The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 19, 1995
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The Salina Journal SPORTS JOURNAL Harold Bechard SENIOR SPORTS WRITER SPORTS . Lifestyles C4 Money C6 Fun C7 Almanac C8 Section c Friday, May 19,1995 K-State, KU stun OSU, OU KU's difficult basketball slate may get tougher Notes and quotes while thinking that Thursday afternoon would have been a good time to play baseball at Dean Evans Stadium. Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams has never been one to shy away from his team playing a difficult non-conference schedule. The Jayhawks are already scheduled to play at Florida and East Tennessee State during the 1995-96 season and will play Temple in East Rutherford, N.J. There are also games against defending national champion UCLA in Lawrence and Indiana in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. If that isn't tough enough, the second annual Great Eight Tournament on Nov. 28-29, which comprises teams that reached the final eight of the NCAA Tournament last year, is looking at KU possibly joining the field of UCLA, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Connecticut. Arkansas has also qualified for the Great Eight tourney, but may opt for the Preseason NIT instead. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the Martin Luther King Classic in Memphis is also interested in Kansas playing a Nov. 25 game against Arkansas, Memphis, California or another big-name team. • There's no truth to the rumor that Michigan sophomore-to- be Jerod Ward is interested in transferring to Kansas to play basketball. Ward's name has been kicked around on several radio talk shows, but KU coach Roy Williams told WIBW's Ron Paradis recently there's no truth to the rumor. "I think if he'd been here, I'd know about it," Williams said. "Me playing a couple rounds of golf with Couples, Trevino, Palmer, that's how I'd rate that one." • Wednesday's edition of USA Today had two pages of college basketball signings for men's and women's teams. Two national recruiting analysts ranked KU's class of Paul Pierce, Ryan Robertson and T.J. Pugh in their top 10 list, with Michigan ranked No. 1 and Kentucky No. 2. Purdue's recruiting class was ranked No. 1 among women's teams. • Longtime radio announcer • Jerry Kershaw of Hutchinson has retired. Kershaw broadcast Hutchinson Community College and Hutchinson High School sports for 31 years on KWBW-AM and KHUT- FM and estimates he did an average of 87 games per year for the two schools and worked with 31 football and basketball coaches. Kershaw, who will move to Norman, Okla., will continue to call the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament at the Sports Arena. • The North Central Kansas League track and field meet came to an unusual conclusion Monday afternoon at Chapman. All but the pole vault had been completed at Chapman High School last Friday night, but that event was moved to Monday because of the runway being underwater for much of the day. When Friday's 17 boys events had been tabulated, Clay Center had 113 points and Abilene 102. But, Abilene's vaulters — Lock Schnelle and Bryan Pipes — finished first and fourth, respectively, in Monday's competition to give the Cowboys 14 points and and the NCKL title by three points over Clay Center. However, the title didn't come without some anxious moments. Schnelle, the state's second-best vaulter (15-1), missed twice at 110 before winning at 14-0. • So, the Big 12 Women's Tournament is moving to Kansas City for 1997 and 1998. No, it's not official, but it might as well be. After speaking with Big Eight assistant commissioner Dru Hancock by phone Tuesday, the chances of Salina keeping the Big Eight meet are somewhere between slim and none. My advice to those in Salina who want to try and keep it, is let it go. Pool all your resources and go after the Region VI Junior College men's tournament or, how about trying for the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships, which are currently held in the three-ring circus at the Kansas Coliseum. Let the Big 12 learn the hard way that women's basketball • won't sell in Kansas City. 'Cats post rare tournament win By OWEN CANFIELD Th« Aitociatcd Pr«i» OKLAHOMA CITY — Matt Koeman threw a three-hitter Thursday in leading Kansas State to an 8-1 upset over Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big Eight Baseball Tournament. Oklahoma State, winner of 14 straight Big Eight titles, had not lost in the first round since 1979. The Cowboys (39-17) had taken four out of five from Kansas State during the regular season. Only two teams have lost their first-round game and still won the tournament — Oklahoma State in 1978 and Missouri in 1980. Kansas State's last tournament victory came in 1977, when it beat Big Eight tournament BIG 8 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT v : AT OKLAHOMA CITY THURSDAY'S GAMES Iowa State 14, Nebraska o Kansas State 8, Oklahoma State 1 Kansas 2, Oklahoma 1 (12 innings) TODAY'S SCHEDULE 11 a.m. - Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State 3 p.m. - Kansas vs. Nebraska 7:30 p.m. - Kansas State vs. Iowa State Kansas 10-6. The Wildcats (28-22) were 2-12 in their six previous tournament appearances and had never won a first-round game. Kansas State plays tonight against Iowa State, which beat Nebraska 14-5. Kansas State scored four unearned runs in the third inning off Chris Nelson (10-4). Three of those came with two outs, on an RBI dou- ble by Scott Poepard and run-scoring singles by David Hendrix and Chris Bouchard. Koeman (6-2) hit two straight batters in loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. But he struck out Herb Hardcastle and got Danny DiPace to ground out to end the threat. Koeman then retired 11 of the next 12 batters. He had a one-hitter through seven innings. "They had the opportunity and they put a 4 up there," said Oklahoma State coach Gary Ward. "We had two opportunities with Koeman, and we didn't produce in RBI situations." Koeman, a junior college transfer, had gotten to the seventh inning in all of his Big Eight starts. It looked like he might have trouble getting that far this time, but made the big pitches to get out of the third-inning jam and then got into a nice groove. • KANSAS 2, OKLAHOMA 1 — Ted Meadows, the No. 9 hitter, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 12th inning as Kansas upset top-seeded Oklahoma. Robert Keens got out of a jam in the bottom of the 12th to save the victory for Jamie Splittorff (6-6), who tied a tournament record by pitching 11 innings. Kansas (24-31), winner of eight straight, will play today afternoon against Nebraska, which lost to Iowa State 14-5. Oklahoma (38-13) will play Oklahoma State this morning in an elimination game. Kansas stranded 17 runners and Oklahoma left 16 aboard. The total of 33 was a tournament record. "That might have been a career- best game," Kansas coach Dave Bingham said of Splittorff. "He never really showed any break for longer than a couple of pitches." The Associated Press Kansas State's Tim Decker scores in the fifth inning before Oklahoma State catcher Ryan Folmar receives the throw in Thursday's Big Eight Baseball Tournament. Nunnally home run lifts Royals Rookie delivers to end 14-inning game By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rookie Jon Nunnally homered over the 375-foot sign in right-center in the bottom of the 14th inning Thursday night to give the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The home run, which came on a 1-2 pitch from Jim Converse (0-3), ended a frustrating night for the Royals that would have been worse if they had lost. Kansas City left 23 runners on base, including 14 in scoring position and six at third base. Seattle left just three runners on base and only , one after the |B| second inning. Mariners 2 Nunnally's second homer of the season made a winner of left-hander Billy Brewer (1-1), Photos by Lourie Zipf/Solino Journal Sacred Heart second baseman Trina Sahlfeld catches a pop fly in the sixth inning against Lincoln in the Class 3-2-1A regional at Lindsborg. Knights nip Trojans for state berth County rivals battle to third straight 7-6 score By LARRY MORITZ Th» Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Wally the Frog can start packing his bags — if frogs have bags. He's going to Emporia. The amphibious mascot of the Sacred Heart softball squad will be joining the Knights as they return to the Class 3-2-1A State Tourna- mmmmmmm mimmmm ment next week. Sacred Heart earned its second consecutive trip to state by knocking off county rival and state- ranked Southeast of Saline, 7-6, in the regional championship game Thursday at the Bethany College fields. It marked the third time this year Sacred Heart and Southeast met on the softball diamond, with each game decided by the same 7-6 final score. And those three one-run decisions were a clear indication of exactly how close these two teams were this season. "These girls were worried about Southeast and they were hoping to play somebody else in the finals," Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz Southeast of Saline's Traci Jacobs (2) is congratulated by her teammates after scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Ell-Saline. Southeast rallied to win. said. "But I told them it would mean more to play Southeast because they are a great team. Win or lose, with their tradition and how they fight, we knew it would mean a lot." "These young ladies that I've had the privilege of coaching put everything they had into this game and this season," Southeast coach Royals Todd Baird said. "I'm disappointed for them because we have a very good team, but just one of us could go on." Sacred Heart will take its 19-3 record and No. 2 state ranking to Emporia for a first-round >• See KNIGHTS Page C3 who pitched two perfect innings and struck out two. Kansas City starter Kevin Appier worked nine innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He did not allow a hit after a two-out single by Joey Cora in the fifth inning. Appier's five strikeouts improved his major league-leading total to 46. He also leads the AL in innings pitched with 43. Seattle scored single runs in the second and fourth innings for a 2-0 lead. Tino Martinez doubled down the right-field line with one out in the second and Luis Sojo followed with a triple to right-center. Tino Martinez homered on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the fourth. Kansas City cut the margin to 21 with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Bob Hamelin reached first on catcher's interference, advanced on a bad bounce single by Gary Gaetti and scored on a two- out line single by Michael Tucker. Gary Gaetti tied the game with a line drive homer in the bottom of the seventh. • GAME NOTES: The game lasted four hours and 34 minutes. ... Kansas City has three multiple home run games this season and all have been victories. In two of those games, the Royals have homered twice in the same inning. ...Kansas City Manager Bob Boone used his 17th different lineup in the club's 19th game Thursday night. ... Wally Joyner walked four times, tying the club record for walks in a game. • Boxscore in Scoreboard Magic makes Jordan, Chicago disappear M199! Orlando moves on to Eastern Conference final By The Associated Press CHICAGO — The first time, Michael Jordan ended an era himself. This time, the Orlando Magic ended it for him. Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway, two young players who emerged as marquee names during Jordan's 21-month retirement, led Orlando to a 108-102 victory Thursday night that eliminated the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs. Nick Anderson, a Chicago kid who grew up idolizing Jordan, got the best of his hero down the stretch as the Magic scored the final 14 points after trailing 102-94 with less than three minutes to play. Magic Bull* "Call it a passing the mantle if you will," Orlando general manager Pat Williams said. "It's a hard thing to grasp that we're only halfway there. Because this was Michael and Shaq, because it had big TV ratings, it didn't seem like just a (conference) semifinal." O'Neal had 27 points and Hardaway 21 for Orlando, which will meet the winner of the Indiana-New York series in the Eastern Conference finals. It was the earliest postseason exit since 1988 for Jordan, who carried the Bulls to NBA titles in 1991, 108 IPS, 1992 and 1993 before leaving in his prime — only to return exactly two months ago with his simple and dramatic "I'm back." The Bulls were immediately considered favorites for another championship, partly >• See ORLANDO, Page C3 Rockets stay alive, force seventh game with Suns By The Associated Press HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets still weren't ready to give up. Hakeem Olaju- won wouldn't let them. Olajuwon scored 30 points and Houston's sharpshooters scored 15 straight fourth-quarter points on 3- pointers as the Rockets, trying to Rockets become the fifth team to recover from a 3-1 deficit, defeated Phoenix 116-103 Thursday night. That tied the Western Conference semifinal at 3-3, with Game 7 on Saturday at Phoenix. The Rockets extended their record to 9-1 when facing elimination from a playoff series. Suns "It's hard to find words to describe what warriors, what fighters, what big-time players; they've done it again," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We've given ourselves a chance to win this thing. "It's one game for all the marbles. We've gained their respect. We've had a great road record this year. I feel we've got a good chance." Trailing 84-83 with 35 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Rockets went on an 18-5 charge that carried over into the fourth period and gave them a 101-89 lead with 5:32 left. Olajuwon, who had nine points in the fourth quarter, then turned the game over to the Rockets' 3-point shooters and they hit four in a row, starting with Mario Elie, who had two in the burst that kept alive fr» See HOUSTON, Page C3 103 116

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