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The Michigan Daily - Mondav.Anril 17 1989- Paae 13


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Price was right
for 'M' pitchers


"So who's buying who dinner tonight," Mike
Grimes and Phil Price were asked after the Michigan
baseball team swept a doubleheader from Purdue.
"I'm buying him dinner," Grimes said.
And Grimes had reason to. It was Price who handed
Grimes his fifth victory of the season, when he
clubbed a sixth inning two out, two-run homer to give
Michigan a 4-3 lead.
Saturday's wins placed Michigan in the position to
grab first place in the Big Ten Sunday. Yet, only four
outs separated the Wolverines and Grimes from a loss
when Price stepped in.
Was Grimes breathing heavily?
"Yes, I was. God, I didn't see him hit it, and then
so many people were standing up. I was trying to
relax. I jumped up and just saw it go over the fence."
Grimes scattered ten hits on the day and would be
the first to admit that he could have been sharper.
"I struggled and that's frustrating," Grimes said.
"Six times I put the leadoff man on and everytime I
came back to the dugout, I knew that I couldn't do
that. But I couldn't be more pleased. The team scored
the runs we needed and in the field, we turned some
BUT WHILE Grimes could now relax and watch
the second game from the dugout, Price had to keep
plugging away. This time he came to the aid of junior
pitcher Ross Powell, who shut the door on Dave
Alexander's team with 10 strikeouts, and allowing
seven hits.
"He got the breaking ball over and that makes his

fastball much better," Alexander said.
Wolverine coach Bud Middaugh concurred: "I've
seen him throw better, but he had control of different
pitches at different times of the game. Early it was the
curve, then the slider, then the offspeed pitch - the
fastball was pretty consistent."
Middaugh smiled about Price's twin-bill hitting
since the junior sent home the winners in both games.
"You've got to have different people come to the
forefront and I was really happy for Phil," Middaugh
said. "He was well disciplined today at the plate."
Middaugh became impatient though in the second
game - not wanting to wait for Phil to present the
team with anymore heroics. With two outs and a
runner on third, Middaugh sent Jimmy Durham
charging like a bull for the plate. John Carrico quick-
pitched and Durham was out by a mile.
HOWEVER, later in the game, Middaugh waved
Price home from second on a grounder to short.
A gamble? Oh sure. But maybe not quite as bad a
bet as Pete Rose's. As Bud explained, "I think in tight
games you have to have a philosophy. If you play
aggressive, it won't be execution 100 per-cent."
With a starting lineup which included three sopho-
mores and a first-year catcher, it's not be a bad one.
But there was execution 100 percent Saturday by
Powell, Price and Grimes.
So would Grimes buy Price dinner after Saturday's
game or wait until later?
"Nah," he answered. "Probably not tonight.
Tonight, I'll just buy him a beer."

Michigan's sophomore shortstop Dave Everly makes a diving catch against Purdue Saturday. Everly went
3-for-7 at the plate as the Wolverines swept the Boilermakers in a pair of doubleheaders.

Last weekend the M
ball team earned its 16t
its last 18 games, as th
swept Purdue 4-3, 3-0,
in twinbills on Saturday
In doing so, Mich
itself atop the Big Tei
Iowa and Illinois, wh
Champaign last weeken
in the college rankings.
Michigan, which was
in the ESPN College
last Monday, is expecte
after eight straight vi
Ferris State, Detroit, an
Sunday's nightcap gav
Middaugh his 800th c
against 311 losses a
Middaugh characterist
played the accomplishm
"To win that man
means that you have
also," Middaugh said. "
to have some excellent
enjoyment comes fror
the preparation."
The Michigan playe
modest: "Coach Midda
coach," said designated
ney Thompson. "It do
me that he won 800 ga
catcher Mike Matheny
Michigan plays a team,
incredible difference. H
top of everything."
The oft-quoted ex
"pitching wins balls
"baseball is a team spor
in abundance after Mich
ies last weekend. But
these cliches seemed tr
as Michigan really did
r of solid pitching and a
team effort.


sweeps ru
9-2 Big Ten) and Purdue (20-14, 3-9)
ichigan base- both field strong pitching staffs
h victory in (Michigan led the Big Ten entering
e Wolverines this weekend with a 1.98 team ERA)
5-0, and 2-1, and because the games were held at
and Sunday. spacious Fisher Stadium, it came as
iigan placed no surprise that the games were as
n in front of low-scoring as they were.
ho played in Each team had its starters pitch
nd, and ahead complete games for the first three
contests and in Sunday's second
s ranked 22nd game both starters pitched five in-
Baseball poll nings. The difference in the games
d to move up was the result of timely hitting and a
ictories over more aggressive Michigan team. The
id the Boiler- Wolverines stole eight bases to Pur-
due's two and received several clutch
victory in offensive and defensive efforts.
e coach Bud Michigan junior Mike Grimes, a
areer victory preseason second team All-American
nd one tie. selection, pitched seven innings,
ically down- struck out eight, and allowed eight
rent. hits to raise his record to 5-1 in
y games, it Saturday's first game.
to lose a lot Fellow junior Ross Powell won
I was blessed the battle of the lefthanders in the
athletes. The second game as he threw for seven
m the doing, innings, struck out ten, and allowed
seven hits, to improve to 4-0.
rs weren't so Boilermaker hurler John Carrico (6-
ugh is a great 1) was handed his first loss of the
hitter Kourt- season.
esn't surprise "This game I pretty much told
mes." Added myself that I would eventually get in
: Whenever rhythm but I never really did,"
he makes an Grimes said. "After a game like this
e's always on it reassures me in my teammates."
IN SATURDAY'S first game,
pressions of Michigan made the most of its op-
games" and portunities. Despite amassing only
T" were heard four hits, Michigan was able to take
ligan's victor- advantage of a passed ball in the
for a change, second inning, and left only one
mly applicable runner on base. Purdue, in contrast,
win because left ten runners on base. Rightfielder
strong overall Phil Price's two-run homer in the
bottom of the sixth won the game
28-8 overall, for Michigan.


"I was really happy for Phil,"
Middaugh said. "He's definitely one
of the guys we look to lead this
team. He's well-disciplined at the
plate and they had been pitching him
away all day. I was happy to see him
get a pitch he could handle."
In Saturday's nightcap, Durham,
whose three stolen bases this
weekend moved him one away from
Steve Finken's Michigan career
stolen base record of 65, and second
baseman Matt Morse got on base
and Price and Thompson drove them
in for Michigan's three runs.
SHORTSTOP Dave Everly,
who has played several positions
this season, had the other two hits
for Michigan. Everly, who made
several fine plays in the field but
also misplayed a few balls this
weekend, earned Midaugh's praise for
keeping his head up and not
compounding his mistakes.
"I thought we played well when
we needed to," Everly said. "In the
end we just go out and win. It takes
care of itself if you just go out and
keep plugging. We all help each
other out."
In Sunday's first game, Tim Lata
raised his record to 4-1 with a four-
hitter. Lata was aided by third
baseman Tim Flannely, who had
three hits, and Morse, who had the
game-winning double in the second
"It helps when the first guy
throws well as the second guy will
try to match it," Lata said. "Because
the staff is so competitive it gives
us a little push to try and repeat
what the other pitcher has done."
In Sunday's nightcap, first-year
pitcher Ross Powell nearly repeated
Lata's efforts, pitching five innings
of five-hit ball.

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