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D2 SUNDAY. MAY 17. 1998 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T COLLEGE BASEBALL Shockers cruise to MVC title Wichita State claims ninth tourney title with 22-6 rout of Evansville From Staff and Wire Reports EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Fourth, ranked Wichita State completed its waltz through the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tour- Inament Saturday with a 22-6 mug- ;ging of Evansville in the champi- • Qnship game. ' • The victory gives the Shockers fheir ninth MVC Tournament title -Since 1980. Their last champi- ;.-. onship ••IfO/Dim IN! came in MVIf/lilB It 1993..• The •^ Shockers (55-5) used 18 hits, seven walks and three Evansville errors in completing its four-game romp through the tournament. WSU ^scored 59 runs in its four games, ;an average of 14.8 per game. First baseman Joey Blue drove . in six runs Saturday with a single, double and his 14th home run. Designated hitter Pat Magness, the nation's leading hitter, drove in five with a single and his 21st home run. Second baseman Kevin Hooper and catcher Brian Preston scored four runs each for WSU. Starting Greg Bauer (4-1) allowed three runs on six hits in notching the victory. He struck out eight and walked one. Marc Bluma notched his 10th save by allowing three runs on seven hits in three innings. The Shockers broke the game open with four runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. They added five in . the fourth and three in the fifth to lead 13-3. They tacked on seven more runs in the eighth to make it 20-3. Wichita State returns home to play in the six-team NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament Thursday through Sunday at Eck Stadium. Texas A&M 11, Texas Tech 7 OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas A&M took advantage of a season- high six errors by Texas Tech to beat the Red Raiders 11-7 Saturday night and stay alive in the Big 12 tournament. T SEMIPRO BASEBALL Sonoma State's rally ends FHSU's season Tigers led 3-1 going into the eighth but wound up losing, 5-4 By The Journal Staff CHICO, Calif. — Sonoma State rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and defeated Fort Hays State 54 Friday night in the NCAA Division II West Regional. The loss eliminated sixth- ranked Fort Hays and ended the Tigers' Late Friday season with a 44-14 record. Sonoma State (33-20) handed top-seeded Fort Hays its first loss of the tournament on Thursday. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth, but Colin Stewart singled and Feh Lentani walked to knock out Fort Hays starting pitcher Bobby Brungardt. Reliever Nate Field (4-2) walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Rob Franzi singled home two runs and two outs later Jason Vogel gave the Cossacks a 5-3 lead with a two-run double. Fort Hays battled back in the top of the ninth. Steve Ysac, Ryan Wasinger and Bret Creamer singled to lead off the inning. But the Tigers managed only one run as a double-play stifled the rally. Jeff Frase and Chad Sigg • drove in runs in the fifth to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Sonoma State scored one in the sixth, but Fort Hays answered with a run in the seventh on Ryan Lopez's bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Sonoma State starter Kevin Meixner. Reliever Alex Bell (7-0) came in and struck out Field to end the inning. Ysac led the Tigers' 12-hit attack by going 4-for-4. He also scored three runs. Wasinger had two hits. Sonoma State played defending NCAA Division II champion Chico State Saturday for the regional title. Sonoma State needed two victories over Chico State to win the tournament. It was the second gift-filled game of the day for the Aggies (4317). They started out with an 8-5 victory over Baylor, thanks in large part to five Baylor errors. The victory leaves Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Texas Tech (41-18) remaining in the six-team, double- elimination tournament. Oklahoma and Tech will play at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, with that winner meeting A&M at 7 p.m. for the title. The Aggies scored once in the first inning on a wild pitch by Joe Smith (4-3), then added three after two were out in the second and scored two in the third for a 6-0 lead. Craig Kuzmic drove in two of the second-inning runs with a single. Three errors contributed to the two-run third. The Aggies added three more in the sixth and scored twice in the eighth. The final two gave A&M some breathing room in the ninth, when Tech made things interesting by scoring four runs and getting two runners aboard before the final out was made. Oklahoma 9, Oklahoma St. 4 , Oklahoma used the long ball — three of them — to stay alive in the Big 12 tournament Saturday while eliminating Oklahoma State 9-4. ,• , The Sooners, who took two of three games from Oklahoma State during the regular season, got home runs from Corey Hart, Richard Park and Justin Elsey to advance to play todayagainst Texas Tech. Hart, who also made two beauti- ful defensive plays at second base, broke the game open in the fourth inning with a two-out, three-run homer off Danny Prata (5-3) that made the score 5-0. Park added a two-run homer in the next inning, while Elsey hit a solo shot off reliever Stu Hunt leading off the sixth. "Prata pitched well against them last time," OSU coach Tom Holliday said, referring to seven shutout innings of relief Prata pitched two weeks ago. "Today he made two mistakes, both of them left the yard, and that was the difference." The Cowboys (38-19) didn't score until the bottom of the sixth, making the score 8-1. They got two more in the eighth, then scored once in the ninth and had the bases loaded before Park struck out Jay McCullough to end the game. Oklahoma (40-17) got solid starting pitching from Jared Hoerman, who was able to keep the Cowboys off-balance. Hoerman (7-4) went 5 % innings, allowing three hits and one run. Oklahoma has followed the same pattern it set last year when it lost its first game of the tournament and then won four in a row to claim the title. The Sooners will need to win twice today to repeat as champs. Oklahoma State will return to Stillwater and await Monday's announcement of the NCAA tournament field. Holliday has said all week that the Cowboys' schedule was strong enough to merit an invitation. "I hope we're in for all the right reasons," he said. "I hope we're in because we earned it. I hope we're in because the league was strong. I hope we're in because even in our bad games, we always seemed to make it interesting at the end." Texas A&M 8, Baylor 5 Texas A&M scored five unearned runs in the second inning Saturday and went on to defeat Baylor 8-5 and stay alive in the Big 12 tournament. No. 2 seed Baylor (40-18-1) was eliminated with its second straight loss.Steven Truitt and Steve Scarborough had two RBIs apiece for A&M, which took advantage of five Baylor errors. Returnees boost Blaze's optimism Four position players, three pitchers top list of returning players By The Journal Staff A corps of solid returning players and the addition of several newcomers has Salina Blaze coach Warren Olson looking forward to the upcoming long, hot summer. The Blaze were 28-10 last summer, but stumbled in the postseason, losing their first two games in the National Baseball Congress' regional tournament at El Dorado. Four position players and three pitchers top the list of returning players. Outfielders Jackie McBroom (Kansas Wesleyan) and Aaron Willey (Allen County Community College), -third baseman Mike Jackson (Bethany) and catcher Rocko Talley (Kansas Wesleyan) return. McBroom hit .418, Willey . .400, Jackson .389 and Talley .341 .last summer. T COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD .MAY., - . 22-25~Memorial Day Tournament; 30— at Kearney, Mo., 2p.m. ' - v> , . 5— Hays, 7:30 'p;m.; ( 6Hat pn^sbordjl p.m.; 7— at Olathe, 1-p.fn,; 13-^ , Wichita Twins, 6 p.m.; 14— atBaldwin 'City, 1 p,m.; 19-at Hays, 7:30 p.m.; 20— Wichita Jets,^.p;m, (Matron Field);, 21 -^-Olathe, 4 p,m;;,a4~- •" Athletes In Action, &30 ji'jnfa 27>^3klahoiria'City, 1 p:fn;; 28— i at Wichjta Twins, 1 p.m. • , [ '">'4~ •*•'.'.''«'', - '• • • • **f ') ',,;/;; \ ; 5 JULY , '. >' . .' ; '" ' •> 5-r-at Wichita Jets, f p.m.; 11— Kearney, Mo., 1 p.m..(Matson Field);', 12— at Oklahoma City, T p.m.; 15— Lindsborg, 6:30 p.m.; LS^-Baldwin City, 1 p.m. (Matsort Reid); 19-27-7NBC "Regional at El Dorado; 31 -Aug. 14— NBC World Series at Wichita.' ' - -. Olson has added shortstop Jason Santangelo from Butler County C.C., and outfielder Ryan Wasinger from Fort Hays State. Scott Talley (Garden City C.C.), Aaron Cleveland (Fort Hays State) and Chad Holmes (Kansas Wesleyan) give the Blaze three quality pitchers. Talley was 7-0 and Cleveland 61 last summer. Cleveland compiled an 8-1 mark this summer with the Tigers, who won the •*• v Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Division II West Regional. Holmes earned first-team all- Kansas Conference honors this spring as the ace of the Wesleyan staff. Kansas State pitcher Tim Johnson (6-1 last year) is injured and won't be available until mid- June. An injury also claimed another K-State pitcher, Brett Payne. KSU hurler Clint Merrick will join the staff. "The question mark will be on a bonafide closer for the late innings," said Olson, who has a 7542 record in three seasons. Vonley Frey (Fort Hays State), Dave Gardner (Kansas Wesleyan), Josh Jahnke (Kansas Wesleyan), Brett Power (Cloud County C.C.) and Casey Ray (Hastings College, Neb.) also will pitch. First baseman Chris Banninger (Kansas Wesleyan), catchers Brian Garvey (Wichita State) and Parker Wallace (Fort Hays State), outfielders Troy Gillund (Brown Mackie), second baseman Jason Gordon (Bethany), Jahnke (first base), Power (third base) and Ray (first base) round out the roster. The Blaze open the season at 7 p.m., Friday against the Wichita Twins in their sixth annual Memorial Day Tournament at Evans Stadium. They play Columbia, Mo., at 7 p.m., Saturday, Wichita Jets at 7 p.m., Sunday, and Olathe Outlaws at 3 p.m., Monday. Javelin helps KlTs Mason win heptathlon By The Associated Press . COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kansas' Candy Mason knew the second •day of the heptathlon would be better than the first. After the first day of competition, Mason was in third, 81 points behind leader Barbara Szlendakova, a freshman from Iowa State. But on the second day of competition, the women had the javelin throw, an event in which Mason is ranked third in the conference. "I knew I was going to come up on her in the javelin," Mason said. "I didn't have as strong a long jump as I should have." After the long jump, the first event of the second day, Mason had climbed into second, but still trailed Szlendakova. Then came the javelin throw. "I had never seen her throw the javelin before," Mason said. "I guess that was a pleasant surprise. I knew I had that throw in I MASON The Associated Press Kansas State's Nathan Leeper clears 7-3 1 /4 to win the men's high jump at Saturday's Big 12 Track and Field Championships. me." run, the final event, with a first- place time of 2:20.27, giving her 5,571 total points. Her point total broke her own school record, and eclipsed the Big 12 meet record from last year. In the decathlon Nebraska's Aaron Henrichs had to hope his worst event, the 1,500 meter run, wouldn't do him in. Henrichs, a senior, was the leader after the first day and was the leader after all of With a throw of 150 feet 2 inches, almost 54 feet further than Szlen- dakova's best, Mason landed herself in first, by 183 points. "I knew I pretty much had it after the javelin," Mason said. "I knew I had to run a 2:26 (in the 800 meter run) to get the Big 12 record, and I got that. That's what I wanted to get." Mason finished the 800 meter the first four events of the second day. After he finished llth in the last event, Henrichs' held on for a 35-point victory. In the men's shot put, Nebraska's Jack Melson took home first place with a personal-best of 59-5. That throw came after Melson struggled for most the day. "I was thinking, I've got to get this one off or I'm going to be disappointed," Melson said. "I was really struggling at that point. I was kind of getting down. I just hit that thing with everything I had." In the women's triple jump, Baylor's Stacey Bowers already had an automatic NCAA-qualifying jump from earlier in the year, but she added a Big 12 championship to her list with a winning distance of 44-2. In the men's long jump, Chris Wright, a senior from Nebraska, took home the Big 12 championship. His winning jump went for 25-9'/«. In the men's high jump, Kansas State sophomore Nathan Leeper was the first to clear 7-3 V* to take home the conference championship. Texas' Mark Boswell and Nebraska's Shane Lavy cleared the height on later jumps. Playing against Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller (right) 'drives me "' nuts,' according to a recent article co-written by Bulls star MlchaelJor- ; dan. —AP "•;;'.: Jordan-Miller rivalry spices Eastern finals Superstars set to meet in playoffs for the first time today By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press CHICAGO — Michael Jordan has won five NBA championships, and each time the basketball-viewing public has seen him be as unflappable as he is brilliant. Nothing and nobody ever bothered him during the playoffs. Hardly anyone dared yap at him. He never, ever lost his cool. Then again, Jordan never played a playoff game against Reggie Miller — the one player who makes him squirm. "The only guy he ever threw a punch at," coach Phil Jackson recalled Of a 1993 fight between the two superstars. "Obviously Reggie can get under his skin, and has done it before. We're going to use that to our advantage — not as a distraction." The Jordan-Miller rivalry will be the lead storyline today when the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers meet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 2 is Tuesday night, and the series will then break for three days before resuming next Saturday for Game 3 at Market Square Arena. . Remarkably, it is the first time Jordan and Miller have faced each other in the postseason. Jordan entered the NBA in 1984; Miller in 1987. "It's not Reggie against Michael," said Pacers coach Larry Bird, who was 6-0 against Jordan in the playoffs when he played for the Boston Celtics. . "Everybody can talk about it, but it's our team against theirs." The Bulls and Pacers went 2-2 against each other during the regular season, with Jordan CHICAGO /(BULLS! EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS v (Best-of-7) Game 1, Today Indiana at Chicago, 2:30 p.m. (NBC) and Miller adding to their acrimonious history in the final' game between the teams April; 13 when Indiana beat Chicago^ by nine points at the United ' Center. ^ Miller and Jordan jawed /at! each other for much of tlie.. game, and Jordan finally Ipsfr his temper and flung the ball £j;t- Mark Jackson's head. Jordan was given a technical, foul, although many observers' felt Jordan deserved an ejection. . '•• Jordan himself added anoth-" er nugget to the rivalry in a re-:' cent magazine article he co- wrote. • ':': : . "I really don't dislike playingV against anybody in the league,' but playing Reggie Miller dpi-, ves me nuts," Jordan wrote:" "It's like chicken-fighting with' ' a woman. His game is all this" flopping type thing. Don't touch', him, or it's a foul. But he has. his hands on you all the time,; like a woman holding your waist." Miller read the story, b'ut^ shrugged it off as gamesmanship. "I didn't take offense," Miller ' said. "Hopefully people don't take offense at some of the- things I've said. ;;;'.; "A lot of the things I've said I,, don't mean off the court. On the" court, I'm trying to win a gameV • Whatever happens between the» lines is fair game. I can't worry"' about if Michael is thinking, about me. I'm out there trying; to win games." Warriors don't want! to win today's lottery j j•- If Golden State picks in top three, Orlando would be real winner ByTOMCANAVAN The Associated Press SECAUCUS, N.J. — Good luck is the last thing Golden State general manager Garry St. Jean wants in the NBA Draft Lottery today. The reasons are complicated, ,r.l—•-, hut — barring a couple of long- shot chances involving Orlando and Washington — the Warriors don't want to win the right to pick first overall in the NBA Draft June 24 at Vancouver. In this crazy season where they won 19 games and got more attention far Latrell Sprewell's attack on coach P.J. Carlesimo than their accomplishments on the court, winning the lottery would be equivalent to losing. "I am coming there, probably one of the few in the history of the lottery wishing for bad luck," St. Jean said. "We don't want one, two or three. If you are going to be there, you can bring a black cat for me." If one of the Warriors' 105 four-number combinations is drawn when the ping-pong balls pop up, the real winner will be Orlando. The Magic hold the rights to Golden State's pick as part of the 1993 trade in which Orlando shipped Chris Webber 1 — the No. 1 pick overall — t;6 Golden State for Anfernee^ Hardaway — the No. 3 pick ^ and three first-round draft choices, including 1998. : , J . So if one of the Warriors',, numbers is selected to pick^; first, second or third in th"e ; draft — and Orlando and Wash-^ ington also don't get a top piq](c'-, — then the Magic get Golden- State's pick. ;' Because of other trades, most- notably the 1994 deal that sent r Webber from Golden State 1;p. Washington, the Warriors will have a first-round pick. '-;/. A longshot would be for,/ Washington to win the lottery: The Warriors hold the rights to that choice. The chances of that happening are less than 1 per-' cent. And Golden State would be al-" lowed to keep a top three lottery; pick if it and either Orlando or- Washington finished in the top' three for the. draft. "You don't have enough inch-: es in your article for me to ex- plain the total ramifications'of*" that thing that my man Nellj,&/ (Don Nelson) did," St. Jean said. "There are scenarios with, odds that are phenomenal. It's; best to say if we stay out of the top three, we can be 5, 6 or;?,••" and if we are in that 1-2-3, then we are going down to 12 ,or somewhere around there." Denver (11-71) has the best-, chance at winning the No...}., pick. The Nuggets have 250. chances out of 1,000 entered in the lottery. ,.,;

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