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16 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 6, 1999

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Ward leads Astros'
way against Maddux

ATLANTA (AP) - Daryle Ward.
who started the season in Triple-A, is
making a big impact in October for the
Houston Astros.
Ward's leadoff homer against Greg
Maddux in the sixth inning sent the
Astros on their way to a 6-1 victory
yesterday over the Atlanta Braves in
Game I of the NL Division Series.
The win provided hope that Houston
will end its history of playoff failures,
and was a troubling start for a team
with its own postseason struggles.
"This is great, but we've got a long
way to go," Houston's Jeff Bagwell
said. "It's only one game against the
Atlanta Braves. They can come back in
a heartbeat."
The Braves have made an unprece-
dented eight straight playoff appear-
ances, with only one World Series title
to show for it. Now, they've got to win
three of the next four games against
"The noose tightens a little quicker
in the short series" Chipper Jones
said. "It's important for us all to bring
our 'A' games to the ballpark tomor-
The Astros sealed the victory in the
ninth with four runs against reliever
Mike Remlinger. Carl Everett had a
sacrifice fly before Ken Caminiti
haunted the Braves again with a three-
run homer.
Playing for San Diego, Caminiti hit
a 10th-inning homer against Kerry
Ligtenberg to win the first game of the
1998 NL Championship Series. The

Daryle Ward, who began the season in the minor leagues, came up big for the
Astros last night, breaking a scoreless tie with a homerun off Greg Maddux.
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Padres went on to a 4-2 victory over
The East champion Braves lost only
their second division series game since
the format was instituted in 1995.
Before Tuesday, they were 12-1 over-
all, including 10 straight victories.
Houston, which clinched its third
straight Central title on the final day of
the season, has never won in five play-
off series, including a 3-0 sweep by the
Braves in 1997. The Astros won't get
swept this year, seizing the home-field
advantage in the best-of-5 series.
"Two years in a row, we lost the first
game," Bagwell said. "This gives us
tremendous momentum."
The Braves led the majors with 103
wins but drew the smallest crowd in
Atlanta's 44-game postseason history.
The turnout of 39,119 was nearly
11,000 short of capacity at Turner
Field and easily eclipsed the previous
low of 42,117 for Game I of the 1998
NL Championship Series. In the right-
field upper deck, only a few dozen
people occupied seven sections of blue
"It was certainly disappointing,"
Jones said.
Game 2 is Wednesday afternoon in
Atlanta before the series shifts to
Houston for Game 3 Friday.
Ward, the son of former major lea-
guer Gary Ward, was recalled from the
minors for the second time on July 20.
He took over for the slumping Derek
Bell and came through with two of
Houston's biggest hits this season.
October 5, 1999

The Michigan
hockey team may
not play up to its
No. 5 ranking
against Notre
Dame this week-
end. The
Wolverines will
be without cap-
tain Sean Peach.
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against Notre Dame

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By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team will open
its regular season this weekend against
Notre Dame a little short-handed. The
Wolverines will be without senior cap-
tain Sean Peach and may be without
freshman center Mike Cammalleri.
Peach sustained a groin-injury in
Friday's Blue-White game and
Cammalleri separated his shoulder in the
Camalleri, Michigan coach Red
Berenson said, is listed as "doubtful" for
the game against the Irish, dressed for
practice on Tuesday but left the ice short-
ly after practice started.
"Right now I don't think he'll make
the trip;" Berenson said.
Losing Peach on defense will be an
especially tough blow for the Wolverines
who already lack depth at the blue line
after the loss of three players in the off
"It concerns me a lot but there's noth-
ing I can do about it," Berenson said.
"We can't worry about it, the only thing
we can do is get our team ready."
Michigan assistant head coach Mel
Pearson received a raise on Tuesday.
Berenson promoted Pearson, who is in
his 12th season at Michigan, to associate
head coach.
"We're doing it to recognize
(Pearson's) loyalty to the program,"
Berenson said. "This isn't a one man
show, this is a team effort. He's made a
big contribution to the program and this
is my way of rewarding him."
The promotion may be an extra incen-

tive to keep Pearson, who last summer
turned down the head coaching job at
Miami(OH) in order to remain with the
Wolverines. Berenson who is "not mak-
ing any plans to leave" said that the
move in no way indicates a coaching
Wolverines open the 1999-2000 season
ranked fifth in the country according to
the preseason U.S. College Hockey Poll.
Michigan received one first place vote
and is one of three CCHA teams to crack
the top ten. The others are Michigan
State at No. 3 and Northern Michigan at
No. 9. But Berenson doesn't put much
faith in fhe polls - at least not yet.
"It doesn't really mean much because
we haven't played a game yet," Berenson
said. "It's where you're ranked at the end
of the year, as any coach will tell you,
that matters. I think (our ranking) is a
reflection of what we did last year and
our recruiting class, but I think they're
overlooking the players that we lost"
Boston College begins the season as
the nation's top team, while defending
national champion Maine will begin its
title defense ranked second.
ICEBREAKER TO A: Next season the
Michigan hockey team and Yost Ice
Arena will host the IceBreaker Cup. The
preseason tournament will be in its
fourth year and will feature Michigan,
North Dakota, New Hampshire and a
fourth team yet to be named. The tour-
nament will be part of a busy early sea-
son schedule for the Wolverines who
will travel to the great white north the
very next weekend for the Johnson
Nissan Classic in Anchorage Alaska.


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Others receiving votes:
Minnesota 42, St. Lawrence 36,
Wisconsin 26, Ohio State 14,
Rensselaer 11, Notre Dame 7,
Providence 5, Boston University 3,
Colgate 2, Mass. Lowell 2,
Northeastern 2, Alaska Anchorage 1,
Bowling Green 1, Harvard 1, MSU-
Mankato 1, Niagara 1, St. Cloud 1


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