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SPORTS

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I The Michigan Daily

Friday, May 13, 1988

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Ups and downs for Michigan

Gillette
leads Blue
to sweep
over EMU
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
Michigan got the lift they needed
Wednesday. After dropping three of
four to Ohio State over the weekend
and splitting with Toledo on Tues-
day, the Wolverines enjoyed a dou-
bleheader demolition of Eastern
Michigan.
The Wolverines won the first
game, 6-2, behind the strong pitch-
ing of rookie, Jeff Tanderys and
Mike Ignasiak. In the second game,
catcher Mike Gillette blasted two
home runs in a 12-run second inning
that powered Michigan to an 18-1
victory over the Hurons.
"I think a lot of frustration came
out," said head coach Bud Middaugh, ELLEN LEVY/Daily
whose Wolverines had scored only Senior pitcher Mike Ignasiak, who struck out six Eastern
22 runs in their last six games. Michigan players in 2 1/3 innings, will start against Indiana
THE MICHIGAN hitters got in a series that could determine the Big Ten champion.
things going early, getting three It was Lutz for Michigan and could of been a run more a game,
runs in the first two innings off Lotz for Toledo who got the wins. and maybe two more wins," said
Huron starter Matt Avery. Lutz came back from a shaky per- Middaugh. "It shows you what los-
Eastern closed to 4-2 but Michi- formance on Sunday, blanking the ing one guy can do."
gan put the game out of reach with Rockets over five innings on only MICHIGAN salvaged the series
two runs in the sixth. Third baseman three hits. finale behind a magnificent 12-
Steve Finken led off the inning with IN GAME TWO, Toledo strikeout relief performance by Ross
his tenth homer of the season and jumped ahead 6-0 with two in the Powell. Campbell had RBIs in the
Rich Samplinski drove in Greg first, one in the third and three in the first and second helping stake the
McMurtry with a sacrifice fly. fourth off starter and loser, Dave Wolverines to a 6-3 lead.
And then in the second game, the Peralta. Dave Lotz held the Wolver-
floodgates opened. McMurtry ho- ines scoreless until the sixth when Michigan travels to Bloomington
mered in the first off Brian Porter, he gave up two runs and needed relief for four games against Indiana to-
who had pitched only 12 innings in help. morrow and Sunday. The Hoosiers
the last two seasons because of arm Before Toledo, Michigan dropped (38-16, 10-14 in the Big Ten) have
troubles. three out of four to visiting Ohio averaged almost 12 runs in their last
In the second, Gillette matched State. Leftfielder Phil Price was out 12 games.
his career home run output with two of the lineup with a hand injury. Wisconsin and Ohio State, tied
roundtrippers. Finken, 4-for-6 on the Catcher Darrin Campbell was forced for second place, play four against
day, had two doubles in the inning, to DH, also with a hand injury, Minnesota and MSU respectively.
Sophomore second baseman Chris putting Gillette behind the plate for The magic number for Michigan to
Gagin hit his first career home run. all four games. win the regular season is three, with
MEANWHILE, Tim Lata was With Price out of the order, both teams.
brilliant on the mound for Michigan. Michigan managed only six runs in
The 6-foot-2 sophomore walked losing the first three games of the "Hopefully our pitching will pre-
none and struck out eight in'six in- series, two by just one run. vail," said Middaugh. "We'll pull
nings of work. Lata gave up only "With Price in the order that out all the stops to win all four."
one hit, a home run by Huron first
baseman Mickey Delas.
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what took place this weekend," said
Middaugh. "I was very pleased with TeSuetsRsarn
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Michigan had played six games in . Fallafel * Mexican Dishes
four days against Ohio teams, two + Hoagies * Humus
versus Toledo, and four against Ohio * Fried chicken * Babaghnooj
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Blue batters bobble
Big Ten ballgames
ine rives
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
In the third inning of Sunday's second game with Ohio State, the
Buckeyes' Jim Hufford lined a shot at Michigan shortstop, Bill St. Pe-
ter. The ball hit St. Peter's glove but its sheer force caused it to pop
out. St. Peter bobbled it. Once. Twice. Three times. Finally the junior
shortstop hauled it in as the packed Ray Fisher stadium oohed and aahed
with relief.
So it was with Michigan this past weekend. Coming into the series,
the Wolverines held a four game lead in the conference, and had a chance
to clinch the regular season title with a sweep of the visiting Buckeyes.
But they bobbled the series and their Big Ten lead - three times. On
Saturday they dropped decisions by the scores of 9-2 and 2-1. It was
head coach Bud Middaugh's first loss of a doubleheader in his nine year
tenure at Michigan. And it hurt.
"I hate losing," said Middaugh. "It really eats me up."
Sunday's first game had to hurt even more. The Wolverines squan-
dered numerous opportunities, losing 4-3 in 10 innings.
"It's a shame we couldn't win for Jim (Abbott)," said Middaugh.
"Jim put on quite a show. He did everything to win that...one." Abbott
went all the way for the Wolverines giving up only three early runs in
the first and that one in the tenth, striking out eight.
Suddenly Michigan's lead in the Big Ten was down to one. The
Wolverines, once 14-1, were 17-7 and the Buckeyes were on the verge
of doing the "impossible," sweeping four from Michigan in Ann Arbor.
When Chris Lutz had control problems in game two of the twinbill,
allowing Ohio State to get two runs on the board in the top of the first,
it looked like Michigan, having bobbled the first three games of the se-
ries, was going to drop the whole kit and kaboodle, and their lead in the
conference with it.
But Bud's boys weren't ready to let their season hit the dirt just yet.
The Wolverines tallied three runs in the bottom of the inning, going
ahead on a Greg Haeger suicide squeeze. When Michigan got three more
in the second, it had in two innings matched its scoring output of the
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