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The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, March 11, 1987
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By GREG MOLZON
As the beautiful weather this past weekend
foreshadowed, spring is almost here and that
means one thing - the beginning of the
aseball season is near.
The Michigan baseball team will begin.
preparing for its season this Thursday when it
travels to Edinburg, Texas for its annual
spring trip. The Wolverines will compete in
the Citrus Tournament at Pan American
University, which will include such teams as
Miami of Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, St.
John's, and host Pan American.
HEAD COACH Bud Middaugh isn't too
concerned about winning the tournament.
$"We're just going to go down and try to play
the best we can. If we win, we win it. If we
don't, we don't, " Middaugh said.
Middaugh will use the trip to find out
where his offense will come from after losing
top hitters Casey Close and Hal Morris from
last year's Big Ten champion, which went 47-
12 overall, 13-3 in the conference.
When asked who he thought would supply
the offensive punch for this year's squad, the
eighth-year coach replied, "That's a good
question. I really don't know, but I wish I had
CANDIDATES to fill the offensive void
include Steve Finken (.358), Ed Woolwine
(.343), and Bill St. Peter (.261 and five home
Until the hitters come around, pitching
will have to carry the team. Pitchers Mike
Ignasiak (8-3), Chris Lutz (7-0), Jim Abbott
(6-2), Greg Everson (6-2), and Jim Agemy
(10-0 in 1985) form a solid returning staff,
but the team most likely will be without
Agemy and Lutz on this trip, due to surgery
and sickness, respectively.
One highlight of the trip will be the debut
of celebrated freshman outfielder Greg
McMurtry. McMurtry, who started five
games as a receiver on the football team, was
the first-round draft pick of the Boston Red
Sox in last year's baseball draft.
However, Middaugh warns about putting
too much pressure on McMurtry early in the
season. "I really don't feel it's fair to ask too
much of him now since he's a freshman and
we didn't really get him until January,"
Like everyone else on the team, McMurtry
will get his chance to play, as Middaugh will
try to find the best combination for the long
"When you go on a spring trip, you're
looking to give a lot of people an opportunity
to play in a lot of games in a short time," said
Middaugh. "Hopefully, a lot of decisions will
be made on this trip."
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SPORTS OF THEIMDALY:
NCAA gives bid to Bowling Green
Fridays in The Daily
By the Associated Press
D owling Green became the
econd Central Collegiate Hockey
Association team to receive a bid to
the NCAA Division I national
playoffs, CCHA officials
The Falcons, who won the
regular season CCHA title, lost to
Michigan State, 4-3, in overtime in
the CCHA tournament
championship game Saturday in
Michigan State also received a
bid for the national playoffs and
will play at home against an East
Coast team, league spokeswoman
Nancy Beard said. Bowling Green
will play on the road against an
East Coast opponent, she said.
Other teams invited to the
tournament will be announced next
week, following league playoff
games this weekend.
Eight teams will be given berths
in the NCAA playoffs, including
two teams each from the CCHA,
Western Collegiate Hockey
Association, Eastern Collegiate
Athletic Association and Hockey
The teams will play a two-game
series with the winner of a tied
series decided by the total goals
scred. Those games will be played
h 20-22'at campus sites, with
the final four teams advancing to
the finals March 26-28 at Joe Louis
Arena in Detroit.
Plonne traded to
New York (AP) - Marcel
Dionne, the NHL's second all-time
scorer, was acquired Tuesday by
the New York Rangers from the
Ksos Angeles Kings.
The Rangers sent defenseman
Tom Laidlaw and center Bobby
Carpenter to the Kings and also
acquired left wing Jeff Crossman
and Los Angeles' third-round draft
choice in 1989. Only Gordie Howe,
with 1,850, has scored more points
than Dionne's 1,673. Dionne, a
center, is also second on the all-
time goals scored list with 689 to
The Rangers are fourth in the
Patrick Division with 64 points,
one ahead of Pittsburgh for the final
playoff spot in the division. The
Kings are fourth in the Smythe
Division with 60 points, 10 ahead
of Vancouver for the last playoff
"Marcel is the man who can help
the Rangers right now," Rangers
General Manager and interim coach
Phil Esposito said in announcing
the trade. "Our feeling is the
Rangers have a chance to win (the
Stanley Cup) this year or next
In Los Angeles, Kings General
Manager Rogie Vachon said, "There
is a considerable sadness that the
Marcel Dionne era of hockey in Los
Angeles has come to an end. He is
a special player and person.
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