Saturday, May 29, 1982
The Michigan Daily
Leach named Big Ten
Athlete of t
During a weekend when the 2nd annual Big In
Ten baseball playoff and the 87th staging of Fla
the Conference outdoor track meet grabbed and
most of the headlines and held much of the at- the
tention, it was the accomplishments of gan
Michigan's senior tennis player Michael nine
Leach that overshadowed them all when he ave
won the NCAA singles championship in L
Athens, Georgia, last Sunday. with
For his efforts, Leach has been honored by Gill
the Conference as its spring sports "Athlete- nis
LEACH BECOMES only the second Big Ten sint
tennis player in history to win the NCAA Tl
singles honor. Michigan all-America Barry was
MacKay was the first in 1957, leading the able
Wolverines to their onlytand the Big Ten's pion
only) NCAA team tennis title. Ern
In opening round action, Leach beat Yale's juni
Glenn Layendecker 6-4, 6-2; Trinity's Tomm L
Warneke 7-6, 6-4 and Harvard's Howard San- Ope
ds 6-2, 6-2. He then defeated Glenn Michibata Flut
of Pepperdine 7-5, 6-2 to set up the dramatic L
semi-final rounds. on E
Special to the Daily
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Michigan's Penny
Neer won the AIAW discus title last nighc with a toss of 183-0,
easily beating runnerup Julie Ann Jones of Brigham Young,
who had a toss of 168-10.
Said head coach Francie Goodridge of Neer's performance
in the discus, "Penny really capped four terrific years at
Michigan. She's graduated into the big time as a national
collegiate champion. This is a great sendoff for her and I
think she's truly an olympic prospect."
NEER ALSO competed in the shot put, but didn't fare as
well there as she failed to qualify for tomorrow's final.
Finishing behind Neer and Jones in the discus were Nadine
Cox of Ohio State, 162-9, Pat Herrington of Idaho State, 162-5,
and Jill Bess Palmer of Texas 160-5.
n his semi-final match against Miami,
.'s Christo Steyn, Leach trailed 6-2, 4-6, 4-5
d faced triple match point. But he captured
next three points and went on to win the
me, evening the set at 5-5, eventually win-
g the set and match by a 7-6 count. It
nged an early season loss to Steyn.
each then captured the national crown
h a 7-5, 6-3 win over eighth-ranked Brad
Bert of Pepperdine to become the first ten-
player (since MacKay in '57) from a state
in the south or west to win the NCAA
he senior from Weston, Massachusetts,
a four-time all-Big Ten selection, but was
to win the Conference's #1 singles cham-
ship only once, losing three times to rival
ie Fernandez of Ohio State his freshman,
or and senior years.
each qualifies to participate in the U.S.
n Tennis Championships in September at
shing, New York.
each's title-clinching match can be seen
SPN this afternoon at 4:00.
... NCAA singles champion
ns AIA W title
In the sprint medley, Michigan's quartet of Renee Turner,
Brenda Kazinec, Lorrie Thornton and Catherine Sharpe
finished in eighth place with a time of 4:43.01 seconds.
"They pulled another second off their time today (yester- /
day) after doing the same for yesterday's (thursday's)
qualifying." said Goodridge. "Today's time was a school
record, and the fact that they've been able to do so well under
the stiff competition is fantastic."
In the 10,000 mters, Michigan also garnered a tenth-place
finish. Doing so, was the Wolverines' Melanie Weaver.
Weaver crossed the finish line in a time of 36.05.
Also competing yesterday was Melody Middleton. Neer
Through four events, Middleton was in fourth place. .. .wins discus
EMU batsmen upset
FSU in NCAA's, 7-2
From AP and UPI
AUSTIN, Texas - Eastern Michigan pitcher Mickey Weston shut down the
nation's best home run hitting team, earning a 7-2 upset victory over Florida State
in yesterday's opener of the NCAA Central Region Baseball Tournament.
EMU will play the loser of yesterday's Texas-Hardin Simmons game at 5:00
today. Florida State will face the loser of yesterday's game between Oklahoma
and Ohio State.
WESTON, WHO came into the game with an 8-5 record, scattered eight hits while
five FSU pitchers gave up 12 hits.
Starter and loser Jamey Shuppe, 7-3, was knocked out of the game after four in-
nings with the Hurons leading 4-1. His four successors didn't do much better,
giving up seven hits between them.
EMU broke an early 1-1 tie in the fourth when Shuppe walked three batters and
forced a run home, giving the Hurons a 2-1 lead. Greg Howe, who went four-for-
five, followed with a two-run single to left field that put the Hurons up, 4-l.
FLORIDA STATE'S Jeff Ledbetter, the nation's home run leader with 42 on the
season, knocked in a run in the sixth when his long fly ball carried to the warning
track scoring Mike Yastzremski from third base.
Yastzremski, who is the son of the Boston Red Sox' Carl Yastremski, had
reached third on a triple.
AP Photo Joining Howe in hitting hard for EMU were Gary Baker with two RBI, and
Florida State Howard Simmons and Tom Seifert with one RBI each.
Eastern Michigan was the regions fifth ranked team. Florida State was ranked
second in the region entering the game.
EMU'S TONY DeMarti is out at the plate, but the Hurons beat F