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Ace Joyce Key to 'M' Success

Corriere, Blaker Chosen All-Americans

Youth, experience, and deter-
mination have combined to give
Michigan's baseball enthusiasts a
chance to cheer for the first time
in five years.
With a 4-4 record in Big Ten
play and a 13-4 mark overall, the
Wolverines are in prime conten-
tion for the Conference champion-
The team's success thus far has
been due in large part to its soph-
omores, not the least of whom is
right-handed hurler Mike Joyce
-holder of three of the team's
Big Ten victories, a 6-0 record
overall, and a 1.1 earned run aver-
Rain and Joyce
(So far, like the Yankees' "Lo-
pat, Raschi, Reynolds, and a day
of rain" it's been "Joyce, a day of
rain, Joyce, a day of rain, and so
on" for the Wolverines.).
Called "the Bear" by his team-
mates, Joyce's own determination

perhaps typifies that shown by the
entire Wolverine squad.
"We certainly want to win the
Big Ten title," he stated, "but
more than that, we want to be the
best team in the country."
"A lot of the guys on the team
have played for national cham-
pionship teams, so just being good
isn't good enough."
Two National Wins
Last summer Joyce himself
won two games in the national
playoffs for the Pepsi-Cola team
from Detroit which won the Na-
tional Amateur Baseball Federa-
tion Class "A" title.
The experience he gained seems
to be paying off. In rolling to
three straight Conference victor-
ies (two of them in last Satur-
day's triple-header with Michigan
State,), Joyce has displayed out-
standing poise on the mound -
especially for a sophomore.
Confident of Support
A large part of his success, he

claims is the result of "the sup-
fort the team has given me, and a
little luck."
"You can't help but do well
with the team behind you. It helps
a lot to be able to have confidence
in your team when you're out there
pitching," he added.
Six in Nine
This confidence in his fielders
was displayed against Central
Michigan when he allowed only
six balls to get out of the in-
field in nine innings.
"It's only logical to keep the
ball low, and try to make them hit
it to the infield," he reasons,
"especially since we have such a
good fielding team."
The confidence is mutual. That
his cocah, Don Lund, has confi-
dence in him was shown by his
use of Joyce in relief against MSU
on Saturday in the third game of
the triple bill.
Exercises Strengthened Arm
About pitching in two games on
such a cold day, Joyce explained
that "I've been doing exercises to
strengthen my arm all year so
that the cold didn't bother me."
"Actually, I almost like relief
pitching more than starting," he
added. "You can bear down all the
way. You don't have to pace your-
self, so in a way it's easier."
Good Stuff
Both Joyce and catcher Bill
Freehan thought the big right-
hander may even have had more
stuff .in the third game than in
the opener.

If it seems that Joyce is a little
more than the run-of-the-mill
strong-armed hurler frequently
seen on college squads, it's prob-
ably because he was literally
"born with a glove in his hand."
His father, a left-hander, pitch-
ed triple-A minor league ball, in
the Cleveland farm system. Hence,
Joyce has been playing ball, per-
haps longer than he can remem-
Started at Ten
At 10, he started playing Little
League ball and has pitched or-
ganized ball ever since then. He
also pitched three years for his
Royal Oak Dondero High School
A physical education major,
Mike would like very much to
teach, and perhaps, to go to work
as a physical therapist.
But more than anything else,
he'd like to be a professional ball-
Can't Tell
"You can never tell what'll hap-
pen though," he noted. "There are
so many good ballplayers around
that the kind of coaching you get,
and your desire, can make the dif-
"I've certainly had good coaches
-especially Mr. Lund. He's prob-
ably the best I'll ever have, so I
guess whether I make it or not
will depend on how hard I work
and how much ability I have," he

The American Wrestling Coaches
and Officials yesterday selected
two Michigan wrestlers, Don Cor-
riere and Jim Blaker, to the col-
legiate All-American wrestling
The Coaches and Officials select
four men in each of the ten

weight divisions, and these forty
men constitute the All-American
Corriere, captain-elect for next
year, was chosen at the 157-lb.
weight class, and Blaker, a gradu-
ating senior, was selected at the
147-lb. class.
Two years ago as a sophomore

Corriere won the Big Ten Cham-
pionship at 157-lbs., but last year
he dropped out of school.
He returned to school this year
and compiled the most successful
dual meet record of any of the
Michigan grapplers. He was un-
defeated, untied and won several
of his matches by pins.
However, Corriere ran into
trouble in the Big Ten Meet. He
won his first match, but in his
second match with Iowa's Joe Mul-
lins, Corriere made one of those
costly mistakes that mean the dif-
ference between victory and defeat
in a Conference meet.
One Big Error
He committed himself in trying
for a takedown and Mullins re-
versed him. With a two point ad-
vantage, Mullins kept away from
Corriere for the rest of the match
and won..
Corriere, extremely dissappoint-
ed, easily won the consolation
finals by pinning Michigan State's
Bob Schleuter.
In the NCAA Meet, Corriere had
clear sailing in the preliminaries
but in the quarterfinals, he ran
into Leheigh's tough sophomore
Kirk Pendleton and lost 8-5.

Again Corriere came back in
consolations, and took a tI
place for the Wolverines by e
ing Iowa State's Virgil Carr,2
As Captain-Elect Corrierev
be one of Coach CliffrKeen's=
hopes for a team that will be
cidedly weaker due to graduat
Blaker, likewise has had a i
wrestling career at Michigan.
Sophomore Fourth
As a sophomore, he was fou
in the Big Ten, and last year a
junior, Blaker captured the
Ten Championship at 147-lbs
This year Blaker compiled
best dual meet record, 6-1-2, a
again repeated as Big Ten Cha
pion at 147-lbs.
In the NCAA, Blaker, display
his clutch form, went all the w
to the semi-finals, but was st
ped there by Penn State's R
Pifer. Blaker then entered
consolation finals, and ended
According to Blaker, the NC
Meet was his last competii
wrestling meet. He will atte
Ohio State next year under
fellowship, and pursue studies pi
paring him for a career in
foreign service.

Tie Hinders AEP, DU
In' A' Softball Playoffs

TOPS ON MAT-Jim Blaker always seemed to come through
just when Michigan needed it the most and his win against a
Michigan State foe above wasjust one of them. He, along with
Don Corriere, was named to the All-American squad.



Both Delta Upsilon and Alpha
Epsilon Pi were unsuccessful in
a bid for the 'A' fraternity base-
ball first place playoffs as the two
teams fought to a tie yesterday at
Ferry. Field.
A. E. Pi with a 2-0 record was
hoping to capture a first place
playoff with a victory over Delta
Upsilon. Delta Upsilon had pre-
viously lost to Lambda Chi Alpha
and needed a two-run victory over
A. E. Pi for a most-runs-scored
first place playoff position.
D. U. had a 3-2 lead at the end

AIDS OWN CAUSE-Sophomore Mike Joyce's pitching is a major
reason why Michigan is 4-0 in Big Ten play, but he's no slouch
with a bat either as the above picture shows. He had singled,.
advanced to third and scored on Barry Marshall's home run
to aid in the 5-3 conquest of Minnesota.

Gridders Boast Big, Fast Line


A team can have its flashy backs,
its good passers, its driving run-
ners, but without the line, these
men will never be able to perform
at their peak.
Each spring Bump Elliott and
company hold their twenty day
practice to see next year's team
play, to be reassured on its strong
points, and to get an early look
at the problem positions in form-
ing the new line.'
It is filled with the letter win-
ners of last year as well as the
new men who appear, to hold the
best futures as football players.
Looks Good_-
According to head coach Elliott,
the line picture generally looks
good, but the perennial problems
remain. "Our depth leaves a little
to be desired, but the boys are
heavier and faster. We'll just haye
to wait and see."
Line coach Bob Hollway adds,
"We were really worried about the
depth problem at guard; but that
is looking a lot better. We are
istill weak at center though, and
the tackles could be better." The
picture seems generally optimistic
though, for those are problems
which concer~n any ,coach.
Lost to the "M' forward wall are
tackles Tom Jobson and Bill Stine.
The guards will be without Paul
Paulos and Dick' Syring, while the
centers are missing captain Jerry
Must Fill Holes,
Next year the team will have to
make up for these losses with the
best men as replacements.
There are returnees, however;
the picture is not all dim. A cer-
tain tackle slot belongs to junior;
Jon Schopf, one of the Big Ten's
top tackles last year, and a possible
candidate for All-America this fall.
Behind Schopf are lettermen Guy
Curtis and John Houtman, besides
the new prospects, Phil Garrisor ,
Tom Keating, and John Wiley.
Bench "Weak
The guards are in good shape up
front, but the bench appears pretty
weak. Returning lettermen include
1ee Hall, Joe O'Donnell, and John
Minko from last year. and Lou
Pavloff from two years ago. Re
serves include Wally Herru ,
Frank Clappison, John Marcum
and Ron Lauterbach.
Hollway lists two ,possible. re-
placements for Jerry Smith at
center - Todd Grant and John
Walker, both lettermen. Frank
Maloney, a junior is also available.
Probable Lineup
From these men the coaches

have made their probable line to
meet UCLA in next season's open-
er. At left tackle, Houtman (243);
left guard, Hall (220); center,
Grant (236. Rounding out the
first team are right guard Joe
O'Donnell (210) and right tackle
Jon Schopf (228). These men aver-

age out to 22. pounds, a consider-
able gain over last year.
The second team lists either
Keating or Garrison at left tackle,
Minko at left guard, and either
Walker or Maloney at center. The
right side of the line finds Clappi-
son at guard and Curtis at tackle.

of the fourth inning. They failed,
however, to pick up their two run
margin so rather than win and
take a second place playoff berth,
they deliberattly allowed an A. E.
Pi homerun.
Extra Innings
With the game tied in extra
innings both teams battled both
the two run margin and the clock
before the compulsory 5:45 p.m.
deadline. Neither was successful as
the several strategy meetings kept
the game from being completed.
The game ended when an A. E.
Pi runner refused to touch second
base, hoping in that way to end.
the first helf of the 8th inning
with Alpha Epsilon-Pi ahead. The
contest was formally pronounced
a draw and will be, replayed. be-
cause the time deadline was ex-
Trigon Downed
Phi Kappa Psi triumphed over
Trigon 14-6 in 'A' baseball. The
game put Phi Kappa Psi in the
first place playoffs. Instrumental
in the victory was the hitting of
Todd Powers and David Kibler.
Chi Psi's big 4th inning rally
proved enough to overcome Psi
Upsilon. Chi Psi captain, Jim
Weber; pitched well to preserve
the 8-2 'A' ball margin.
Theta Delta Chi lost to Sigma
Phi Epsilon, 6-1, despite a homer
by Stark Langs in another 'A'
In 'B' competition Sigma Phi
Epsilon downed Pi Lambda Phi
11-4 behind the hitting of Ed
Hathaway, Jim Knox and 'Doc'
Gimmell. The Sig Eps jumped off
to an early lead and held it
throughout the contest.
Sigma Alpha Mu had little
trouble in defeating Tau Delta Phi
36-2 in 'B' baseball.


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TENNIS-MichiganPurdue-Ohio State, at Columbus
GOLF-Michigan-Illinois-Northwestern, at Eanston
FOOTBALL-Annual Spring Game in Michigan Stadium,
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