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14—The Daily Collegian Monday, April 9, 1984
Morris not finicky about baseball jinx
By JOE MOOSHIL
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO Baseball is a game
filled with superstitions, but Jack
Morris defied them all while pitching
Morris, a 28-year-old Detroit Ti
gers' right-hander who won 20 games
last season, laughed at the fans who
tried to jinx him in the process of
hurling his 4-0 masterpiece Saturday
against the Chicago White Sox.
"They started leaning out of the
stands and saying, 'Morris, you got a
no-hitter going.' I guess they were
trying to jinx me," said Morris.
"But I'm not superstitious, so I
hollered back at them and said, 'I
know it.' "
Then Morris, backed by Chet Lem
on's two-run homer in the second
inning, went against the very core of
all of baseball superstitions. He not
only mentioned the no-hitter in the
dugout, but told pitching coach Roger
Craig "Roger, I'm going to get it."
That was after he had gotten
through the eighth inning, when a
great play by first baseman Dave
Bergman on a smash by pinch batter
Jerry Hairston helped preserve the
"When I said it," said Morris, "I
was half cocky and half joking and I
was trying to break the tension."
Morris, who walked six and struck
out eight, said he knew from the fifth
inning on that he had a no-hitter
Caps' defense sweeps Flyers from playoffs
By RALPH BERNSTEIN
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA The Washington Capitals
proved once again that a good defense is the best
offense, holding the Philadelphia Flyers to five
goals in three games as they swept the best-of-five
first-round NHL playoffs.
Saturday night's final 5-1 game was typical of the
series. The Capitals grabbed an early lead and then
checked the Flyers • into submission. The No. 1-
rated defense in the NHL managed to completely
shut down the likes of Philadelphia's Tim Kerr,
who had 54. goals in the regular season, and Brian
Propp, who had 39:
The Capitals now await the winner of the Patrick
Division series between the New York Rangers and
New York Islanders to see who their opponent will
be in the best-of-seven division final.
The surprising Rangers hold a 2-1 lead over the
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"Usually, I don't get that far into a
game with a no-hitter," said Morris,
who in 1980 pitched a one-hitter
"Yes, I remember that one. Rob
Wilfong got a bloop hit in the first
inning," said Morris.
Morris almost lost his no-hitter in
the first inning Saturday when Rudy
Law hit a line shot toward' the right
field wall, but Kirk Gibson made a
fine, one-handed running catch.
"It was a •mistake pitch. He hit it
good," said Morris. "At that time, I
wasn't thinking of a no-hitter."
Morris went through the first three
innings in perfect fashion, then ran
into trouble in the fourth when he
walked the bases full with none out.
But he got Greg Luzinski to bounce
back to the mound to start a home-to
first double play and struck out Ron
Kittle to end the threat.
Luzinski drew a walk to open the
seventh, and one out later, Tom Pac
iorek hit a line drive on which Berg
man made a one-handed stab for the
"I was more nervous in the seventh
inning than I was in the ninth," Mor
ris conceded. "I still had three in
nings to go."
The ninth was easy. Morris got
Carlton Fisk on a grounder to first,
then threw out Harold Baines. After
Luzinski walked, Morris struck out
Kittle to end the game and complete
the first no-hitter by a Detroit pitcher
since Jim Bunning accomplished the
feat in 1958.
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This was the first time in the 10-year history of
the Washington franchise that the Capitals moved
beyond the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
For the Flyers, it was the ninth consecutive playoff
defeat over the last three seasons.
Capitals Coach Bryan Murray felt Saturday
night's game turned on some questionable Flyers'
Philadelphia was outplaying the Caps with 11
shots on goal to two through the first seven min
utes. Later, the Flyers' Darryl Stanley got into a
fight with Washington's Mike Gartner, the Caps'
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Detroit's Jack Morris bears down on a Chicago batter during Saturday's game
with the White Sox. Morris pitched the Ist no•hitter of the young season as the
Tigers won 4.0 in Chicago. •
Fifty-three seconds later Craig Laughlin scored
on the power play for a 2-0 Washington lead that the
Flyers never were able to overcome.
"It seems to me our confidence went up and their
poise was shattered," observed Murray.
"I have no explanation why they did what they
did," lie said. "We were being outplayed badly.
They had all the momentum. All we had was our
goalie (Al Jensen) keeping us in the game.
"I think they took a . stupid penalty that changed
the complex of the game. I think we got a fortunate
goal from that situation."
The penalty was roughing on Stanley, who also,
received fighting and game misconduct assess
Rod Langway, who starred on defense for Wash
ington with Scott Stevens, also said the Stanley-
Gartner confrontation was the key to the game.
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Softball team sweeps twinbill
By RAY ECKENRODE
Collegian Sports Writer
Before the season started, Head Coach Sue Rankin was
worried about the softball's team inexperienced pitching
staff. Those worries have faded, however, as Penn State's
freshman-dominated staff has been impressive in the
Any reservations Rankin had before this weekend were
laid to rest Saturday when three Lady Lion pitchers
baffled Liberty Baptist during both ends of a double-
Ilader which Penn State swept 1-0 and 14-0.
Rankin said the pitching was excellent against the Lady
Flames. Penn State did not surrender an earned run for
the third and fourth straight games. The two wins also
marked the Lady Lions second and third shutouts in a row
and their fifth and sixth consecutive wins.
Penn State (8-4) was once again led by the strong mound
work of freshman Beth Devlin, who gave up two hits while
going the .route to win the opener. Devlin struck out five
and walked two in picking up her third win of the season
'against two losses.
The Lady Lions scored their lone tally of the first game
in the bottom of the sixth inning. Michelle Turk tripled and
later scored, beating a throw to the plate after a Carol
Fultz ground ball.
Rankin said the Lady Lion hitters looked sluggish in the
first game but "hickily the pitching was there."
The pitching was also "there" in the second game, but
the bats were no longer sluggish. Penn State jumped all
over Liberty Baptist by scoring four runs in the first, eight
in the third and two more in the fifth. The fifth-inning runs
ended the game because of the ten-run rule.
Fieshman Aileen Polanis and senior Betty Jo Maule
combined to one-hit the Lady Flames in the second game.
Polanis ran her string of hitless innings to nine by working
the first two innings without allowing a base hit.
Polanis was coming off a no-hitter against West Chester.
Maule hurled the final three frames and allowed only one
hit to pick up the win against the Lady Flames.
Rankin said defense also played a big part in the twin
shutouts. She said the Lady Lions committed one miscue
in the first game and played mistake-free ball in the
Carol Fultz led Penn State's offensive barrage in the
second game. Fultz, a junior infielder, had two triples in
as many at bats, scored twice and drove , in four runs.
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Stars rally to edge Arizona, 22-21
By DAVE GOLDBERG
AP Sports Writer
Chuck Fusina threw an 11-yard
touchdown pass to Willie Collier
with 1:40 left yesterday as the Phil
adelphia Stars rebounded from a
15-point halftime deficit to beat the
the Arizona Wranglers 22-21 in a
United States Football League
Playing without the injured Kel
vin Bryant, the league's Most Valu
able Player last year and second
leading rusher this season, Phila
delphia fell behind 21-6 at halftime.
The Stars still trailed 21-15 when
Sam Mills recovered•a fumble by
Wrangler quarterback Greg Land
ry at the Stars' 35 with 3:31 to go in
the game. After Fusina hit David
Riley with a pass that carried to the
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left corner of the end zone to tie it
and David Trout kicked the winning
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straight for the Stars, who im
proved their record to 6-1. The win
kept the Stars in a first-place tie in
the USFL's Atlantic Division with
the New Jersey Generals, who
topped the Memphis Showboats 35-
10. It was the second straight loss
for Arizona, which fell to 3-4.
In the other USFL game yester
day, Tim Mazzetti's field goal with
12 seconds left gave the New Or
leans Breakers a 27-24 win over the
On Saturday, Efren Herrera
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game's final play to give the Okla
homa Outlaws a 20-17 win over the
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Michigan Panthers and move them
to within a game of Michigan in the
Central Division. It was the first
loss in seven games this season for
the defending league champion
Panthers and their first loss in 12
games dating back to last year.
In other Saturday games, the
Chicago Blitz won their second
straight after five losses, beating
the San Antonio Gunslingers 16-10
on an eight-yard Vince Evans' to
Kris Haines touchdown pass 5:35
into overtime; the Birmingham
Stallions topped the Jacksonville
Bulls 24-17 on Joe Cribbs' 11-yard
touchdown run with 2:17 left; and
the Tampa Bay Bandits shut out the
winless Oakland Invaders 24-0 as
John Reaves threw for 284 yards.
Los Angeles is at Denver and
Washington at Houston tonight.