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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 18, 1982-Page 9

Batsmen end skid

Special to the Daily
The Wolverine baseball team snap-
d a three-game losing streak last
fight by routing Kansas, 14-5. Greg
Schulte had a double and three singles
and Jim Paciorek set a career homerun

Paciorek sets mark

record to support the eight-hit pitching
of Rich Stoll.
Michigan, now 4-3. for the young
season and 1-2 in the Citrus Tour-
nament, got all the runs they needed in
a 'seven-run second inning explosion.
After the Wolverines loaded the bases
on a single by Rich Bair, a walk to Tony
Evans and a successful bunt by John
Young, Jeff Jacobsen drove in the first
run with a sacrifice fly.
John Clem and Schulte then hit back -
to-back singles to knock in two more
runs and a perfect suicide squeeze by
Chuck Froning brought in Clem and
Schulte. After Chris Sabo singled to
center, Jim Paciorek capped the inning
with a two-run homer, his fifth in six
days and 20th of his four-year career.
Paciorek's round-tripper broke the
record set by former Wolverine shor-
tstop George Foussianes.
The Michigan batsmen added four
more runsin the fourth, highlighted by
Evans'three-run homer,one run in the

fifth and two in the sixth to put away the
The beneficiary of the Wolverines' 14-
hit attack was Stoll, who after a shaky
third inning scattered four hits and pit-
ched shutout ball. Stoll, now 2-0, struck
out six and walked three for the game
and was helped by two double plays
behind him, Michigan's first twin-
killings of the season.
The Wolverines will take the field
against Central Michigan in Texas
today at 2 p.m. Detroit time.
Oh Henry!
Kansas ...................104 000 0 - 5 8 3
Michigan .................070 412 x - 14 14 2
Coplen, Kroeker (2), Ackley (4), Lohr (6) and
Shelley, Hoskison (6); Stoll and Bair.
WP-Stoll (2-0)
LP- Coplen (0-2)
HR-Paciorek (5), Evans (3)

Ewing will attempt to lead his Hoya
teammates out of the West, Regional
and in to the 'Final Four in the NCAA
Tournament. For complete pairings of
this weekends action, see graph at

... new HR king

Straight from the
source's mouth



Reason for panic .. .
e... Canham keeps his cool
HE SITUATION IS repeated year after year, all across the nation. A
college team is having a disappointing season and everyone is up in
arms about it. The fans shout, "fire the coach." Newspapers write, "fire the
coach." And finally the panicky athletic director says, "coach, you're
But there are exceptions to this rule, and one can be found here in Ann Ar-
bor. During a losing season, Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham does
not panic and he does not fire his coaches when defeats pile up.
It's not as though Canham hasn't found himself in a position to do so. In the
early 70's, men's basketball coach Johnny Orr was severely criticized by
fans when one of his teams did not meet pre-season expectations. A "dump
Orr" campaign cropped up, but Canham stuck with his coach.
Last year, quite a few women's basketball players let it be known that they
were unhappy with Gloria Soluk as their coach. This season, men's basket-
ball mentor Bill Frieder saw his squad compile a miserable 7-20 record. In
both cases, Canham never even considered making a coaching change.
"I've never let anyone go for winning or losing," says Canham. "There
have been other reasons though, but never for losing. With Frieder there was
never a doubt that we'd keep him. And the same with Johnny Orr.
"Gloria's an outstanding coach. The last person who knows what a coach
is going through are the players. Nationwide, those who do complain are
those who aren't getting playing time and are frustrated about that. That
was the case with Gloria last year."
Patience pays off
At one point this season, Frieder's team owned a 1-13 record. Some
coaches might have received a pink slip from a worried athletic director.
Frieder received a pep talk.
"After our early losses, Don would manage to find his way to my office and
say to hang in there because things would get brighter and we'd upset
someone," says Frieder: "He even said that it would help us in recruiting
and put us in good shape for the future. As it turned out, he was right."
Frieder's recruiting efforts this year are not the only example of
Canham's patience paying off. The "dump Orr" campaign was only a
memory when Orr's squads became one of the nation's elite in the mid 70's,
including a trip to the NCAA finals in 1976..Soluk also came through for
Canham, as her squad posted a 17-9 mark this season-the best record in the
program's nine-year history.
Another plus that goes along with a policy of not firing a coach because of a
bad season or two is stability. If an athletic director has a reputation for
firing coaches, a recruit may have second thoughts about signing a letter-of-
intent for that school. After all, the person who is recruiting him today may
be replaced with an unfamiliar face and coaching style tomorrow.
"Any time you have a question mark with whether you'll return, you may
have a problem with recruiting," says Frieder.
Security breeds confidence
But Frieder never had this problem, because Canham told him during the
season that he was in no danger of being fired. With no pressure coming from
the athletic director's office, Frieder was able to do his job with confidence.
"When you're secure, you can handle things the right way rather than
when you're in a panic situation," says Frieder. "With many programs you
have instability from the athletic director on down. But here, that's ab-
solutely no problem. I don't think that there are too many athletic directors
who would have handled the situation as well. I don't think there's any
question that he's the best athletic director in the country. Anyone will tell
you that"

AP Photo

N ohole is an island

The par 3 17th hole at the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. of-
fers quite a challenge for the touring professionals. The water-engulfed
green will be one of many bizarre encounters for the pros as they try to
master the course for the first time ever during this weekend's Tournament
Players Championship.

N.Y. Rangers 5, Philadelphia,2
Washington 6, Vancouver 6
Exhibition Baseball
Detroit 5, Philadelphia 0
San Francisco 8. Milwaukee 5
Seatle 4, San Diego 2
Toronto 3, St. Louis 1
Texas 12, Minnesota 4
Atlanta 6.Los Angeles 2
Chicago (AL) 9, Pittsburgh 5
N.Y. Mets 5, Cincinnati 1
Baltimore 14, Kansas City 3


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