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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, April 10, 1990
Mills, Rumeal share MVP
'M'basketball honors captains at banquet

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
Early yesterday morning
Michigan basketball coach Steve
Fisher sat in his office and
contemplated what life would be like
next September when he entered
Crisler Arena and would not see the
familiar faces of Rumeal Robinson,
Terry Mills, Loy Vaught, and Mike
Griffin.
"It'll be lonesome," Fisher
remarked.
Those four seniors have
dominated Michigan basketball for
the past three seasons and at last
night's awards banquet, it showed.
The team held it's annual post-
season awards at a $36 a plate dinner
at Crisler Arena.
Robinson and Mills were named
co-Most Valuable Player's of the
team this year, The two were also
the Wolverines' captains. Robinson
was named captain at the start of the
year, while Mills did not have the
honor bestowed on him until mid-
way through the Big Ten season.
Fisher named Mills captain after
seeing the determination and inspired
play his center provided the team
after two years of failed expectations.
The top rebounder award, based
on statistical performance, was given

both the Hustler Award and the Most
Improved Player Awa Md.
Calip almost considered
transferring midway through the
1988-89 campaign after spending
time in former coach Bill Frieder's
doghouse. However, with Fisher as
coach, Calip has flourished, earning
a starting position midway through
the season.
Tigers fall to
Sox in opener
BOSTON (AP) - The new sea-
son looked just like the old one at
Fenway Park: Wade Boggs got three
hits, Roger Clemens won, and the
Detroit Tigers lost.
Opening Day, delayed for only
the second time in history, finally
came, and the Boston Red Sox began
in style, beating Detroit yesterday in
the first game of the year.
Boggs got his first hit of the
season and finished 3 for 4 with a
walk. His leadoff single in the first
inning helped set up Dwight Evans'
three-run double off Jack Morris, and
Boggs singled home a run in the
second.

"
by Theodore Cox
Daily Baseball Writer
A note to the Michigan baseball team:
WAKE UP!!!
The Wolverines sleepwalked through their
weekend series against Iowa, and the effort paid off.
Michigan dropped three of four games to the
Hawkeyes. The Wolverines (2-6 in the Big Ten) have
already equaled their loss total of 1989. How?
Here's a typical example of how the series went:
Top of the fourth inning in the first game on
Saturday. Iowa leads 1-0. Hawkeye Chris Hatcher hits
a single to left-center and then steals second.
Michigan pitcher Russell Brock gets a break. The
hitter pops the ball into the air towards third baseman
Tim Flannelly for an easy second out.
The sophomore makes the catch and jogs over to
Brock to hand him the ball and pat him on the back.
As Flannelly turns around he is surprised to notice
that Hatcher has mysteriously moved from second to
third. Third base had been left unguarded.
Hatcher then scored easily on an Iowa single
"I think there were eight guys who fell asleep on
that one," Michigan coach Bill Freehan said. "And
not one of them are freshmen. The guy (Hatcher) just
walks over to third base. That's not talent, that's
concentration. That's being in the baseball game."
There were many other incidents of similar mental
relapses. Most, on their own, didn't make much of a
difference. But if added up, that is what loses ball
games.
"There were a number of things yesterday that
were upsetting that we addressed this morning,"
Freehan said. "When it comes to two things,

in need of
reawakening
intensity and concentration... I just can't imagine
playing a baseball game and not trying to win.
"I guess that's what I'm talking about. On our
hits there are times when I give the 3-and-0 hit sign
and the seniors and juniors are looking at me like,
'Oh, I thought I was supposed to take it.' I mean
we've gone over signs," Freehan said with a look of
frustration.
These are not just your usual bobbles and errors.
In the first game Sunday Wolverine catcher Mike
Matheny started to leave the playing field when
Michigan had only two outs. The catcher, of all
positions, should be aware of those details.
Finally there was the terrible seventh inning in the
last game. Six straight walks, by three Michigan
pitchers.
One can understand walking one or two in a row.
But after you've walked in three bases-loaded runs and
your team is down by five, you just might aim for
the plate.
"Why aren't we playing better? At first I thought
the sanctions had taken away goals from the team,'
Freehan said. "I thought I did not perceive any lack of
concentration, lack of attention. The way we're
playing, the post-season banners are gone anyway. I
don't know if I've got any more speeches left."
In the team's defense, the conditions were not
exactly inspiring. There were snow flurries
throughout the games on Saturday, and Sunday the
weather cooled considerably the second game. Plus,
the only thing the Wolverines can aim for is pride due
-to their probation.
That notwithstanding, Freehan deserves more of an
effort than displayed thus far.

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Robinson

to Vaught, who led the team and the
Big Ten in boards.
Mills, Vaught, and Robinson are
all expected to be first round draft
picks with Mills being a potential
lottery pick.
The Best Defensive Player Award
went to Griffin.
However, not all the awards went
to graduating seniors. Demetrius
Calip, who will be in charge of the
Michigan offense next year, received

Darr & Douglas
lead Blue in Texas
by Jared Entin
Daily Sports Writer
Although men's track coach Jack Harvey said they only sent "a small
group of the really good kids," to the Texas Relay's this past weekend, he
was still very pleased with the Wolverines performance.
Leading the group was junior Brad Darr who pole vaulted 17-feet-5 and
three quarters inches. Darr's landing brought him a third place finish. "I was
hoping to jump 18-feet-1 and a half (a national qualifying mark). But I'm
not disappointed, it was a good start," Darr said.
Also achieving a third place finish was sophomore Jerry Douglas.
Douglas ran the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.25 seconds, only two tenths
of a second off his and the team's best time this season.
The final big finish of the team was by senior Jeff Barnett in the 3000
meter steeplechase. Barnett raced to a sixth place finish with a time of
8:57.35.
Finishing tenth, but not making the finals, was Michigan's Sprint
Relay, composed of juniors Greg Duffy, Neal Newman and senior captain
Phillip Ferguson. "We ran tough, (but) it was cold and nobody ran very
well." said Duffy, who has given up high jumping and is concentrating
solely on sprinting. "It's hard to work on both in college," Duffy explained.
Although not a top finisher, Brad Holwerda's high jump of 6-feet-11 was
less than two inches off his best jump ever.
Michigan was at a disadvantage since they have been unable to practice
outdoors where warmer climate teams have been for months.
"Against that competition, they did extremely well," Harvey said.

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Freehan hopes trip
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by Jeff Sheran
Daily Baseball Writer
As baseball begins its season in
the professional ranks, the Michigan
baseball team searches for a rebirth
of its own. The Wolverines travel to
Ypsilanti for a doubleheader with
Eastern Michigan, but do not expect
to see the usual nine take the field.
Coach Bill Freehan plans to
implement several backups and
players not on the 22-man con-
ference roster in search of a panacea
for the team's woes. Michigan (14-
14) has compiled a 2-6 record in suc-
cessive weekends of Big Ten com-,
petition.
"For all intents and purposes,
we're at mid-season right now,"
Freehan said. "We're a .500 ballclub,
and I'm not pleased about that."
As a result, Freehan will send to
the mound Rick Leonard (1-1, 2.95
ERA). Freehan originally included
the senior righthander in the four-
man starting rotation after impres-
sive outings in Las Vegas and
Florida, but Leonard pitched poorly
in subsequent appearances. The Wol-
verine coach therefore hopes that his
starter can return to form against the
Hurons.
Eastern Michigan (9-11 overall,
2-2 in the Mid-American Confer-
ence) fields a .263 composite batting
average against Michigan's .269.
Swinging a hot Huron bat has been
Aldo Pecorilli, who sports a .364

mark, while Tim Flannelly stands
atop the Wolverine stat sheet at
.373.
Other changes that have affected
the Michigan lineup include the
return of first baseman Greg Haeger
return of first base-
man Greg Haeger
from an injury.
However, Andy
Fairman, who had
been filling in for
Haeger, posts a
.337 batting aver-
age, good for se-
cond on the team.
Fairman, who also
leads the Wolver-
ines in home runs
(4), assumed the Leonard
designated hitter
duties Sunday.
Today' matchup is the first for
the two teams this year, as last
week's games were postponed
because of inclement weather. The
doubleheader is scheduled to begin at
1:00 at Estrike Stadium.
RECORD SETTER: Senior
rightfielder Phil Price broke the Mi-
chigan record for career doubles Sun-
day. Price's sixth inning rope gave
him fifty overall, one better than Ca-
sey Close's 49 career two-baggers.

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