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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 12,1989-F

Playoff bound

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AMIT BHAN/Daily
Michigan junior outfielder Phil Price leans toward second base in Wednesday's doubleheader
against Wayne State. Price was cheered on by a vocal, enthusiastic group of students from the
elementary school where his mother teaches, and was even hounded for autographs after the game.
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Baseball makes Big Tens, sweeps WSU
BY JAY MOSES
The Michigan Baseball team, at least for this decade, is batting 1.000.
The Wolverines clinched a berth in the Big Ten playoffs last weekend,
making them a perfect 9-for-9 in playoff berths since the conference
instituted the present tournament format in 1981.
Michigan (41-11, 18-5) accomplished that feat by taking three of four
games from Ohio State Saturday and Sunday in Columbus.
Against the Buckeyes, Michigan dropped the opener on Saturday, 5-4 in
eight innings. The Wolverines went on to sweep the remaining three games,
19-4, 5-2, and 14-2, with Tim Lata, Ross Powell, and Dave Peralta
notching the wins.
Michigan's scheduled doubleheader at Toledo on Tuesday was rained out,
but not before Michigan lost a player to the injured list. Catcher Todd
Winston, who was the number one receiver at the time, suffered a stress
fracture rounding first base and will be out for the season.
Shortstop Chris Gagin, who was out for several games earlier in the
season with a hand injury, reinjured the hand and will be out indefinitely
Wednesday, Wayne State returned to Ray Fisher Stadium hoping to
avenge Michigan's April 4 sweep of the Tartars.
However, Wayne State ace Steve Savage bowed out of his last start of
the season with a sore arm. Tartars' head coach Rod George used three
pitchers, but nothing he offered could tame the Wolverine bats, which
finally showed some of the punch they have only hinted at all season.
Michigan banged out 17 hits in the opener, a 19-4 drubbing in the
Wolverines' favor.
First-year infielder Tim Flannelly continued his hot hitting against
Wayne State, going 4-for-6 with six RBIs, including a monstrous, 400 -foot
plus home run in the opener.
Jeff Tanderys (3-0) went four innings for the win, while Rick Leonard
mopped up. The game was called after six innings for unspecified reasons.
The nightcap was decidedly closer, as Wayne State pitcher Henry Miller
kept the Wolverines slightly more in check. The 8-3 Michigan victory was
a combination effort from pitchers Tracy Piehl, Jason Pfaff (3-4), who got
the win, Russell Brock, and John Locker.
Wisconsin's home-course advant-
S tru g g le age could help their chances to win
the championship.
Continued from Page U Michigan finished third in the Big
the same conditions, but he looks Ten last year, and Carras would be
forward to this weekend's Big Ten "not surprised but happy with a top
Championship in Madison, Wiscon- three finish this year."
sin. Carras looks to the upcoming
"We played so poorly lately that NCAA Championships with hope
we're due (for a good performance) for the co-captains, Papp and Hersh
next weekend," Papp said. Patel. An experimental 54-hole
Despite coming off their "worst playoff for golfers from three
tournament ever," Michigan head national regions could help Mich-
coach Jim Carras is also optimistic igan stars, especially Patel, get into
about the Big Ten Tournament. the NCAAs, Carras said.
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