vs. Michigan State
May 5, 1p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily
vs. Ohio State
May 3, 3 p.m.
'M' Varsity Diamond
Tuesday, April 23, 1985
Men netters take control of conference
By RICK KAPLAN
, Everything was under control.
In the climate-controlled atmosphere
of Liberty Tennis and Fitness Club,
Michigan controlled its tennis match
0 with Ohio State Sunday afternoon, win-
ning 6-3 to take control of the Big Ten
regular season championship.
WITH THE VICTORY, the
Wolverines clinched at least a tie for
the regular season title. Michigan
closed out its schedule with a 7-2 mark,
winning its final six matches.
Minnesota's record stands at 5-2, with
matches against second-division foes
Iowa and Northwestern remaining this
weekend. But by virtue of a 6-3 victory
over the Gophers earlier this season,
Michigan has wrapped up the number-
one seed in the post-season champion-
Winning the regular season title is
nice, but it's about as meaningful as
capturing first place in baseball's
Grapefruit League. "(The regular
season championship) means
something," said Michigan player John
Royer, "but it all boils down to three
days in Bloomington (May 10-12 at the
Big Ten team tournament).
"BASICALLY, these (regular
season) matches are pretty
meaningless," Royer said, "except to
know where you are and what you hav-
to work on."
The bottom two-thirds of the
Michigan lineup carried the team
against Ohio State. The Wolverines won
the third, fourth, fifth and sixth singles
matches along with the second and
third doubles matches.
Playing at third singles, freshman
Jon Morris overwhelmed Buckeye
Richard Berry. Morris's continuing
improvement bodes well for the
Wolverines in post-season competition.
Morris took out Berry by 6-1, 6-2,
A COLUMBUS, OHIO native, Royer
also defeated an opponent from his
home-town school. The sophomore beat
Mark Redding, 7-6,6-3.
After filling in for Jim Sharton at
number one singles last weekend,
Royer was pencilled in at number four
against OSU. "It doesn't really affect
me," he said. "Our two, three, and four
(spots) are pretty adjustable. Coach
moves up whoever is playing well at the
Royer dropped the first three games
of the opening set, but came back to win
the set in a tie-breaker. "I got off to a
slow start; I wasn't moving very well,"
he said. "(Redding) missed a couple of
shots, and I got back into it. I didn't
play very well, but I played well enough
AT FIRST SINGLES, Ohio State's
Roger Smith dumped Sharton, 6-1, 7-5.
Smith's booming right-handed serves
were on target, so Sharton was able to
break Smith's serve just once in the
match. "He doesn't always serve that
well," Sharton said, "but today he was
"The key was that I wasn't serving
that well. When I'm not serving that
well, it puts a lot of pressure on me,
because I'm not the greatest returner in
"I knew that this was going to be one
of the few matches this year where Jim
was really going to have his work cut
out," said Michigan coach Brian
Eisner. "Roger Smith is just a great
tennis player. Smith will probably end
up being seeded number one in the
(conference) individual championshipt
(at Minneapolis May 3-5)."
OHIO STATE'S second singles
player, Mark Massie, defeated Ed Filer
in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Filer led 3-2 in
the first set before dropping four con-
secutive games. Massie grabbed a 5-2
edge in the second set, but Filer moun-
ted a small comeback.
The junior from South Bend, Ind., held
serve and broke Massie's to get within
5-4, but Massie came up with a service
break to close out the match.
Sharton and Filer also lost their
number-one doubles match. The defeat
marked the first doubles loss for Mic-
higan in six matches (with the excep-
tion of the Minnesota match Sharton
missed). The Wolverines have now won
16 of their last 18 doubles matches.
SMITH AND BERRY beat Sharton
and Filer 6-4 in the first set. In the
second, neither team was able to break
the opponents' serve in the first seven
games, as Michigan led 4-3. But Massie
made two unforced errors, and Filer hit
a beautiful down-the-line passing shot
by Smith to break Massie and give the
Wolverine pair a 5-3 lead. But the
Buckeyes swept the next four games to
take the set, and the match, 7-5.
"Smith played so well that he picked
(Berry) right up," said Eisner.
Michigan freshmen John Solik and
Franz Geiger won at fifth and sixth
singles, respectively. Solik defeated
Kris Stachmeier, 6-4, 6-2. Geiger dum-
ped Jeff Sparr by 6-3, 6-2, counts.
Morris and Royer, at second doubles,
and Brad Koontz and Tomas Ander-
sson, at third doubles, extended their
winning streaks to six matches. The
Morris-Royer team crushed Ken
Weisman and Redding, 6-2, 6-3, while
Koontz and Andersson wasted Massie
and Sparr, 6-3, 6-3.
Split squads sprint successfully
, p s Y+.ow, .,
Rover and Morris
... six doubles wins in a row
Lopez looks to bag
bigger bullpen bucks
By JOE EWING
Head coach Jack Harvey may have
split his men's track team between two
meets on Saturday, but that didn't
break up the Wolverines success in
Harvey sent half of his team to the
Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas
and the other half to the Michigan State
Invitational in East Lansing, getting
some good individual performances in
THE MOST NOTEABLE Michigan
performances came in the 400-meter
dash at the Kansas Relays, where
Wolverine junior Todd Steverson
qualified for the NCAA meet by edging
out teammate Omar Davidson for first
"It was real close between Todd and
Omar," said Harvey. "It came down to
the last 75 yards of the race, and Todd
was able to pull away because he's a lit-
Steverson's time of 46.03 was just un-
der the qualifying standard of 46.20,
while Davidson's 46.48 barely missed
winning him a trip to Austin Texas, the
sight for the national championships
May 31-June 1.
THE WOLVERINES got another first
place in Kansas out of Vince Bean, who
won the long jump with a jump of 25'8",
half an inch off the NCAA qualifying
Senior Dave Hall brought home one of
Michigan's two first place finishes in
East Lansing, winning the discus with a
toss of 161 feet. Sophomore Scott
Crawford soared to the other, taking
the long jump crown with a 23' 1" leap.
Back in Kansas, the Wolverines' mile
relay team of Steverson, Davidson, Bob
Boynton and Rick Swilley place second
with a 3:10.27 clocking, close behind fir-
st place Iowa State's 3:10.14. Also, Ron
Simpson finished third in the 1500
meters in 3:51.57, and Dan Smith was
fifth in the 800-meter run, crossing the
line in 1:52.36. None of the times turned
in by the Wolverine distance squad in
Kansas were close to NCAA qualifying
"THE TIMES weren't really all that
fast because it was really windy out
there," explained Harvey.
Chris Fitzpatrick turned in the only
other noteable finish for the
Wolverines, placing third in 400-meter
hurdles at Michigan State with a
season-low time of 53.5.
Michigan's next action will come this
weekend at the Penn Relays.
DETROIT (UPI) - Aurelio Lopez
is making his pitch for free agency
-- and so far it looks like a strike.
"I've got to get ready for being a
free agent," Lopez said after one
particularly good outing recently.
"I've got to be good."
THE DETROIT Tigers' righthan-
der has been good. Far better than his
4.35 earned run average through the
weekend's games would suggest.
..'The 36-year-old Lopez has pitched
in five games covering 10 /innings.
He has allowed five earned runs but
has two saves and has been master-
fully effective in four of his ap-
Take away that one-inning tuneup
-- 9-2 Detroit loss to Kansas City on
April 19 - to which Lopez con-
tributed a pair of home runs and
three runs in just an inning, and the
hard-thrower has a nifty 1.93 ERA.
LAST APRIL, Lopez had a 2-0
record with a 1.4 ERA. He was 2-0
with a 2.01 ERA in May. So far this
spring he is following a similar road.
Detroit paid Lopez $525,000 last
season and is giving him the same
this season.. Aurelio has his eyes on
bigger money for his next contract,
though. Say, $1 million a year.
"They want to give money to
young people," Lopez said. "What's
the matter with giving it to people
who have proved they can do the
"I THINK they will try to sign
me," Lopez said of his broken-off
negotiations with Detroit
management. "I think I can pitch
five or six years. Not just one or
"I don't want to negotiate during
the season," Lopez said. "I've never
had an agent before, but now I'm
thinking about calling one up.
Somebody I know."
Is Lopez worth it?
Last year he had a 10-1 record, 14
saves and a 2.94 ERA for 137% in-
nings in 71 games. The year before
he was 9-8 with a 2.81 ERA, 18 saves,
57 games and 1151 innings.
The two seasons before that Lopez
was cooler than a Michigan spring
but in 1979 and 1980 he had 21 saves
and more than 10 wins.
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