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Trash-free tournament heads to town
The Red Hacker basketball tournament is coming to Ann Arbor July 8-
9th. For the 1995 season, it is implementing a code of ethics called
"Take Out the Trash." The tournament is designed to allow children and
adults to focus just on basketball - without the use of trash talking or
referee bashing. Participants must sign up at least two weeks in advance.
For information, call 1-800-968-3865.

Page 15
Thursday
March 23, 1995

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Starters forced to sit

Blue tops Eagles, 6-5

dy John Leroy
Daily Baseball Writer
While the rest of the Michigan
baseball team battled the Eagles, first
baseman Chad Chapman, catcher Scott
Niemiec and shortstop and co-captain
Ryan Van Oeveren satin street clothes
in the bleachers. The three starters were
sitting the game out due to allegations
of improprieties in the baseball pro-
gram.
"They weren't dressed for precau-
tionary reasons, in case there are any
NCAA violations," Sports Information
Director Bruce Madej said last night.
Allegations against the program
have been filed with the athletic de-
partment and an internal investiga-
tion has been reported to the NCAA.
The Michigan Daily on Tuesday re-
ported that pizzas were given to play-
ers for good performances and that
*coach Bill Freehan offered the use of
his sports car.
Former assistant coach Dan
O'Brien reportedly went to Athletic
Department officials with allegations

against his brother-in-law Freehan and
the baseball program.
Madej declined to comment if there
were any other allegations currently
under investigation.
Players have confirmed that pizzas
were given to the entire team after
games. However, only the three Wol-
verines were forced to sit out because
of possible involvement with any rules
violations.
Freehan would only say that "I was
just told that they weren't supposed to
play today."
The ongoing internal investigation
is being handled by Michigan's NCAA
compliance director Craig Keilitz.
Keilitz and the three players all
declined to comment.
Neither Freehan nor Madej could
say whether the threeWolverines could
play this weekend when Michigan
opens up the Big Ten season at Iowa.
"We'll have to wait for the results
of the investigation and Big Ten or
NCAA ruling," Madej said.

By Ravi Gopal
Daily Baseball Writer
In a game filled with gaffes, it was
only fitting that the winning run was
scored on a wild pitch.
The Michigan baseball team de-
feated Eastern Michigan (3-13), 6-5,
in 11 innings yesterday at Fisher Sta-
dium. A wild pitch by the Eagles'
Seth Kenny allowed the Wolverines'
(7-11) Scott Weaver to cross the plate
with the winning run.
"With all the confusion going on
and stuff like that, I was happy that we
came back," Michigan coach Bill
Freehan said. "We fell behind, but
we've been doing that."
The Wolverines pushed the game
into extra innings with their late-in-
ning heroics. Down 5-1 in the sev-
enth, Michigan rallied for four runs
off Mark Rutherford and Eagle starter
Steve Herbst.
With the basesjuiced in the eighth,
first baseman Mike Muir smacked a
line drive single to left-center field,

driving in two runs. The next batter,
shortstop Kelly Dransfeldt, hit asingle
to the exact same spot, pushing across
another run. Herbst was subsequently
removed, but Michigan had regained
the momentum it had lost during the
first seven innings.
The Wolverines continued their
surge into the ninth. Second baseman
Kirk Beermann led off the stanza with
a double to right. Leftfielder Rodney
Goble's sacrifice bunt moved
Beermann over to third and a wild
pitch by Rutherford allowedThe Wol-
verines to tie the game.
Overall, the two teams combined
for five errors.
Additionally, Michigan's inabil-
ity to convert with runners in scoring
position nearly destroyed-its chances
for a victory. Third baseman Andy
Wade, Weaver and leftfielder Sean
Coston all struck out looking with the
bases loaded, Wade and Weaver in
the fifth, Coston in the eighth.

MICHAEL FTZHUGH/Daily
Eastern Michigan pitcher Mark Rutherford's efforts weren't enough for the
Eagles to beat Michigan in the Wolverines' home opener yesterday.

Men tankers look to hang banner in Canham after trip to NCAAs

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Past glories and future hopes hang
over every coach's head. But for Jon
Urbanchek, this is the case - literally.
The Michigan swimming coach's
office sits directly below the Wolver-
ines' 1961 National Championship ban-
ner in Canham Natatorium. Urbanchek
helped Michigan hang that flag as a
swimmer, as well as the 1959 and 1960
banners next to it.
Now a coach, he wants to raise
another. Startingtoday, Urbanchek will
attempt todojust this when the Wolver-
ines begin competing at the NCAA
Swimming and Diving Championships
at the Indiana University-Purdue Uni-
versity at Indianapolis Natatorium.
"We've got room for two more up
there," Urbanchek said. "It would be
really nice (to get another one). It's
been 34 dry years."
Urbanchek is reminded every morn-
ing, every day and every evening of the
Wolverines' past accomplishments.

Michigan has won 18 NCAA titles, but
not since Urbanchek himself swam for
the maize and blue have the Wolverines
finished on top.
He has been working for another
banner since 1982, his first year of
coaching. It only took him four years to
win his first Big Ten Championship in
1986, and he's won it every year since.
"We've won ten straight (confer-
ence titles), so we've done pretty well,"
Urbanchek said. "But we. always want
to improve and see what we can do."
Placing first at the NCAAs is the
next challenge for Urbanchek.
"Winning the National Champion-
ship would be the culmination of ten
years of building," Urbanchek said.
"We've worked hard to make this a top
program, and a title would put us where
we want to be."
Three swimmers will need to come
up big for Michigan. freshmen Jason
Lancaster and Derya Buyukuncu and
senior All-American Gustavo Borges
will swim 14 to 16 events each.

"We know Gustavo can handle (the
events) because he's done this before,"
Urbanchek said. "But we don't know if
(Jason and Derya) can handle three
days of stress."
Urbanchek says that in order for the
Wolverines to get past Stanford, their
main competition, they must win at
least one out of the five relays staged
this weekend.
"Stanford is a better relay team -
they're very strong," Urbanchek said.
"We're strongerin theindividual events.
So we've got to win the individual races
and then take atleast one of the relays to
get by (the Cardinal)."
Michigan has some of the strongest
individual swimmers in the country.
The Wolverines boast 10 All-Ameri-
cans, five Olympians and four NCAA
Champions, and Urbanchek says they're
all ready.
"We're really excited -I can feel
it," Urbanchek said. "Everybody wants
another championship banner."
There is room for one at Canham.

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The Michigan men's swimming and diving team begins competition today at the NCAA Championships, held at
the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Natatorium. The Wolverines have not finished first at the
NCAAs since 1961, when current Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek swam for the Wolverines.

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