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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Friday, May 11, 1984

Page 20

'M' to clash with Purdue

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By ROB POLLARD
Lately, Michigan baseball coach Bud
Middaugh has developed a splitting
headache.
His Wolverines have split their last
five doubleheaders, and their record
has leveled off to 34-16.
"I'M NOT DOWN on the club, but I'm
not happy with the way we're playing,"
said Middaugh. "We've got to develop
more consistency."
A perfect time to develop that con-
sistency would be this weekend.
Michigan travels to West Lafayette for
a big four-game series with Purdue this
Saturday and Sunday.
The Wolverines need to win one game

East, and two to clinch first. The top
two teams in both the East and the West
divisions qualify for the Big Ten playof-
fs, May 17-19. But Middaugh isn't
looking at the series as just the chance
to wrap upa playoff spot.
"I'M NOT worried about taking two,
three or how ever many it takes to clin-
ch a berth," he said. "I want to win
four."
Sophomore pitching ace Scott
Kamieniecki is another one who feels
that the Wolverines can do more than
just wrap up a spot in the upcoming
tourney, to be played on the home field
of the West division champion.
"We should be able to take three out
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well we could sweep them."
PURDUE'S ACE on the mound,
junior righthander Matt Kinzer, thinks
that it's the Boilermakers who may do
the sweeping.
"They're struggling this year and if
our pitchers get in a groove we can take
three out of four or all four games,"
said Kinzer, who sports a 7-6 record and
a rather high 5.00 ERA. "If we can keep
the ball down, and throw the fastball
when they're thinking curve, they're
gonna fold, just like any team."
Kinzer is coming off perhaps his best
outing of the season, a five-hit, eight-
strikeout, 2-1 victory over Indiana. The
win was the only one for the Boiler-

the Hoosiers.
PURDUE head coach Dave Alexan-
der will use Kinzer along with
righthanders Bill Banker, Rex
Gingerich and John Sarafin against
Michigan. Middaugh will counter with
Kamieniecki, Gary Wayne, Dave
Karasinski, and either Bill Shuta or
Casey Close.
Purdue is currently 5-7 in the Big Ten
East. The Boilermakers need a sweep
to gain a spot in the tournament. Last
season Michigan took three out of four
from Purdue, with Kinzer notching the
lone Purdue victory.
"They're a good team, -well
disciplined," said Kinzer. "They
always have a guy to hit that fly ball to
get the man in from third when they
need it."
RECENTLY Michigan's discipline
has not been clearly evident. In Wed-
nesday's second game 8-7 loss to
Eastern Michigan, the Hurons scored
two in the sixth and one in the seventh
to erase a 7-5 Michigan lead, and win
the game. One of the key plays oc-
curred in the sixth when with two-outs
Wolverine pitcher Dave Karasinski was
late covering the bag on a grounder to
first. The mental error allowed the
Huron rally to continue.
"We've got to eliminate our errors or
our season will be over soon," said
Middaugh. "It hurts me to lose a game
in which we have a lead in the late in-
nings. Those are games we should
win."
In the first game against EMU, a
three-run Michigan seventh inning
broke a five-all tie and gave the
Wolverines an 8-6 win. On Tuesday at
Fisher Stadium, Michigan split with
Wayne State, dropping the first game,
4-0, and winning the nightcap, 11-5.
This weekend will be the final chance
for the Wolverines to exorcise their
defensive woes. Next weekend the Big
Ten tournament begins, and it won't
take many errors to produce an abrupt
end to Michigan's season.
All four games can be heard on radio
station WAAM (1600 AM). Game time is
1:00 p.m. for both doubleheaders.
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Germans
Antoine Joubert scored six of his game-
high 22 points to pull out the victory.
Roy Tarpley had 19 points and Rich
Rellford contributed 16.
Wednesday morning, the team left the
Netherlands after spending the first
six days of its trip in that country,
which will be remembered by the
Wolverines for its flat terrain, rainy
weather and terrible food. The team
was treated to a better meal and a night
of celebration after the Germany game
because no contest was scheduled for
the following night.
Michigan used yesterday for travel
as it flew from Dusseldorf to Athens
Greece, where it will take on the Greek
national team today and tomorrow to
finish up the playing stage of their
European trip.

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Wolverine shortstop Barry Larkin slides safely into home during the first inning of Tuesday's second game against
Wayne State. Michigan went on to win the contest 11-5 to gain a split of the doubleheader.

Big Ten honors Larkin

From staff reports
Barry Larkin was named Big Ten
baseball player-of-the-week for his
superlative performance in last
weekend's four-game series with
Michigan State.
Larkin, a finalist on the Olympic
team, went 7-15. with two game-
winning RBI. The Wolverines and
the Spartans split the series.
In the first game at Fisher
Stadium on Saturday Larkin
knocked home the winning tally with
two outs in the final inning, giving
Michigan a 2-1 triumph. In Sunday's
opener at East Lansing the
sophomore shortstop hit a two-run
triple that proved to be the game-
winner in an 11-7 slugfest.
Larkin is Michigan's leading hit-
ter with a .371 mark through 33
games.

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Joubert's 2
';M'past W.
From Staff Reports
After splitting four games with the
Dutch National team, the Michigan
basketball squad moved on to the best
that West Germany had to offer and
came out 81-77 victors Wednesday night
in Hagen, West Germany.
Among the West German players
were 7-2 Indiana center Uwe Blab and
University of Washington stars Detlaf
Schrempf and Christian Welp, giving
the Germans a lot of power inside. But
the Wolverines were able to match
them there and provide enough outside
shooting to gain the victory.
Michigan jumped out to nine-point
halftime lead and seemed to be headed
for an easy win when the Germans
scored 10 straight points to tie the game
with five minutes remaining. The score -
was tied at 73 four minutes later when

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Larki
. .. player of the week

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