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Page 16-Saturday, May 24, 1980-The Michigan Daily
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M takes Huskers, 7-0; waits today



Behind the shutout pitching of Mark
Clinton and Steve Ontiveros and the
slugging of Gerry Hool and George
Foussianes, the Michigan Wolverines
ripped Nebraska, 7-0, yesterday, taking
a very big step towards the NCAA
Mideast regional championship and a
trip to the College World Series in
Omaha, Nebraska next weekend.
Coach Bud Middaugh's crew now fin-
ds itself perched in what might be ter-
med the cat-bird's seat. The Wolverines
sit back and watch today's 1 p.m. skir-
mish between the Cornhuskers and
Brigham Young, the winner of which
Michigan will play at 4 p.m. Nebraska
had blitzed Brigham Young by a 12-0
count on Thursday, but the Cougars
bounced back and eliminated Central
Michigan, 9-0, to advance to today's
competition. Since both the Huskers
and Brigham Young have one loss in
the double-elimination tourney, the
winner between them must defeat the
Blue twice in a row to take the regional.
The final-game, if necessary, would
take place either tomorrow or Monday.
THE DIFFERENCE in yesterday's
game was the uncanny ability of
Michigan starter Clinton (6-3) to pitch
out of trouble. In the second inning,
Clinton issued one-out walks to
Nebraska's Stan Haas and Steve
Oakley and a two-out pass to Mark
Haley before fanning Cornhusker cen-
terfielder Hal Bright to kill the bases-
loaded threat.
In the third, Nebraska's Greg Schafer
led off by finding the gap in right-center
for two bases, and third baseman Jeff
Hunter walked on four pitches with one
out. The runners were stranded on
second and third (after a successful
double-steal), however, when
Michigan's Tony Evans gloved a.
grounder deep at short, and senior first
baseman Foussianes dug up Evans' low
throw toretire Haas.

There was more of the same in the
sixth frame. Joe Scherger started the
inning off with a single back through
the box, Steve Stanicek and Mark Haley
walked with two down, but Clinton's 3-
2 curveball caught pinch-hitter Mark
Prior looking to end the rally. Clinton
used the breaking ball consistently to
get out of jams.
"I was able to get that over in certain
situations where they didn't expect it,"
the junior said amid a relatively mild
post-game celebration.
ON THE; OTHER side, Nebraska

coach John Sanders could only shake
his head in reference to the fact that his
club left 13 runners stranded. "It's hard
to explain how you can get 12 (runs)
yesterday and get shut out today. We
left a lot on.
"But give them (Michigan) credit.
They were prepared. We knew they
were a good team, and they just beat
Michigan started its scoring in the
third against Husker starter and loser
Tim Burke (8-6 overall). Greg Shulte
opened with a grounder that slipped

between second baseman Schafer and
first baseman Stanicek into right field,
and then stole second. After Chuck
Wagner bounced out, Foussianes (who
ended up two for three with two walks)
clubbed a one-bouncer off of the left
field wall for a run-scoring double.
Later in the inning, Tim Miller
smacked a Mike Vojltesak pitch into left
to score Foussianes and make it 2-0 af-
ter three innings.
An RBI single by Schulte in the sixth
and a run-scoring two-bagger by Hool
in the seventh, both coming against
Nebraska's third pitcher, Rick Evans,
increased the lead to 4-0.
BUT NEBRASKA wasn't quitting.
Singles by Scherger and Oakley chased
a tired Clinton in favor of Ontiveros,
who had gone five strong innings the
day before against CMU to win that
game. Ontiveros didn't appear tired;
two ground balls, and the inning was
"I wasn't much tired," the ecstatic
freshman said after the game, "but my
elbow was hurting pretty bad. I just had
to get myself pumped up. I'll pitch
anytime. Anytime he tells me to."
The Blue batsmen added three in-
surance runs in the bottom of the
eighth. Hool completed a four for five,
four RBI-day with a towering double to
the left-center field wall that sent three
base runners scampering across the
singles in the ninth, but he fanned Jeff
Hunter and Joe Scherger on high, hard
fast balls to leave Michigan one victory
shy of Omaha.
"I thought we played better today
than we did yesterday," Middaugh
commented. "It typifies what we've
been doing all season. Different guys
are getting key hits. It's gonna take a
good ballclub to beat us twice."
NEBRASKA .... 000 000 000 -0
MICHIGAN .... 002 001 13X -7
Burke, vojltesak: (3) Evans (6)
Clinton (6),Ontiveros
LO-Nebraska 13, Mchigan11
WP-Clinton LP-Burke
Time: 3:20
" Michigan's Matt Horwich upset
UCLA's Robbie Venter, 6-2, 6-3, yester-
day to move into the quarterfinals of
the NCAA tennis singles championship
in Athens, Ga.
" Michigan's James Henry, Dan
Heikkinen and Brian Diemer led the
Wolverines to the lead in the Big Ten
Track and Field Championships in
Champaign, Ill. Michigan leads defen-
ding champion Indiana by a score of 42
to 20 team points while Illinois is in
third With 18.
American League
New York7,Toronto3
Milwaukee ,MinnesotaG
Bostonn4, Cleveland 1
National League
Mntreal 7Cincinnatl4
NewvnYork Z, Atlanta
Phladelphia 3. Hnustnn0




MICHIGAN'S JEFF JACOBSON (22) makes the tag on a Nebraska player
yesterday in Michigan's 7-0 victory. Jacobson, a freshman, went one for four
at bat, adding tohis team's total of 12.

Freehan pleased with Middaugh


It was a homecoming of sorts at
Fisher Stadium yesterday. While
Michigan was blanking Nebraska, 7-0 to
advance ip the NCAA Mideast
Regional, a well-known alumnus was
rooting the Wolverines on to victory
from the stands.
Former Michigan and Detroit Tiger
star catcher Bill Freehan returned to
his old stomping grounds and was
pleased with what he saw. -
"Although this is the first time that
I've seen this team play, I must say that
I'm impressed with the way they're
performing," said Freehan.
Through his career with the Tigers,
Freehan was accustomed to having to
adjust to new managers and he feft that
first-year Michigan coach Bud Mid-
daugh has done an exceptional job in
his rookieseason.
"Bud has these kids doing the fun-

damentals of the game and that's
good," continued Freehan. "They've
learned how to execute well, especially
the hit and run. He has them doing
many things. Some of them I hear are
somewhat unorthodox."
"With a new coach and a new system
coming in, I can understand why some
people felt that Michigan would not go
far this season. But these kids are
proving everyone wrong and Bud
deserves a lot of credit."
Freehan felt that this Michigan team
bears a slight resemblance to his Big
Ten championship team of 1961. Led by
Freehan, that team posted a 10-2 con-
ference and a 20-11 overall record.
However, the team was eliminated in
the tournament regionals.
That year, Freehan set the Michigan
single season record for runs batted in
with 44. Jim Paciorcek broke that
record this year.

Freehan impressed Tiger scouts so
much that they signed him im-
mediately following that season which
was his sophomore year.
Ironically, the 1962 Michigan baseball
team, minus Freehan won the NCAA
title after coming in second place in the
Big Ten.
"In '61, we had a team that was
mainly nothing but sophomores. But we
gelled and played well together as a
team. That's very similar to this
In 1976, Freehan decided to hang up
the cleats for the final time and now is
an automotive manufacturers
representative in Detroit. But to stay
close to the game, he does the weekend
television commentating for the Seattle
"It's ironic that Jim (Paciorek)
broke my record because I do the TV
coverage for his brother Tom's team



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