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Page 16 Saturday, May 23, 1981 The Michigan Daily

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By MARTHA CRALL
"We have to accept the fact that it is
no longer a double-elimination tour-
nament. It's single-elimination."
The man who said those words,
Michigan head coach Bud Middaugh,
had reason to sound disappointed as the
Big Ten Champion Wolverines fell to
the University of New Orleans, 2-1, in
the first game of the double-elimination
NCAA Mideast Regional yesterday at
Fisher Stadium.
MICHIGAN RAN into a pitcher with a
4.40 ERA who pitched an exceptional
game, allowing the Wolverines only
seven hits in the nine-inning affair.
Southpaw Ronn Dixon (9-4) gave up a
lone run while walking two and striking
out two. The senior Privateer got off to
a rocky start, allowing two hits and two
walks in the first two frames, but set-
tIed down to retire 12 Wolverines in a
row after his early wildness.
"After the first inning it looked like
I'd have troubles," said Dixon. "I
figured it would happen to me because
of the two-week layoff. In the third or
fourth, I found my grove, though.
"My catcher (Tim Jamieson) called
a great game for me," Dixon said. "We
hardly disagreed on any calls. We've
lived together for four years now and
we know each other pretty well."
MICHIGAN'S only run came in the
eighth inning on a mammoth home run by
Jim Paciorek over the 400-foot mark in
straight-away centerfield.
The Wolverines had only one man
past second base otherwise, with their
biggest threat coming in the first inning
when left-fielder Randy Wroten was

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in 2-1 setback

safe on Jamieson's error and advanced
to second on Paciorek's single. With
two outs, freshman third baseman
Chris Sabo lined a single to right field
which Howie Brodsky scooped up and
fired home perfectly to catch Wroten
trying to score.
Dixon got tougher as the innings went
by, though, and when Privateer head
coach Ron Maestri visited the mound
after Paciorek's blast, the skipper went
back to the dugout convinced that his
pitcher was not tired. Dixon recorded
his only two strikeouts in the ninth in-
ning.
DIXON HAD praise for his defense,
which rade several outstanding plays,
including two for first baseman Jeff
Thompson. "These guys make tough
plays look routine," said New Orleans'
all-time leader in wins.
"Defense was the key," said Maestri.
"I felt from the beginning of the season
that defense would be our strong point,
and it was excellent today."
New Orleans scored its runs in the
second inning with a little help from the
Michigan defense. Second baseman
Kevin Degen legged out an infield hit
after one man was out and Mike Jen-
nings followed with a shot which han-
dcuffed Michigan shortstop Tony
Evans and landed men on first and.

second. Thompson then drilled a double
up the gap in left center field to score
Degen and Jennings. Wolverine starter
Scot Elam (10-2) retired the last two
men without further damage, however.
EVEN THOUGH only one of the two
Privateer runs was earned, Elam was
in and out of trouble all afternoon. He
was helped by his defense, however,
which turned three double plays. The
sophomore ace gave up eight hits and
two runs, one earned, in six and one-
third innings while walking two and
striking out none.
Steve Ontiveros came in to relieve
Elam in the seventh and served up a
double-play ball to end the inning, but
got into quick trouble in the eighth.
Shortstop Augie Schmidt led off with a
single, which would have been a double
had Wroten not made a great play down
the line in left field. Brian DeValk
followed with a bunt single and Dave
Albrecht bunted after him. Michigan
catcher Gerry Hool threw to third, but
Schmidt slid in safely and the bases
were loaded with nobody out.
Ontiveros tightened his belt though
and got Jamieson to hit a bouncer to
second, which Jacobson threwhome for
the force. Degen then softly bounced
the ball to Ontiveros, who threw to Hool
for the force and Hool fired to first to

nines
complete the double play.
"BOTH CLUBS had several oppor-
tunities to break the game open, but
neither of them did," said Middaugh.
"The loss will put a strain on our pit-
ching staff. It is a big advantage to win
the first game." Michigan now has to
win four games to win the regional and
advance to the college World Series in
Omaha, Nebraska.
"It's a great feeling to win," Maestri
said. "But we can't get too elated about
it. We just have to be loose and play our
game."
The Wolverines will play Nevada-Las
Vegas, the loser of the second game, at
1 p.m. today at Fisher Stadium while
New Orleans is slated to take on
Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m.-
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New Orleans ... 020 000 000 2' 10 3
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Dixon and Jamieson
Elam, Ontiveros (7) and Hool
WP- Dixon LP- Elam
HR- Paciorek
EMU
wallops
UNLY,
15-3
By MARTHA CRALL
Kurt Mattson probably saw baseballs
flying in his sleep last night as the
Rebels pitcher was rocked for 13 runs in
Nevada-Las Vegas' 15-3 drubbing at the
hands of Eastern Michigan yesterday
at Fisher Stadium in their opening
game of the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Rightfielder Jim Irwin was the hit-
ting hero for the Hurons, going three-
for-four including two home runs and
five RBIs. Five other Eastern Michigan
batters collected two hits with Bryon
Horn and Jim Riggs each contributing
three RBIs apiece.
THE HURONS, who finished sixth in
the nation in team batting, collected
three runs in the third and fourth
frames, seven in the fatal seventh in-
ning and two more in the eighth on six-
teen hits.
Senior hurler Randy Gorgon was the
beneficiary of the runs, posting his
seventh victory against three defeats
while giving up only five hits, two walks
and striking out three in the route-going
performance.
Rebel rightfielder Chris Smith picked
up all three RBIs on his 14th home run
of the season, a three-run shot in the
fourth inning. Mattson (10-5) took the
loss in going six and two-thirds innings,
giving up 13 hits, 13 runs (12 earned)
and three walks while striking out three
Hurons.

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Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
AN UNIDENTIFIED PRIVATEER dives back to first base as Michigan first baseman Tim Miller awaits the throw and
umpire Joe Bob Taylor watches intently during yesterday's NCAA Mideast Regional competition at Fisher Stadium.
Much to the chagrin of the partisan Michigan crowd, the throw was not in time and New Orleans went on to defeat
Michigan, 2-1.

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