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April 05, 1989 - Image 13

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New tennis format
costs Wolverines
Playing under a new format and without their number three singles
fplayer, the men's tennis team won one match and lost two last weekend at
the Blue-Gray championships in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Wolverines defeated Mississippi State 6-1 but lost to both Kentucky
and Pepperdine 6-1.
In an interesting new format, five singles matches were played for one
point each and a doubles match worth two points. Coach Brian Eisner had
mixed feelings about the new system.
"I like the idea of being able to put everybody out on the court at once
and finish the match in two and a half hours. It's a step in the right
direction. But the weighting of the doubles at two points is simply
untenable," he said.
Because of the importance of winning the two points, Eisner was forced
to play the nation's number one singles player, Malivai Washington, in the
doubles match with John Karzen.
In addition, the Wolverines were without the services of David Kass, who
felt looseness in his bad shoulder while serving at West Virginia two weeks
With Kass, the team's number three singles player, out of the lineup and
Washington at doubles, the Wolverines didn't have enough ammunition to
compete with fourth ranked Kentucky and 14th ranked Pepperdine.
"Our 1,2,3 punch (Washington, Dan Goldberg, and Kass) has
pdemonstrated that they're among the very, very best in the nation. But
against the top caliber teams that we play, we've had difficulties in the
lower part of the lineup.
"I've dedicated myself to working100% with the players in that part of
the lineup and I've seen some dramatic progress."
Hopefully, this improvement will benefit the Wolverines when they
open the Big Ten season this weekend against Indiana and Ohio State.

Michigan lefthander Tracy Piehl delivers to one of the few batters he faced in the Wolverines' 3-0 victory against Wayne State in yesterday's
nightcap. Piehl only went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two of the four hits Wayne State accumulated, making his first start of the season.

Blue shuts out

Tartars, 3-0, 4-0

Men's Tennis Schedule
April 11 at Michigan State
April 15 at Northwestern
April 16 at Iowa
May 7 at Illinois
May 8 at Purdue
May 12-14 Big Ten Championships at Iowa City, Iowa
May 19-28 NCAA Championships at Athens, Georgia*
Home matches are held at Track/Tennis Building


Sometimes, no matter what you
do, it never seems like enough.
The Michigan baseball team can
relate to that sentiment. Even
though they swept Wayne State in a
doubleheader yesterday without al-
lowing a run, head coach Bud
Middaugh had them stay after for an
intrasquad scrimmage.
"I'm like any coach," Middaugh
said. "I'm never satisfied. You just
try to keep improving the areas of
the game where you feel you're a
little bit short."
The Wolverines may have been a
little bit short in some areas yester-
day, but they had enough to defeat
the Tartars, 3-0 and 4-0. The games
exhibited solid pitching and slightly
below potential hitting, which was
Michigan's main concern.

"The pitching was good, defens-
ively we made the plays," Middaugh
said. "Hopefully we'll have more
offense this weekend," he added,
referring to the two doubleheaders
the Wolverines will play against
defending Big Ten champion
Minnesota in Minneapolis.
M I D D A U G H also held the
scrimmage because he wanted all of
his pitchers to get a chance to throw
before the weekend. Normally, there
would be another game during the
week, but this week Michigan does
not have any games before Saturday.
In the opening game, senior Dave
Peralta (2-1) started and got the win
for the Wolverines, going three
innings and striking out four.
Sophomore Kirt Ojala went 3 1/3
innings, giving up only one hit, and
junior Ross Powell pitched the last

2/3 of an inning.
For Wayne State, Steve Savage,
who pitched a complete game shut-
out against Michigan last year,
started and went four innings for the
loss. Savage (0-3) gave up all three
Michigan runs, although only one
was earned.
Offensively, each team managed
only three singles, but the Wolver-
ines made theirs count. Michigan
scored all three runs in the second
inning, with Tim Flannely and Dave
Everly getting the RBIs.
In the nightcap, first-year pitcher
Tracy Piehl started for Michigan,
going only 1 1/3 innings and giving
up two of Wayne State's four
singles. First-year right-hander Eric
Persinger (1-0) came in and went 4
2/3 innings for the win, striking out
four while giving up only one hit.

Bullpen ace John Locker mopped up,
going the final inning.
Henry Miller (1-2) started for the
Tartars, going 3 1/3 innings and
giving up five hits and three runs.
The Wolverines had six hitters
with one hit apiece, including Ev
erly, who had the afternoon's only
extra base hit, a fourth inning doub-
le. Michigan scored two of its runs
that inning, highlighted by Phil
Price's pinch-hit, RBI single in his
only appearance of the day.
Overall, though, the offensive
production was not as good as it
could have been against GLIAC
opponent Wayne State.
"We've just got to get everybody
to work together," Powell said. "I
think you'll see we've got a better
team than we've shown."

looks to

Antonio Spurs coach Larry Brown
had expressed interest in the head
coaching position at Michigan, the
San Antonio Express-News reported
The newspaper, citing an
unnamed coaching source close to
Michigan athletic director Bo
Schembechler, said Brown expressed
the interest in the job when the
Spurs were in Detroit last month.
According to the paper, the source
said Brown asked that he be
recommended to Schembechler for

the job.
Michigan assistant coach Steve
Fisher took over as the Wolverines
head coach on March 15 after Bill
Frieder was hired by Arizona State.
Schembechler has yet to offer Fisher
a contract for next season.
Brown, who has had disagree-
ments with Spurs owner B.J. "Red"
McCombs several times this season,
denied that he is interested in the
Michigan post.
"I haven't shown interest in
anybody or anything since I came to
San Antonio." Brown said Monday.

"I haven't talked to one college or
pro coach this season, except for
(North Carolina coach) Dean Smith,
and I talk to him all the time. That
is probably the most ridiculous
thing I have heard."'
McCombs said he does not
believe Brown would seek the Mich-
igan postion.
"I wouldn't believe that that
happened. I don't think so. I don't
think that's true." McCombs said.
Last month, Brown was quoted
as saying that he would not be
surprised if McCombs fired him after

this season.
Brown coached the
Jayhawks to the NCAA


ionship last year, then signed a five-
year, $3.5 million deal with the

NBA scores from Tuesday night
PHILADELPHIA 124, NEW YORK 113 Leading scorers- Ron Harper (Cavs), 32
Leading scorers- Ron Anderson (76ers), Glenn 'Doc' Rivers (Hawks), 18
Charles Barkley (76ers), 32 WASHINGTON 104, NEW JERSEY 96
Patrick Ewing (Knicks), 33 Leading scorers- Bernard King (Bullets)


Jeff Malone (Bullets), 29


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