The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas on April 20, 1988 · 17
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The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas · 17

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Wednesday, April 20, 1988
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Ni0iaiM0ii4tieM Orioles match j f ' Baltimore’s Rick Schu is tagged out at the plate by Brewers catcher BJ Surhoff Tuesday p i ' v futility Associated Press MILWAUKEE — For the Baltimore Orioles the agony of defeat has become the agony of repeat The Orioles equaled a major-league record Tuesday night with their 13th straight loss a sloppy 9-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers It was a night when the Orioles’ bats came alive but their gloves fell apart as they made four errors that led to four unearned runs “It’s going to come together It’s got to end” said shortstop Cal Ripken who broke an O-for-29 slump of his own with a homer and a single "The key is to win some games and have some fun If s got to end because baseball is baseball” The Orioles joined the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers as teams who lost their first 13 games The franchise record for consecutive losses is 14 — once in Baltimore in 1954 and twice when the team was based in SL Louis "I think ifs overrated We’re going out and playing as hard as we can We’re trying to make positive things happen” losing pitcher Mark Thurmond said Thurmond 0-3 was staked to a 3-0 lead in the first Inning but couldn’t hold 1L He allowed a three-run godhead homer to Paul Moll tor In the second and then the Brewers added three more in the fifth when the Orioles committed three errors "We played good baseball for four games and what we had not done Is hit Tonight we go out and score three and give them two right back and it's downhill from there” record Worst Starts AmsifeM twain 0-13 — Wash Senators 1904 1 tie) 0-13 -Detroit Tigers 1920 - 0-128dt&TK)roO1oles1988 0-10p Chicago White Sox 1968 0-8 — CteveUmO lndtans 1914 0-8 — Boston Red Sox 1945 i v 08 Detroit Tigert1952 -National League -jo 0-10— Atlanta Braves 1988 0-9 Brooklyn Dodgers 1918 0-9— Boston Braves 1919 0-9 — New York Metsr 1962 0-9 V Houston Astros 1983 0-8 — Pittsburgh Pirates 1955 08 — New Yorit Mets1963 said Orioles manager Frank Robinson in a media-mobbed clubhouse Robinson is 0-7 since taking over for Cal Ripken Sr "I look at it as individual games When we played tonight 1 wasn’t thinking about the other 11 It wasn’t a well-played game I didn’t like it "When I come out tomorrow I won’t be thinking about tonight’s game You can’t worry about whafs gone by I’ll try to correct what I think I can correct” Baltimore with only 17 runs in its first 12 games and a 186 team batting average entering the game took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on doubles by Eddie Murray and Rick Schu But the Brewers got two back in the first with the aid of Schu's error iShocker psycho no more Raley tearing up pitching not himself By Gary Dymski Staff Writer Those defenseless batting helmets are safe So are concrete walls and wooden benches Mind you Dan Raley continues his assaults However now his energy is focused released when bat meets ball Raley Wichita State’s senior third base-man takes a team-blgh 395 batting average into tonight's game against top-ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater Okla Not surprinsingly as Raley’s emotional outbursts have subsided his batting stroke has become more effective "I’m not tearing myself apart” said Raley a left-handed hitter "I’m not taking myself too seriously I’m just more relaxed "I have calmed down a lot believe me since my freshman year It took me three years to figure it out This is supposed to be fun” When things didn’t go right for Raley baseball wasn’t fun After an unsuccessful at-bat he would take out his frustration cm equipment Slam went a batting helmet Or maybe the bench got a swift kick Once Raley punched a concrete wall The wall survived but Raley’s hand was so sore he had to sit out a spell The outbursts kept Raley from mental stability And as Yogi Berra can tell you “Half dils game Is 90 percent mental” "It'd be after every at-bat" Raley said of his emotional tirades Td fly out and as Td run back to the dugoul I'd be screaming things Then Td yell from the bench Td go psycho on myself” All along WSU coach Gene Stephenson told Raley he was self-destructing "He told me I was messing myself up mentally” Raley said "I knew that I’d start presting at the plate swinging at pitches I shouldn’t have or trying to hit every pitch out of the park” RALEY 4B Col 1 Dislikes option offense Verdugo quits Kansas By Nicole Sauxek Staff Writer LAWRENCE — Freshman quarterback Kevin Verdugo has decided not to return to Kansas for the 1988 football season "Right now with the way things are it looks like I’m going to transfer” said Verdugo who will be a sophomore this falL "I’m just looking for a school that needs a quarterback” Verdugo said he was not confident with the option offense KU will use next fall and after a lot of thought decided to go elsewhere to play football "Physically I can do what the offense asks of me” Verdugo said Tm just not comfortable with 1L” Verdugo has not Indicated where he will go next season though teammates have said he will transfer to the University of Tulsa Verdugo’s decision came after spring practice though he said he considered leaving the team before drills began March 21 Verdugo said he informed Coach Glen Mason of his decision Monday "We had a conversation on him transferring right after 1 arrived” said Mason who replaced Bob Valesente In December "I thought it would be In our best interest if he VERDUGO 5B Col 1 It9S mine South's Melissa DeWitt 'leaps over Southeast’s Elaine Richey left and Paige Witte as DeWitt tries to take down a Sass in the rst half South won the game 2-1 Staff Photographer Partners to meet on Wings By Mai Elliott Staff Writer The five general partners of the Wichita Wings will meet today to decide whether they will bring the team back for a 1988-89 season "They (partners) postponed the decision until after the salary cap negotiations” said Bill Oliver the 'team’s managing general partner and largest shareholder "I don’t have any idea what will happen” Partner Kenneth Wagnon an in-vestement advisor also refused to speculate on what will happen tonight "I really don’t want to comment on tt” Wagnon said "I would rather go to the meeting and see what information comes out” Three partners — Bob Beren Bill Cohen and Frank Carney — could not be reached for comment Tuesday Turner said he has prepared two projected budgets for 1988-89 "an optimistic one and a pessimistic one” Both he said are within 8150000 of each other Last Friday the league negotiated a reduced salary cap of $875000 with the players union a savings of $400000 from the old cap It will mean a savings of $305000 to the Wings whose salaries totaled $1180000 last season according to Turner Turner said he hoped to get the 1988-89 budget deficit down to $300000 which is what the partners have said they can live with The general partners have to pick up the tab for the deficits each year Turner said the losses this season will be between $450000 and $500000 Bingham is prepared to fight the uphill battle at Kansas “We’re talent-short But at least we can try and I think we are now There gets to a point where you have to establish who’s boss I want it done a certain way” — Dave Bingham By Rick Ptumlee Staff Writer Rocky Helm didn’t think it could get any worse And then came The Run In losing three out of four baseball games to Missouri a few weeks ago Kansas was horrible The Jayhawks were out-scored 44-21 and thaft even more glaring when you consider the lone game they won was by a 3-2 score Dave Bingham was livid He gave up tranquility and success at Emporia State to try to reverse KlTs tradition of losing "He had run us hard all fell and all spring” said Helm MTS senior center fielder from Maize "but after that Missouri series oh boy?" The KU players aren’t sure how far they ran after returning from Columbia Mo and Bingham isn’t saying But apparently it was far enough to wear down a fit cross country team "Kids have to learn to be responsible for their performances” said Bingham "There was a lack of effort a lack of willingness to win Somebody has to tell them that’s not right” The Run Improved KITs effort but the results haven’t been much different Going into Tuesday night's game against Bingham’s old team Emporia State the Jayhawks stood 18-23 and had lost 10 straight In being swept by Kansas State in a four-game series over the weekend KU's pitchers gave up 67 runs and four grand slams punching the team earned run average up to 754 Not that the pitchers are entirely to blame In a 23-2 loss to K-State on Saturday the Jayhawks had more errors (six) than hits (four) "We’re talent-short” said Bingham “But at least we can try and I think we are now There gets to a point where you have to establish who's boss I want it done a certain way” Bingham's way at Emporia State had catapulted him to among the nation’s top college coaches In his 14 years with the Hornets he had a 673 winning percentage and had taken them to five NAIA World Series Including the title in 1978 and a runner-up finish last year KU has won just three conference titles and none since 1949 Former athletic director Monte Johnson thought he was pulling a coup by hiring ex-Kansas City Royal pitcher Marty Pattin as head coach The move was a bust KU was 122-172-2 in the five years under Pattin including a 15-39-1 mark last year when he was fired Two of the losses last season came to Bingham’s NAIA Hornets By hiring Bingham KU at least brought in instant credibility He was an assistant coach on the US 1984 Olympic team and he'll fill the same role this year in Seoul South Korea Bingham's fundamental style is appealing to recruits Tom Buchanan was willing to follow him anywhere planning to transfer from Barton County Community College to Emporia State Now KU's leading hitter at 391 the junior first baseman from Wichita said Bingham "is the reason I’m here” Bingham’s reputation plus the $300000 KU has spent over the last year to improve its stadium may help in future recruiting seasons But for now the Jayhawks are stuck in a bleak hole “It's there” said Buchanan "and ifs not something you can run away from” Particularly the lack of talent Bingham inherited nine pitchers who were part of a staff that had a 909 ERA last year plus six position players All had partial scholarships limiting what Bingham could do since the NCAA allows only 13 full scholarships BINGHAM 4B Col 1 ft 4 f y I !

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