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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, MARCH 17. 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY, MARCH 17. 1966

Big 10 Champion Gymnasts Look to Regionals
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To Replace Three
Graduated Starters
By BILL LEVIS
Connie Mack, for 50 years man-
ager of the Philadelphia Athletics,
once stated that pitching was 75
per cent of baseball.
Moby Benedict, the affable
coach of the Wolverines, feels that
pitching is even more important
than that. To him, it is 85 to 90
per cent. As he stated, "I don't
want to minimize other parts of
the game. I like to see boys hit
.385 but games are won with pitch-
ing and defense. You can win a
game 25-2 and then lose to the
same team 2-1, the difference be-
ing that a different fella is throw-
ing against you:"
Two of Twirlers Gone
The baseball team has lost
three of its top pitchers from last
year through graduation. The ace
of tie staff, Clyde Barnhart, de-
parted along with Biil Wahl and
Marlin Pemberton. Barnhart was
one of the leading throwers in
the Big Ten last year with a 5-1
record and an earned rin average
of 2.23 in conference play.
NOW!

Benedict realizes the mound-
crops will miss Barnhart but he
was quick to point out that "we
have sophomores who we hope can
fill the gap. I feel tha- (Bill) Zepp
and (Bob) Reed, who both played
in the Basin league last summer,
will be improved."
Leading the pitching corps will
be junior Reed. As a sophomore,
he tied Barnhart for Michigan
victory honors. Over the season,
Reed compiled a 5-3 record and a
3.16 ERA and lpd the Blue with
77 strikeouts.
Over Vacation
Over the summer, Reed pitched
in the Basin league and led the
league in strikeouts with 136. He
also recorded a 7-5 mark and an
ERA of 2.38.
The other two starters that
Benedict sees for the coming sea-
son, that opens March 25 against
Arizona State in Tempe, are most
probably Bill Zepp, a junior, and
possibly Geoff Zahn, a sophomore
The coach noted that "the rest of
the spots will be filled by (Jim)
Lyijynen, (Larry) Guidi, and
(Nick) Radakovic among others.
The three front-liners will have to
show that they can pitch. That
is the only way that they can keep
their jobs."

He does have a good curve and
fast ball and should be a great
help this year.
Emphasizes Hurling
Benedict concentrates so much
on pitching because he feels that
"as a rule, pitching and defense
are pretty constant. It is the hit-
ting that varies. Still, there is
nothing more enjoyable than a
homerun with the bases loaded."
He went on to explain why he
relies on three starters. He said,
"We play three games a weekend
in the conference so we want to
develop our best pitchers to throw
on Friday and in the double head-
ers on Saturday. If we have a
game say on a I'uesday, they
might work three innings to tone
themselves up."
The third probable starter,
Geoff Zahn of Toledo, played in
the Ontario Senior Inter-County
league last year where he had the
loop's leading ERA of 1.45. He
also racked up 153 strikeouts and
netted a 10-3 record for the sea-
son.
Bull Pen Grew
When asked about relievers.
Benedict noted that there is "no
question that relievers are bn-
portant. The boys who won't be
starters when the conference sea-,

the same as in the big leagues,
thuws we don't groom boys for re-
lief work."
Other pitching candidates are
juniors Joe Kerr, Jim Lyijynen
and a host of sophomores. As a
soph last year Lyijynen had a 2-0
record while Kerr turned in a 2-1
mark. Besides Zahn, other sopho-
mores are Larry Guidi, Nick Rad-
akovi, Peter McAlpine and Rod
Scott. John Buzynski, a junior, is
in his first year in baseball as a
refugee from the football team.
'M' Backstop
While the pitchers have been
practicing for six weeks, so have
the catchers. The maskmen are
headed by senior Ted Sizemore
from Detroit. As a junior last year,
Sizemore captained the Maize arid
Blue. Benedict noted that "Size-
more has been doing the catc ng
for two years so it is assumed he
will be doing it this year."
Sizemore batted .248 last year.
He has a strong arm and good
speed. As Coach Benedict put It,
"in order to be a good ball club,
you have to have good catching,
especially on the college level A
catcher has to have good foot work
arcd a good arm. He can't throw
nt±+ the opposition from the
sTreen."
Sizemore seems to have these
attributes. Over the summer, the,

5-Q catcher was a leading hitter
and baskstopper in the Basin
league hitting for a .280 mark.
With everything out in front of
hinr, Benedict sees catching as
"the spot to be a real holler guy."
Becking up Sizemore are sopho-
mores Jim Berline and Larry
Prentice.
Berline was split end on the
football team last fall. He hails
from Niles, Ohio, known for Tony
Mason, Charley Kines, Dennis
Flanagan and Rick Sygar, this
year's second baseman, and a let-
terman in both football and base-
ball. Prentice is from Detroit and
is also regarded as a good pros-
pect. The only problem is senior
Sizemore seems to have a pretty
good hold on the starting catching
spot.
The team is heading for Ari-
zona at the end of next week and
Benedict plans to evaluate his
personnel for the all important
Big Ten season next month. As he
put it "we want to find out what
we have got. We have a bunch of
sophomore pitchers and would like
to see them under fire. There is
nothing like playing baseball
games."
As for the catching, the coach
feels that compared to last year
that it is equally as good and
possibly better.

Would you believe "7 in '67?"
That's a little too far in the
future for even a championship
squad to worry about right now,
so Coach Newt Loken's Michigan
gymnastics team is concentrating
on the regional and championship
NCAA meets. After making it "6 in
66" (six Big Ten gymnastics
championships in a row, that is)
the only thing left in sight to
make a try at this year is the
NCAA cahmpionship.
There is nothing in the world
that would make Michigan gym-
nastics fans happier than to see
their Wolverines cinch a trip .to
the NCAA championship meet
with a big win in the regionals
this Friday at Wheaton College,
Illinois.
Michigan has captured one pre-
vious NCAA title in 1963.
But if the Wolverines want to
be at the championship meet at
University Park, Pa. (Penn State),
then a few people from places like
Illinois, Michigan State, Southern

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By KEN ALLEN

Zepp is a junior, hailing from son starts will be in the bullpen.
Detroit, who like Reed is a right- We try to emphasize the ability
hander. Last summer he pitched to pitch though. The Big Ten is
in the Basin league and did a good unique because only 15 games are
job. As a sophomore last year, important while in the big leagues
Zepp was handicapped all season all games are important, so reliev-
by a nerve condition in his hand. ers on the college level are not

In juries, Flu Riddle Trio
Of NCAA Semifinalists

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That's about all the various
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as they ticked off long, mournful
and impressive injury lists for the
national semifinals.
Only Texas Western is healthy
going into its Friday night date
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some major problems, as do Duke
and Kentucky, the other two semi-
finalists.
Utah Rebounder Out
Utah's George Fisher, the team's
best rebounder, broke a leg in a
late season game and is out of the
picture.
Sophomore Lyndon Mackey, a
6-6 starting forward and one of
the team's most consistent players,
twisted his left knee in the West
ern Regional and is doubtful. He
averages about 10 points a game
and is the number two rebounder.
"We just don't know," Utah
Coach Jack Gardner said in Salt
Lake City. "He's taking treatments
and we are hoping. But we prob-
ably won't know for sure until
IFriday night."
Wildcats Whimper
Kentucky starting forward Lay ry
Conley, playmaker and sparkplug
of the top-ranked Wildcats, was
sent to bed Tuesday by the team
dQctor after an examination fol-
lowing practice.
Conley took himself out of the
line-up after four minutes of
scrimmage due to pains it his
chest. He and other members of
the Kentucky team have developed
flu symptoms.
Coach Adolph Rupp said the
status of Conley for the Duke
game is indefinite, but sources
close to the team said he would
probably be able to start.
Rupp said a total of 11 players
were bothered by colds, most with
minor symptoms, but some with
chest pains.
Hardest hit were Conley, start-
ing center Thad Jaracz and top
ranked reserve Tommy Porter.
Verga Ails Too
Top scorer Bob Verga of Duke
is suffering from a touch of tonsi-
litis but is expected to be ready
by Friday.
He was hospitalized Monday
morning with a severe sore throat
and Tuesday morning had a tem-
perature of 103. He will be released'
today from Duke Hospital and
accompany the team to College
Park.
Coach Vic Bubas said Tuesday
that he feels his team can beat
top-ranked Kentucky in the semi-
finals Friday with or without
Verga
Kentucky, although troubled by
illness, remains the favorite and
its semifinal clash with Vie Bu-
bas' Blue Devils ranks as the key
game.

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Illinois, and Iowa will have to be
shown that Michigan is on the
way.
Top Trio Qualifies
The way the system works, only
the top three teams from the
regional meet at Wheaton qualify
to compete in the NCAA finals.
There's a fellow at Illinois named
Bill Silhan who, with his team-
mates, would rather see Michigan
stay home this Friday so Illinois
could have a chance for at least
that third slot. But Michigan beat
Illinois both times they met this
season and would like to make it
three in the regionals.
Iowa's chances look even worse.
Michigan didn't just beat them
before, it was more like toying
with them, in both dual meet
competition and the ,Big Ten
championship meet.
State, SIU Tough
But Michigan State and South-
ern Illinois aren't quite the same
story. Michigan State has Jim
Curzi, who took the Big Ten
championship on the high bar and
parallel bars, and Cave Thor, who
took Big Ten honors in floor ex-
ercise, side horse and the. in-
dividual all-around competition.
Michigan State also broke Michi-
gan's string of consecutive dual
meet victories to become the only
team to defeat the Wolverines all
year.
Southern Illinois is undefeated
this year and Coach Loken has
called them "our roughest com-
petition in the regionals." Frank
Schmitz, Illinois sparkplug, has a
9.4 average in floor exercise and
vaulting and a 9.6 average on the
trampoline. Michigan's Wayne
Miller, world trampoline cham-
pion, has the same 9.6 average.
In order to win, Michigan will have
to show a consistently high team
effort.
IndividualCompetition Too
Besides the team qualifications,
Michigan's individual stars must
best their opponents in all areas
in order to qualify for the in-
dividual championships. Only the
top eight performers in each in-
dividual event in the regional
competition qualify to compete for
NCAA championships.
And in addition to the gymnasts
from the team competition more
than 20 teams from all over the
region will send their best gym-
nasts to compete for individual
honors. Many events may -contain
as many as 40 contestants vieing
for individual victory.
Yesterday Coach Loken -com-
mented, "Last week the whole
team was"sore and tired after the
Big Ten meet but this week every
one is perking up and getting his
routines in shape for the meet this
Friday."
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