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F Saturday, March 28, 1987 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Baseball, college basketballB-5 Things loolcing up at UC Hit batter costs Nipper Baseball 7.4 per game, .329 batting average. It's a team with a decent pitching staff 3.96 ERA. Young leads the hitters with a .429 average, followed by Martin at .400, outfielder John Zaksek at .370, and Abbatiello at .357. Judd Johnson (3-1, 3.04 ERA) and Tom Infante (3-0, 3.32 ERA) head the much-improved pitching staff. The Bearcat players are effusive in their praise of Schmitz, who took over the program after Tom Higgins resigned to enter the business world after last season. Schmitz is a Cincinnati native (LaSalle High) who played and later coached at Wilmington College. UC's early-season schedule hasn't been Herculean the likes of Ferris State and Bellar-mine have fallen to the Bearcats but as Schmitz said, "There's not that much difference between Division I and Division II baseball. An 11-3 record is great, but it's how you finish that counts." UC could find out a lot about itself this weekend, when South Carolina visits for a double-header today at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 2 p.m. Those games mark the start of UC's Metro Conference season. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WINTER HAVEN, Fla. Al Nipper of the Boston Red Sox was informed by the baseball commissioner Friday he has been fined for hitting Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets with a j?itch in an exhibition game. . The Red Sox also were fined for failing to Icontrol the actions of one of their players. ; Nipper and Haywood Sullivan, co-owner and ;chief operating officer of the Red Sox, were informed of the fines in a letter from Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. ( Neither the commissioner's office, Nipper nor ;Sullivan would disclose the amount of the fines. However, sources placed Nipper's fine at $300 and the club's at a minimum of $1,000. Pirates trade Winn ; PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed pitcher Jim Winn to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later. Winn, 27, was the Pirates' first-round selection in the June 1981 free agent draft. In 96 career appearences with the Pirates, Winn was 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA and four saves, r The New York Mets obtained pitcher David Cone and minor-league catcher Chris Jelic from the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Rick Anderson, catcher Ed Hearn and minor-league pitcher Mauro ;Gozzo. Cone, a 24-year-old right-hander who had a ,2-0 record with a 2.25 earned run average in 16 'jnnings this spring, will join the Mets Sunday. Exhibition results Indians 1, Athletics O, at Tucson, Ariz. Right-hander Tom Candiotti threw a four-hit shut- College baseball the good of the 29-25 season in 1985, the bad of 1986, when the team hit well (.293) in a 26-28 season but had pitiful pitching (6.29 team ERA). "There's an awful lot of talent here," Abbatiello said. "We could win the Metro (Conference)." That's big talk, considering the Metro has two real hammers in Florida State (ranked No. 2 in the nation) and South Carolina (23rd). UC is not in the class of those teams, which also have the immeasurable advantage of playing in warm-weather climates. UC awards only five scholarships (13 are allowed). The players are their own grounds crew. It's not always easy being a Bearcat, but UC has some points in its favor as it looks to build: It is a veteran team, with four three-year starters in Abbatiello, first baseman Mike Kinnett (Harrison High), catcher Mark Martin (Hamilton) and outfielder John Young (Dayton Northmont). There's a new coach, Jim Schmitz, who despite being relatively young (30) has rapidly gained the respect of his players. It's a team that scores runs out and Joe Carter scored the only run on a second-inning groundout. Braves (ss) 11, Yankees 3, at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Graig Nettles hit two of Atlanta's four home runs, highlighting a 17-hit attack as a Braves' split squad pounded the Yankees. Phillies 3, Astros 2, at Clearwater, Fla. Solo home runs by Juan Samuel, Mike Easier, and Chris James led the Phillies, in a game halted after seven innings by rain. Giants 7, Cubs 6, at Scottsdale, Ariz. Bob Melvin's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning provided the winning run. Chicago's Leon Durham homered and Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Trillo followed with back-to-back triples in the fifth. Dodgers, 6, Braves 3, at West Palm Beach, Fla. Steve Sax delivered a bases-loaded triple in a five-run seventh inning for the Dodgers. Padres 2, Brewers 1, at Yuma, Ariz. Andy Hawkins pitched six scoreless innings and Goose Gossage picked up his first save of the spring. Royals 5, Expos 3, at Fort Myers, Fla. Jamie Quirk's two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning gave the Royals the victory. Angels 15, Mariners 2, at Palm Springs, Calif. Wally Joyner drove in four runs, and Mike Witt notched the win by scattering seven hits in seven innings. White Sox 5, Cardinals 1, at St. Petersburg, Fla. Rich Dotson, attempting to rebound from last year's 10-17 record, pitched into the eighth inning and earned the victory. NCAA notebook GIRLS SOFTBALL TRYOUTS Ages 15-18 Years Youth World Champions-Sweeney Chevrolet Saturday & Sunday, March 28th & 29th 2:00 P.M. Gardner Field, Lockland For Information call Roger Greln 821-9044 or 733-5938 Takeusona 90-day free ride. Dayton thinking BRAND NEW BERTONE X 19's BY TOM GROESCHEN The Cincinnati Enquirer And now, this word about the University of Cincinnati baseball team. The Bearcats are 11-3 this season. Did you know that? Unless you're a rabid, rabid baseball fan, you probably didn't. You may know that UC once had a pitcher named Sandy Kou-fax. Yep, sure did. You may know that the Bearcats have made five NCAA appearances. You may also know that UC hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1971. Aside from a school-record 29 victories in 1985, baseball has been mediocre in Clifton lately. UC has had one winning season in the past eight years. The 1987 team seems anything but mediocre. So say the players. "This is the best team the university has had in 10 years," senior second baseman Pat Ab-batiello declared. "Our players are just as good as anybody's," senior outfielder John Young said. "It's a matter of going out and doing the job." Abbatiello, a four-year starter from Cincinnati's LaSalle High School, speaks with conviction. He's seen the good and the bad FROM $ 9800 FOR GOOD SPORTS 3 DARING DRAMA IN DESIGN POWER AND PICKUP IN PERFORMANCE Miles West of Florence Moll 371-0950 340 Express Demo merCruier STERN DRIVES INBOARDS Amen ss. ? OFFER ENDS MARCH 31 o No Payment No CTAUIIADni 5 SPD OVERDRIVE, 4 WHEEL, DISC BRAKES, RE-OIHIHIftnili MOVEABLE TARKA TOP, MID. 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"But I think both if of them are looking more seri ously at the conlerence since Notre Dame and DePaul are not nAinrt tr frrm ATI A with thPTTI " ,r ine Mtl- pitiuic uuui brightened and darkened this rweek with the announcement that Oral Roberts will withdraw 1 ' from the league effective June 130. .t "Without Oral Roberts, I there's no question that's got to i be positive (toward getting Ma-i quette and UD)," Shaffer said. "That has been one concern." On the other hand, ORU's f' departure has dropped the MCC r below the Division I require-( ment that six teams in a league ! must compete in at least six t sports (two must be team vsports) to maintain its automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Presently, the MCC com-.y petes for league titles in baseball, basketball, cross country, J"swimming, golf and tennis. As of 0 July 1 if nothing is done ' the league will be one team shy in baseball, swimming, cross . country and tennis. ; More trouble at UNLV l,- Nevada-Las Vegas campus or police say they want to question J' former basketball recruit Lloyd 1 lavent m Ky. 1 8, 2 ONLY AT NOW IN STOCK , . "Car 'imm.'"'1'-1' m? Geo. Meyer Company 10821 Montgomery RD. 7525 Laurel Ave Tri County Bike & Lawn Service 11342 Kenn Rd. x-emmmmimmmmbMmm ?r"'-'"""","" ' ""'"urn"' ' 33.7"LOA TWIN 340 HP. AAERCRUISER INBOARDS ll'll" BEAM GENERATOR AIR CONDITIONED LOADED, ALL MODELS 16 TO 46 FT POWERED BY MERCRUISER, THE WORLDS BEST STERN DRIVE Model 56145 832 Key-Lectric Riding Mower no done without aTbro long enough? ' Sterwerf Mower 7722 Hamilton Florence Ky Florence Mower Center r-v.-w V t i'fl discs MOSER H STERLING MCC? Daniels and another man about the theft of at least five Final Four tickets from the Thomas and Mack Center ticket office. Nevada-Las Vegas President Robert Maxson, meanwhile, said he was upset about the way the school's ticket office handled the incident and promised to prosecute anyone involved in the theft. "We are in the process of investigating it and we will prosecute," Maxson said. The tickets were taken Wednesday in at least one, and possibly two, different incidents. At first, ticket manager Lee Riggle said 12 tickets were taken, but later said only five were taken. Three were returned later by Daniels. Book? What book? Several reporters were incredulous when IU guard Steve Alford repeatedly insisted he knew of no player on the team that had read Season On The Brink, John Feinstein's book about IU's 1985-86 season. Said Alford, "Everybody says that book is what that season was. We experienced that season. Why read it?" Delray's in town Knight also discussed Providence guard Delray Brooks, who left Knight's program as a sophomore, and could face the Hoosiers if Indiana wins and the Friars beat Big East rival Syracuse in today's other semifinal. "He's one of the nicest kids we've ever had at Indiana while I've been there," Knight said. "He's in a situation where I think styles of play and how he's used is much better for him than the way we play and how we've got to be using players." Women's NCAA Lady Techsters had more balanced scoring before the sellout crowd of 15,513 at the Special Events Center. Louisiana Tech beat Texas at its own running game in the first half, building a 40-36 lead despite Davis' 18 points. Louisiana Tech, the 1982 national chamoions. has hurt Texas in the past, twice knocking it out of regional championship play. In the first game, Tennessee's sr.raDDV. ball-deriving defense held run-and-gun Long Beach State 32 points under its season average. Bridgette Gordon and Tonya Edwards scored 21 points each in the halanced Tennessee attack. "We figured if it was a high-scoring game, Long Beach would win." said Tennessee coach Pat Head Summitt, who has never won the NCAA title. "We thought if we kept their points in the 50s or 60s we would win. 2233 EASTERN AVE.-22 1 -2233 5 MIN. EAST OF RIVERFRONT STADIUM ON THE RIVER. Featuring Sea Ray Boats and Mereruiser Stern Drives HOURS: Monday thru Saturday 9-5; OPEN SUN. 12-4 If it isn't a S&Rfyf you've missed the boat. .. 7-.': ft'i-ttfcW.. , VT( t ' ?TTSu-" v rif t, --r La. Tech upsets Texas ENJOY7VSTYLISH LATE-EVENING-DINNER Ail J The Sterling! A totally new luxury automobile combining high technology from Honda and a richly refined sense of style from Austin Rover. 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