in a row, 6
By JOE CHAPELLE to make a pi
Special tothe Daily Tiger firs
DETROIT- Despite two Oakland then sacrifii
home runs, a four-run sixth inning gave the run andl
Detroit the edge it needed as the Tigers OAKLAN]
downed the A's, 6-3, before 23,207 fans in the sixth
last night at Tiger Stadium. his error, bl
The A's jumped into an early lead in of the seaso
the first inning. Tiger pitcher Dan deck.
Petry walked the first Oakland batter However,
of the night, center fielder Rickey Hen- of the game
derson, to start things off for the A's. sixth. Detro
RIGHT FIELDER Danny Meyer, the four-run ra
second Oakland batter of the game and double into
a former Tiger, doubled to send Hen- Trammell,I
derson to third. Henderson came home the inning,
to score the A's first run when Jeff the game at
Burroughs smacked a sacrifice fly into The Tiger
center field. in the inning
The Tigers did not get on the board (1) and Mik
until the fifth inning. Jerry Turner, the Oakland's
Detroit designated hitter, took first A's second1
base when Oakland first baseman two outs in
Wayne Gross bobbled Turner's groun- enough as I
der and was charged with an error. bottom of
Turner went to third when Matt sacrificed t
Keough, the Oakland pitcher, sailed the who had reE
ball over the head of Gross attempting double.
Thursday, May 20, 1982
t baseman Richie Hebner
ced to right field to bring in
make the score 1-1.
D PICKED up another run
when Gross, making up for
lasted his second home run
n into the right field upper
the Tigers took command
e in the bottom half of the
it's Lou Whitaker started a
illy for the Tigers with a
o right-center field. Alan
the second Tiger batter of
singled in Whitaker to knot
s picked up three more runs
g from RBIs by Enos Cabell
e Ivie (2).
Henderson picked up the
home run of the night with
the seventh but it was not
Detroit scored again in the
the inning when Cabell
o bring in Alan Trammell,
ached base previously on a
CLEVELAND'S JACK PERCONTE drops the throw, failing to force the
Blue Jays' Alfredo Griffin at second base during third inning action last
night. See story, Page 14.
So tballers to open Series tonight
By JIM DWORMAN
One might say that the fate of the Michigan softball
team is in the stars. Not in any astrological symbols,
but in whether or not the team could seethe stars last
"There's about a 50-50 chance of rain here," said
Michigan coach Bob DeCarolis yesterday in a
telephone interview from Norman, Okla. "It rained
here this afternoon and the fields are pretty wet. But
if it doesn't rain tonight or tomorrow we should be-
able to play."
DECAROLIS' TEAM is supposed to open the
second round of the Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics for Women (AIAW) softball World Series
tonight against the winner of the Oklahoma-Rhode
Island game. But, as the second-year coach said,
"We're at the mercy of the weatherman."
Precipitation aside, the Wolverines will face stiff
competition from either Oklahoma or Rhode Island.
The Sooners entered the tournament sporting a 36-4
record, while Rhode Island is 25-12-1.
Michigan faced Rhode Island twice this season,
splitting the-series at one game apiece. RI took the
first game by a 2-1 margin, but the Wolverines
rebounded to take a 4-1 decision in the rematch.
THE WOLVERINES have not played the Sooners.
"Okalahoma I haven't seen play but they have a
real fine record," said DeCarolis. "At this point, all
the competition is good."
Michigan entered the Series seeded fourth behind
Texas A and M (77-8), Utah (41-14-1) and California-
Berkeley (35-13-1). The only other team from the
state of Michigan to make the 12-team field was Cen-
tral Michigan, which the Wolverines defeated in the
Whenever the tournament opens and against
whomever the Wolverines play, Jan Boyd will pitch
the first game, followed by Laura Reed.
THE MICHIGAN softball team, shown
here against Wayne State, begins play
in the AIAW World Series tonight. The
Wolverines will face the winner of the
Oklahoma-Rhode Island contest. Rain,
however, may force the postponement
of the tournament which is being held in
Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS