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Page 16 Saturday, May 30, 1981 The Michigan Daily
Blue opens world series

special to the Daily
OMAHA, Neb. - The Michigan
Wolverines will participate in their
second straight College Baseball World
Series today here against the
Mississippi State Bulldogs, and the
question for Wolverine fans is, "Can
Michigan's young pitching staff stop
Mississippi State's potent offense?"
Michigan will likely send sophomore
Scot Elam (11-2) to the mound for the
opener. However, Elam will have to
control the Bulldog's Mark Gillaspie,
who sports a team-leading .408
average, and power hitter Bruce
Castoria, who has hit 28 home runs, one
shy of the NCAA record.

STEVE ONTIVEROS, who has per-
formed superbly for the Wolverines
thus far in post-season blay, will be
ready to shut the door in case the
Michigan starters falter. Ontiveros (7-
4) sports a 2.01 ERA and has struck out
58 batters in 71 and two-thirds innings
Other pitchers who should contribute

to the Michigan effort include freshman
Bill Shuta (6-1), senior Mark Clinton (2-
3), Harry Wayne (6-2), and Rich Stoll
As usual, the Michigan offense will
depend on rightfielder Jim Paciorek,
an All-Tournament player in the 1980
College World Series, catcher Gerry
Hool, centerfielder Greg Schulte, and

freshman third baseman Chris Sabo.
Paciorek is the Wolverines' top hitter at
.364, while Hool and Shulte are right
behind at .357. Sabo is swinging at a .350
pace and has tied the Michigan single-
season home run mark with 10.
FIRST BASEMAN Tim Miller should
also contribute. Miller is second on the
team with 12 doubles and sports a .310
mark at the plate.
The- Wolverines, who earned the.
College World Series bid by coming
through the losers bracket and winning
four straight games'and winning last
week's Mideast Regional are on an up-
swing, having won seven of their last
eight contests.'he Michigan bats have
provided some clutch hitting that has
kept the Wolverines alive in post-season
Last season Michigan finished in fifth
place in the Series. The Wolverines won
their opener against California but then
dropped consecutive contests to Miami
of Florida and Arizona. Michigan last
won the National Championship in 1962.
In other tournament games Arizona
State will face Texas on Saturday night,
South Carolina will play Oklahoma
State Sunday and Miami (Fla.) will
meet Maine also on Sunday.
Michigan will ,open the double-
elimination series today at 6:10 at
Rosenblatt Stadium.



MICHIGAN RIGHTFIELDER JIM Paciorek, Most Valuable Player in last
week's NCAA Mideast Regional, will spearhead the Wolverine attack when
they open the College World Series in Omaha today against Mississippi

...2nd trip to Omaha


Tracksters attempt to retain title


Michigan's Johnny Nielsen won the shot put (59-8) and
David Hall, a freshman quarterback prospect on the football
team, led the decathlon with 3516 points at the conclusion of
the first day of action at the Central Collegiate Conference
track meet at East Lansing yesterday. Nielsen's teammate,
Phil Wells, was third in the shot.
The Wolverines, coming off of a stunning victory at the
Big Ten meet (also held at East Lansing) last weekend, are
defending the title they won last year. A number of Michigan
tracksters will be participating in today's finals, including
double Big Ten champion Andrew Bruce.
BRUCE, WHO RAN a blazing 10.25100-meter dash at the
Big Ten's, will be competing with teammate Butch Woolfolk,
who, like Bruce, is pointing toward the NCAA meet to be held
at Baton Rouge, La. June 4-6. Also aiming to sharpen their
skills for that meet will be Nielsen, distance runners Gerard
Donakowski and Dave Lewis, high jumper Dave Lugin, long
jumper James Ross, and hurdler Shelby Johnson.
Ron Warhurst, men's assistant coach and head cross-
country coach, noted that for several tracksters this will be a
last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA's. Dan Beck, third in
the 1500 meters last weekend, is only .31 seconds away from
qualifying in his event, and fellow middle-distance runner
Mike Shea will also be trying to qualify in the 800-meters. In

the longer distances, Bill Weidenbach and Bill O'Reilly will
be running the 5,000 meters with an eye toward bettering the
NCAA standard of 14:00.0.
Though they are defending Central Collegiate champs,
the Wolverines are more preoccupied with the upcoming
NCAA's than with this meet. For example, Brian Diemer,
who won the Big Ten steeplechase, was scratched from this
meet with a case of tendinitis. To have risked competing with
NCAA's so close would be risky. Considering the large-num-
ber of Michigan tracksters who will be competing in the
national championships, this is understandable.
Despite being more concerned with individual perfor-
mances than with the team race, Michigan stands an ex-
cellent chance of "backing into" another title. Bruce and
Woolfolk (who has a 10.40 in the 100 to his credit) will be tough
to beat in the sprints, Ross (who has jumped over 25-6 twice
this year) will be the dominant competitor in the long jump,
and Beck, Lugin, Hall, Shea, Donakowski, Lewis, Weiden-
bach and O'Reilly are almost certain to finish well up in their
Additional points could come from Scott Erikson, Big
Ten champ in the discus with a toss of 173'32", and long
jumpers Derek Harper and Vince Bean. The 1600 meter relay
team should also do well, as Bruce, Shea, Ken Gardner and
Johnson will forma fast foursome.


.. wins the shot put

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