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The Commercial Appeal from Memphis, Tennessee • 48

Memphis, Tennessee
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ywyuwy yy W' WW TD6 THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL MEMPHIS SUNDAY JUNE 3 1990 i' MTSU catcher awaits his call Rid Dann the pi win a The thefh Fair of in baseball draft By Thomas Harding The Commercial Appeal Sul Pens) spotc race The Citadel? Chria Coker lag out Louisiana 8tato baaorunnor Ron Um attar Um slid past MURFREESBORO Term Jay Owens will have to delay fulfilling a promise to his parents but there? a good reason junior catcher who compiled a 311 batting average Owens a ompiled a rhlleleadi: leading the NCAA West 1 Region- to the 1 on a first- Inning atoal attamptattho it boatTho Citadel 1-2 in 5 Saturday's gamoi State al Tournament is rated the 49th best pro prospect and seventh-best catcher in the country in Baseball June 10-24 issue He expects to be selected between the middle of the first round and early in the third round of baseball's free agent draft which begins Monday leftClncinnati in 1987 will ha veto wait According to Baseball America the average signing bonus for first-rounders coulcfbe $200000 and the 72 picks in the first two rounds could expect big bon- Ti is and made the All-Ohio Valley Conference team as a freshman Last season Owens turned his worst break a broken left jay Owens hunn he ggg tained when he was hit by a pitch into one of the best breaks of his college career While he sat out he became A student of the game as well as a talented player "That was the first time I had ever sat on the bench and watched baseball" Owens said "I learned so much sitting next to coach Peterson on the bench I would tell him what pitch I would call and he would tell me if it was a good or a bad pitch I felt I learned a lot of stuff that I wouldn't have learned" This year MTSU used production to post the first undefeated record (145) in more than 20 years He had a bad regional tournament 0-for-8 in losses to San Diego State and Stanford but that is not expected to hurt his draft position "If someone? been drafted before you already know something about him and yon bird-dog him throughout Jolly said "Our national crosschecker (a scout whose job is to give the organization a second opinion on a player) and region al crosschecker have already been in here got something on hi and a couple fuuf mniM ttfAYiH line lilvn of bad hurt him1 Bulldogs World Series: schedule results LSU and Cowboys show off power Following dwduto tor dwduto tor haunted by loss ttw raautta ttw Cdtoga World 8artoa In Omaha SATURDAY L8U 8 Ths Citadal 2 Oklahoma State 14 FuSarton 4 Ton In covet May triatl trial! write prase ofthi triatl Big bats carry the day at CWS "Fve decided that if I get the opportunity got to take it" said Owens who turned down the majors once before when the Boston Red Sox picked him in the 25th round during his senior year In high school "But finish school I promised my par $Game today Jcould be last first and had the bases loaded with one out in the second when Byrd struck out Dan McDonnell TODAY Georgia Souttwm (50-18) vs Miaaiaslppl State (49-20) 3:40 pjn Stanford (57-10) vs Georgia (49-181 7:10 pjn By Tom Vint The Associated Prase and Gettys Glaze rhey had the momentum urn- "They By Tom Vint Ths AMOdstad Praia start lnacc ing i verst Th: ents get my On the field Owens is given OMAHA Neb rippl State and Georgia Southern Jneet today at £30 to decide who will be the first team to pack its jbags and leave this Col athle divM into you can do about it" Fleming got all the runs he needed on Jeff 13th home run of the season a line drive over the 370-foot sign in leftfield in the third Bobby Reed (153) took the loss for Mississippi State despite pitching a five-hitter He gave up the homer to Cooper but Georgia had to scratch out two other runs on a wild pitch and an error caused in large part by the 30 mph wind OMAHA Neb As baseball coach at a military school Fort of The Citadel knows heavy artillery when he sees it Saturday he got a dose look at Louisiana cannons Tim Clark launched a two-run homer and Tookie Johnson let loose a pair of doubles to drive in three runs as LSU drubbed The Citadel 8-2 in a first-round game of the College World Series Oklahoma State put on a power display in the second game as home runs by Neil Szeryk and Michael Daniel dur- lege World Series bring awful memories with some vthem til the two Ks" Byrd said "so the two strikeouts were the biggest of my career" A homer by Anthony Jenkins helped the Citadel tie the gome 2-2 in the third But Ron Linn opened half of the inning with a walk and scored on Wes two-out single Clark's two-run homer to right-field made it 5-2 first double gave LSU an early lead and his second capped the scoring Alter early problems Byrd (155) settled down and al-low a Citadel runner to reach second base until he left the game after seven lnnlnss There was a scare in the nightcap Saturday night when Fullerton State outfielder Rich Gonza Georgia Southern will never forget the home run that forget high marks for his power and throwing ability In addition to comniling the Blue top batting average he was the team leader in home runs (17) runs batted in (66) doubles (21 a school record) and on-base percentage (430) He also was third on the team with 13 stolen bases and had a 982 fielding average "So many organizations are looking for a catcher who can run throw and drive the ball-said Montreal Expos scout Jack Jolly who lives in Murfreesboro "He has a lot of What might be most impressive about Owens is his knowledge Part of that is because MTSU coach Steve Peterson let him call pitches a philosophy that? rare inrlevels below pro ball --4 cond bene that the i prone games What excites many scouts is that Owens is just beginning his education as a catcher This was his first complete college season behind the plate Although he said balk if an organize: tion wants to move him to another position it? obvious he wants to stay where he is "It? exciting- Owens said learn stuff about catching every game I catch I think ever learn it all because so complex" kind of like his college edu- cation It may take a long tlmej but he vows to get the job done! taa the victory it threw away losing a 54 10-inning decision Friday to topeeeded Stanford Mississippi problem has become something of a recurring nightmare a lefthanded ghost from the University of Georgia named Dave Fleming Fleming scattered four out 10 and didn't al hits struck ck lez was taken off the field by an in a low a Mississippi State runner beyond second base as he "It was the biggest game of my career" Fleming said "And the best game ever pitched My key was getting ahead in the count and I kept the ball low never beaten LSU or Jacksonville but for some reason done well against Mississippi State" Stanford (50-17) moved into the second round against Georgia (49-18) but it fcuows very well that the outcome could have been different if umpire Christal had a better view of Rob sixth-inning i brace after Sliding headfirst leld wall into the leftfield wall while that terin titor the a It the i simp crosi isat impc entei asslg an ex-catcher and I placed when coaches' never BMW The Cowboys and LSU Tigers meet Monday night in a second-round game following an elimination game between rullmton mil The CitadeL Today's action at Rosenblatt Stadium starts at 330 with an elimination game between Mississippi State (49-20) and Gear- Si Southern (50-18) which will broadcast live on ESPN In the evening topeeeded Stanford (50-17) and Georgia (49-18) meet in a second-round came "I thought LSU was awesome" Fort said "Man they redly took some cuts" blanked the Bulldogs (49-20) for the second time this season 30 at Rosenblatt Stadium The Georgia pitcher threw the first CWS shutout since 1987 And earlier this season in Stark-ville he handed Mississippi State its first shutout loss in 177 games 9-0 seen him pitch like this leftfielder before" State John AUDI NISSAN PORSCHE fly ball to left-centerfleld Todd Greene the runner on Greene pitches so from the Old school" Peterson said the dugout I can see the fastball but I can't feel it i had scouts say that in their reports on Jay they have included that he calls his own game Not only does Jay have ability but he? had experience in handling pitchers ana setting up batters der suits disre the i send resit try-to make a catch niversity Hospital later reported that Gonzales was in good condition resting comfortably and apparently able to move all his limbs It appeared the hospital report said that there was no serious injury The play led to an inside-the-park homer by Daniel who collected three of his four RBI on the play Daniel and Brad Beanblossom each had four of the 18 hits two-run homer ignited the big second inning for OSU Dennis Burbank (10-1) worked seven innings for the victory Cohen said of Fleming (125) nly 33 since the who had gone only second base may have been the only one with a dear view Unfortunately for Georgia Southern (50-18) his opinion didn't count "I was tagging up and saw it was a home Greene said "So I run When he called it a hit it was too late" Greene only advanced to third You do not haw to take these can back to thf dealer lor maintenance For taster mot personated and guaranteed quality service com to Memphis Motosports had some super key LSU coach Skip Bertman said an ing chan Owens was a catcher for Cincinnati? Glen Este High and for a summer team that Included win in Starkville "We saw him pitch against Vanderbilt a couple of weeks ago (in the SEC tournament) and he was nothing like he was tonight I think he pitched as well as he did when he beat us the first time But still the best lefty faced When he's pitching as he did tonight very little and Tim Clark and Lyle (Mouton) are the strength of our club" While Clark Johnson and Mouton took care of the offense Paul Byrd shook off some early MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS requ com after third base umpire Randy Christd ruled the nit went off Ken Griffey Jr now a rising star tiers MTSU with the Seattle Mariners at 'i i Set teen wet already had an experienced catcher when Owens arrived in 1988 so he played in the outfield trouble to quiet The CitadeL itadd scored a run in the the lower fence instead of an upper fence which would have been a homer 5154 FtaMring tadi fe (901)794-8552 i finis the Mem Iraili Mem 14 men nam num ten ciaL won edgt moo Sorn peal 3810 fl A betv phis higl mor Omi Fl tiled Tfyoulie JLunionl Rod las) Fret age! 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