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Ho01 overcomes injury
him the regional Most Valuable Player bor under veteran Michigan coach
title and also the only unanimous selec- Moby Benedict and feels there are
tion to the all-tournament team. His 4- some differences between him and
e "for-5, two doubles and four RBI per- Middaugh.
formance in the second game of the "THEY BOTH like to stress the fun-
tournament keyed a 7-0 triumph over damentals of the game, but Middaugh
Nebraska. plays a more wide-open style of game
into this season because he knew that "MY ROLE as catcher is pretty dif- where Moby was kinda laid back about
DREW SHARP with new coach Bud Middaugh taking ficult to define," said Hool. "With the his baseball. Middaugh likes to force
an catcher Gerry Hool, over and promising back-up catcher freshman pitchers on our club this the other team into mistakes. He's a lot
es' advancement to the John Young eagerly waiting to prove year, you would think that my role, more aggressive. He'll play a lot of hit
i Series in Omaha is like a himself, his role with the team might would be pretty big. But our freshmen, and run and suicide squeezes.
true. But the blream could change. especially (Scott) Dawson and (Steve) "I think Middaugh is the best coach
ecome a nightmare, con- "WHEN THIS season was about to Ontiveros, are able to handle them- I've ever had. He knows so much about
t the junior from Detroit start, I didn't know where I would be," selves with a great amount of poise. the game that you can't help but to be
h during his sophomore said Hool. "John Young is one helluva (Scot) Elam can also do it. It's impressed by him. He's a tough coach,
player and I thought Coach Middaugh remarkable and it takes some pressure but he's a winner.
Big Ten season opener would play him over me, but he told me off of me. Middaugh has heavily stressed team
insin and his first time up, that he had confidence in me that I "What I do is that when a situation work and team spirit with his ball club
ed a walk. The next batter could do the job." arises where we're ahead by one or the and it definitely had a positive effect on
er to the shortstop which He did the job, and in fine fashion. score is tied, and the opposition has the team's performance.
sure double play. Hool, runners on base, I go to the mound and "WE'RE LIKE a family out there on
ately to break up the play, try to relax the pitcher. I tell him to the field. We congratulated each other
into second base, but slid keep the ball down low and stay cool." after a good play and console each
When going into the bag, But while Hool tries his best to keep other after the bad ones. We're constan-
ething snap in his foot. His Michigan's hurlers under control, he tly building spirit on this team. We've
oken and along with it, his doesn't have much say about what is worked our butts off since early this
)od second season. thrown at him. year and when you go through that
T when it happened, I "COACH MIDDAUGH likes to call together, you learn a lot about each
what to think," said Hool. the pitches. He doesn't necessarily do it other."
ething was not right, but I because I was out for much of last Hool thinks that no matter how the
to myself, 'Nothing was season and might not know the pit- Wolverines do in the World Series, they
ig was wrong'. But as soon chers," explained Hool. "He does it have a bright future ahead.
ck to the dugout, I just because he wants to have complete con- "We're losing two key guys in
ain." trol of the game, offensively and defen- (Chuck) Wagner and George
he severity of his injury, sively. And also because he wants to (Foussianes) but we'll have all of our
that his baseball future take the pressure off of the players and pitchers back and quite a few other
in jeopardy. p' \ on to himself. That way, if a mistake oc- very good players. And who knows
y concerned about what I curs, he accepts the blame. It also hap- what kind of freshman we'll get next
t. I knew that if I wanted to pens the other way, when a play works year. We may lose in Omaha but we've
twould definitely takea lot right, he gets the credit. He's been get- got a lot to look forward to for the
and discipline," continued ting muchcredit this season. future."
"Earlier this season in a game with HOOL GRADUATED from Redford
LED by the injury, Hool Michigan State, Middaugh came out St. Mary's High School in Detroit and in
and he thinks his wife, and told me and Mark Clinton that he '77 was named to the Class C All-State
ch to do with his complete H oI would let us decide what to throw. I team. It was a lifelong dream for him to
n the accident. would be able to call the pitches and come to Michigan and play for a title
age helped me come back . .. tournament MVP Mark, being the poised ace of the staff, team.
ve me the discipline that I Hitting only .224 at the time of his injury could shake them off if he wanted." In a little more than a week, that
id Hool.H"Knowing thatdI7H 2 histeaveragesto. 320 Hool played his first years in Ann Ar- dream could definitely turn into reality.

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bligations matured me to
re I could make an honest
ort to come back. And the
in facilities here at
the best around, so that
ome apprehension coming

this season with three homers and 34
RBI.
The slugging catcher also played a
major role in the Wolverines' victory in
the NCAA Mideast Regional last week.
His .545 batting average, five RBI and
brilliant work behind the plate earned

BASEBALL POLL:
Blue seventh

Women tracksters
downed at nationals

By K. ANTHONY GLINKE
The track season officially ended
last weekend for the Michigan women
thinclads, and for the Wolverines' three
finalists in the national meet, it was a
sad finale. None of the talented trio
placed in the top ten, although all three
had performed well enough to do so
earlier in the season. '
The reasons for their disappointmen-
ts were varied. For Melanie Weaver,
ace distant runner and an outstanding
prospect for the future, there was a
bout with food poisoning the week
before. For Penny Neer, Michigan's
standout shot-putter, it was the heat.
And for javelin thrower Debbie
WillIams, who placed sixth in the
nationals last year, there was the most
bitter frustration of all, failing to place.

DESPITE THE frustrations of this
year's meet, the Wolverine women can
take heart, for as the old saying goes,
"there's always next year."
While the season did officially end
last week, some of the women thinclads
nevertheless continued to compete.
Blue distance runners Lynn Fudula and
Lisa Larsen tied for first place among
women in last Saturday's 15 mile Dex-
ter-Ann Arbor run. Their near record
time of 1:37:20 was good for an overall
showing of 14th in the approximately
1100-runner field.
While their flawless strides led many
to believe that they were breezing
through the race, it wasn't quite that
simple for the two distance aces. As
Fudula attests, "The first ten miles
were easy, but those last five .-"

The World Series-bound Michigan
Wolverines landed in the number seven
spet in the final UPI College Baseball
poll of the season, while Miami of
Florida finished in the top spot.
Michigan, 35-16-1 on the year, was
picked by the pre-season pollsters to
finish in the second division of the Big
Ten, due mainly to an abundance of
youth and a new coach. But the new
coach, Bud Middaugh, parlayed that
youth into a conference championship'
and a victory in the Mideast regional of
the NCAA tournament which gave the
Wolverines a trip to the World Series in
Omaha, Neb.
The Wolverine nine is scheduled to
face Pac-10 co-champion California, 41-
21, on Saturday night. The Golden
Bears finished in the number three spot
in the poll.
Arizona, 40-20, finished a close second
to Miami, just two points shy of the
leader. Arizona is scheduled to play St.
Johns in the World Series. The Wildcats
were co-champions of the Pac-10, along
with California.
Clemson, 38-19, finished in the fourth

slot. They are scheduled to face Miami
on Saturday. Hawaii, champions of the
Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
finished fifth and will play number six
Florida State on Friday.
After Michigan came South Carolina,
Gonzaga and Texas, none of which will
be competing in Omaha.
In NCAA Division II, Cal Poly of
Pomona, 41-25, was number one,
followed by New Haven, 29-6.
Marietta of Ohio, 41-2, edged out
Ithaca, New York for the top spot in
NCAA Division III.
UPI Top Ten,
The top ten college baseball teams in
NCAA Division I:
1. Miami, Florida
2. Arizona
3. California-Berkley
4. Clemson
5. Hawaii
6. Florida State
7. MICHIGAN
8. South Carolina
9. Gonzaga
10. Texas

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