The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 20, 1987, Image 5

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Wednesday, May 20, 1987/The Battaiion/Page 5 Sports ^Ags get NCAA playoff bid '^despite rough SWC tourney I his From Staff and Wire Reports ,ale °lai;B)espite a quick removal from the " n 8 < Solthwest Conference Baseball | ■mim Tournament, the Texas Aggies got soifie good news Monday when they ll,ne nti were extended an invitation to the e ‘^ici Islteam NCiAA post-season tourna- * 0lt f ment. "WMnnifwhich finished the year ( 'hiel with a 41-20-1 record, will travel to billed Stai kville, Miss, to face Purdue in 'let ini th$ first round of the Mideast Re in ,idm giclial Thursday at noon. I jiincirM'he Aggies enter the regional- :■(! ihiiii^Bled third behind Oklahoma State ) ;u the(Ind top-seeded Mississippi State. Purdue, which will be making its iiienta fi rsl appearance in the tournament, I uesdai iaifies a 36-21-1 record into post- ibertB season play. tioduct was the fourth SWC team to jctoran 8 e C l bid following Houston, Arkan- ;il iniel! sas and SWC tourney champion ii lenn frefcrs. Houston will take on Indiana K have Stale at the Central Regional in Aus tin, and the Longhorns will also be at home in Austin to face Lamar. Arkansas heads to the South I Re gional in Huntsville, Ala. to battle Middle Tennessee State. A&M did not get into the playoffs the way it wanted to, however, as the Aggies dropped a close game to Ar kansas and then another to Houston to exit the SWC tourney last week end at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. In the Arkansas game Friday af ternoon, the Razorbacks got off to a quick 4-0 start against the Aggies and held off an A&M rally to pre serve a 4-3 victory. Even though A&M battered Ar kansas pitchers for 13 hits, all sin gles, the Aggies couldn’t get the runs across in the late going, stranding runners at third in the last three in nings. The Aggies cut the Razorbacks’ lead to 4-3 in the eighth on hits by Chuck Knoblauch, John Byington and Tim McWilliam, but Knoblauch was then called out at home and Eric Albright was the Final put-out to end the game. In Saturday’s elimination game against the Cougars, A&M held on to an 8-5 lead until the seventh in ning when the Cougars tied it. UH’s four runs in the eighth sealed the win. Houston center-fielder Lonnie Walker drove in five runs to help the Cougars, and he had four extra-base hits, including a home run, a double and two triples. Despite the weak showing in the SWC tourney, A&M Coach Mark Johnson was pleased with the team’s bid to the NCAA tourney. “I think it’s great,” Johnson said. “We play for two major goals — to win conference and go to regionals — so we’re happy to be going to a re gional anywhere. lie dir«; agency “it is in iv dirro: avs’ Motta to announce today ir he will be in Dallas or New York * y who ageno mgton -, shab never Ii told hr ;irls am lie was with lli DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mav- eri( ks Coach Dick Motta will an nounce today whether he will stay \v|th the NBA team or continue seeking a job with the New York Kliicks, Mavericks majority owner Donald Carter said. ■Carter also said he got an apol- og\ from Motta for any misun- dirstanding that resulted from recent statements Motta made to New York newspapers, and that there is no question in his mind the coach will return for an eighth season. ■“He apologized for anything that hurt the Mavericks,” Carter said. ■ He does not want to hurt the Dlllas Mavericks organization in an\ way, shape or form. If he said anything to hurt them, Coach is going to apologize.” ^Carter met two hours Monday with Motta, who has been talking with the Knicks about their vacant coaching position. The coach is scheduled to de clare his intentions by 5 p.m. Motta said after the meeting that “I have no comment. I won’t say anything until Wednesday. Car ter’s doing all the talking. Every thing went pretty good.” Cartel said that because he had given Motta until Friday to make his decision, the two did not dis cuss New York, the draft or even basketball at their meeting Mon day. “Coach Motta went to New York with my permission,” Carter said. “And in the course of that trip, some of the words and ac tions definitely created some mis understandings.” Carter said the meeting Mon day was to go over some remarks attributed to Motta during his trip to meet with Knicks officials. “But it was never the coach’s intent to say anything negative about this city, this team or the (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex,” Carter said. Motta was quoted as saying he was not sure the Mavericks could win a championship and that pre vious draft choices the Mavericks had accumulated did not get them center they wanted. Motta “in no way, can under stand how anyone would misin terpret what he said about our center,” Carter said. “The statement he made was that we never got our center through the draft, which is cor rect.” Carter said someone asked him if he had invited Motta to return next season, and that “I told them that as far as 1 was concerned, he never left.” 1 WENDY’S BRINGS BACK OLD I FASHIONED PRICES WITH OLD FASHIONED QUALITY, SERVICE & VALUE We're Listening To You, Bryan/College Station.... So, We've Rolled Back Our Prices! k / 4 p 5 1/4 Pound Single Hamburger 99* 1/2 Pound Double Hamburger $1.89 French Fries 59* Chili 79* Frosty 69* Drinks Small 45* Medium 55* Large 65* Coffee 25* x Lady Aggies are Omaha-bound A&M trips Lady Techsters for Series berth From Staff and Wire Reports The Texas A&M softball team will be on familiar ground Thurs day when it takes on Central Michigan at 8:30 p.m. in the Col lege World Series in Omaha, Neb. The second-ranked Lady Ag gies advanced to the series by sweeping Louisiana Tech in a best-of-tnree series last weekend at Bee Creek Park in College Sta tion. It will be A&M’s fourth trip in Five years to the World Series. The Aggies won the whole thing in 1983 and were runners-up in 1984 and 1986. The Lady Aggies missed the trip in 1985 because they were eliminated in the re gionals by Louisiana Tech. A&M defeated No. 8 Central Michigan twice during the regu lar season by scores of 4-2 and 6- 1. A&M got off to a quick start in the series by capturing game one 4-0 on Friday. A&M catcher Erika Eriksson drove in two runs in the first to give the Lady Ag gies a 2-0 lead, and Zina Ochoa drove in two runs in the third to give A&M the winning margin. “We’ve been hitting the ball real well the last 15 or 16 games,” A&M Coach Bob Brock said. “We have a lot of speed this year and it puts a lot of presure on a team.” A&M took Saturday's game by edging the Lady Techsters 2-1. The Lady Aggies scored quickly again in the game when pitcher Shawn Andaya’s sacrifice fly brought home Julie Smith, who led off the game with a double. Mizera then cracked her sev enth home run of the year to put the Lady Aggies up 2-1. Louisiana Tech’s lone run came in the seventh inning when pinch runner Sue Stewart scored on a double steal. “I was hoping we could score early,” Brock said. "We let down a couple of times, but I'm just tick led to death we were able to hold on. Pirates overcome Astros for win PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitts burgh scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with the help of Houston shortstop Dickie Thon’s er ror and Mike Diaz hit a solo homer as the Pirates beat the Astros 5-2 Tuesday night. With the score tied 2-2, the Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the seventh when reliever Dave Meads, 3-1, hit Rafael Belliard with a pitch, pinch hitter Bill Almon singled and Barry Bonds walked. Larry Andersen replaced Meads and Bobby Bonilla grounded to sec ond. It would not have been a dou ble play but Thon dropped Bill Do ran’s throw. Belliard scored and Johnny Ray’s sacrifice fly scored Al mon. The Pirates added a run in the eighth. Andy Van Slyke singled and took second on Andersen’s wild pickoff throw. Sid Bream’s grounder advanced Van Slyke to third and Mike LaValliere singled him home. John Smiley, 3-1, got the victory, despite squandering the 2-0 lead he inherited in the fif th inning from Pi rates starter Brian Fisher. Don Rob inson worked two scoreless innings for his seventh save. Fisher checked the Astros on four hits and the Pirates led 2-0 when the rains came in the fifth. Smiley then came on to retire the first three hit ters he faced until Glenn Davis hit his fifth home run of the season with two out in the sixth. Parish's 30 points powers Celtics by Pistons BOSTON (AP) — Robert Parish scored 15 of his 31 points in the third quarter when Boston took con trol, and the Celtics went on to a 104-91 victory over the Detroit Pis tons in the opener of their NBA Eastern Conference final Tuesday night. Boston’s 44-40 halftime lead dropped to 48-47 on Adrian Dant- ley’s short shot in the lane. Then Parish scored 13 points in a 26-14 run that gave the Celtics their big gest lead of the third quarter, 74-61, with 1:05 left. Detroit cut the margin to 75-68 going into the fourth period, but Boston maintained a lead of from seven to 15 points the rest of the way. Boston, which is 33-1 in its last 34 games at the Garden, will be home again for Thursday night’s second game of the best-of-seven series. Kevin McHale scored 21 points and Dennis Johnson and Larry Bird 18 each for the Celtics, who had just one day off after their seven-game conference semifinal victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Detroit, which beat Atlanta 4-1 in the other semifi nal and hadn’t played since Wednes day, was led by Isiah Thomas with 18 points and Dantley with 17. The Pistons, who lost their 15th straight game at Boston Garden since their last victory there on Dec. 19, 1982, took their biggest lead, Hi ll, on Joe Dumars’ short jumper with 5:06 left in the first period. But Johnson hit consecutive bas kets that started a 14-2 spurt and Jerry Sichting followed with a 15- foot juniper, giving Boston the lead for good at 17-16 with 3:30 left in the period. Sichting played in place of injured guard Danny Ainge, who missed the game with a sprained right knee suf fered in Sunday’s clinching victory over Milwaukee. 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