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The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 20, 1988 - Page 11
Wolverines 'strongarm'
rest of Big Ten opponents
m ing the right to host this weekend's
Drvesplayoffs.
In the end, it was the pitching
that won these hnors Ds " 'ite"the"

°wBY MICHAEL SA LINSKY was the pitchers, who had to hold atnint h itr n'8-
thatlea asMiciga cold nlyaddattention to the hitters in '88 -
Going into this past weekend's that lead as Michigan could only add Finken's new Michigan stolen base
} four game series with Indiana, the one more run for the game.
Wolverines had to win three games Sophomore Mike Grimes, the r d i Pri treadeoshMmkr
to secure the Big Ten regular season unsung hero of the staff, held the Gillette's two home runs in one in-
title, without having to worry about Hoosiers to three runs in five m- Wing - it was the pitching that won
how other teams did. nings before getting relief help from the big games, picking up the slack
ROBIN LOZNAK/Doily But they were going against an Chris Lutz. Grimes raised his record from a batting order that had lost
Outfielder Greg McMurtry, shown here stealing second base, Indiana team with an awesome .361 to 7-1, and ended up the team leader Price to a hand injury.
did everything for the Wolverines yesterday by collecting four batting average for the season that in ERA.
hits and driving in five of six Michigan runs. had scored 89 runs in its last eight Sunday brought two more strong And despite the pitching staff's
_ _ conference games. performances by Michigan hurlers, rough times and the fact that Michi-
But these Hoosiers also had a Ignasiak yielded two first inning gan's ERA for the season was up
p g me," said McMurtry, who's been pitching staff with a 6.55 ERA in runs but 'Iggy' held on to win a 8-3 from 3.19 in '87 to 3.40 this year, it
P la y o f s trying to "stay back" on balls rather Big Ten games. Expect a slugfest. decision. was the pitching that came through
than lunging for them. "I'm feeling Hope the Wolverines batters can In the series finale, Powell, in his when needed. Michigan's ERA, the
good...It's about time." outslug Indiana. Right, coach Bud second brilliant performance since best in the conference, was nearly
Abbott helps "I'm so happy for him Middaughe returning from injury, gave up only the same as last season's, while
A. bb'(Mchelpsy), s appyM forhim.M"H au Wrong. four hits in 6 1/3 innings to capture ERAs were up in general.
revenge been working so hard." "I just hope our pitchers can bear a 5-3 decision. Lutz, whose place in
Abbott. McMurtry. Wasn't there down," said head coach Bud Mid- the starting rotation has been taken In Bloomington, it was the clas-
previous losses one more key element? Aah, the daugh before the series. by Powell, got his second save of sic confrontation, the league's best
rain, the rain. Oh yeah, pitching, Middaugh's the series. hitting against the league's best
to Ohio State The game was played in inter- specialty, and the strong suit of So Michigan became the Big pitching. Pitching won. Michigan
mittent drizzle, but in the bottom of many Wolverines teams. But there Ten's regular season champs, earn- won.
Continued from Page 1 the sixth it started to rain harder and have been problems this season.
Unlike Abbott's recent outings, by the bottom of the eighth it was Jim Abbott, despite his advance
the Michigan offense was able to pouring, billing, was not unbeatable. Mike
make up for those mistakes. The This made the Ohio State ninth Ignasiak walked 48 batters in 72 in-
Wolverines tagged Ohio State ace all the more exciting as the Buck- nings. Injuries hurt the depth much The Student's Restaurant
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McMurtry didn't come out of his gntte
slump late in the season as he did in gan' tiThe opener, on Saturday, was
'87. "We owed them," sald McMurtry. Tihegn' opne lons dstrday strn
"Things just broke down me- "We thumped 'em good, but not as Mihan n lo e n W E W O RK AS
chanically," said McMurtry. "I was good as we wanted to." performance by Abbott. In a virtual
swinging under the ball the whole In the opening game of the tour- behind early, giving up three runs in LATE AS YOU DO
year. nament, Michigan State beat Mm- the second, but bore down as the
Last week, McMurtry gave signs nesota 10-5 and will face Michigan Wolverines tied the game, before
of coming out of his doldrums and today at 3:30. Ohio State will meet losing in extra innings, 5-4.
yesterday, he exploded. Minnesota at noon. The double In the second game, Michigan's
As the second batter up for elimination tournament continues sluggers emerged briefly. Homers
Michigan, McMurtry went the tomorrow, and Sunday if necessary. from Bill St. Peter, a three-run shot,
opposite way with a 1-1 fastball, Matchups depend orr the outcome of and Steve Finken, a solo job, gave
launching it over the left field fence tomorrow's contests. Michigan a 4-0 lead after one. But it
- and giving Michigan a lead it
would never relinquish. In the sec-
ond, McMurtry singled in Jim
second for the Wolverines' third run. GARD N
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for two more RBIs. DINING AND COCKTAILS you're not working alone.
When Schwarber came back to
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