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By JON WELLS
The high-flying Michigan baseball
team, currently atop the Big Ten with a
9-1 record, opens its final conference
homestand today with a doubleheader
against eighth-place Ohio State.
Today's games at Fisher Stadium and
tomorrow's twinbill against sixth-place
Indiana are crucial confrontations for
the Wolverine nine as they enter the
back stretch of the Big Ten season.
With - eight conference games
remaining, Michigan holds a narrow
percentage-points lead over second-place
Minnesota (10-2), and sits just two
games ahead of third place Iowa (7-3).
The batsmen need a strong showing this
weekend at home as they take to the
road for their final four games next

weekend-two of which are against
Iowa.
IN ADDITION TO the Big Ten
championship, which brings with it an
automatic berth in the NCAA Mideast
Regionals, Michigan, Minnesota, and
Iowa are also competing for a possible.
at-large invitation to the national
tournament. Although one game off the
pace, Minnesota appears to hold the
schedule advantage as their three
remaining doubleheaders are at home
against Northwestern, Iowa and
Wisconsin.
First-year coach Bud Middaugh has
his top four hurlers ready for the
weekend twinbills and his lineup is
intact. Freshman righthander Scott
Dawson (7-1, 2.72) and junior righty
Mark Clinton (4-3, 2.79) are probable

starters against the Buckeyes, with
freshman righthanders Steve Ontiveros
(6-5, 3.18) and Scott Elam (4-0, 4.20)
likely starters versus the Hoosiers
tomorrow.
The Wolverines will depend on a big
weekend from the offensive trio of
shortstop George Foussianes, (.355),
rightfielder Jim Paciorek (.336), and
catcher Gerry Hool (.292), who have
combined for just over 50 percent of the
team's run production so far this
season. The three lumbermen have 26,
37 and 26 runs-batted-in, respectively.
Paciorek's 37 moves him past Rick
Leach and into second place on
Michigan's all-time list, just seven
behind Bill Freehan.
Both doubleheaders are scheduled to
start at 1p.m.

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Michigan golfers
3rd after 1st da
y M.J. SCHNEIDER too. "You just had no chance of holing
the opening round of the "The course played tough," said out," agreed Fardig.
Intercollegiate Invitational Buckeye Rocky Miller. "The greens Despite the discouraging words of his
Michigan golf coach Tom were putting extremely difficult. They team, Simon was pleased with the
ught Ohio State would be the are just as hard as rock." overall performance.
block in his team's quest for "Some of them didn't play as well as
. He hadn't considered that The Michigan golfers, who practice they are capable of play in . But the
ition of Michigan's home on the course daily, even hadrest of the team took up the slack," said
uld stand in the way of his complaints about the condition of the Simon. "Being eight shots down after
layout. the first round isn't bad. With three
urse played real tough," said "The greens were very inconsistent," rounds to go, a lot can happen."
ster John Morse. "I'd be explained Morse. "It's the direction The second and third rounds will be
if there were many scores that the grass grows and the played today starting at 8:30, with the
74 today." undulations of the surface." final 18 tomorrow.
assessment was accurate."

Ohio State's Stan Cooke and Steve
Maddalena, of Michigan. were the only
golfers to tally less than 74 over the 18
holes. Each turned in a score of 72 to
share the first round lead.
Ohio State, last year's Big Ten
champions, grabbed the first round
lead in the team scoring with a tally of
374. Western Michigan finished eight
strokes back to claim second place.
Michigan is tied with Toledo for third
with 382,
Playing in his second tournament of
the season, Dave Koch shot a 74 to trail
Maddalena in Michigan scoring. Morse
tallied 78. DavetFardig and Phil Mokris
rounded out the Blue effort with
identical scores of 79.
The highlight of the first round came
when Northwestern freshman Neil
Skiver shot a hole-in-one on number 14,
a difficult par 3. Despite this feat, it
took the Cincinnati native 87 strokes to
finish the round.
"I was just thrashing out there
today," said Skiver. "I broke my driver
on the range before I started playing
this morning. So I had to hit my 3-wood
off the tees, and that didn't help any.
The greens are very tough to putt on. I
had lots of 3-putts."
Skiver's complaints about the greens
were common among the otherplayers,

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Doily Photo by DAVID HARRS
OHIO STATE golfer Rocky Miller putts successfully from 15 feet in yester-
day's Northern Intercollegiate Invitational. Miller finished the first round
tied for second place individually. The Buckeyes lead the team standings,
.it Mihignnthird

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trackers,
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By JON MORELAND
The Michigan men's track
team will try to continue its hot
performances of the spring this
afternoon when they will enter-
tain three strong midwestern
squads. The meet, which begins
at 11:30 at Ferry Field will in-
clude competitors from the
Chicago Track Club, Illinois
State, and the Ohio Track Club.
The Wolverine tracksters are
coming off of several fine per-
formances this spring, but the
highlight of the young season was
the close defeat to Indiana last
weekend. Michigan lost to the de-
fending Big Ten champion
Hoosiers by a score of 78-67,
despite outstanding performan-
ces from several team members.
THE MILE-RELAY team tur-
ned in the second finest conferen-
ce time of the year in that meet
(3:09.74)-however, Indiana
came up with the best time
(3:09.13).
Shotputter Phil Wells set a per-
sonal high with a toss of 55 ft. 9 in.
in the meet. Other Wolverine
highlights were provided by Mar-
shall Parks with a time of 14.23 in
the 110-meter dash and Tim
Thomas' 1:49.7 half-mile, the Big
Ten's best 880 this season.
This afternoon's meet will be
looked upon as a warmup for the
Ann Arbor Relays to be held next
weekend, and the Big Ten Cham-
pionships May 23-24 in Cham-
paign. Until then, however,
s Michigan coach Jack Harvey
should get .a pretty good in-
dication of his team's strength
from their performance this af-
ternoon.

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