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Baseball
vs. Western Michigan
Today, 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

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Open to the Public
Today

The Michigan Daily Wednesday, April 2,1986 Page 8
baismen seek revenge on Broncos

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By ADAM OCHLIS
It's pay-back time for the Michigan
baseball team when Western
Michigan comes to town for today's
doubleheader at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The Broncos have defeated the
Wolverines the last three times
they've played, including a 9-8
squeaker in Florida last month.
"WESTERN always has a good club
pnd they always play very well again-
st us," said Michigan coach Bud Mid-
daugh. "It's a World Series to them, it
seems like."
This will be the only World Series the
)3roncos participate in this year if
thingsdo not change quickly. After a
more-than-respectable 30-24-1 record
last season, Fred Decker's club is
currently 5-8 and struggling.
Last weekend the Broncos dropped
three games to Indiana State by a
combined score of 38-22. Shoddy
defense and an inability to pitch the
ball over the plate do not bring much
success to a baseball team. Such was
the case in Terre Haute, according to
Becker.
"WE PLAYED perhaps the three
worst games that I've ever been
associated with," he said.
What has been even more disap-
Pointing to the eleven-year head
coach is that last year's second-place
finisher in the Mid-American Con-
ference is essentially the same team

that will take the field this afternoon.
Injuries, however, are wearing thin
on a bench that Decker said is not
that strong when everyone is healthy.
All-District second baseman Rich
Maloney has just come back from an
injury. The Wolverines did not see
Maloney in Florida, and he has been
on a tear since returning, banging out
12 hits in 20 at bats. Also, sophomore

fielder John VanderWal is hitting at a ting position. Bevis will take his team
.467 clip with four home runs and 22 leading two victories and 4.26 ERA
runs batted in in thirteen games. In- into today's action.

cluded in those stats are a four-for-
five, three RBI outing against
Michigan in the earlier Bronco win.
Shortstop Kevin McNees also adds
some offensive punch, hitting .386
thus far.
Pitching has been the major trouble

'I don't know what we
are. When you're 5-8,
you're really not much
of anything.'
- Western Michigan
coach Fred Decker

WITH A team batting average of
.340 the Broncos could be considered
more of an offensive team than a pit-
ching one. Decker was at a loss for
words about his squad, though.
"I don't know what we are. When
you're 5-8, you're really not much of
anything," he said. "I'm very disap-
pointed with our ball club. I thought
we'd be much better."
Decker knows that beating
Michigan (15-3) will be no easy task.
"THEY'RE GREAT. Just an out-
standing baseball -team," he said.
"They've got more good arms than
anyone in the country."
Two of those arms will belong to
Jim Abbott and Dave Karasinski,
Michigan's scheduled starters.
Having pitched well in relief through
the first month of the season,
Karasinski will return to his
customary role as a starter. Last
year's team leader in starts with 13,
the Utica native won eight of nine
decisions. This season, Karasinski
has already posted two victories.
"I know Michigan's an outstanding
club, but we've played well against
them recently," Decker said. "If we
can play the way we're capable of
playing, I think we've got a good
chance.

hurler Dan Nielsen, 7-0 in his rookie
campaign, was lost for the season due
to a rotator cuff injury.
THE BRONCOS are not without
talent, however. Sophomore out-

spot for the Broncos. With the
aforementioned loss of Nielsen, and the
early departure of Joe Humphries to
the Toronto Blue Jays, Bob Bevis has
been thrust into the number-one star-

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Bowling Green, 11-3

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It wasn't quite the friendly confines
of Wrigley field, but the wind blowing
out at Bowling Green suited the
Michigan baseball team just fine.
The Wolverines (15-3) erupted for
four runs in the first inning of the
initial game in a scheduled twinbill
against Bowling Green yesterday,
and rode that cushion to an 11-3
triumph. The second game of the
doubleheader was rained out in the
second inning.
Taking advantage of a strong wind
blowing to the right, Eddie Woolwine
singled to open the Wolverine first,
and Kurt Zimmerman followed with a
base hit.
Casey Close drove home Woolwine
with another single and first baseman
Hal Morris collected the fourth
Wolverine single to load the bases.
Freshman Bill St. Peter then belted a
grand slam homerun, but was only
credited with a three-run single when

he passed Morris on the bases.
Michigan pounded out five more
runs in the sixth frame thanks to RBI
singles by Woolwine and Zimmer-
man, and a three run round-tripper by
"mighty" Casey. The homer was the!
35th of Close's career, an all-time
Michigan mark, and his eighth this
season. Another Close home run was
nullified in the second game of the
doubleheader because of the rainout.
The other Michigan runs came in
the fourth stanza when Steve Finken
drew his second base on balls and
scored on a double by junior Matt
Siuda. Another Woolwine single drove
home Siuda.
Sophomore hurler Mike Ignasiak
picked up the win for the Wolverines,
raising his record to 5-1.
Washed out
The Michigan softball team was
rained out yesterday in its scheduled
doubleheader against Western
Michigan.

Pistons pc
PONTIAC (UPI) - Kelly Tripucka
scored 31 points and Bill Laimbeer
added 28 last night to carry the
Detroit Pistons to a 116-108 victory
over the Indiana Pacers.
Detroit overcame a 20-point second
quarter deficit in tying a club record
for most home victories (30) in a
season. The Pistons also won 30 home

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Pacers

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON'
Michigan baseball coach Bud Middaugh looks on as Michigan sweeps
Adrian in Sunday's doubleheader. The Wolverines host Western Michigan
at Ray Fisher Stadium today.

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THE PISTONS, playing without in-
jured guard Isiah Thomas, trailed 50-
30 at 4:51 of the second quarter when
they started their comeback. With
Tripucka and Laimbeer hitting six
points each, Detroit closed the quar
ter with a 20-6 blitz to pull to within 56-
50 at halftime.
Detroit then started the third quar-
ter with a 12-6 spurt and tied the game
at 62-62 on Kent Benson's three-point
play. Tripucka had six points in a 12-4
attack, when Detroit moved ahead to
stay, 86-79, with 12 minutes to play.
Consecutive baskets by Tripucka and
Earl Cureton gave Detroit a 94-83 ad-
vantage, but Indiana rallied behind a
12-6 spree and closed to within 100-95
on a Bryan Waricks's basket with 6:05
left to play.
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