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,SPORTS
Page 12 Saturday, June 11, 1983 The Michigan Daily
Longhorns lead
'M' after six

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By PAUL HELGREN
OMAHA, Neb. - Michigan and Texas
did battle at Rosenblatt Stadium last
night in College World Series action last
night and Texas lead, 4-2, after six in-
nings. A loss would eliminate the
Wolverines from college baseball's
national championship series.
Texas, which entered the game un-
defeated in Series play, would remain
alive even if Michigan won. The winner
plays Alabama, which beat Arizona
Sstate 6-0 last night, tonight at 8:10 p.m.
EDT.
MICHIGAN pitcher Scott
Kamieniecki's wildness got him into
trouble in the fifth. One-out walks to
Mike Trent and Bryan Burrows were
followed by a Bill Bates single to load
the bases. Brumley promptly knocked
Kamieniecki out of the game with a
grand slam home run.
CaseyClose relieved Kamieniecki and
walked the first batter he faced but the
freshman righthander avoided further
trouble by getting Tolentino to ground
into a double play.

The Wolverines got through to Texas
in the fifth when Jeff Jacobson followed
Ken Hayward's double with an RBI
single to center. Jacobson took second
on the throw. Fred Erdmann popped up
attempting to bunt and Chuck Froning
lined out before Rich Bair knocked in
Jacobson with an infield single.
It appeared Texas shortstop Mike
Brumley's throw would get Jacoson but
it went wild, allowing the Wolverine
second baseman to score and Bair to
move to second. Dale Sklar grounded to
end the inning.
KAMIENIECKI avoided trouble
through the first four innings. In the
second, Jose Tolentino led off with a
grounder that Michigan shortstop
Barry Larkin booted but Tolentino
stumbled out in the batter's box,
enabling Larkin to make the play. Jeff
Hearron followed with a sharp single to
left but was picked off first by catcher
Rich Bair. Kamieniecki walked the
next batter but got out of trouble when
Johnny Sutton grounded out.
See WOLVERINES, Page 11

AP Photo
Alabama's Allan Stallings dives safely into second base as Texas second
baseman Bill Bates takes the throw Thursday night in College World Series
action. The Crimson Tide won last night over Arizona State and tonight will
play the winner of last night's Michigan-Texas game.

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BEAT STANFORD IN WORLD SERIES
Ninth-inning rally saved
By PAUL HELGREN to come back," said Stanford coach "We were afraid of (Sabo)," said
OMAHA, Neb. - The score was 6-4, Mark Marquess. "But that homer Marquess. "We didn't want him to beat
Michigan leading Stanford in the ninth broke our backs. He hit it out of the us, but he did."
nning in third round College World world." Close added, "Chris has been so clut-
eries action Wednesday night when "I told (Close) he didn't have to drive ch all year. I knew he would come
reshman Casey Close stepped to the it over the hill," Michigan coach Bud through. He had been hitting the ball
plate. Teammate Chris Sabo already Middaugh said, referring to the hill just hard all game and he finally found the
lad broken a 4-4 deadlock with a double outside Rosenblatt Stadium. "Just over gap where he could get it in."
arlier in the inning but the bases were the fence is far enough." AFTER A KEN Hayward single,
oaded and the Wolverines needed some Close's granny capped an exciting Sabo scored on Jeff Jacobson's double.
nsurance runs. ninth-inning rally that saw Michigan Dan Sygar, who had entered the game
The count ran to 3-2. Close figured blow past Stanford 11-4 and stay alive in in the eighth as a defensive
Cardinal reliever Kevin Kunkel would the College World Series. Michigan replacement, was intentionally walked
ome in with a fastball. He did, and faced undefeated Texas last night.- to load the bases for Close.
Close punished the ball, sending it way THE WOLVERINES had a 4-2 lead "Close but no Sygar," Marquess
ver the left-field fence for a grand-slam over Stanford going to the bottom of the must have been thinking. The inten-
home run to make the score 10-4. seventh but the Cardinals rallied to tie tional pass gave Close the chance to
"WHEN IT WAS 6-4 we had a chance the score, 4-4. Mike Debenen led off the become a part of World Series history.
inning with a single to right. Michigan "(The grand slam) had special
starter and winner Rich Stoll (12-2) meaning in two ways," said Close, a

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native of Ohio. "When you intentionally
walk someone in front of you, you know
that they're looking at you especially
and you want to take your best cut and
get a hit.
"Another reason, I was looking at
Stanford as one of my choices last year
of going to school. I decided on
Michigan. I thought it would do better
for me in several ways. It was kind of a
special meaning for me as I crossed
home plate and saw all my friends
there. I was so ecstatic seeing all of
them."
Stanford's elimination left just four
teams in the tournament going into last
night's games. Arizona State and
Alabama, each with one loss, battled at
6:10 p.m. while Michigan met un-
defeated Texas in the second contest.

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then walked John Verducci on five pit-
ches.
A sacrifice bunt by'pinch-hitter Rick
Lundblade put runners on second and
third. Stoll got the next batter to pop out
to first, but Mark Davis hit a flyball
that fell in right-center and both run-
ners score', tying the game.
"We misplayed our outfield," Mid-
daugh said. "We were playing much too
deep."
BOTH TEAMS WENT out 1-2-3 in the
eighth before Michigan beat Stanford
cardinal red in the ninth.
Barry Larkin opened the final stanza
with a single. Mike Watters flied to cen-
ter before Sabo knocked in the winning
run with a shot up the left-centerfield
alley.

Tide eliminates ASU

OMAHA, Neb. - Alan Dunn and
Tim Meachem combined on a one-
hitter as Alabama defeated Arizona
State, 6-0, last night and eliminated
the Sun Devils from the College
World Series. Tonight Alabma will
play the winner of the Texas-
Michigan game, which was played
late last night.
The game was scoreless until the
sixth inning when Alabama blew it
open with a five-run barrage. The
big blow is that inning was a three-

run homer by catcher Frank
Velleggia.
ARIZONA State's lone hit came in
the seventh inning when pinch hitter
Lou Kent lined a single to right.
Meacham picked up the win for
the Tide, his seventh on the season
and second of the series.
Dunn was pulled in the fifth inning
after walking eight Arizona State
batters and striking out seven.
- PAUL HELGREN

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