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16—The Daily Collegian Friday, April 22, 1983
Softball team needs to finish strong
By GWEN FITZGERALD
Collegian Sports Writer
As the softball team heads into the
homestretch of its grinding schedule,
it is time for the Lady Lions to really
turn it on.
The Lady Lions (16-8) will face
three Division I teams, including two
from thpir region this weekend as
they try to put four more marks in the
Penn State will take on Rutgers ( 14-
5 ) at 11 a.m. and Ohio State (11-17) at
5 p.m. tomorrow. The Lady Lions will
be back in action on Sunday facing
Virgina (16-12) at 10 a.m. and Ohio
State again at 2 p.m. All games will
be played at Lady Lion Field.
Regional bids for the National Col
legiate Athletic Association tourna
ment will be sent out on May 9 and the
first place team in each region has
the best chance of getting bid,
providing its schedule was compet
With Penn State's upgraded sched
ule this year and competition in the
newly formed Atlantic 10 Conference,
Coach Sue Rankin thinks the Lady
Lions stand a good chance of being
offered a bid if they are first in the
The Lady Lions currently are sec
ond in the Atlantic 10 region, behind
No. 1-ranked Temple. Penn State
split a double-header with the Lady
Owls last week.
Rankin emphasized the importance
of the game against the Buckeyes.
"We need a good win-loss record to
be seeded in the region," Rankin
said. "The Ohio State game is very
However, Penn State cannot over
look Rutgers. The Lady Scarlet
Knights are the top team in their
and, according to Rankin, will
Probably be out to get the Lady Lions.
Last year the Penn State beat Rutg
ers three times, including a 1-0 win
Kotar gaining ground;
By MARCIA DUNN
Associated Press Writer
CANONSBURG, Washington County Former
New York Giants running back Doug Kotar, back
home after being hospitalized for eight months for
a malignant brain tumor, slowly is gaining ground
in his fight for life, according to his wife.
"He's relieved to be back home. He's allowed to
do whatever he can," his wife, Donna, said yester
"His beard is back; his hair is in. His color is
really good. He's obviously well enough to come
home," she said following a physical therapist's
visit to the family's Canonsburg home, about 20
miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
Doctors told Mrs. Kotar a few weeks ago that her
husband could go home. He had been hospitalized
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Penn State's Cheryl Kent (center) is called out at home plate in a game against Princeton last week. The softball team hosts
three Division I teams this weekend.
during regional competition on a sui
cide squeeze play.
Team Captain Mary Ann Cremo
said Penn State is in pretty good
shape for this weekend's competition.
"Everybody looks like they're hit
ting pretty well," Cremo said. "We
don't have any major injuries on the
team. I'm pretty happy. If everybody
has thawed out from the Lock Haven
game we should be okay."
Even though it looked like Penn
State's bats were frozen in the second
game at Lock Haven where the team
managed only four hits, the Lady
Lions still have six starters who are
batting over .300.
Phi Psi Chuggers
since last August, when physicians discovered the
Kotar briefly went home at Easter, then returned
to a Pittsburgh hospital for chemotherapy. He went
home agairi on April 10, greeted by his two children,
Doug Jr., 10, and Christie, 7, and other family.
"They figured he'd do better at home," Mrs.
Kotar, 30, said. "He was just putting in time there
(the hospital). I can do the same thing here that
they were doing there."
Kotar, 31, -a University of Kentucky standout,
joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent in
1974. He was traded to the Giants four days later
and went .on. to become the team's all-time leading
rusher with 3,380 yards.
Kotar retired•from the Giants last July because a
separated shoulder he suffered the previous season
hadn't healed. The next month, he sought treat-
Third baseman Geri Saya leads the
team with .378, followed closely by
Captain Michelle Turk with a .377
average, and Carol Fultz who is hit
Rankin said she is pleased with the
progress the team has made at the
plate since the tournament in South
Carolina (March 10-15).
"We're hitting the ball much bet
ter," Rankin said. "We didn't even
hit the ball down there. And we're
much more consistent with runners
But the, defense is also a sign of
improvement, Rankin said.
happy at home
Friday-Sunday, April 22.24
Friday, April 22
Fifth Annual' Penn State Slavic Folk FestiVal, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., HUB
Ballroom. Also Apr. 23, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Apr. 24, 1-6 p.m.
Geography Dept. Coffee Hour, 3:40 p.m., Room 319 Walker. W. Zelinsky,
geography, on "The Roving Palate: Ethnic Cuisines in North Ameri
Sports: men's volleyball, ECVL Championships, 5 p.m., Also April 23
International. Council film, 6 p.m., Room 111 Boucke.
P.S. Wargamers' Club meeting, 6 p.m., Room 107 Sackett.
Theatre and Film, Walkout, 7 and 9 p.m., HUB Assembly Room.
Saturday, April 23
Sports: women's tennis vs. James Madison, 8:30 a.m.; softball vs.
Rutgers, 11 a.m.; women's tennis vs. William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.;
softball vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m.; men's volleyball, ECVL
Championship, 5 p.m.; men's golf, Nittany Lion Invitational.
P.S. Wargamers' Club meeting,. noon, Room 107 Sackett. Also April 24.
France-Cinema, Fassbinder, Veronica Voss, 7 and 9 p.m., Room 112
Kern. Also April 25.
Sports: softball vs. Virginia, 10 a.m.; softball vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m.;
women's tennis vs. West Virginia, 2:30 p.m.; men's golf, Nittany Lion
HUB Eateries, Founder's Room, Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Alliance Christian Fellowship church services, 10:45 a.m., HUB Ball
P.S. Aikido Club demonstration, 1 p.m., IM Wrestling Room
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"There's no better outfield than my
outfield right now," Rankin said.
"They're trying diving and sliding
catches and with the speed they have
nothing is getting past them."
Second baseman Pam Mowery said
practicing in the cold weather is
getting a little routine and the team is
anxious for the games this weekend.
"We're trying to keep the intensity
up," Mowery •said. "It gets a little
difficult every now, and then taking
the usual batting and fielding prac
tice. We're tired of practicing
we're ready to play. I just hope it's a
ment for headaches which began after he was+
kicked in the head in a swimming pool.
Physicians discovered the tumor, the size of a
golf ball, and Kotar underwent eight hours of
surgery at a New Jersey hospital in late August.
Doctors decided against removing the tumor from
the center of his brain, however, fearing it could
endanger his life. His left side was left partially
Kotar was transferred to Pittsburgh in mid-Octo
ber to be closer to his home. His right lung col
lapsed soon afterward, forcing a tracheotomy to be
performed, and a water sac• in his head was
Physicians moved Kotar from the hospital's
intensive care unit'into his own room late last year.
He began undergoing chemotherapy treatments in
Sunday, April 24
A great way of life
Baseball team hopes
to rebound from loss
By JOHN WEISS
Collegian Sports Writer
The baseball team has waited
almost a week now to rebound
from its double-header loss last
Sunday at Rider. Starting tomor
row, the Lions will get their
After cold weather wiped out
their Tuesday twinbill with Buffa
lo and Wednesday's game at West
Chester, Penn State (12-12) will
travel to . Rutgers tomorrow for
two, and then go on 'for a confer
ence double-header at George
Penn State Head Coach Shorty
Stoner said the 4-3 extra-inning
losses to Rider were difficult for
"We played decent ball," Stoner
said. "But after having won six-in
a-row, you expect to at least split
there, and to lose two is a bit
Stoner added, however, Rider
should be given some credit.
"I have to say Rider had a nice
ballclub," he said. "They hap
pened to come out on fop there, but
either game could have gone ei
ther way. In fact, we should have
won both games. We had three
errors in one inning and gave them
the ball game essentially.
"We had numerous opportuni
ties to win the second ballgame
from the sixth inning to the 13th
inning we had people in scoring
positions darn near every inning
and couldn't crack through
Yet, to avenge the two losses,
the Lions will have to adjust to a
busy schedule ahead, playing 10
games in the next six days, includ
ing four this weekend.
Stoner said the team will have to
dig deeP into its pitching if it's to
survive the tough road ahead, and
the Lions will be going to the
bullpen all they have to this week
"It's going to be awful confusing
as we go along here," he said.
"Because all we can do is plan for
the first weekend, and then we'll
see what happens with the weath
er, and what arms are like as we
Stoner said his probable pitch
ers tomorrow at Rutgers are Jim
Harry (1-0), and Kevin Ferringer
(2-1), though Eric Hohn (1-4) re
mains a possibility
Ferringer said the staff is ready,
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but a lot depends on the weather.
"I think we're ready," he said.
"It just depends on how the weath
er is, because if it's cold it's going
to be very hard on our arms and
it's tough to throw when it's really
"But ,I think we have enough
pitchers that I feel confident we'll
be ready," Ferringer said. "I
think we have a good pitching
staff, it's just a matter of proving
Though Ferringer is now pri
marily a starter, he said with the
heavy work load ahead, he'd be
ready to take on a relief role.
"He (Stoner) told me that he
wants me just as a starter," Fer
ringer said, "and I told him that if
he needs help in relief I'd go in."
Against Atlantic 10 opponent
George Washington Sunday,
Stoner plans to go with right-hand
ers Mike Bellaman (4-2) and Tom
Bellaman has been the most
effective Lion pitcher of late, with
a team-leading ERA of 2.53, sec
ond in the Atlantic 10. He also
leads the conference in strikeouts
with 43 in 46 1/3 innings.
Bart, on the other hand, has
been hampered by arm trouble,
and is just on his way back. Cur
rently he is 10th in the conference
with a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings
Stoner has confidence Bart will
be able to do • the job against
"He did look good at West Vir
ginia (last Thursday), except
when he couldn't throw strikes,"
Stoner said. "But they weren't
touching him, and we're going to
come back with him and give him
LION NOTES: Penn State first
baseman Al Warrington was se
lected Atlantic 10 Player of the
Week. The senior had 10 hits,
including four doubles in 20 trips to
the plate for a sizzling .500 pace.
Warrington is now batting .292,
while catcher Mark Bernlohr
leads the Lions in hitting at .356.
Penn State is still on top of the
Atlantic 10 West with a 6-0 confer
The baseball team' will return
home next Tuesday for a double
header against Maryland and on
Thursday the Lions will face Buck
nell in a double-header at home.
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Ryan aims for record against Phils
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON Astros pitchei Nolan
Ryan, only eight strikeouts away
from breaking Walter Johnson's ca
reer strikeout record, says the feat
would rank only third on his all-time
list of accomplishments.
Ryan, who goes for the record
tonight against Philadelphia, rates
his five career ,no-hitters and his
major league record 383 strikeouts in
one season ahead of cracicing John
son's 3,508 career whiffs.
"I'd say (career strikeout record)
third behind the fifth no-hitter be
cause it stands alone and the 383
strikeouts because that one stands by
itself," Ryan said. "That year took a
lot of consistency. There were no
pitchers involved in that which
makes it even more credible."
Ryan got his 383 strikeouts in one
season pitching for the 1973 California
Angels in the American League,
which replaces the pitcher with a
designated hitter. Ryan's fifth no-hit
ter came Sept. 26, 1981 in the Astro
dome against the Los Angeles
But don't be fooled by Ryan's cas
ual approach' to today's chance to
grab another piece of baseball histo
ry. He wants to be the first to break
the 55-year-old record.
"I think it will draw some attention
to me that hasn't been given before,"
Ryan said. "I think it will make
people realize after they study this
record and see that I did in 16 years
what it took Johnson 21 years, that I
have been durable and I have pitched
a lot of innings and I have been
"I think that's probably the thing I
feel best about because it will give a
little more respect that hasn't been
A comparative study by Rick Riv
ers, Astros assistant publicity direc
tor, shows that Ryan reached his
3,000 th strikeout in his 448th major
league game, far ahead of Johnson
and other pitchers who attained 3,000
Johnson didn't get No. 3,000 until
his , 664th major league game. The
Phillies' Steve Carlton, who also like
ly., will surpass Johnson's record this
season, got No. 3,000 in his 530th
Ryan also is the major league re
cord holder with an average of 9.45
strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Johnson doesn't rate in the top 10.
Ryan came off the 21-day disabled
list last week after recovering from a
kidney infection to win his first game
of the season, beating Montreal and
striking out seven batters.
Although the 36-year-old Ryan ex
pects to be the first to break John
son's record, he doesn't expect to
keep it long.
"I don't see myself as the all-time
strikeout leader because I don't see
myself pitching into the (age) 405,"
The all-time honor could go to Carl
ton, he said.
"He pitches every fourth day and -
we've got a five-man rotation," Ryan
said. "I've got to be realistic. If he's
going to chalk up 290 innings to my
230 or 240, there's no way ! s can
stay on the same level with him,,,
Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan steps into a fastball against the Montreal
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from Walter "Big Train" Johnson's career strikeout record of 3,508, will try to
break the record against the Philadelphia Phi!lies tonight.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 22 ' SATURDAY, APRIL 23 •
12:30-1:30 Registration in lobby of Keller Building (No fee) .8:30-9:30 Affirmative Action .
1:30.1:40 Welcome Marylee Taylor •
Dean Stanley Paulson The Pennsylvania State University .
1:40.2:00 Carolyn Wood Sherif: A Memorial 9:40.10:40 Comparable Worth of Occupations •
• Leigh Shaffer ' Pamela Cain
' West Chester State College Hunter College
2:00.2:10 Conference Overview 10:50-11:50 Employment Policy
M. Mark/R. L. Shotland Henry Levin •
The Pennsylvania State University Stanford University •
2:10.3:10 School Desegregation 11:50.1:30 Lunch
Robert Crain . 1:30.2:30 Deterrence
The John Hopkins University Charles Tittle
3:20.4:20 Compensatory Education Florida Atlantic University
Robert St. Pierre 2:40.3:40 Rape Legislation • V
ABT Associates, Inc. , Jeanne C. Marsh .
University of Chicago •
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Peter Rossi & James D. Wright
' University of Massachusetts
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Thomas D. Cook •
Northwestern University ,
University of Michigan . .
10:50.11:50 Social Scientists in the Political Arena
Thomas Pettigrew -
University of California, Santa Cruz '
12:00.12:30 Concludng Remarks
M. Mark/R. L. Shotland
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —This
time of year, George Brett is
usually as cold at the plate as the
frigid weather that's dogged ma
jor league baseball lately.
Even when he hit .390 and was
the American League's Most Valu
able Player in 1980, the Kansas
City Royals' third baseman only
batted .259 during the month of
But this spring, Brett is sizzling
Through the first 10 games of
1983, he's hitting .475 with four
home runs, eight doubles and 13
runs . batted in.
"I've never really gotten off to a
fast start like this, except maybe
in 1976," he said, referring to the
year in which he won the first of
his two AL batting crowns with a
.333 average. "I had a lousy 2-for
-32 my last week in spring training.
"The only bad thing about my
swing right now," said Brett, who
hit .303 a year ago, "is that I can't
stand back and watch it.
"It's just one of those things that
when you're swining the bat good,
you can hit anybody. When you're
swinging bad, you can't hit any
Entering last night's games
the Royals were idle Brett led
the league in batting average,
slugging (.975), total bases (39),
on-base percentage (.533), runs
(13) and doubles.
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He was tied for the lead in home
runs and tied for second in hits (19
in 90 at-bats) and RBI.
Actually, discounting spring
training, the seven-time All-Star
has been on a hot streak since last
fall, when he finished with a six
game hitting streak.
And Wednesday night's perfor
mance in Detroit's Tiger Stadium
likely will be one game Brett re
members years from now when he
thinks back to April 1983.
He smashed three home runs,
including a game-winning two-run
shot in the ninth inning, and fin
ished with seven RBI to carry the
Royals to an 8-7 victory over the
"If all nights were like this, I'd
play for free," said Brett. "That
Brett gave Kansas City a 1-0
lead in the first with a solo homer
off Detroit starter Jack Morris,
then followed that with an RBI
single in the third and a three-run
blast in the seventh.
That gave the Royals a 6-1 cush
ion, but the Tigers responded by
ravaging Kansas City starter Lar
ry Gura and relief ace Dan Quisen
berry for six runs in the bottom of
the inning to make it 7-6.
Willie Wilson led off the
ninth with a single and U.L. Wash
ington struck out to set the stage
for Brett's final dramatics.
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