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vs. University of Detroit
Today, 2 p.m.
Fisher Stadium


Spring Game
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Doily

Wednesday, April 12, 1989

Page 9

Wolverines sweep away 'Dogs'

The Michigan baseball team overcame fatigue
and somewhat of a letdown after last weekend's
series in Minnesota to sweep a doubleheader yes-
terday from Ferris State, 6-2 and 4-3 in eight
"Today was a tribute to Ferris State," coach
Bud Middaugh said. "I know they've been
struggling, but I think they're coming together."
"After Minnesota, it's hard to get up for a
Ferris State," junior Phil Price said.
The Wolverines (22-8) used a four-run third
inning, aided by three Ferris State errors, to break
a 1-1 tie and pull away from the Bulldogs (2-15)
in the opener. A suicide-squeeze bunt by Greg
Haeger highlighted the inning.
MICHIGAN, ranked 22nd in the most recent
ESPN Collegiate Baseball poll, won despite
being outhit, 6-5. The five Wolverine hits
contributed less to the offense than the three
Ferris State errors, though, as four of the six
Michigan runs were unearned. Below par
offensive attacks have become the norm lately for
the Wolverines.
"We're struggling, we're tired," Price said.
"Our pitching is holding us in there. If we start


scoring some runs, our pitching won't have to
work so hard."
Matt Malczewski (0-4) started and took the
loss for the Bulldogs, going four innings, giving
up five runs (only one earned) on three hits and
walking three. Dennis Keller and Mark Smoker
each pitched one inning of relief. Keller walked
four hitters and was charged with the final
Wolverine run.
The standout performance of the afternoon for
the Wolverines was turned in by Kirt Ojala (3-1),
who went the distance for the victory. Ojala gave
up six hits, walked one, and struck out two.
"I really liked the way he finished," Middaugh
said, although he indicated that Ojala struggled
early on. "We really need to have him help us."
THE NIGHTCAP was a tight, pitcher's
contest, highlighted by solid performances on the
mound from both teams. For Ferris State, Tom
Rivette (0-3) went the distance and took the loss,
giving up eight hits and striking out two.
Control was Rivette's biggest obstacle, as he
walked six- batters.
Walks haunted Rivette, particularly in the
eighth inning, as three of them sandwiched
around a Dave Everly single gave Michigan the

winning margin. Wolverine leadoff man Jim
Durham took ball four with the bases loaded to
end the afternoon.
For the Wolverines on the mound, Eric
Persinger started and went 4 1/3 innings, giving
up two runs on three hits. Persinger had a rocky
start, giving up both runs in the first inning, but
he settled down, retiring 11 of the next 12 batters
he faced, striking out five of them.
WITH ONE out in the fifth, Persinger's
back stiffened up, and Middaugh brought in John
Locker to replace him. Locker (2-0) went 3 2/3
innings, giving up one run on two hits, and
striking out two, for the win.
"Locker got a good effort out of it," Middaugh
Michigan also benefitted from a two-out, two-
run single by Greg McMurtry in the second
inning, and a 2-for-4 performance by Dave
Middaugh understands why Ferris State
provided such stiff competition.
"It's Michigan out there, and everyone wants
to beat Michigan," he said. "We did enough to

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Michigan centerfielder Greg McMurtry drove in two runs yesterday,
as the Wolverines swept a doubleheader against Ferris State. The
Wolverines play today against the University of Detroit.



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The Michigan baseball team plays host to the University of Detroit today
in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at Ray Fisher Stadium.
"I just hope the weather cooperates the next couple of days," said Titan
coach Bob Miller. He was referring to the 38 degree (25 degree wind-chill)
weather his team played in this weekend and-the cold spell which Ann Arbor
has experienced so far in April.
This past Sunday, in weather more suited for an NFL championship
game, Detroit defeated Dayton, 24-6,. in the second game of a doubleheader
to snap a three game losing streak.
THE TITANS (9-10-1, not including yesterday's results vs. Oakland
University) have been practicing indoors for most of the season due to the
cold and Miller feels .this has hurt, as a team should be practicing outdoors
in order for them to get acclimated to the prevailing weather conditions.
"I'm disappointed with our overall record, but this is partly due to our
lack of experience and the weather," Miller said. "We're a very young
ballclub, but I think we've got some excellent athletes," Miller added.
Ferndale native Danny Crane is one of three first-year players to start
after receiving honors as the American Legion Player of the Year last year
playing second base.
SShortstop Jody Smith of Marysville is another top rookie after earning
All-State honors last season. However, Smith is positioned in centerfield
this year due to his quickness and the experience junior shortstop Dennis
Bushart provides up the middle.
LEADING the team so far this season in hitting is sophomore third
baseman Ryan Raymond (.395), junior catcher Ryan Irwin (.310) and
Bushart (.300).
Expected to pitch for the Titans are senior righthanders Stewart Hillman
(3-1, 3.41 ERA) and Mark Coburn (1-0, 4.64 ERA). Hillman provides the
rotation with plenty of experience, returning to Detroit after participating in
Seoul in the 1988 Summer Olympics as a member of the Canadian
Olympic Team.
Counteracting for the Wolverines (22-8) will be Russell Brock (2-1, 5.71
ERA) and Jeff Tanderys (2-0, 3.12 ERA)
Eastern Michigan has been the only common opponent for these teams.
Michigan swept all four games in the 'Washtenaw Series',12-4, 9-6, 12-6,
6-4, while the Titans split the four games, winning 7-1, 16-7, and losing 8-
6, 4-2.

Basketball is not the same game
it was a few years ago. The likes of
Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma
fraternity and Dominique are rapidly
diminishing from the ranks of the
game. The slam dunk is being
replaced by the three-point field goal.
Go outside and you'll find more
and more outside shooters demon-
strating their superior aim. Com-
mercials have expressed the change in
tastes. Ads have gone from Michael
Jordan power sneaker com-mercials
to awestruck hoopsters rattling off
about Lamar "Money" Mundane's
shots: "When a thirty-five footer
comes raining out of the sky, it'll
wire you up."
Thirty-five footer? That'd
probably wireLarry Bird up, too.
The change may not appear as
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evident in professional basketball,
where the caliber of the game is so
high that just about any player in the
NBA can both hit the three and jam
it home with sufficient prowess.
The three pointer, however, has
changed the collegiate game. Where
Patrick Ewing once converted the
reverse slam off the alley-oop, Glen
Rice now hides behind the screen and
sticks the trey.
The popularity of the shot has
altered last-second strategies as well.
A coach may find it more advan-
tageous for a player to dial 8 for long
distance rather than to work it inside
to the big man and try to draw the
foul while scoring. After all, for the
same amount of points, a player only
has to convert one shot instead of
The NCAA tournament

showcased the new wave of long-
range marksmanship with the likes
of Rice and Seton Hall's }Andrew
Gaze. Such perimeter superstars
make the trifecta look as easy as a
nerf layup.
The playground is where the
recent change is possibly the most
apparent. It's entirely logical that a
casual ballplayer would find it more
entertaining to back up beyond the
key and fire away than to embarrass
oneself in a futile attempt at a dunk.
This is not to say that the slam
dunk is dead. It still exists as the
most accurate and exciting shot in
the pro game today. But for the rest
of us, who find ten feet a bit too
high for our legs to jump, we can
rest assured that there is a great
Three's no longer a crowd, it's a
way of life.


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Well it's finals time and the school
years through
Time to pack up and leave,
but before you do
You got to find some cash
to see you through
June, July, and August too.

(Statistics are through Monday's game)
Michigan team ERA
Opponents ERA
Michigan batting average
Opponents batting average


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