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The Michigan Doily

Wednesday, March 17, 1982

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By LARRYFREED
Detroit fans loyal.. .
... but unrewarded
IT'S THAT TIME of year again-when the crack of
the bat is heard and everybody is waiting
breathlessly for those two delightful words that signal
the start of spring-Play Ball!
That phrase will also send millions of Detroiters into
a frenzy, proclaiming that this is the year their beloved
Tigers will climb out of the middle of the pack and
make a stake for the treacherous American League
East title.
They indeed have all the tools to be a legitimate con-
tender. That is if you aren't used to including pitching
as necessary to nail down victories. But never fear, the
Tigers have the next Mickey Mantle in centerfielder
Kirk Gibson. Of course, when you think back a few
years they were saying the same thing about Bobby
Murcer. Does that make Gibson the next Murcer?
Anyway, as I was telling Ray Meyer the other day,
it's alright to be optimistic about your hometown
teams as long as they give you something to cheer
about once in a while.
And when you're from Chicago, optimism is about
the only thing you have. In fact, the only thing we've
had to cheer about is the Chicago Sting, and hell, I
would have written this column about them except I
don't know how to spell any of their names. Needless to
say this is enough to make any Chicagoan cynical
about his hometown team's success,
And that's why I have to give Detroiters so much
credit for their intense optimism and loyalty.
And this blind, er loyal optimism is nowhere more
evident than in the town's supportfor the Tigers. This
fan enthusiasm has led one computer study to
calculate that the Tigers are the most profitable team
in the majors, worth a reported 35 million dollars- not
too bad for a fifth place squad.
Why do these fans keep showing up at Tiger
Stadium? Thousands of words have already been
written on the greatness of the Detroit fans, so I won't
waste my breath on that topic anymore.
Let's instead take an all-too-brief look at this year's
edition of the Tigers. If nothing else, it will give me a
chance to redeem myself for last week's series of
Freedian Slips about the NCAA tournament.
Pitching-As someone once said, baseball is 90 per-
cent pitching. However, in the Tigers' case, pitching is
about 10 percent of their game. And although it all
totals up to 100 percent on paper, it only adds up to a
fourth place finish for manager Sparky Anderson.
To have any realistic shot at the top, the Tigers must
trade for a reliever, because Kevin Saucier and com-
pany simply can't do the job. Although the Tigers also
need a solid fourth starter, they might be able to get by
with Jack Morris, Milt Wilcox, Dan Petry, and
darkhorse Dave Rozema.
Hitting-The Tigers have plenty of it, leading with
Gibson, but he only had a great second season, not an
entire one. Gibson might not be another Murcer, but he
certainly isn't Mantle either. Look for a solid .295
average with 30 homers and 90 runs batted in, but
nothing more. The rest of the line-up is solid from top to
bottom, maybe a little too solid. With the acquisition of
Chet Lemon (who should play his natural centerfield
spot), Larry Herndon, and Jerry Turner, the Bengals
now have a surplus on the bench, which can only lead to
disgruntled players. A trade would help re teve some of
the tension, not to mention the pitchers, but Anderson
has already ruled out the possibility.
Where does all that leave the Tigers? As stated
earlier probably no better than fourth, but anything is
possible, just ask coach Ray.
In any case, Detroit fans will remain loyal and
patient-maybe a bit too patient.

M swimmers set

By KARL WHEATLEY
The Michigan women's swim team will
face tough competition as the AIAW national
swimming championships get under way
today in Austin, Texas. A major part of the
competition will be the Texas Longhorn
squad, which is both the host of the meet,
and the defending national champions.
Although some teams wil be competing in
the NCAA swimming championships in-
stead of in the AIAW meet this year,
Michigan head coach Stu Isaac ais not
discouning the caliber of the competition.
"It's going to be a real competitive meet,"
said Isaac. "There is nothing second-rate
about either the pool or the competition
We're going to be in a real battle for
anywhere from second to ninth place."
EVEN WITH "the loss of several teams to
the NCAA the Wolverines will have to
several teams that beat them last year if
they are going to finish that high. But the
Michigan tankers may have the talent to do
just that.
Among the Wolverines who qualified for
the trip to the nationals are All-Americans
Sue Cahill, Melinda Copp, Denise Stuntzner,
diver Vicki Kimball, relay All-Americans
Carolyn Clymer and Sue Collins, as well as
freshman breastroke ace Tami Paumier.
Other tankers who will compete are Chris
Hodson, Leslie Berckstein, Muffy Macken

zie, and freshman diver Diane Dudeck
Two of the reasons that Michigan could
finish as high as second are Cahill and
Palmier. Cahill has the best time in the
nation this year in the 400-yeard individual
medly (IM) at 4:20.87, and is seeded second
in both the 400-yard IM and the 500-yard
freestyle. Paumier's time of 2:18.03 in the
200-yard breaststroke is the second-best
time in the nation this year, and she is

forAIAW
seeded second in the 200-yard breaststroke,
third in the 50-yard breaststroke, and fifth in
thelo0-yard breaststroke.
COPP WILL swim the three backstroke
and the 200-yard and 400-yard IM events for
the Wolverines, and is seeded third in the
200-yard backstroke, and fourth in the 200-
yard IM.
Kimball will compete for Michigan off the
one-meter board, while both Kimball and

finals R.
Dudeck will be in the three-meter event:
Both are excellent divers, but Michigafn
veteran diving coach Dick Kimball is t&A
perienced to be making any predictions.
"What diving boils down to is how you Or,
form under the pressure," said Kimball;
"We have all the best divers in the country
here, except for three or four, and that up-
cludes several past national champions. n
We'll just try to get them into the top 16 And
see where we can go from there."
Although the individual swimming and
diving events are very important to the t
Isaac is determined not to let the relays=:
shut out of the scoring as they were
year. "Relays should be a real key," sid
Isaac. "Our relays just didn't put it
together last year, and that really hurt O'
Our goal is for both our medley real*
finish in the top six, and for our freest
relays to get into the top eight."
While Isaac and his squad are getting
ready to finish up their season in this four-
day event, Isaac's recruiting efforts are
already paying off. Michigan got a coma
imitment yesterday from Kay Lundy oftLa
Jolla, Califo'nia, a national finalist in the
400-yard IM, who is also strong in the 900-
yard butterfly and distance freestyle even-
ts. Lundy reportedly signed a letter of in-
tent to go to Michigan yesterday evening.

Cahill and Paumier
... Wolverine tankers in Texas

Michigan batsmen lose, 4-2

Special to the Daily
EDINBURG, Texas - Michigan's baseball team dropped
its third consecutive game yesterday, losing to Morningside
by a score of 4-2. The Wolverines blew an early 2-0 lead when
they gave up four runs in the top of the ninth.
Bill Shuta (1-1), the third Michigan pitcher of the game,
began the ninth by loading the bases on a walk, a hit batsman
and a misplayed bunt. The sophomore righthander retired
the next batter on an infield out, allowing one run to score,
before reloading the bases on yet another walk.
IT LOOKED like Shuta and the Wolverines would escape
with the victory anyway, as the next batter struck out and
Shuta quickly blew two strikes past Morningside's Paul
DeBay. But DeBay hung tough, fouling one pitch in and out
of Michigan catcher John Young's glove before singling to
right to score the tying and winning runs. It was the second
hit of the game for DeBay, who earlier broke up a no-hitter by
Wolverine pitchers Jeff Hayward and Tim Karazim with a
sixth-inning single.
Morningside added an insurance run when Michigan cen-
terfielder Greg Schulte lost Dave McCaulley's fly ball in the
sun and it dropped in for a hit.
Michigan drew first blood in the game when Schulte led off
the bottom of the first inning with a single, moved to second
on a wild pitch by Morningside starter Royce Schultz and
scored on a two-out double by Jim Paciorek.
THE SECOND Michigan run came in the third inning.
Schule walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by
Dave Stober and scored on a single to center by Chris Sabo.
The Wolverines threatened to score in every other inning -
except the seventh - but could not take advantage of their
opportunities. They blundered an excellent chance in the six-
th when Jeff Jacobson missed a bunt on a suicide squeeze
play and Jeff Minick was an easy target at the plate.
With the loss, Michigan's record drops to 3-3. The
Wolverines play Kansas this afternoon as the Pan American
Citrus Tournament continues.
Morningside raised its record to 1-1. The winning pitcher
was Bob Larson.

Late risers
Morningside .....:............................ ..0 004
MICHIGAN ...........................101 000 0
Schultz, Larson (5) and McCaulley
J. Hayward, Karazim (5), Shuta (7) and Young
WP- Larson (10)
LP- Shuta (1-1)

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2 ' 9 1

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Michigan third baseman Chris Sabo had an RBI
yesterday's game against Morningside but it was
enough. The Wolverines lost to Morningside, 4-2.

single in
not quite

Jim Paciorek, the Wolverines' senior right fielder, drove in a
run yesterday with a first-inning double. Paciorek is shown
here in last year's NCAA regional playoffs at Fisher
Stadium.

Women thinclads earn honors

By JIM DWORMAN
Although no winners wore Michigan
uniforms last weekend at the
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
.for Women (AIAW) indoor track cham-
pionships, five Wolverines did receive
All-American honors as four of the five
Michigan entries placed in the top six.
The two-mile relay team had
Michigan's best finish of the meet, as
Dawn Woodruff, Melanie Weaver, Lisa
Larsen and Sue Frederick crossed the
line in a school-record 8:53.1 to place
fourth.
WEAVER AND Frederick also ear-
ned All-American status for their per-

formances in the two-mile and 1,000-
yard runs, respectively. Weaver
finished fifth in the two-mile in 10:08.3,
while Frederick completed the 1,000 in
2:30.74 for a sixth-place finish.
High jumper Joanna Bullard was the
final Wolverine All-American, as she
cleared the bar at 5'11/4" to place fifth
and break her own Michigan record.
Coach Francie Goodridge was
pleased with her team's performance.
"It's difficult to come back and get up
for big meet after the Big Ten's," said
the first-year coach. "But we did. I
knew they were all ready."
The only Wolverine qualifier who is

not All-American is Lorrie Thornton.
The long jumper failed to make the
finals in the event.
The women's track team will begin
its outdoor season April 3 at Western
Michigan.

BILLBOARD
On Sunday, March 21, the co-rec
doubles badminton tournament will be
held at the CCRB main gym from 6:00-
10:00 p.m. All-campus and co-rec pad-
dleball entries are due Monday, March
22 by 4:30 p.m. at theIMSB main office:
The co-rec paddleball tournament will
be held from 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the IM-
SB on Tuesday, March 23 (meet the
tournament director at court one).

SCORES
NBA
Detroit 114, San Diego 110
Indiana 109, Seattle 96
San Antonio 114, New York 91
Boston 98, Washington 94

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