The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1996 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1996 03 T BASEBALL The Associated Press New York Yankees center fielder Bernle Williams Is greeted by his teammates as he approaches home plate after hitting the game- winning home run In the 11th Inning Wednesday. Yankees' bullpen comes to rescue New York relievers have yielded one earned run over last 23 2 /3 innings By The Associated Press NEW YORK — One by one they stroll in from beyond the outfield wall to save the day. And one by one they mow down the opposition with sliders, curves and heat. The New York Yankees' bullpen is earning quite a reputation during this postseason. It might be time to give them a nickname. How about The Unhittables? For the fourth straight game this postseason, the Yankees fell behind' and had to cal1 on their relievers to keep them in the game. And once again they came through. "It came down to our bullpen again," New York manager Joe Torre said after the Yankees' 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the American League championship series. With four scoreless innings Tuesday night, New York's bullpen has allowed just one earned run over the last 23 2 /s, innings and hasn't given up a run after the sixth inning. The Yankees trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning when starter Andy Pettitte was lifted for Jeff Nelson. Nelson, a right-hander with one of the most wicked sliders in baseball, came on to retire the Orioles in order. After the Yankees tied it on Derek Jeter's controversial home run, it was John Wetteland's turn. Wetteland, who led the AL with 43 saves in the regular season, gave up one hit in the ninth. Brady Anderson was credited with a double when his pop to left fell between left fielder Tim Raines and shortstop Jeter. Next, Mariano Rivera was summoned from the pen. Rivera, who normally serves as Wetteland's set-up man, pitched the 10th and llth. The right-han- der allowed three hits and struck out three, earning the win when Bernie Williams homered leading off the bottom of the llth. "I think when our bullpen comes into the game it's like our team's confidence grows," Rivera said. "They feel strong, they don't give up and and they know we'll keep them in the game." Nelson, for one, would prefer a different type of game. "I'm looking forward to us getting a lead once so we can come in and get our holds and saves," Nelson said. "It's exciting to win games like .this, but it's kind of taking its toll on your heart." Pettitte knows that when Torre goes to the bullpen it's trouble for the opposition. "We got the three best arms in the league out there," he said. "Even early in the year when Jeff was struggling you could see that he could be nasty." Little plays cost Cards big in opening loss Missed opportunities, defensive mistake trip up St. Louis in Game 1 By The Associated Press ATLANTA — The St. Louis Cardinals might have sacrificed Game 1 of the ML championship series. The bunt play, one that manager Tony La Russa elected not to try and one the defense botched, were keys to the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 victory Wednesday night. "We had opportunities to win the game, there's no question .about it," Matlonal right fielder iwuuirai Brian Jordan UNHP0 said. "But we didn't do the fundamental things that are necessary to win ballgames. "If you make mistakes, it's going to cost you." With runners on first and second, no outs and the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, No. 8 hitter Luis Alicea went to the plate expecting to bunt. The Cardinals led the major leagues with 88 sacrifices in the regular season. But the two men on were two of the Cardinals' slowest, John Mabry and Tom Pagnozzi, so La Russa let Alicea hit away. Alicea swung at the first pitch from John Smoltz and flied out to left as the runners failed to advance. The next batter, pinch-hitter Willie McGee, flied out to deep left and would have had a sacrifice fly. "When the other team is looking bunt and you don't have good speed on the bases, that's one of the most difficult bunts to lay down," La Russa said. "Sometimes you get a force play, sometimes you get a double play. "What I think you like to do there there is mix it up/instead of bunting let him swing or play hit and run or something. But I don't think the percentages are in our favor to bunt when they've got their bunt defense going and we don't have good speed on the bases." Maddux wins 7th straight Gold Glove By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Pitcher Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves won his seventh straight Gold Glove on Wednesday as Rawlings saluted the top defensive players in the National League. In voting by managers and coaches, all the NL choices were repeat winners, the first time in the 40 years of these presentations that there were no first-time picks. Joining Maddux were first baseman Mark Grace of the Chicago Cubs, picked for the fourth time; second baseman Craig Biggio of Houston, chosen for the third time; third baseman Ken Caminiti of San Diego, a second-time selection, and shortstop Barry Larkin of Cincinnati, picked for the third time. The outfielders were Barry Bonds of San Francisco, picked for the sixth time in seven years; Marquis Grissom of Atlanta, a fourth-time choice, and Steve Finley of San Diego, a second-time selection, The catcher is Charles Johnson of Florida, also picked for the second time. V COLLEGE FOOTBALL Huskers' Evans makes impact Wichita freshman who starred at Collegiate makes most of opportunity against K-State By The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska freshman DeAngelo Evans was convincing when he said he wouldn't be distracted by the attention he received after a 168-yard rushing performance against Kansas State. When one of the dozens of reporters at the Cornhuskers' weekly news conference asked him if his accomplishment had "sunk in," Evans brought the house down without missing a beat. "No," he said. "I just finished an anthropology test, so I'm kind of thinking about what I got on that right now." "I was talking to my mom about it last night," he said. "It was like, three weeks ago, I was watching us lose 19-0 (to Arizona State) and I didn't even get a snap. And now ... I'm in front of all these cameras and everything and people wondering if I'm going to start." "You've just got to be ready when you're called upon," Evans said. "When I was given my chance I just took advantage of it Saturday." "I'm not going to get caught up in this media hype ... I just want to work on being the best back at practice every day," he said. File photo Nebraska running back DeAngelo Evans rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns In Saturday's 39-3 win at Kansas State. Evans, a true freshman from Wichita (Collegiate), echoed thoughts expressed by teammate Damon Benning, the senior I-back who didn't make the trip to Kansas State because of a groin injury. At Nebraska, both men said, the competition for playing time is fierce. Premiere I-back Ahman Green may be sidelined with a toe injury when the No. 5 Cornhuskers (4-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) face Baylor (3-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) Saturday. When Green was injured on the first play of the second half last week, Evans went in and ran over the Wildcat defense. Benning was at home with his injury. "Opportunities come and go around here," Benning said. "You can't afford to miss a beat." Coach Tom Osborne won't say until later this week whether the starting job Saturday will go to Benning or Evans. Benning said it is dangerous to miss practice at Nebraska because the Huskers are not short of talented runners. "The thing that it brings to the table is ... practice intensity, and it keeps you sharp," Benning said. "When there are guys ahead of you and guys behind you that are all about the same talent level, it keeps you ready to go." Benning said Evans was ready when called upon and "he did a good job of making the most of the opportunity." "That's a lot of what this program is about," he said. While Evans said he was confident of his ability, he also praised Nebraska's linemen. "In the second half they took over the game," he said. "It was a lot easier for me to make reads and cuts because people were laying on the ground." Miami, LSU look to spring upsets Hurricanes face No. 3 Florida State; Tigers meet No. 1 Florida By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press Miami is looking to get back in the national title picture Saturday against No. 3 Florida State. LSU is looking to get back in the picture, any picture, against No. 1 Florida. Just over a year ago, Miami was beaten 41-17 by Florida State and dropped to 1-3. But the Hurricanes haven't lost since, and their annual game against the Seminoles has taken on the usual national title implications. "I think this is the biggest game, especially for me, because I haven't been in a real big game since I've been here," Miami's sophomore receiver Magic Benton said. "I think the team is fired up. I'm fired up and ready to go out redeem ourselves after last year." The Seminoles (4-0) dropped to third in this week's AP poll despite a 34-3 win over Clemson, while Miami (4-0) moved up two places to No. 6 without playing. Miami, riding an il-game winning streak, has won the last five meetings against FSU at the Orange Bowl, and is responsible for six of the Seminoles' 13 losses since 1987. LSU (4-0) is off to its best start since 1978 and ranked 12th. In coach Gerry DiNardo's second season, the Tigers — 19-15 winners over Auburn on Sept. 21 — could be ready to challenge the Gators (5-0). Even a good showing at Florida Field would do a lot to re-establish LSU as a football power. "LSU held us to some low yards last year," Florida coach Steve Spurrier said of the Gators' 28-10 win in '95. "They certainly bragged about holding us to a little over 300 yards and only 28 points, so hopefully we can do a little bit better than that this year. "And, hopefully, they won't be bragging about how they played us." ' The Gators, led by Danny Wuerffel's 14 TD passes, are second in scoring at 51.8 points, while the Tigers, with Kevin Faulk averaging 128.2 yards per game, are scoring 38 points per game. The Miami-FSU matchup features two of the nation's top three defenses. The Hurricanes are No. 1 overall (173.8 yards per game) and in scoring (3.3), while the Seminoles are third overall (177.5 yards) and in scoring (6.8 points). "Every game is a must game for us if we are going to win a national title," Miami quarterback Ryan Clement said. "The -team that is going to win the title is going to be undefeated." Miami might be that team ... No. 3 Florida State (minus 5) at No. 6 Miami ... MIAMI 24-21. In other games involved Top 25 teams: No. 12 LSU (plus 19) at No. 1 Florida Danny Wuerffel strikes early and often for Gators.... FLORIDA 44-17. Wisconsin (plus 26%) at No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes averaging 52.4 points vs. Badgers allowing 10.8 points. ... OHIO STATE 38-14. No. 4 Arizona State (minus 4) at UCLA Sun Devils hit the road for first time and find some bumps. ... ARIZONA STATE 35-28. Baylor (plus 37) at No. 5 Nebraska Do Bears have a chance against Huskers' ferocious defense? ... NEBRASKA 56-7. No. 7 Tennessee (minus 131/2) at Georgia Vols leave state for first time this season.... TENNESSEE 35-21. No. 8 Alabama (minus 12) at North Carolina State Wolfpack coming off first win of season.... ALABAMA 33-13. Oklahoma State (plus 32) at No. 9 Colorado Buffs can't wait to shut down Cowboys' running back David Thompson.... COLORADO 42-14. Purdue (plus 21) at No. 10 Penn State Curtis Enis and the rest of the offense show up for this one. ... PENN STATE 45-7. No. 16 Washington (plus 11) at No. 11 Notre Dame Irish tailback Autry Denson outruns the Huskies' Rashaan Shehee. ... NOTRE DAME 27-20. Maryland (plus 24%) at No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels defense second in points allowed at 5.8.... NORTH CAROLINA 280. Minnesota (plus 10) at No. 15 Northwestern Wildcats roaring again after early-season stumble.... NORTHWESTERN 3517. No. 18 Auburn (minus 11) at Mississippi State Tigers have won last three vs. Bulldogs by average of 19.7 points. ... AUBURN 35-17. UNLV (plus 46) at No. 19 Brlgham Young Just a hunch, but Steve Sarkisian will throw a TD pass in this one. ... BRIGHAM YOUNG 56-7. No. 22 Kansas State (minus 161/2) at Missouri K-State still reeling from loss to Nebraska. ... KANSAS STATE 28-19. Western Michigan (plus 27%) at No. 24 Wyoming Cowboys' QB Josh Wallwork should add to his 16 TD passes.... WYOMING 42-10. No. 25 Texas (minus 22) vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas) This could get ugly for Sooners. ... TEXAS 49-0. Florida, Ohio St. may meet in Sugar Bowl Though unprobable now, two unbeatens could be on possible collision course By The Associated Press NEW YORK — No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl? It may be out of the question for now, but that could change under a complicated set of circumstances that involve ABC Sports and the Rose Bowl. Although ABC and the Rose Bowl said Wednesday there have been no discussions about such a game, there are reasons to believe it could happen. A possible scenario: • The Gators and Buckeyes go undefeated. • The teams remain 1-2 in the polls. • No other top team is unbeaten. • The Rose Bowl is willing to let the Big Ten champion play in the Sugar Bowl. During the past few days, there has been talk about ABC considering a Florida-Ohio State contingency. The network will televise the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. "There's absolutely nothing to that rumor," ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said Wednesday. "There have been no discussions with ABC and we're completely unaware of anyone else having any discussions about that. That kind of scenario is what precipitated the new alliance." Jack French, CEO of the Tournament of Roses Association, said it's too early in the season to discuss what-ifs. "I remember the issue came up when Ohio State was No. 2 last season," French said. "That was just wishful thinking." But this year is different. The Rose Bowl has agreed to become part of the alliance, albeit in 1998. "We have not discussed it and we're going to have a meeting next week with the Big Ten and Pac-10," French said. "Whether it will come up or not, I don't know." Before any changes would be made, Florida (50) and Ohio State (4-0) have have to win a few tough games ahead. The Gators play No. 12 LSU on Saturday, followed by games against No. 18 Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and No. 3 Florida State. And then there's the SEC title game on Dec. 7. The Buckeyes play Wisconsin on Saturday, followed by games against Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and No. 14 Michigan. Several other undefeated teams also would have to lose, including No. 4 Arizona State and No. 6 Miami. KU/ Home for first time since August 29 FROM PAGE D1 "They are a high-powered offense," Mason said of Tech, "and we are sure going to have to play a lot better defensively than we have been." Mason has talked of changing a few things on defense, and one of them will be giving more playing time to young defensive tackles Adrian Greene and Dion Johnson. Greene is a 285-pound sophomore and Johnson a 270-pound redshirt freshman. "They need to play more ... they're coming on," Mason said. "But, just because you make a change doesn't necessarily mean it's going to fix it. You have to rethink things, and that's what we're doing right now." With six and probably seven wins needed for a bowl game, Saturday's 1 p.m. kickoff in Lawrence is an important one for both teams. Kansas (3-1) is a lV2-point favorite over the Red Raiders (3-2). The home game will be the first in 43 days for the Jay- hawks, who haven't been the host since an Aug. 29 night game against Ball State. "I didn't think it would be that big a deal, but it sure seems like it was a long time ago," Mason said. BRIEFLY In the eighth, reliever Mark Petkovsek slipped trying to field Chipper Jones' high-bouncing bunt. He fielded the ball on his back and still had a chance to get the out at first but Alicea, the second baseman, had the ball knocked out of his glove by Jones as he covered first base. "If everything was going well I'd have been there, no problem," Alicea said. "It would have been a routine play. It just threw me off when he slipped." Sacred Heart, Central to have tailgate parties The Sacred Heart Booster Club will sponsor a tailgate party prior to Friday's Homecoming football contest with Herington. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. and will be held in the St. Mary's parking lot south of Martin Stadium. Participants are asked to bring soup and a side dish. The party will end shortly before the start of the 7 p.m. Homecoming activities at the stadium, ' with the football game scheduled for a 7:30 start. • The Salina Central Booster Club will hold a tailgate party at Salina Stadium before Friday's football contest with Manhattan. The event will run from 5:45 to 7 p.m. The booster club will serve frito pies and chili dogs for $1.50 each. Basketball coaches clinic cancelled The Mid-America Basketball Coaches Clinic scheduled to be held in Salina on Friday and Saturday has been cancelled. There are no plans to reschedule the clinic, sponsored by Brown Mackie College. The Kansas State High School Activities Association officials and coaches clinic, which was to be held in conjunction with the Mid-America clinic, has also been cancelled. From Staff Reports

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