1.71),
Dave Karasinski (2-0, 2.83), and Paul Kasper (2-0,
0.00).

A contorted but determined Jim Agemy puts some tongue into it in baseball
action earlier this week. The freshman may start in this weekend's series

FDU coach
called
Fairle igh
dishonest
in Tulane

TEANECK, N.J. (AP)-Fairleigh
Dickinson Coach Tom Green on Friday
denied an allegation that he gave a high
school basketball player $10,000 in a
shoebox in 1981 after the player decided
to attend Tulane University.
"I am appalled an accusation has
been made," Green, who was an
assistant coach at Tulane in 1981, said
in a statement released by Fairleigh
Dickinson. "It is simply untrue. I have
always worked within the framework of
our strict NCAA guidelines, and at no
time have I ever wavered from those
rules."
THE ALLEGATIONS of the payoff to
John "Hot Rod" Williams were repor-
ted this week by The Times-Picayune-
The States-Item in connection with a
point-shaving probe at Tulane.
Three players, including Williams,
three students and two others were in-
dicted Thursday by Louisiana grand
jury on charges they manipulated the
point spread in three games this

season.
The newspaper, quoting unidentified
sources, said Williams has given
prosecutors in Louisiana a taped
statement describing the 1981 incident
which said he received the $10,000
from Green and another unidentified
man.
IN THE STATEMENT, Williams said
that while a high school senior he was
visited at his Sorento, La., home by
Green and another man whom he did
not know and was given the shoe box
containing the money, sources told
the newspaper.
Williams said the allged exchange
happened after he agreed to attend the
New Orleans school.
Fairleigh Dickinson said in a
statement that it is standing by Green.
Green became Fairleigh Dickinson's
head basketball coach last year and led
the Knights to their first-ever NCAA
tournament appearance this past
season.

against Indiana.
MSUt ices CCHA4 awards

scandal

By CHRIS GERBASI
The last red light of the college
hockey season has been turned on,
the last coach's cliche has been ut-
tered. Now it's time for more impor-
tant things (drum roll and fanfare
please): The Daily's Fifth Annual
'Hockey Coaches Poll.
Yes, fans, the ballots are in and
the only thing the CCHA's nine
coaches agree on is that Craig Sim-
pson of Michigan State is the
league's top center.
JOINING SIMPSON on the all-
league line is teammate Kelly Miller
at left wing and Ray Staszak of
Illinois-Chicago at right wing.
The voting for defensemen
produced a three-way tie-between
three Spartans. No wonder State had
such a successful season, led by
blue-chip blue-liners Don McSween,
Gary Haight and Dan McFall.
The Spartans had anoth'er diligent
performer on defense, Bob Essensa.
Essensa (1.78 goals against) was one
of the top goaltenders in the nation
statistically and the CCHA coaches
thought Western Michigan's Glenn
Healy (3.10 GA) wa's equally
brilliant.
THE SELECTION of Simpson and
Miller was no accident. Simpson was
also chosen as the best playmaker
in the league and the smartest
player, while Miller was voted the

best skater and hardest worker.
Ironically, Simpson, the only
unanimous choice as all-league and
the league's leading scorer with 69
points, did not earn Player of the
Year honors. Staszak grabbed the
Best Skater, Hardest Worker
Kelly Miller, Michigan State
Best Stickhandler
Dan Dorian, Western Michigan
Best Playmaker, Smartest Player
Craig Simpson, Michigan State
Most Accurate Shot
Allan Butler, Lake Superior and
Jamie Wansbrough, Bowling Green
Most Underrated Player
Allan Butler, Lake Superior
Best Penalty Killer
Tom Anastos, Michigan State
BestDefensive Defenseman
Chris Dahiquist, Lake Superior
Hardest Checker
Shawn Cronin, Illinois-Chicago
CCHA Coaches All-League Team
LW-Kelly Miller, Michigan State
C-Craig Simpson, Michigan State
RW-Ray Staszak,Illinois-Chicago
l-Gary Haight, Michigan State
fl-Dan McFall, Michigan State
fD-Don McSween, Michigan State
G-Bob Essensa, Michigan State
G-Glenn Healy, Western Michigan
Rookie of the Year
Paul Ysebaert, Bowling Green
Player of the Year
Ray Staszak, Illinois-Chicago
Coach of the Year
Ron Mason, Michigan State

honor easily, based on his 30 goals
and 24 assists.
The most underrated player
award went to Allan Butler of Lake
Superior State and, fittingly, he did
not receive an all-league vote. But
Butler's 22 goals helped the Lakers
to the NCAA playoffs.
HE ALSO shared the most ac-
curate shot distinction with Jamie
Wansbrough of Bowling Green.
Dan Dorion of WMU was judged as
the best stickhandler, while Tom
Anastos of Michigan State was
chosen best penalty killer, Chris
Dahlquist of LSSC best defensive
defenseman, although he received
only one all-league vote, and Shawn
Cronin of UIC hardest checker in the
league.
The choice for Rookie of the Year
was clear-cut. Paul Ysebaert of
Bowling Green broke into the league
with a bang scoring 21 goals and 22
assists.
The closest race was for Coach of
the Year, between deserving can-
didates, Ron Mason and Frank An-
zalone, each of whom guided their
teams to the NCAA tournament.
Mason led MSU to one of the best
records in NCAA history and he
edged out Anzalone, who turned
around Lake Superior's program
from an eighth-place finish to the
runnerup's spot in the CCHA.

0

Royals to repeat, rule the rest

By DARREN JASEY
During the second half of last season the Kansas City
Royals emerged from the lower tier of the American League
West to capture a pennant that nobody seemed to want. The
unprepared Royals' fans hardly had enough time to get ex-
cited before their team bowed out to the Detroit Tigers in
three games.
This year Royals' fans can expect a pennant winner. Dick
Howser's pitching rotation is stacked with good young arms,
including Bud Black, Bret Saberhagen and Mark Gubicza. It
also helps to have a Dan Quisenberry in the bullpen.
The Royals hitting attack features the new George Brett.
New George Brett? It's true. To cut down on the nagging in-
juries that allowed Brett only 377 at bats last year, he trained
extensively during the off-season.
A FULL SEASON from Willie Wilson, an improving
Daryl Motley and the addition of catcher Jim Sundberg
solidify the Royals at all positions. Indeed, the Royals are in
such good shape that if Steve Balboni matches his home run
output of last year (28), it will be a bonus.-
The Royals should leave the rest of
the West in the dust, but if they should
slip, any of the remaining contenders
will join the battle for the top.
Hard as it is to believe, Bill Gardner's.
Minnesota Twins now have some pen-
nant experience behind them. The
Twins are sure to improve upon last
year's 81-81 record if Ron Davis (29 saves) does not let 13
late-inning leads slip away again.
An effective Davis, combined with the trio of Frank Viola
(18-12, 3.21 E.R.A.), John Butcher, and Mike Smithson give
the Twins some staying power. The big bats of first baseman
Kent Hrbek (.311, 27 HR, 107 RBI) and right fielder Tom
Brunansky (32 HR, 85 RBI) give the Twins scoring power.
WILL THE Chicago White Sox lose ugly, as in last year's

fense could become quite potent if speedsters Daryl Boston,
Julio Cruz and Rookie of the Year candidate Ozzie Guillen
are often aboard in front of dangerous Harold Baines (.304, 29
HR) Greg Walker (.294, 24 Hr) and Ron Kittle (32 HR).
The Seattle Mariners have not finished above .500 in any of
their first eight years, but the return of last year's im-
pressive rookies Mark Langston (17-10, 3.40) and first
baseman Alvin Davis (.284, 27, 116) just may be long enough
to buoy the Mariners above sea level. The starting foursome
of Langston, Jim Beattie, Mike Moore and Matt Young must
live up to the high expectations of new manager Chuck Cottie
and top relievers Edwin Nunez and Ed Vande Berg must
combine for more than last year's 14 saves in order for tlj
Mariners to contend.
THE CALIFORNIA Angels will be hard-pressed to stay
within three games of the Royals like they did last year. The
aging Angels, now managed by the aging Gene Mauch, will
rely heavily on starting pitcher Mike Witt (15-11, 3.47), who
tossed a perfect game in his final outing
last season. Other than additional star-
ters Ron Romanick and Geoff Zahn, the
Angel staff lacks starting depth. It's too
r bad because the bullpen of Doug Co
e bett, Luis Sanchez and Danny Moor
may be the second best, besides
Quisenberry, in the West.
Much of the Angels' run production will come from the
muscular Brian Downing (23 HR, 91 RBI) and third
baseman Doug DeCinces (20 HR,82 RBI). If the Angels are to
contend though, they'll need some sock from the
old-Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew-and some pow from
the new-Dick Schofield, Gary Pettis and Mike Brown.
However, it is most unlikely that the Angels will gopfffft.
The Texas Ranger outfield of Gary Ward (21 HR, 79 RBI)
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