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Baseball Doubleheader
vs. Ferris State
Tuesday , 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

Monday, April 13, 1987

vs. Michigan State
Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond

The Michigan Daily




three offour from Purdue

Pitching was the key this
weekend as the baseball team took
three out of four games from
Purdue in Big Ten season-opening
series played on Saturday and
Sunday. Michigan upped its record
to 22-6 overall.
It was the one loss, which came
in the last game, which left the

greatest impression on Michigan
head coach Bud Middaugh. "This is
a tough loss to absorb," he said.
"When you go out and win your
first three you should be out
pounding in that fourth game, so
it's quite a disappointment for us."
Midddaugh wasn't alone in his
disappointment. Taking three out of
four from Purdue (18-12 overall, 1-

3 Big Ten) seemed to leave a bad
taste in the players' mouths as
well. The locker room was
decidedly somber after the 5-3 loss.
"Talent-wise and manpower we
outmatch them. We just weren't
ready to play that last game," said
outfielder Tom Brock.
AND PURDUE head coach
Dave Alexander seemed downright

grateful to be leaving town with a
victory. "We didn't swing the bat
like I thought we were capable of,"
he said. "We could have been swept
and we came out 1-3, so you got to
look at it from a positive
Purdue was able to capitalize on
Wolverine errors and less-than-
spectacular pitching for their win.

With the score tied, 1-1, in the
fourth inning, Purdue scored an
unearned run when second baseman
Chris Gagin threw away a grounder
with runners on first and second.
The following frame, an error
allowed the Boilermakers' Jeff
Allison the opportunity to hit a
two-run homer off reliever Greg
In the three wins, Wolverine
hurlers Jim Abbott, Mike Ignasiak
and Chris Lutz all pitched complete
games, yielding a total of two runs.
SUNDAY'S opener got off to
an odd start when Purdue scored a
run off Lutz without the benefit of
a hit. Allison walked, stole second,
went to third on catcher Darrin
Campbell's overthrow and scored
on Lutz's balk. Purdue would not
score again in the Wolverine's 4-1
"Lutz is the type of pitcher who
seems easy to hit, but really isn't,"
said Alexander.
Greg McMurtry scored three of
the four Wolverine runs. The
center fielder, who had a team-high
six hits in the series, unloaded a
long triple in the sixth and was
plated on Campbell's single. It was

the second time in that game that
Campbell had driven in McMurtry.
McMurtry also scored on Jirti
Durham's base hit in the fourth.

ABBOTT started things off on
Saturday by five-hitting Purdue in
an 8-0 victory. Abbott, who got:
stronger as the game progressed,
struck out five and improved his
record to 4-1 with a 2.06 earned run,
Steve Finken's run-scoring
ground out in the first inning
provided Abbott with all the,
support he needed, but the.
Wolverines added two unearned runs
in the third before erupting for four.
more runs in the sixth.
In the 3-1 nightcap, Ignasiak
limited Purdue to just one run on
four hits. Michigan got all of its
runs in the fifth, highlighted by a
Bill St. Peter solo home run.
Purdue's head coach Dave
Alexander had nothing but praise
for the Wolverine hurlers. "Their
pitching is outstanding. Abbott and
Ignasiak are two of the top ten or
twenty pitchers in the country."
Last season Purdue finishe.
second behind Michigan in the Big
Ten's East Division.





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Daily Pnoto by JUN MUNSON

Michigan's Chris Gagin (3) slides safely into third in Saturday's first game versus Purdue.

Robinson propels Tigers over White Sox

Solid pitching, defense
key to Big Ten success
Call me a pessimist but instead of writing about the baseball,
team's three wins last weekend against Purdue in four games, I'd like
to talk about the loss.
Michigan's 5-3 loss yesterday against the Boilermakers in the
second game of a doubleheader appeared to leave the team in a
somewhat somber mood. And understandably so, because it was a
game they should have won.
The Wolverines beat themselves with two costly errors, in the
field, something they cannot continue to do if they are to repeat as
Big Ten champions.
MICHIGAN does not possess the offensive firepower that it had
a year ago, so it becomes even more crucial that the Wolverines play
error-free baseball. They will not blow out the better teams in the
conference, so a seemingly minor miscue can lead to defeat like
yesterday in the team's Big Ten opening series.
Errors by second baseman Chris Gagin and shortstop Steve
Finken in the fourth and fifth inning led to three Purdue unearned
runs. Finken's throwing error in the fifth opened the door for Jeff
Allison's two-run home run to left-center field which proved tobe


Brookens was pumped up and Jeff
Robinson was anxious. Together
they combined their nervousness

yesterday to lead the Detroit Tigers
to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago
White Sox.
It was Brookens' first start of the

season in the place of Alan
Trammell, who has a thigh injury.
Robinson was making his major-
league debut.
Brookens lashed three hits and
drove in four runs and Robinson
made his "dream come true" by
winning his first big league game.
"It's good to get a start and do
well," said Brookens. "You feel like
you're contributing and days like

this certainly make you feel that
way. You know you're not going
to start that much so you work
harder to be ready."
Robinson, a 25-year-old right-
hander, allowed six hits, walked
three, and struck out five in seven
innings. He gave up a run in the
second when Ivan Calderon singled,
stole second, and scored on Tim
Hulett's single.




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the game-winning hit.
Against weaker teams like Wayne State and Bowling Green,
Michigan could get away with making an error or two in a game
when their opponent committed four or five. However, Purdue
played them evenly in the field, and when the Wolverines did not
execute, it cost them dearly.
They cannot afford to give the better teams runs when they often
have trouble mustering their own. After Allison's homer, Michigan
failed to rally from behind. Its only chance came in the bottom of
the sixth when the Wolverines put runners at first and third with two
out, but pinch hitter Ed Woolwine struck out to end the threat.
DESPITE 13 hits in the first game, 12 of which were singles,
Michigan only crossed the plate four times.
"We lost a lot of opportunities I think in the first game as well as
the second game," Michigan head coach Bud Middaugh said. "If we
get a hit in a crucial situation like they did, it would have been the
ball game. As the day went on we swung worse, and we didn't
generate much of anything really.
"If we couldn't have run, we would have really been in trouble
even to compete in either of the ball games."
All of this is just a word of caution because any team with
stalwart starters like Jim Abbott, Mike Ignasiak, and Chris Lutz
cannot be too badly off. All three pitched impressive complete-game
wins against the Boilermakers, allowing a combined total of just one
earned run.
"As long as you get great pitching, you always have a chance,"
said Purdue head coach Dave Alexander. "There aren't going to be
many clubs that are going to beat Abbott and Ignasiak. I just don't
see those two losing much."
So it's becoming increasingly evident that this year's Wolverine
squad will live and die on pitching, defense, and taking chances on
the basepaths. The combination of the three, if all work in sync,
should be enough for Michigan to repeat. Just ask Alexander.
"I told Bud this is one of his better clubs. I know he doesn't have
the power, but he's got more speed, and I think their defense is good, 'X
and their pitching is excellent."

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