Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, March 31, 1949, Page 4, Image 4

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    Oregon Trims Lin field, 16-3
Off to Texas Relays
George Rasmussen, above, shown elearing the bar with the form which may help him place in the Texas
relays to be held in Austin Saturday. Some of the nation’s best pole vaulters will compete. Rass will be
aiming for the 14-foot-plus mark and has already cleared 13 feet this season.
George Rasmussen, star Duck
pole vaul'ter, has accepted an invi
tation to the Texas relays in Aus
tin, Texas to he held April 2. He
left last night by plane after his
eligibility was verified by Orlando
Hollis, Oregon’s PCC representa
Rasmussen, a brilliant young
junior with two years of varsity
experience, now holds the North
ern Division and three of the four
dual meet records. He has been
consistently vaulting over 14 feet
during his varsity years. He was
mentioned freely during the spring
of 1948 as a choice for American
Olympic team, although the selec
tion did not materialize.
His selection by the Texas relay
board is a golden opportunity for
the Duck star to gain national rec
ognition since he will be competing
against many of outstauding vault
ers in the United States.
Tennis Player-Coach Lesser
Readies Team for Campaign
Recently appointed head tennis
coach, Saal D. Lesser seems to be
out to establish a few records. Un
less some file fanatic can prove us
v, ong, it is reasonably safe to
state that Lesser is the first play
er -coach that a University of Ore
gun tennis team has uncovered.
Added to that, the new net chief
is fielding the first post-war Ore
gon frosh tennis crew. The main
idea behind this move, according
to Lesser, is to start building for
future streength on the courts.
Tennis has been a comparatively
neglected sport on the Oregon ath
letic menu of late, principally be
en use good prospective raqueteers
!u,ve gone straight into varsity
competition without the seasoning
coder fire that is so important to
the polished athlete.
lesser, a 25-year-old senior in
(tsvchology, is himself one of the
three returning lettefinen for
this spring's squad. Al's return
ing to the Oregon tennis fold are
at* Carey and Dave Van Zandt.
Carey, a two-year letterman,
vas not in sehool last year, but
is expected to carry a man-sized
load this season. Van Zandt
earned his “O" in lt)4(*, but
imlssed the letterman's boat last
Bob COt-gan is ^another top pros
pect, Lesser said, along with Bud
Carpenter and Warren Fleming.
Corgan missed action a year afo
di e to a stomach injury, while Car
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a transfer from Oregon State's
strong tennis camp.
Coach Lesser is harboring no
wild hallucinations about winning
the Northern Division crown his
first year out. There are two im
portant reasons for the lack of op
timism. Firstly, the Ducks will be
a green outfit, and are already
injury riddled. Carey has devel
oped a bad shoulder, Corgan’s
stomach muscle isn't staying put,
and Lesser is suffering from a ree
curring elbow injury.
That reason is only a minor
one—compared to the second.
Lesser didn’t stick his neck out
too far in predicting that Oregon
State and the University of
Washington will have all the
championship prayers sewed up
between them—and that the
Huskies will probably win it in a
The Seattle dogs are just plain
loaded, and there is no getting
around it. Jim Brink, the perennial
purple blossom, is back, ND cham
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Duck Nine Faces
Willamette Today
by Dick Mase <
The wind was cold at Howe field yesterday afternoon, but
Coach Don Kirsch’s Oregon horsehiders were definitely not as }
they pounded out 15 base hits in a 16-3 win over the Linfield
Wildcats. Five Linfield errors helped the Duck cause in the first
pre-season game.
The Webfoots try for their second victory today when they
tangle with the Willamette Bearcats at 3 p. m. again on lower j
Howe field.
Kirsch will probably use Rube Besada, Mel Krause, and Sid ]
Mills on the Mound today, while Bearcat Mentor Johnny Lewis
can be expected to counter with Howard Olson or Lou Sem ens.
Homer Brobst, a two-year letterman, started on the hill for
the Ducks again Henry Lever’s Wildcats and proved fairly ef
fective, allowing just two hits, a single and double, in his three .
innings of action.
Mean while his teammates were landing on Linfield pitcher ,
Ray Blum for a run in both the first and second innings which
was just a prevue of what was to follow.
First baseman Dick Bartle, who weilded a big stick at the plate
all afternoon, drove in the first run, singling home Walt Kirsch,
who had drawn his first of three walks for the game.
Linfield hopped on Duck hurler Jim Haims for their three
runs in the fifth inning. Hanns had taken over for Brobst in the
fourth. The visitors combined a pair of singles and two wild
throws by Hanns for their runs.
The slugging Webfoots had their biggest inning in their
half of the seventh when they batted around once and then
some. Three singles, two by left fielder Ray Stratton, three,
Linfield errors, a double steal, a wild pitch by the second Wild
cat hurler, Johnny Nauman, a walk and a passed ball nearly
exhausted the scoring possibilities for the Ducks.
Kirsch’s crew totaled six runs in that uproarious inning, more
than enough to win the ball game.
Joe Marshand, Linfield center fielder, was their big offensive
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