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Intramurals go extramural
by John Dunlap
M ike McrritL It just sounds like a baseball
player sort of name. It fits in well with names
like Mickey Mantle and Dizzy Dean. And
the way Mike Merritt pitched a three-hitter
against Wake Forest, you'd think he had
olfered the Deacons a cut on a pending
major league contract.
Merritt threw as good a game as any Tar
Heel pitcher has thrown this year at Cary
Boshamer Stadium. In the last home game of
the season, and perhaps his last home
appearance ever (depending on Tar Heel
success or lack of success in the ACC
tournament to be played at Cary B.), Merritt
had Wake Forest behind and off balance at
the plate in a 5-0 UNC win.
On a day that the major concern was
whether the Tar Heels could get past the
middle of the fifth inning so that the rain
would not postpone the game, Carolina
played the type of ball that had to be
encouraging going down the stretch.
Merritt went the distance shutting out the
Deacons. He also walked only four and best
best of all, struck out 1 1.
The game was a quick one, as Merritt
would jog to the mound, come in with some
tough breaking pitches, drop in a fast ball or
two, and then jog back to the dugout with
goose eggs behind him on the scoreboard.
Wake Forest looked like a bunch of bees
that had lost their hive. One batter after
another would come back to the dugout
complaining about the ump, the bad breaks,
and Merritt The early buzzing evaporated
into silence as Merritt kept the smooth pace
oi a trotter while mowing down Wake.
North Carolina evened its overall slate to
1 5-1 5 with the win and pulled up to fourth in
the ACC with a 4-5 record,
Merritt said after the game," I was moving "
the ball against them real well. M y curve and
slider pitches were staving low, and that
really is the difference. The games I've had
trouble in this year w ere the games that 1 was
high (in the strike zone). But the games that
I've kept the ball down have been my best.
But that's the secret of all pitching success."
Merritt brought his overall record to three
victories against four losses. But a quick
look at the statistics shows that with a little
help in the field, Merritt could easily have a
super record. Of the 22 runs Merritt has
surrendered, 12 are unearned. And that.
fans, is something to complain about.
Carolina also did some things in the field
and at bat worthy of continuing like
getting clutch hits and playing good defense.
Only one error was committed against
Carolina came up with the one-and-only
run they needed in the first inning on a
double by Bill Lee. a walk to Steve Rackley.
and a hard single by Mike Wilkerson.
Carolina plays Thursday at N.C. State
and Bill Paschall (4-2) will be on the mound,
as the Heels attempt to take their first from
Stickmen visit Roanoke College
UNC excels in
by Bradley Bauler
UNC Intramural participants left
Woollen Gym this past week and
returned with success. In three separate
tournaments, Co-Rec Sports Day,
Women's Big Four and Men's Big Four,
the athletes brought home two firsts and
a second place finish, respectively.
Coordinated by David Garabedian,
the competition was intense, with
Carolina coming out on top more often
than any other school.
Thursday at Co-Rec Sports Day,
three victories gave Carolina a tie with
N.C. State for the top spot. Allen
Wilson led the badminton team with
two singles' victories. The golf team was
victorious as Robert Parrot and Joe
Nader teamed with Elaine Meyers and
Jodi Rice to outdistance State, UNC
Greensboro, and UNC-Charlotte. The
other victory came in tennis behind the
sharp play of Ellen Gooding, Pam
Adams, Doug Berry and Jeb Stuart.
At Duke on Monday, the Women's
Big Four Team defeated State, Duke,
and Wake Forest in the five-sport
competition. The women brought home
an unexpected championship, with
victories in basketball and volleyball.
Tere Dail and Christa Peterson led the
championship volleyball team. The
basketball team got outstanding
performances by Donna Gutterman and
Men's Big Four competition for UNC
ended in a disappointing second place
finish behind Duke. Three big victories
paced the Carolina men. The volleyball
team ended a long drought by winning
its competition for the first time in 23
years. Outstanding performances were
turned in by captain Jim Pharr, Dan
Koenigshoefer, and Lee Zia.
The badminton squad kept up its
long-standing tradition of success at Big
Four. Bill Fairly led the team in its
toughest challenge in recent vears.
The biggest surprise came in the
softball competition. Coach Bill Wentz
directed his players to two
overwhelming victories. Macon
Huffman fireballed his way to a 7-2
victory over Duke in the first game. In
the second game, Carolina's offense
exploded for 10 runs, while Marion
Cucumber stifled State. The 10-2 rout
produced the first softball
championship in seven years.
by Bill Kay
Even UNCs pre-season goal of qualifying
for the NCAA lacrosse playoffs is no longer
a possibility, the Tar Heels still remain 12th
in the nation.
The top eight ranked teams automatically
make the NCAA's at season's end.
The fact that Carolina still remains highly
rated reflects the tough calibre of
competition it has faced. And despite a
disappointing 3-7 record, this year's squad
has come a long way.
"It's incredible how many we've lost,"
UNC Head Coach Paul Doty commented. "I
still can't figure out why we're losing. Ve
haven't had many breaks but we must
improve on our mistakes next year."
Carolina still has four games remaining,
all in the newly-formed South Atlantic
Division, and to win this race would be a
solid consolation to a team that has come so
close in the big games.
The first game in this string takes place
today in Salem, Va. against Roanoke.
Roanoke is undefeated and currently ranked
filth in Division II.
"Our high expectations at the outset of the
season hurt us," Doty said. "But we have
made great strides. Next year we'll have to
win the big ones that's all."
Doty had particular praise for John
Donato, "who has played very well in the
important games" and Randy Gilbert, Paul
Worstell and Dave Yingling, three freshmen
"who have come into their own".
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