Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 14, 1987
By ADAM SCHEFTER
As the baseball season
progresses, so do the Wolverines.
The pitching, defense, and
hitting are all improving as the Big
Ten season has started, and
Michigan head coach Bud Middaugh
is pleased with his team's results.
"We're getting better," the
eighth-year coach said. "I think we
beat a fine Purdue club this
weekend three-out-of-four, and I'm
very happy with the way things are
HE TAKES his club into Ray
Fisher Stadium today to meet the
Bulldogs of Ferris State for a
doubleheader at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs, 10-17,, have been
getting good pitching despite their
losing record. In addition, their
hitting recently has improved.
Coming into last week, they were
hitting .240 as a team. But with
their bats heating up, they have
raised that average to .254.
Leading the Ferris State attack
are seniors Todd Schultz and Ken
Bailer. Schultz is batting .342,
with a team leading 15 RBI's, and a
.548 slugging percentage. The
switch-hitting shortstop runs the
bases well, hits for power, and in
the words of Bulldog head coach Jud
Folske, "just does it all."
Bailer was a First-Team Great
Lakes conference selection last
season. This year, however, he is
off to a slow start, hitting a meager
.239 with 10 RBIs.
THE PROBLEM with Bailer
and the other Bulldogs has been the
inability to drive in runners in
"Our big downfall this year has
been leaving men on base," Folske
said. "I adjust the batting order all
the time but it just seems like
we're not hitting in the clutch. We
get em' there, but as Casey Stengel
said a long time ago, 'Standing at
third adds no more to the score than
If the Bulldogs can't get the
runners in, pitcher;, Steve Wild and
Craig Etelamaki will have to
silence the Michigan bats. Wild is
an Ann Arbor native who
traditionally faces the Wolverines.
This year he has struggled going 0-
3 with a 7.02 ERA. Last season, he
led the conference in strikeouts with
57 in 58 innings due to his strong
Etelamaki returned from knee
surgery to beat the University of
Detroit last Friday, 4-3. The
junkballer is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.
Michigan will counter with
righthanders Chris Starr (1-0, 2.45
ERA) and John Grettenberger (0-0,
Blue wins triathlon
om staff reports of Cleveland State, finished in
University of Michigan 2:04:05.
rough the second annual The Michigan women's team
Collegiate Triathlon was composed of Caroline
nship, held Sunday at Lindemulder (2:35:48), Jane
gn, winning both the Esselstyn (2:42:22), and Heidi Kok
d women's divisions. (2:59:37). The three individually
Evans (2:06:30) and Craig finished third, sixth, and sixteenth,
08:59), combined with respectively, among women. The
oper (2:17:03) for this women's individual winner, Linda
inning men's team. In the Taillon of Ball State, finished in
il standings, Evans, Ring, 2:32:11.
per finished fourth, sixth, Ring pointed out that this year's
,respectively. The men's field was much more competitive
l winner, Michael Fakult than last year's, in which Evans and
he were the top two finishers.
Represented were schools as far
away as UCLA and Colorado.
The triathlon consists of a mile
swim, 27-miles of bicycling, and a
Daily Photo hy JOHN MUNSON
Michigan's defense has been a key to its 22-6 record this season. The Wolverines face Ferris State in a double header today at Ray Fisher Stadium.
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Purdue, now 15-4, had looked to
pose a major problem for the Wol -
verines Saturday, but this was not
the case. Once again, Michigan
dominated the match during the
singles play, losing only the
number-one andh-three singles
matches. After the singles, the
Wolverines clinched the victory by
sweeping the three doubles matches
to record a 7-2 triumph.
The weather and the playing
conditions in West Lafayette were
terrible for the players. In addition
to playing in strong winds and on
cracked courts, the players were also
forced to play during a steady
Champaign,111., was the site of
Sunday's match for the Wolverines,
and while the conditions were
completely different,gthe match
results were not. Michigan pounced
on the Illini, who were without
their number-two singles player and
top doubles player Andrew Lobb
due to injury. The match was won
in the singles as the Wolverines
swept the all six matches and only
dropped one of the doubles matches
to leave with an 8-1 victory.