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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25,1064

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE FVVE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1964 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE FIVE

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MINNESOTA FIRST:
'M'Nine Finishes Second

By CHARLIE TOWLE{
Sports Editor
If nothing else Wolverine base-
ball coach Moby Benedict suc-
ceeded admirably last year in
putting himself back in the hot
seat-he and his players were just
too good.
Two years ago Benedict inher-
ited from Don Lund the NCAA
and World College championship
baseball team. In his first year on
his own, after serving as Lund's
assistant, Benedict had plenty of
pressure on to come through at
least with a Big Ten champion-
ship. He didn't. That year Mich-
igan wound up a miserable sixth
in the Big Ten. Afterwards base-
ball fans pointed out the fact that
Benedict had lost two starting
pitchers and much of the infield
from Lund's team.
Benedict entered this season
much more relaxed. Besides hav-
ing a sixth place club he had also
lost one of the all-time best pitch-
ers at Michigan, Fritz Fisher, to
pro ball, and everyone knew not
to expect much.
Everyone was wrong. At first
Michigan started out just about
as expected when on their annual
spring trip to the Southwest they
won only four of 12 games.
"There's plenty of room for im-
provement, but I'm sure we can
do it if the kids have the enthus-
iasm. We'll have to improve if we
want to come up with a respect-
able season. It's going to take
plenty of work, especially by the
pitchers," Benedict said after the
spring trip.
Under Benedict's patented base-
ball squint "the kids" did a lot of
work, especially the pitchers. By
the time the schedule called on
Michigan to depart on their first

conference road trip they were
ready.
In a warmup game against
Notre Dame Michigan won 9-0.
They then moved on to Wiscon-
sin when they won 6-0. A double-
header at Northwestern gave them
two more, 7-1 and 8-1. With a 4-3
win over Purdue and 14-2 and
11-3 wins over Illinois the fol-
lowing day to give them the lead
in the Big Ten, the Wolverines
were really roaring.
Michigan reached its hign water
mark in its drive for the Big Ten
title after a sweep of a double-
header from MSU, 6-3 and 4-1
last May 15th. At this point they
boasted a record of 9-1 in the Big
Ten, a game-and-a-half up on
second running Minnesota.
But the Spartans, who had lost
to Michigan diamondmen in 11 of
the last 12 meetings between the
teams, proved to be the spoilers
who started the end of the season
skid when they took a squeaker
over the Wolverines 3-2 at East
Lansing May 18th.
On May 20th the Wolverines
took time off to meet the U of D
Titans at Ferry Field. The first
game was actually the continua-
tion of one which was called be-
cause of darkness in the 12 inning
of play with Michigan at bat with
runners on first and second and
one out. It took the Wolverines
one more inning to win this one
11-6 the win went to junior right-
hander Paul Schuldt.
Schuldt was still on the mound
when the second game started but
his bid to take two wins in one
day was foiled when he required
relief help in the first inning. The
win finally went to Wayne Slusher
of the Wolverines, 5-4.
The following day Michigan was
back in Big Ten action against

the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Clyde
Barnhart went seven innings with-
out allowing a run but in a disas-
trous eighth frame he allowed five
hits and four runs to give OSU a
4-2 win.
The loss dropped Michigan into
a tie for first with Minnesota.
Both teams held a 9-' won-lost
record going into the final day of
play. Michigan faced a twinbill
against sixth place Indiana while
Minnesota played two against
fourth place Wisconsin.
In the first. game Wolverine
coach Moby Benedict went with
his righthander Bill Wahl who
held a 4-0 record in the Big Ten
going into the game.
Michigan got off to a quick 3-0
lead on a first inning home run
by outfielder Ron Tate, since
signed with the Detroit Tigers.
But Michigan only scored two
more times in the game notching
single runs in the sixth and
seventh while the Hoosiers ham-
mered Wahl for 11 singles in 4%
innings for eight runs. That was
all the runs Indiana got as senior
Jim Bobel came in and pitched
scoreless ball the rest of the way,
but by then it was all over.
In the nightcap Marlin Pember-
ton hurled a fine 2-1, 10 inning
win. He won his own game with a
triple down the first base line in
the tenth. But by that time all
that was left for Michigan was a
pat-on-the-back and a "nice ty
guys."
It was learned during the second
game that Minnesota had won its
first game over the Badgers 1-0
thus assuring them a tie for first
place and a bid to the NCAA
tourney because of their better
overall record. As it was Minne-
sota went on to bomb the Badgers
in their second game, 7-1, thus
giving them the Big Ten crown
outright.
Michigan ended up the seMAson
with an overall record 18-16. They
stood at 10-4 in the Big Ten one
game back of first place Minne-
sota and a half game in front of
the third place Buckeyes of Ohio
State.
"Next year the picture looks
even brighter," says the athletic
administration's publicity sheet
and Benedict is back where he
was two years ago-on the hot
seat.
This time he is losing Capta
Dave Campbell, who filled in at
shortstop for two years after orig-
inally starting otit as a first base-
man. He also loses Tate, who was
nearly 40 points higher in batting
than anyone else on the team with
a .320 mark. Finally he will m:s
Ted Laslo, a classy fielding second
baseman.
Back for this year's team are
junior catcher Ted Sizemore, the
second leading hitter among the
regulars last spring. Sizemore will
captain a squad featurmg Chan-
dler Simonds at first base, George
Skaff at third, outfielders Dan
DiNunzio, Earl Meyers and Al
Bara and utility man Bob Gilhoo-
ley, who will probably take over
at short for Campbell.

NCAA All
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averaged 52.6 rebounds a game to
their opponents 42.7.
With Russell and Buntin the
Wolverines will have plenty of
scoring punch. Russell broke Bun-
tin's own one season scoring rec-
ord for a Michigan player last
year scoring a total of 690 points.
They finished three-four in the
Big Ten scoring race.
In addition Michigan gained a
lot of game savvy last year both
in the regular season and in the
NCAA tournament. Instead of
one senior, two juniors and a
sophomore, as there was last year,
this team will have two seniors,
Buntin and Tregoning, two jun-
iors with plenty of game expe-
rience Russell and Darden and
another junior who did play some
last year, Clawson. Michigan was
23-5 overall last year and inexpe-
rience was a factor in three of the
five losses.
Besides Banke and Handcox the
varsity will also be gaining one
more outstanding freshman, 6' 10"
Craig Dill. The slender Dill could
play at either forward or center
this year. He was the leading
scorer in the freshman varsity
game with 26 points.
So much for Michigan, now how
about the competition. The com-
petition in the Big Ten should
come from Minnesota and Purdue,
the only two teams, besides Ohio,
to beat the Wolverines. Minnesota
which beat Michigan by a whop-
ping 89-75 is the stronger of the
two.

-Daily-Dave Good
JAZZY CAZZIE RUSSELL sparkled in his sophomore year and
helped lead the Wolverines to the semifinals of the NCAA basket-
ball tournament. The 6'5Y" guard led the Big Ten co-champion
Michigan squad with a 26.1 scoring average during the Big Ten
season.

-Daily-Dave Good
BIG BILL BUNTIN was the big man under the boards for Michi-
gan as he led the cagers to a 24-5 record. This was the best
record ever by a Wolverine basketball team. He also ended up
second in the conference in rebounding and fourth in scoring.

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