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Lund Sees Pitching as

Key to



Ten Hopes

Coach Looks to Koch and Mercereau
To Bolster Wolverine Hurling Corps I

SWolverine Golfers To Travel South;
Season Opener Set for Next Week

Michigan baseball coach Don
Lund hopes to combine the efforts
of a strong veteran nucleus with
an improved pitching staff to
boost the diamondmen into Big
Ten contention this season.
"Pitching is the key to every-
thing," Lund said. "Nowadays you
not only have to have two good
starting pitchers who you can
count on, but your second-liners
have to be able to come through
with the odd win."
If experience were the only fac-
tor, Lund would have few worries
in this department. Six lettermen
hurlers are returning this year.
However none of the returnees
had winning records last season,
and their combined mark was an
unimpressive 7-9. Lund does not
feel that this is an indication of
their potential.
Counting on Koch
"Take Al Koch, for instance,"
he said. "A little more confidence
is all he needs to be real strong."
Koch, although posting only a 2-2
record last year, led the staff in
ERA With 3.57.
Bob Marcereau should have a
good year," Lund continued. As a
sophomore last year, Marcereau
led the mound corps in innings
The Michigan coach is high on
sophomore John Kerr from Royal
Qak. "Kerr's got a good fastball,
fine control, and poise," Lund said.
"He should be able to win in the
Big Ten if he wants to."
Battling with Koch, Marcereau
and Kerr for mound duties will be
four senior lettermen - right-
handers Gordon Rinckney and
Jack Mogk and southpaws Joe
Brefeld and Nick Liakonis. Al-
though Brefeld failed to make the
winning column last year, he led
the pitching staff in hitting with
a .600 mark (three-for-five),
March 26--Davis Monthan Airbase
March 27-Davis Monthan Airbase
(2) -
March 2-Wyoming; Arizona State
March 29-Wyoming; Arizona State
March 30-Arizona
March 31-Arizona
April 1-Davis Monthan Airbase
April 2-Davis Monthan Airbase
April 12-Wayne State*
April 15--Eastern Michigan*
April 16-Eastern Michigan, (2)*
April 19-Central Michigan*
April 22-Illinois*
April 23-Purdue (2)*
April 25-Detroi t*
April 26-Western Michigan
April 29-Iowa
April 30-Minnesota (2)
May 2-Metre Dame*
May 3-Wayne State
May 6-Michigan State
May 7-Michigan State (2)=°
May 11-Detroit
May 13-Indiana*
May 14-Indiana*
May 14-Ohio State (2)*
May 17-Western Michigan:
May 19-Notre Dame
May 20-Northwestern
May 21-Wisconsin (2)
*-home games

Expected to handle the catch-
ing chores is Dick Syring, a husky
junior from Bay City.
"Syring has shown tremendous
improvement behind the plate,"
Lund commented. "We're hoping
he'll have a real good year."
Providing depth in the back-
stop department will be sopho-
more. Joe Merullo from Revere,
Mass., who impressed with his fine
work in frosh drills last season.
Veteran Infield
Whereas the performance of the
pitching staff is open to specula-
tion at this point, Lund is not so

strong throwing arm from right
field, along with his heavy bat.
As a rookie last year, Franklin
led the team in times at bat, hits,
and average. "A real solid ball
player," commented Lund. "He
should be one of our stand-outs
Potential Soph Star
Michigan's mentor has high
hopes of filling the center field
post with Detroit sophomore Ed'
Hood. Hood showed fine speed as
a halfback on the frosh football
squad and should give the Wol-
verines defensive range down the
middle. His hitting is untested, but
if he can come through as well
as Franklin did last year, Lund will
be more than happy.
Pitcher Jack Mogk gives Lund
excellent reserve strength in the
outer pastures. Mogk belted op-
posing pitchers at a .342 clip last
season and paced the team in
RBI's with 24. It's likely that he'll
also see action as the Wolverines'
number one pinch-hitter.
"You never know from year to
year," said Lund in appraising the
Big Ten race this season. "Minne-
sota (last year's champs) will be
tough again along with Illinois
and Wisconsin, which finished sec-
"We'll just have to wait and
see about our own club. I'll have
a much better idea after our
spring training trip to Arizona."
Exhibition action in Arizona will
begin next Saturday with a
doubleheader against Davis Mon-
than Airbase at Tucson.
Los Angeles 7, Philadelphia 5.
Kansas City 3, Washington 1
Chicago (N) 5, Boston 4
St. Louis 2, New York 0
Pittsburgh 7, Detroit 4
Chicago (A) vs. Baltimore at Miami
Boston vs. Chicago (N) at Las Vegas
Cleveland vs. San Francisco at San
Milwaukee vs. Detroit at Lakeland
Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh at Fort
New York vs. Cincinnatti at Tampa
Los Angeles vs. Washington at Or-
Philadelphia vs. St. Louis at St.

With the annual spring trip be-
ginning Friday, Michigan's golf-
ers are intensifying their indoor
practice in preparation for the
season opening at Pinehurst, N.C.,-
March 31.
The team has been practicing a
month in the 'nets' in the base-
ment of the Club House. Coach
Bert Katzenmeyer and his crew
putting strokes on a makeshift
have also been sharpening their
green of hard clay. Another inno-
vation to aid the golfers is an in-'
door simulated sand trap.
Call Practice Valuable
All the golfers have indicated
that this practice is valuable, but
some good weather and playing
experience is badly needed. The
team hopes to find both at Pine-
hurst, site of two fine golf courses,
although last year the weather
was 'miserable' according to
Katzenmeyer. The players were
forced to wear sweaters and car-
ry umbrellas during most of the
The possibility of bad weather
looms large again this year be-
cause of the late winter across the
country. However, Katzenmeyer
and his Big Ten runner-ups of
last yeararehoping for the
"break", so that the team can
sharpen their games before re-
turning north to the home opener
in Ann Arbor.
Three Lettermen Returned
Three members of last year's
crew return this year, led by Cap-
tain Larry Markman, and juniors

Joe Brisson and Dick Youngberg.
Brisson and Youngberg were fifth
and tenth respectively in the Big
Ten Meet here last spring. Mark-
man was also in the top ten un-
til the final round, when he ran
into a slump.
Among the other boys backing
up these three lettermen is Bill
Newcomb, who lost to Big Ten
champ John Konsek in the first
round of the National Amateur
tournament last summer. New-
comb, from Royal Center, Ind.,
has conquered Dale Morey, a
tional Amateur runner-up. His
former Walker Cupper and Na-
victory came in the Indiana Ama-
teur meet.-
Bolstered by Sophs
Another golfer who did well on
the tournament circuit last year
was Sophomore Tom Ahern, a
quarter-finalist in the Western.
Ahern was beaten by Jerry
Jackson, a sophomore member of
Purdue's defending champion
teams. Jackson was a semi-final-
ist in the Indiana Amateur last
year, and is a playing partner of
Newcomb's during the summer.
Wilson to Aid Team
Rounding out the six man
spring regular squad is Tom Wil-
son, a senior who transferred
from Valparaiso last year and has
two years of eligibility remain-
ing. Katzenmeyer singled him out
last year "because of his tourna-
ment background."
The other five members are
sophomore Mike Goode, winner

of the freshman tourney last
spring; senior Larry White, who
came in second in the 72-hole
tourney last fall; junior John Ev-
erhardus and senior Paul Weyand.
This year's team has hopes of
doing at least as well as last year,
or possibly one position better.
With the Conference Meet at Mi-
chigan State, the Spartans could
benefit from the same incentive
that lifted Michigan up to second
last year on the home course.
MSU was seventh in 1959.
However, Purdue, with four
titles in the last five years, only
lost two members from last year's
aggregation, and doesn't appear
to be weaker. Indiana, third place
finisher last year, one stroke be-
hind Michigan, has the entire
team back.
OSU Strengthened
Ohio State, which tied with
Indiana, will have the addition of
Walker Cupper Jack Nicklaus, on-
ly a soph in eligibility, who quit
school last year to play on the
U.S. team.
Iowa, fifth place finisher last
season, has three transfers from
Houston eligible this year to team
with juniors Bob Davis and Frank
James, who led the Conference
Meet at the half-way mark in
"Everyone is improving," Katz-
enmeyer commented, "so I guess
we will have to fit in that cate-
gory too." From past perform-
ances of individual members, the
Conference certainly doesn't look
to be any weaker this year.

.;..pitchers hold key;
concerned about his all -veteran
infield led by captain Bill Roman.,
Roman, a lanky senior from De-.
troit, is labeled a "good leader" by
Lund and should be a capable
first-sacker for the Wolverines.
Roman fielded at a sharp .987 clip'
although his .262 batting average
was unspectacular.
Along with Roman, Lund will
team second baseman Barry Mar-
shall, shortstop Gene Struczewski,
and hot corner man Bob Kucher.
Struczewski batted only .259 but
figured in 24 Michigan runs last
year as a starter.
Kucher, Marshall Regulars
Kucher and Marshall split the
second base job last season, but
both will have a chance to play
regularly this year with the shift
of Kucher to third. Lund is hope-
ful that their performances at the
plate will improve.
Reserve strength Is supplied by
sophs Dick DeLamielleure, and
Bernie Fick, junior Terry Zieg-
ler, and senior letterman George
Fead. Fead hit a respectable .277
in a utility role last year.
Franklin Top Hitter
Lund's outfield corps will be led
by junior Wilbert Franklin, who
paced the squad in hitting in 1959
with a .347 average, and three-'
year veteran Dave Brown.
Brown compiled a .333 average
as the Wolverines' regular third-
sacker last season and was second
on the club in runs batted in.
"I think Brown's potential will
be realized to its fullest in the out-
field," Lund explained. Brown will
give Michigan the benefit of a

INDOOR PRACTICE--Bill Newcomb, one of Michigan's 11 golfers,
looks intently at the ball he just hit into the net. The team has
been practicing for about a month in the Club House basement,
hitting balls into the nets, out of a makeshift sand trap, and
putting on a hard-surfaced "green."
Pittsburgh Beats Detroit, 7-4;
Scores on Three Home Runs
Pittsburgh Pirates turned loose The Pirates scored three unearned
a seventh inning home run bar- runs in the inning, shortstop
rage off Tom Morgan and beat Chico Fernandez and pitcher
the Detroit Tigers yesterday 7-4 Frank Lary committing two-out
at Henley Field. errors to set the stage for Smith's
Dick Stuart dissolved a 3-3 tie round tripper.
with a booming blast over the A home run by Charlie Max-
center field fence after Bob Skin- well accounted for three of the
ner's single. Bob Oldis followed j Detroit runs. A single by Harvey



with a towering fly over the left
field fence. The Pirates added
another run in the inning when
Roman Mejias singled, stole sec-
ond and cameshome on Dick Bar-
one's double down the left field
Hal Smith smashed one for
Pittsburgh in the third inning.

Kuenn and a walk to Al Kaline
preceded Maxwell's sixth inning
blast off Tom Cheney, who pitched
the last four innings.
The Tigers meet the Milwaukee
Braves today in Lakeland. Ray
Semproch, Dave Sisler and either
R. G. Smith or Bob Bruce are
scheduled to pitch for Detroit.

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