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Softball
vs. Toledo
Today, 3:30 p.m.
Varsity Diamond

SPORTS

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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, April 19, 1989

Page 13

MSU Spartans to face streaking
Wolverines as Gagin brothers meet

BY JAY MOSES
In the American Civil War, it has
been said that external forces pitted
brother against brother.
Such is the case for the Michigan
baseball team today, as the
Wolverines (28-8, 9-2 in the Big
Ten) journey to East Lansing to face
cross-state rival Michigan State. The
Spartans' starting shortstop is Alexy
Gagin, the younger brother of
injured Michigan shortstop Chris
Gagin.
Brothers or not, though, Gagins
and their respective teams will be
vying for leverage in the Big Ten
standings as well as for bragging
rights to the state's unofficial
college baseball crown.
Despite the Spartans' 13-12, 6-6
record, Michigan coach Bud
Middaugh is not' taking them any
more lightly than he takes any other
Big Ten opponent.
"There's a lot of parity in the Big
Ten," Middaugh said. "And Mich-
igan State is one of the teams that
has a legitimate chance of winning
the whole thing."
The Wolverines will likely face
the pitching tandem of Eric Metliner
(2-2, 3.16) and Don Lindsay (2-3,
5.23).
Offensively, the Spartans are led
by outfielder Rich Juday, who is
hitting .398 with 16 RBIs. First
baseman Dan Masteller is hitting at
a .309 clip with six homers and 22
RBIs.
Although Michigan has been
peaking in recent games, winning
eight in a row and 22 of 26,
Middaugh indicated that the
Wolverines are entering a rough
stretch.
"We've been fortunate to win
some of these close games,"~
Middaugh said. "These kids have
finals coming up, and they're a little
tired. They've played a lot of games,
so you can understand if they might
have lost a little spunk."

Investigation
Big Ten still looking
into baseball program

BY STEVEN COHEN
AND JAY MOSES
The Big Ten is continuing its investigation of the
Michigan baseball team, and sources within the Big
Ten office and others close to the team have said the
results will probably not be publicly released until the
end of the current season.
May 14 is the team's last scheduled conference
game, before the team will likely head into the Big
Ten play-offs.
The probe is looking into alleged recruiting
violations and other reported illegalities, according to
Athletic Director Bo Schembechler.
MICHIGAN baseball coach Bud Middaugh
refused to discuss the allegations and said he had not
yet discussed the issue with Schembechler or the Big
Ten investigator.
"We are constantly reviewing comments that are
received in our office," John Dewey of the Big Ten
Enforcement Division said. "It is not unusual for
coaches to make comments about a program."
Initial reports said Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State,
and Ohio State had complained to the conference, but
these schools denied filing complaints which launched
the investigation into the 28 alleged violations.
Iowa baseball coach Duane Banks said that his
school had not registered a formal complaint.
"That (the allegation that Iowa filed a complaint) is
news to me," Banks said. "We haven't even talked to
the Big Ten. We may be the only Big Ten school that
they haven't talked to. Everything I know is rumors. If
it (a complaint) was done at Iowa, it was by someone
other than me."
BUT BANKS had ideas about those rumors.
"I think that what everybody is trying to do is
prove Bud Middaugh guilty until (proven) innocent."
Michigan State coach Tom Smith was equally non-
committal about the subject.
"That's totally untrue," Smith said of the assertion
that his program had registered a complaint. "I know
that an investigation is under way. I know of no
specific charges. We're not supposed to speak about
this until the investigation is complete."

Illinois coach Augie Garrido knew nothing of the-
investigation, as he is only in his second year as head
coach. However, former Illinois coach Tom Dedin,
now head coach at Regis University in Denver, had
some thoughts about the issue.
"No, I never (registered) any formal complaint,"
Dedin said. "I probably made some complaints here
and there like everybody else has, but I never registered
anything formal. We were not recruiting the same
kids. Bud and I always got along very well."
However, Dedin said that he did have reason to
believe that an investigation would be justified.
"I had heard from other coaches that there were an
awful lot of violations," he said. "There were coaches
that were recruiting against Bud that had some very
viable complaints."
The Ohio State program could not be reached for
comment.
OTHER SOURCES indicated that coaches in the
Mid-American Conference or even scouts for
professional teams could have been responsible for
initiating the investigation.
"First of all, I haven't seen the allegations,"
Western Michigan coach Fred Decker said. "It's all
speculation. I have had some dealings with that
university in the past and if what their players told me
is true, and I emphasize if , they would be in violation
of NCAA rules. "
Others are wary of the rumors.
"I haven't paid any attention to it because, well,
I've known Bud for the 12 years he was here and the.
last 10 that he was at Michigan," Miami (OH) Sports
Information Director Dave King said. "As far as I'm
concerned its sour grapes. Coaches in the Mid
American and Big Ten have been jealous of Middaugh
for years. Just because you're successful doesn't meant
you're cheating."
Eastern Michigan coach Roger Coryell differed,,'
however: "I don't think (the allegations) are:
jealousy," Coryell said. "I think everyone would want:
to play by the same rules."
See Middaugh, Page 16

DAVID LUBLINER/Daily
Though Michigan shortsop Chris Gagin's injury prevents him from
facing his younger brother, his Wolverine teammates will be at hand to
face Alexy Gagin's Spartan teammates today in Lansing

Among the strong points for the
Spartans is a very strong defensive
infield. On the mound, though, they
have reflected the fortunes of the rest
of the team, suffering from
streakiness. Their 4.44 team ERA

belies their talent, as almost half of
the runs scored against them have
come in seven big innings.
"I think a lot will be shown,"
Middaugh said. "It will be a tough
series."

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Table tennis team drops two Read
FROM STAFF REPORTS Chandrasekar each took three )
On Saturday, the Michigan table matches for Michigan.
tennis club invited a team from the
ite no n en the DAI LY!

two matches. Each team fielded two
teams; an "A" and a "B" of three
players each. Michigan's team lost
both best of nine contests, 5-3
"The purpose of the match was to
raise the competitiveness of the
University of Michigan table tennis
members," club president Suresh
Chandrasekar said. Charles Peek and

Cricket practice opens
The University of Michigan
cricket club will start its 1989 sea-
son in May. The club plans to
schedule matches with teams from
Detroit, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Wind-
sor, and Columbus. The club meets
for practice sessions at Hubbard
field.

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