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Page 10-The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 15, 1990
Baseball team emerges
victorious but injured

BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Fisher fearful of

foul trouble for

M'

by Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Writer
The Wolverines baseball team
played eight games last week on
their annual spring trip, touring
cities such as St. Petersburg,
Tampa, and Orlando. Michigan won
five of the eight games to improve
their season record to 7-6.
In their first action since they
opened the season at the Las Vegas
Classic, the Wolverines began their
Florida swing with a four-game
winning streak, collecting wins over
St. Leo, Florida Tech, Eckerd, and
Western Michigan.
After rocking St. Leo 15-5,
Michigan challenged Florida Tech,
which is ranked second in Division
II and held a 14-1 record entering the
game. Sophomore righthander Jason
Pfaff shut down Florida Tech, and
the Wolverines came away 7-1
winners. Pfaff suffered a knee injury
after the game and could not pitch
the rest of the trip.
"Our pitchers have done an
excellent job," Michigan coach Bill
Freehan said. "Our team ERA for the
trip, except for the last inning
against Central Florida, was 2.20."
South Florida snapped the four-
game string by defeating the
Wolverines in a 2-0 pitching duel.
Senior right-hander Rick Leonard's
complete-game effort was in vain, -s
South Florida's Whitney Floren held
Michigan to three hits over his
seven innings.
The Maize and Blue bounced back
from the loss with a victory over
Florida Southern, before a crowd
of1,200 at Joker Marchant Stadium
in Lakeland.
Central Florida then swept the
Wolverines in the final two games
of the trip, winning the first game in
fourteen innings and the second in a
blowout.
"I'm disappointed we didn't win
one of the last two," Freehan said.
"Todd Marion pitched just extremely
well in relief to keep us in the first

game. We just didn't get the hit
when we needed it.
"I'll take the blame for the second
game. I used everybody in that
game, just to get them in."
Michigan is idle until they take
on Ball State March 24 and 25.
Freehan is pleased with where his
team is at now.
"I saw substantial defensive
improvement on the trip," Freehan
said. "There were a lot of positives. I
don't think there's been a time when
I've asked for a hit and run or a
sacrifice when it hasn't been
executed. That's great for this time
of year."
The only significant negatives on
the trip were the injuries suffered ty
Pfaff and starting first baseman Andy
'I don't think there's
been a .time when I've
asked for a hit and
run or a sacrifice
when it hasn't been
executed.'
-Bill Freehan
Michigan coach
Fairman. Fairman, Michigan's
leading hitter this season, jammed
his wrist against Florida Souther:
and missed both games against
Central Florida.
While Pfaff and Fairman are
expected to return soon, last year's
starting first baseman Greg Haeger
has yet to play a game this season
because of ligament damage in his
left wrist.
"I was hoping we'd have him
back for Ball State," Freehan said.
"If I thought that right now, I'd be
dreaming."

by Taylor Lincein
Daily Basketball Writer
Coach Steve Fisher's biggest
worry concerning his team's pros-
pects for surviving its opening round
games is foul trouble.
"We can ill-afford to have,
number one, Terry Mills get in foul
trouble," Fisher said. "And if he
does, we have to find a way to use
his savvy and smarts. If he gets three
fouls in the first half, don't say
we're making a mistake by playing
him. Because we may just say, 'be
smart, don't get a fourth foul.' "
According to Terry Mills, Fisher
has made frequent mention that
Illinois State's game plan may be to
force the Wolverines into com-
mitting fouls.
"He's telling players like Tony
Tolbert 'step in, take a charge,' even
if it's not a charge, just to simulate
what Illinois State is going to do,"
Mills said.
Offensive fouls are especially
relevant to Michigan's game because
point guard Rumeal Robinson has
been prone to them in the past,
especially in last year's tournament.
"I remember last year when Ru-
meal went down there three times in
a row and we were calling block and

they're calling charge," Fisher said.
"It was the official calling charge."
Nobody has more cause for
concern about foul trouble than Loy
Vaught. He is hoping for better
communication with the tournament
referees than he had with the Big
Ten's.
"Before the game the refs are
pretty specific about what they'll let
go and what they're going to call.
And I'll just communicate with
them and make adjustments in the
way I play," Vaught said. "I've had
some pretty unfortunate nights with
the refs in the Big .Ten season so I
don't see how it could get too much
worse.',
"It feels good when I can play a
game without worrying about get-
ting that third or fourth foul," he
added
Mills has had good experiences in
the past with tournament refs and
hopes the trend continues. "I think
we'll be able to adjust," he said. "In
the past the officials have let us
play. They talk to us and say, 'no
pushing, no shoving' I really respect
that."
-Is the West bracket suited to
Michigan? With the likes of Loyola-
Marymount, UNLV, and Louisville,

the tenor of Michigan's regional is
definitely more towards the up-
tempo than a the half-court, slow
down orientation.
This season, Michigan has had
trouble with highly disciplined
teams - most significantly Purdue.
Fisher is happy to be away from
that. "I'm glad we're not playing
Princeton in the first game like
Arkansas is," he said, referring to the
meticulous Tigers who used a ball
control offense to nearly shock
Georgetown in last year's first.
round.
"I suppose it suits our style a
little better to play an up-tempo
team," he added. "With the 45 second
shot clock you have to shoot it
eventually. To play a team is not
going to intentionally make 20
passes a possession -I think suits
our style.
"But Illinois State may do that,"
he added
Mills is more philosophical, fig-
uring that the Wolverines will sim-
ply have to adapt and gradually turn
the tempo of the game their way.
"Everyone has the game plan

where they try to spread the floor on
Michigan," Mills said. "We have t
have the attitude where we play
tough defense for 45 seconds and
'let's go down and get a great bucket
out of it.' And then you get a 10
point lead and they have to play your
game."
-Is Michigan peaking? "Our last
two games we were," Fisher said. "I
temper that by saying that it was.
Wisconsin and Iowa, the eighth an*
ninth place teams in our league. So I
don't know if you can do that
against Purdue and Michigan State
- we couldn't. But hopefully we'll
be able to do that against first
Illinois State and then others."
-Vaught on winning the
conference rebound title: "Before the,
season began I wanted to be the Big,
Ten's leading rebounder. Usuall
you fall short when you make a
goal. This is.something I said, and I
accomplished it. I really feel good
about myself."
-Vaught on the rest of the field:
"There's a lot of teams out there that
we respect, but there's no dynamos
out there that we fear."

Middaugh embezzlement hearing postponed

by Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Writer
The latest chapter in the ongoing
saga of former Michigan baseball
coach Bud Middaugh was a brief one.
The preliminary hearing into the
embezzlement charges against
Middaugh was cut short yesterday
when Judge Pieter Thomassen
accepted Middaugh's request for an
adjournment.
Thomassen set April 11 as the
new date for Middaugh's case to be
heard. The investigation will take
place at 9 a.m.

It is standard in felony cases for
the initial hearing to take place
within twelve days of the
arraignment, but Middaugh's
attorney Michael Moran asked for a
later date at the time of the
arraignment. Moran would not
comment as to the specific reasons
he requested an adjournment. He
only stated that there were "a number
of factors" which required still more
time.
Middaugh is accused of
embezzling money from the
Michigan athletic department

between September and November of
1987. The charges involve the
misuse of the funds generated from
the sale of football game programs.
In addition to his coaching
responsibilities, Middaugh also
directed the sale of the football
programs and consequently accepted
the responsibility for the money
generated from their sales.
While the charges do not specify
the quantity of money allegedly
taken, a Big Ten conference report
estimated the amount at more than
$50,000.

The former coach allegedly kept
none of the money for himself,
instead giving it to his players who
were not on full scholarship. An in-
house investigation of the baseball
program revealed checks from
Middaugh's account made out to
players. This discovery resulted ii:
the criminal charges.
Middaugh resigned his position
on July12, 1989, in the wake of the
Big Ten investigation. The baseball
program has since been placed on
two years probation by the Big Ten.
If convicted on all accounts of the
embezzlement charges, Middaugh
faces a maximum sentence of 10
years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
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