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The Michigan Daily Sunday, May 20, 1984

Page 16

Wildcats down Gophers 10-2


Special to the Daily
MINNEAPOLIS - The Northwestern
Wildcats have proven that their ap-
pearance in this year's Big Ten tour-
nament is no fluke.
The Wildcats trounced the Minnesota
Golden Gophers, 10-2, to eliminate the
host team and propel Northwestern into
the tournament final against Michigan.
SENIOR RIGHT hander John Traut-
wein went the distance to check the
lethargic Gophers on just six hits to
record the victory. The Gophers got
single tallies in the third and ninth but
showed very little offense in any of the
other innings.
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shall and moved to third when catcher
Rich Bair looped a double just inside
the right field foul line. They both
scored on left fielder Kurt Zimmer-
man's single to right.
MINNESOTA TIED the game in the
fourth on designated hitter Tim McIn-
tosh's two-run homer.
The Wolverines regained the lead in
the fourth. After two were out Zim-
merman, C.J. Beshke, and Matt Siuda
all walked. Larkin then drilled a single
to right to score two runs.
Minnesota got one back in their half
of the fourth. Singles by McIntosh, Dan

The Wildcats used a balanced hitting
attack to pound four different Min-
nesota pitchers for fourteen hits.
Northwestern blew the game open in
the fifth inning. With the score tied 1-1
the Wildcats rallied for five runs, two
scoring on a throwing error by Min-
nesota third baseman Scott Schuveiller.
They added two more in each of the
sixth and seventh innings.
Every Northwestern starter got at
least one base hit, and each player
scored at least one run, with the excep-
tion of designated hitter Ed Tompa.
"I'm not surprised (that North-
western reached the finals). Nothing
surprises me anymore," said Michigan
coach Bud Middaugh. "They are a good

ball club or they wouldn't be here. In
our ball game against them we kept the
pressure on them the whole ball game
and we really didn't stop."
The Wildcats were opportunistic in
their game, something they were not
against Michigan. Northwestern left
only three men on base. The Gophers,
on the other hand, stranded nine.
Both coaches felt that Minnesota's
loss in the 1:00 p.m. game against
Michigan had an effect on the Gopher's
play. Middaugh agreed.
"It's tough coming off of a game like
that," he commented. "That was a very
emotional game. The game wasn't over
until the last guy grounded out."



Wildcats for
nDehey and Pat Pohl, and a force out Ken Hayward on first, Jeff Minick lined
Jon Beckman made it Michigan 4, a ball to short left field. The left fielder
nnesota 3. Beckman dove for the ball but could
THE GOPHERS would not score only trap it. Bair then drove in
ain. Hayward with a single to left, and
Michigan coach Bud Middaugh felt Zimmerman drove in Minick for his
ayne was the key to the game. third RBI of the game.
"The game was won on the mound. Wayne got the Gophers out easily in
(Wayne) threw a lot of pitches, and the seventh, but yielded to Hayward
had to pitch from behind most of the with two on and two out in the eighth.
me. But he pitched a great game and The Wolverines ace reliever fanned
m very proud of him," Middaugh pinch hitter Mike Pehrson for the final
id. out in the eighth. He then-retired the
THE FINAL two Michigan runs came Big Ten championship game
er two were out in the seventh. With MICHIGAN vs. Northwestern, 2:00 p.m.
Second game, 5:00 p.m. (if necessary)
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Gophers easily in the ninth to pick up
his fifth save.
WAYNE GOT the win to up his record
to 8-2. He allowed 10 walks and was the
beneficiary of spectacular defense
from his teammates.
Zimmerman's running, diving catch
helped snub a potential rally in the
seventh. First Baseman Hal Morris
dove deep into the hole to snare a
ground ball and recovered to throw to
Wayne at first for the first out in the
But the best play of the day belonged
to Wolverine centerfielder Mike Wat-
ters. With one down in the eighth and a
A- runner on first, Alex Bauer hit a
screamer to deep right center field.
Watters reached over and snared the

... winning pitcher
ball just before crashing into the fence.
"YOU HAVE to hand it to Michigan.
They made some excellent defensive
plays," said Minnesota coach John An-
derson. "Larkin made a heck of a play
on that ball (the final out of the sixth in-
ning). That wasn't an easy play. Weber
hit that ball right on the head. Most kids
don't have the ability of a Barry Larkin.
Most kids would have thrown that ball
away or not thrown it at all."
Middaugh was pleasantly surprised
by the performance of Zimmerman,
who was a last second replacement in
the Wolverine lineup.
"I had Froning in the lineup and
made a change because Zimmerman
swung well yesterday and in batting
practice today he was just un-
believable. I was glad to give the kid an
opportunity. I was a little concerned
about him defensively, but I thought the
deserved a chance."
Starter and winner Wayne pitched
one of his better games of the year, if
not his most artistic.
"The fans were pumping me up out
there. This was a real big game. I was
really excited out there. I wanted to win
this game badly."
Michigan will throw either righty Bill
Shuta or lefty Dave Karasinski against
Northwestern today. The Wildcats will
most likely counter with righthander
Bob Miller, who was the starter and
loser in Northwestern's 13-1 loss to
Michigan on Friday.



CMU will host regional

Michigan won't be hosting the
Mideast regional in the NCAA
baseball tournament this year. But
at least Woverine fans won't have to
travel very far to see their heroes -
that is if Michigan wins the Big Ten
tournament in Minneapolis today.
Earlier this week, the NCAA chose
Mid-American conference champion
Central Michigan to host the
Mideast regional. Eight regions are
selected with the winners in each
advancing to the College World
Series in Omaha, Neb.
THE WINNER of the Big Ten
tournament likely will be one of the

three teams to travel to Mount
Pleasant to join the Chippewas.
The move was a bit of a surprise
as some observers felt the Big Ten
champion might host the region.
Michigan hosted the Mideast last
year and went on to the College
World Series.
The Wolverines' chances of
making the regionals appear ex-
cellent. They are in the winners'
bracket in the Big Ten playoffs and
thus need only one win to capture the
crown. Their opponent - either
Minnesota or Northwestern - would
have to dump the Blue twice.


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