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Field Hockey vs. Northwestern
Today 4:00 p.m.
Ferry Field


Olympic Baseball Tryouts
Saturday 9:15 a.in. Fisher Field
All amateurs eligible

The Michigan Daily

Friday, September 23, 1983

Page 11


Students push

fan support

Tigers keep hopes alive;
rally to edge Birds, 5-4

There is a newly formed group on campus which hopes to in-
fluence University students to attend Michigan athletic even-
Is. And enjoy it, too.
What is it? Well, you may not have noticed it yet, but odds
are you will.
THE MAIZE 'n' Blue Student Athletic Council (MBSAC), a
group of 25, made up of predominantly juniors and
sophomores, has begun the long and difficult task of trying to
attract more fans to Michgian basketball, hockey, and other
sports events.
Sagging attendance and lagging student-body spirit over
the last few years, particularly at Crisler Arena events,
prompted juniors Bill Mellin and Scott Page and a group of
cohorts to dig into what they might be able to do to help the
A few inquiries and a letter later, Don Triveline, Marketing,
and Promotions Director of Michigan athletics, joined the
group as chief advisor. His addition to the MBSAC, which six
months ago was only an idea, gave it the necessary stability.
"THIS GROUP has a great attitude," said Triveline.
"they will be forming different support-type groups and con-
centrating on season ticket sales."
The Council was conceived in April of this year. Page and
. Mellin, who are both vice-presidents in the Student Alumni
'Council, approached the athletic department about the
possibility of marketing non-football athletics particularly
basketball and hockey, to University students.
Mellin spoke to Don Canham about the idea and the
Michigan athletic director put him in touch with Triveline.
Mellin and Page drafted a proposal letter and presented it to
, Canham, who liked the idea and gave it his go ahead. The
groundwork was laid when Mellin and Page recruited 30
students and conducted several meetings in the early spring.
The group stayed in contact over the summer and was going
full-force when September rolled around.
"OUR ORIGINAL goal was to increase student awareness
"and attendance at athletic events," said Page, the vice pr-
esident of the council," in particular with basketball. I thought
it was really a shame that only 1200 students got season
tickets last year."
The Council proceeded to set up a basketball registration
process, which will begin October 3 at the Michigan Union. It
will make a concerted effort to contact Michigan students
and set up group ticket sales. "What we really want is to pack
the place," said Page, who would like to see Crisler Arena
sold out. "If you're just concerned about whether you've got
a ticket, you won't worry about where your seat is."

"There hasn't been a marketing plan for how to reach
University students," said Mellin. "It (ticket sales) was
always inconvenient and not well publicized. Only the hard-
core fans knew about it." The Council intends to make sure
everyone knows about season ticket sales this year.
IN ADDITION to the basketball effort, the Council plans to
develop committees and support groups in other sports.
"This group is basically put together to help other students
who have an interest in going to Michigan home events," said
Triveline, who directs the Michigan Summer Camps of
Champions program as well as being chief advisor to the
MBSAC. "They're here to help create a better spirit as well
'What we really want is to pack
the place. If you're just concer-
ned about whether you've got a
ticket, you won't worry about
where your seat is.'
- Scott Page
MBSAC vice-president
as a more comfortable feeling about being at the event. Like
with football, this group is there to help the students get to
their sections and to enjoy the game more."
The idea of using the Council members as ushers at football
games developed when ticket manager Al Renfrew ap-
proached the group about helping to control the students
The Council accepted the proposal and began ushering at
the Washington State game. "We figured it would be good for
the group and give us big public exposure," said Page.
"BEFORE THEY had older men in the student sections
trying to usher. But we thought that they (the students)
would be more receptive if other students were trying to ser-
ve them instead of to control them," said Mellin.
More members are needed. "Right now we have a mem-
bership of 25," said Triveline. "We are accepting ap-
plications to join the group. We're especially interested in
underclassmen and women." Anyone interested in joining
should contact a member or Triveline at the Michigan
Athletic Department.

Special to the Daily
DETROIT - The rain stopped in
time for last night's game and
Detroit found a silver lining in the
clouds that hovered over Tiger
Stadium, as it defeated Baltimore, 5-
4, in 10 innings.
Lou WhitakVF provided the
heroics, capping a four-hit night
with a run-scoring single with two
out in the tenth.
THE TIGERS had a vocal crowd
of 25,540 on its feet in the ninth inning
when they staged a dramatic
comeback to tie the game and send it
into extra innings. After Whitaker's
single off reliever Tippy Martinez
drove in John Grubb from second to
tie the game, the Tiger second
baseman moved to third on Alan
Trammel's base hit. A walk to Larry
Herndon loaded the bases before
Lance Parrish and Kirk Gibson
struck out to kill the threat.
Enos Cabell led off the tenth with a
single and moved to second on a
wild pitch. With Rick Leach on first
on an intentional pass, Whitaker

greeted reliever Dan Morogillo with
a liner to left to send Cabell home
with the winning run.
Doug Bair got the win for the
Tigers while Sammy Stewart was
the loser.
Eddie Murray gave the Detroit
fans an awesome display of power,
hitting two monstrous home runs.
The first blow came in the first in-
ning with Cal Ripken Jr. aboard.
The blast sailed into the seats at the
440 mark in straightaway center
The Tigers got their first run in the
third inning after Tom Brookens
had singled and advanced to second
on a wild pitch. Whitaker .drove him
home with a base hit to right field.
In the fourth inning Detroit came
alive, putting together five straight
singles, good for two runs and a 3-2
Tiger lead.
But in the seventh Murray belted
his second homer of the night, a solo
shot off the facing of the third deck,
to tie it at 3-3. In the same inning
catcher Joe Nolan drove in John
Lowenstein with a liner to center, to
put Baltimore up by one.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Australia II
forced an unprecendented seventh race
for the America's Cup when it swamped
Liberty by a record 3 minutes,- 25
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YESTERDAY'S victors, the worst
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seven series just three days earlier.
His three victories are the most ever
Iby a foreign boat in 25 American defen-
ses of the Cup, the only international
sports trophy never to change hands.
Only once before, in 1920, has the
series come down to the final race, and
that was when it was best-of-five com-
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