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4The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, March 19, 1987
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Douagliierty gets fflirst victory as
Tair Heels poiind.SUNY, 11-0
When you are the UNC baseball
team and the opponent is SUNY
BulTalo, the question becomes not
whether you will win, but rather by
how much. The answer Wednesday
was eleven runs, as the Tar Heels
scored seven times in the first four
innings and coasted to an easy II
0 victory at Boshamer Stadium.
UNC banged out 12 hits, but the
story of the afternoon was the
performance of freshman Jim
Dougherty on the mound. Dough
erty went six shutout innings and
moved his record to 1-2 with his first
collegiate win. He struggled with his
control in the first inning, allowing
a tiny candle of hope to flicker in
the SUNY dugout.
But Dougherty quickly quenched
that flame by picking up a called
third strike with the bases loaded.
And after the early turbulence, his
flight for the next five innings was
smooth enough to let the passengers
amble up and down the aisles. He
allowed three hits and three walks
during his stint while striking out
"1 felt real comfortable out there,"
said the 6-0 frosh. ! feel comfortable
knowing what I have to do, knowing
I'm in the starting rotation. 1 was
a little shaky in the beginning, but
I think 1 settled down pretty well.
I had pretty good pop." Dougherty
was in the. low 80s on his fastball
and the low 70s on his split-fingered
change all day long. ' . .. '
Following Dougherty to the
mound to mow down the hapless
SUNY batters were Tim Straub,
Doug Torborg and Scott Lodgek.
Each pitched an inning. Straub
walked two and struck out two, and
Lodgek allowed a hit and a walk
before getting the game's final out.
Torborg looked especially strong,
throwing fastballs almost exclusively
and fanning two.
Of course, pitching with an 1 1-run
lead couldn't , qualify as one of
Hercules" 12 tasks. The Tar Heels
set about accumulating that lead in
the first inning, when shortstop
Darin Campbell walked and stole
second and third. Howard Freiling
then doubled, thanks to the left
fielder falling down on the job, to
score Campbell, and then trotted
home himself on a single by Chris
In the second inning, third base
man Steve Mrowka stroked a double
into the gap in right center to knock
in two more runs, and in the fourth
picked up another RBI with a
sacrifice fly. After .another Campbell
walk and stolen base, Freiling
bounced a single by the lunging
SUNY shortstop to score two.
The Tar Heel bench was emptied
not long after that, and it showed
as UNC picked up just four runs in
the next four innings, a disturbingly
low ratio. The Tar Heels should once
again have no trouble scoring runs,
and coach Mike Roberts knows the
comfort of that feeling. But pitching
will once again be a concern, par
ticularly a week from now as the
ACC season begins.
"I am pleased with our pitching.
We have had good pitching perfor
mances, and our young pitchers are
getting better" Roberts said. "We've
now set our rotation, and well be
going with three freshmen and a
junior as our four starters."
Ordinarily, in an 11-0 game, one
might expect real offensive fire
works. Those came courtesy of Todd
Nichols, who in the fifth inning
crushed a two-run homer over the
fence in deep right center. Two
innings later, a pair of Connecticut
boys combined to put a pair of runs
on the scoreboard. Jim Stone
doubled down the right field line,
and catcher Paul Devlin followed
with a triple into the corner. He came
home on a groundout to finish the
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By SCOTT FOWLER
After five days of hype; hoopla and histrionics,
North Carolina and Notre Dame will square off
tonight at Brendan Byrne Arena in the NCAA
tournament round of 16. Tipoff in East Rutherford.
N.J., is at 9:11. . .
By now, you have heard and or recited many of
the facts about this game. Yes, Kenny Smith is back
and the two times he has played against Notre Dame,
UNC has won. Yes, the Fighting Irish upset UNC
60-58 earlier this season. Yes, the winner will play
the Florida-Syracuse victor for the right to go to
the Final Four.
All that aside, tonight's game will be a battle
between slow, patient (David) Rivers and Speedy
Gonzalez. The teams primary difference if the
UNC team bus saw a yellow light, it would fly through
it. Digger Phelps would not only stop, he might wait
through the next green light to irritate the traffic
"We have to be so patient on defense," said UNC
sophomore guard Jeff Lebo. "We could try to make
the pace faster, with traps and stuff, but they could
blow us out if we do."
Phelps, whose 24-7 team has won 11 games in a
row, surprised no one at a Monday press conference
when he said his team had to slow the Tar Heels
down to win. "We have to control the game tempo,"
he said. "Wee got to stop their transition. They
want you to take the quick shot, then they run. We
can't let them get in their rhythm."
UNC, 31-3 on the season, is averaging 92.2 points
per game, easily the best mark in school history. In
their two tournament games, the Tar Heels have
scored more points than any other team in the
NCAAs. But UNC was held to its lowest point total
of the season in its 60-58 loss n South Bend.
"I think we gave them confidence (in that game),"
said. UNC coach Dean Smith. "They were good
anyway, but since then they've had a better feel for
the way they want to play."
The Irish will start Scott Hicks and Rivers at guard,
Donald Royal and Mark Stevenson at forward and
Gary Voce at center. Voce, who has been affection
ately christened Voce of the People by ND students,
scored 15 points in the teams' earlier game.
"I'm concerned about this game," Smith said.
"Royal is a great player, and they are a much better
team than when we played them."
ITie Tar Heels will begin with the normal starting
five of Lebo, Smith, J.R. Reid, Joe Wolf and Dave
Popson. Wolf is expected to be healthier tonight than
he was for Saturday's Michigan game, but still may
not be up to full strength.
Florida and Syracuse will meet in the first game
of the regional with a 6:37 p.m. tipoff. The Gators
are one of the tournament's surprise teams, and have
been established as slight favorites over the
BASKETBALL NOTES: The Tar Heels sport an
1 1-3 overall record against Notre Dame. . . The two
times Kenny Smith has played, in a second-round
NCAA game in 1985 and a regular-season contest
in Jan. 1986, he has keyed Tar Heel wins. . . UNC's
two wins at Brendan Byrne have come against
Kentucky in 1981 and LSU in 1982. . . UNC has
lost in regional round of play for the last four seasons
in a row. . . However, the Tar Heels' streaks of seven
straight Final 16 appearances and 13 straight NCAA
bids are the longest current records. . . Rivers has
not generally been known as a pure outside shooter,
but he knocked in five of 1 1 three-pointers and scored
24 points in ND's win over TCU.
Young tennis squad confronts tough schedule
By DAVID HALL
Staff Writer "
"I think that we have the potential
to have a very successful year," UNC
womens tennis coach Kitty Harrison
Oh, the optimism that reigns at
the beginning of a long campaign
with warriors ready to do battle
against enemies from near (Duke)
and far (Texas A&M). Yet, putting
aside Harrison's standard platitudes,
the 1987 season will likely be a
successful one for the Tar Heels, who
are hoping for a berth in the NCAA
Championships in May.
This year's edition of women's
tennis comes off of a good season
last year, when UNC was 17-11
overall, and 5-2 in the ACC. Yet the
laurels this year will have to be
garnered by a young group that lost ,
three lettermen, including No. I
singles player Eileen Fulton. f .
With the loss of so many key
starters, the success of this team will
be heavily contingent upon the play
of newcomers Gina Goblirsch and
Valerie Farmer. Farmer, a freshman
from Richmond, Va., has been very
consistent at the No. 6 singles spot
and her play was one of the high
lights of the fall season, a season in
which the team was 6-0. V
Much of the attention, though,
will be focused upon highly-touted
freshman Goblirsch. The 5-10 Gob
lirsch hails from Sacramento, Calif.,
where she was the top player at her
high school, Garces Memorial, for
four years. Having come in as the
70th-ranked player in the nation,
Goblirsch has already assumed the
No. 1 spot on the team. According
to Harrison, her future success will
be predicated upon her ability to
elevate her game from the steady
baseline genre into an aggressive all
The rest of the starting six is
rounded out by Spencer Barnes at
No. 2, Ann Stephenson at No. 3,
Landis Cox at No. 4, and captain
Laura Ballentine at No. 5. Sopho
more transfer Michelle Lambert and ..
Vannessa Ames are also expected to
make important contributions.
As indicated by their excellent fall
record, the Tar Heels are one of the
nation's top teams. At the beginning
of the season they were ranked 26th
by the Intercollegiate Tennis
Coaches Association. Yet in order
to reach its goal of making the 16
team NCAA tournament field, the
squad will have to compete success-
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fully against eight teams ranked
between 10 and 25. These teams are
No. 10 Clemson, No. 13 Kentucky,
No, 16 Duke, No. 17 BYU, No .18
Indiana, No. 19 Texas A&M,
No. 24 South Carolina, and No. 25
Many schools would wilt in the
face of such stiff competition, but
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Finn is perfect
s softballers j
roll past Rams
By JILL SHAW
If laughter is the best medicine,
and smiles follow close behind, then
the elated expressions of the North
Carolina's softball players after they
trounced Fordham University 9-0
Wednesday afternoon confirmed
that nothing ailed them. The Tar
Heels, rebounding from Furman's
sweep last Saturday, recovered their
strength and upped their won-lost
record to a healthy 9-2.
The most robust performance
came from sophomore pitcher Reg
ina Finn, who pitched a perfect game
en route to her third victory of the
season. Facing the minimum
number of batters in the seven inning
game, the New Jersey native only
relaxed for an occasional mound
conference with equally at-ease
junior catcher Amy Spelman. While
the confereces sparked smiles
beneath the dreary clouds above
Finley Field, they also , produced
Coach Donna Papa, in her second
year at North Carolina, applauded
Finn as well as the rest of the Tar
Heels. 44 1 was very happy with us
defensively and offensively, more so
than I expected. We were tested and
we responded," she said.
A barrage of hits enabled the Tar
Heels to introduce their entire
batting roster to Fordham's players
in the first inning. Among the
connectors were Spelman and junior
second basemen Patti Gerckens, who
both went 2-for-3 on the day and
helped the Tar Heels leap to an early
Sophomore outfielder Sharon
Ross, making a smooth switch from
North Carolina's field hockey squad,
spanked a single in the second inning
to spur further scoring while in the
fourth Maria Powers dashed home
during a Fordham mental lapse. In
the midst of accumulating 12 hits
against the Rams' sophomore
pitcher Jill Twardy, the Tar Heels
completed their scoring in the fifth.
Papa conceded that without the
'.benefit of scholarships and expe
rienced athletes, Fordham, coached
by Ann Newhouse, a former Papa
player, didn't pose a threat.
The real test will come in the
approaching tournament in Talla
: hassee, FL. "We're looking to be one
of the top two teams to come out
of the pool," she said. "1 think we
have a chance." And; that's some
thing to smile about.