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riTu 9M t25, 1945

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Golf, Tennis Te
Wolverines Seek Fourth
Conseeutive Link Crown

ams Shoot forChampionships

A TITLE-CLINCHER?
Baseball Team Hits Trail for
Madison and Decisive Series

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Five Man Squad IF
Favored at Meet
By RUTH ELCONIN
Michigan linksmen left today for
Evanston, Illinois where they will,
seek their fourth consecutive Big Ten
title tomorrow at the Wilmette
County Club.
Coach Bill Barclay has named a
five man squad consisting of Cap-
tain Paul O'Hara, Phil Marcellus,
John Jenswold, John Tews, and Bob
Ernst to compete for honors in the
1945. Conference tournament. Maize
and Blue golfers will encounter
squads from seven other Big Ten
schools, with Chicago and Iowa the
only two teams not represented.
Michigan Has Experience
Reports indicate that three schools,
Ohio State, Northwestern, and Min-'
nesota, will provide the most oppo-
sition to Barclay's men; but Michi-
gan will enter the contest with a
slight edge over the trio due to the
fact that four members of the Wol-
verine group, O'Hara, Marcellus,
Jenswold, and Tews, participated on
the 1944 championship club. Also,
Jenswold captured the individual
crown from Marcellus who was the
Conference runner-up.
Michigan's record to date stands
at six victories, the last five in a
row, against one defeat which was

suffered at the hands of'the Buck-
eye golfers at Columbus on April 28,
but Barclay's charges avenged their
only setback last Saturday at Ann
Arbor when they decisively defeated
I the Ohioans, 19-8. Other teams that
have been downed by the Wolverine
linksmen are Northwestern, Western
Michigan, Notre Dame, and the Uni-
versity of Detroit who dropped two
matches to the Maize and Blue.
Wildcats on Home Course
Northwestern, led by freshmen
aces, Bob Abrams and Jack Atten,
will be playing on its home course
and be tough to beat. Minnesota's
squad is paced by Louis Lick, last
year's NCAA champ and Lewis Knut-
son, 1944 Minnesota State College
title holder.
Ohio State, until last week, had
taken nine straight matches, but the
Wolverine golfers snapped the Buck-
eye winning streak. Coach Bob Kep-
ler selected the same squad which
faced Michigan to tee-off in the tour-
nament, and they are Dan Rocker,
Bob Kampfer, Dick Barr, John Lorms,
and Howard Baker.
'Al .Benton Hurt
As Tigers Drop
Decision to A's
PHILADELPHIA, May 24.- (P)-
Pitcher Al Benton, shut-out ace of
the Detroit 'Tigers, suffered.a broken
right leg today as the Philadelphia
Athletics defeated the Tigers 7 to 2
in: a game. which was protested by
both managers.
Benton was hit by a line drive off
the bat of Bobby Estalella and was
carried from the field in the .fourth
inning. Dr. James E. Pugh, Athlet-
ics' club physician, -said the five-
game winner suffered: a fractured
fibula.
Two walks,'two singles and a two-
base wild throw by Skeeter Webb
gave the Athletics four rims and the
ball game in the fifth'inning, with
Les Mueller pitching, in Benton's
place. Roy Cullenbine hit a homer
for the Tigers.

In a workout which saw Michigan's
big right hander, Ray "Red" Lou-
then, strain his arm, Coach Fisher's
baseball club went ,through its final
drills yesterday in preparation for
tomorrow's two-game series with
Wisconsin-one in which Michigan
could virtually cinch the Big Ten
title.
Coach Fisher expressed the opinion
that Louthen's soreness which showed
up while he was warming up for bat-
ting practice, was the result of an
old football injury, and that he
would probably be ready to go against
the Badgers. "We'll watch it, but
if he's not in perfect shape, we won't
take any chances," the veteran men-
tor commented.
Two Top Clubs Meet
The Wisconsin series, which sees
the two top Conference clubs slug
it out, will have a 14-man Wolver-
ine squad making the trip to Madison
Besides the regular lineup which has
remained intact throughout most of
the season, four pitchers, Louthen,
Bo Bowman, and Jack Peddy;
Don Yesges, second string catch-

er; and utility man JOe Sobeski,
complete the Maize and Blue roster.
Bowman, the veteran lefthander
who last year led the Conference,
will take to the mound against John
Robinson. Not only is Bowman tied
for first place in the Big Ten pitch-
ing department, but now heads the
batters with a .571 average, having
gotten four for seven in two Con-
ference games.
Undefeated Pitchers In Duel
Louthen is scheduled to pitch
against Gene Jaroch, who thus far
has an unblemished record in the
Conference, with five wins against
no losses. This tilt clearly looms up
as a pitcher's battle, with a pair of
undefeated hurlers opposing each
other.
The rest of Wisconsin's lineup sees
Dan Murphy catching, George Wirtz
on first, Jerry Thompson on second,
Jim Ackeret at short, and Bob Sut-
ton on third. The outfield stacks up
with Eric Kitzman in left, Bob Per-
thel in center, and Dick Carpenter in
right.

Netters Vie
For Honors
Wolverines Favored
From Past Records
By HANK KAISER
Michigan's undefeated tennis
squad, in search of its second con-
secutive Big Ten crown, will journey
to Evanston, Saturday, to compete
in the annual Western Conference
Championships.
With a record of nine straight wins
behind them, the Maize and Blue net-
ters are highly favored to emerge vic-
torious in this, their last clash of the
season.
Purdue, Wayne, Notre Dame, West-
ern Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota
and Ohio State fell under the Wol-
verine attack, as Coach LeRoy Weir's
boys piled up decisive scores in the
five dual and two triangular encoun-
ters of the season.
Quintet Opposing Michigan
Of these schools, only five have
signed up for the Conference bat-
tle; Ohio State, Purdue, Minnesota,
Northwestern and Wisconsin. The
biggest threats to Wolverine suprem-
acy are posed by the Wildcat and
Buckeye crews.
OSU, traditional rivals of the Maize
and Blue, although handed a 7-2 de-
feat by Coach Weir's charges last
week, can always be counted on to
put up a tough battle. The North-
western squad, which also suffered
defeat last Saturday at Michigan's
hands is regarded as a force to be
reckoned with because of the tre-
mendous size of its squad and the
possibility of a "black horse" appear-
ing in its ranks.
Lewis Leads Attack
The Maize and Blue crew will be
led, as usual, by Captain Roger Lew-
is, who has amassed eight wins as
against one defeat in his matches this
season. Jinx Johnson will hold down
the number two singles position,
while Jack Hirsch will handle the
third slot.
Gordon Naugle, Roy Boucher and
Bill Haynes will round out the squad
in the order. The three teams in the
doubles division will consist of com-
binations of these six men.

Middle Distance Power
Favors Wolverine Team
Doherty Declares Team Is in Best Condition;
Trial Heats Run Early, Finals in Afternoon
By MURRAY GRANT
We intend to win, or at least we won't lose without a tough fight,"
Coach Ken Doherty said yesterday as he summed up Wolverine chances
in the Outdoor Conference Championships to be held tomorrow at Cham-
paign.
"The squad is in the best physical and mental condition of the entire
outdoor season, and you can expect that Michigan will show the rest of the
competition that we are definitely"*

out to win," Coach Doherty contin-
ued.
23 Men To Travel
The squad of twenty-three men
will leave from Ann Arbor at 1:30
p. m. EWT (12:30 p. m. CWT) and
will arrive in Champaign this eve-
ning.
Tomorrow morning, trial heats for
all those races needing heats will be
run, and then in the afternoon, finals
for these races and all other events
will be run off. Heats, will probably
be run in the high and low hurdles,
the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes.
Experts have installed the Wol-
verines as favorites because of their
performances thus far this season and
because of their strength in the mid-
dle-distance events.
Michigan Milers Strong
One track dopester concedes Mich-
igan almost a clean sweep of the
mile and two mile events. With the
Hume twins, Archie Parsons and Bob
Thomason all recording better times
than any of their opponents, Wol-
verine supporters can look for at
least three places in the mile.
In the two mile, Coach Doherty
plans to run Chuck Birdsall, whose
9:53.2 in last week's Purdue meet is
better than any other Big Ten time
this season. But here Ohio State's
Tom White and Thor Thorrodsen are
likely to provide keen opposition.
Again in the half-mile Coach Doh-

II-M Softball Marches On

After a two-week layoff due to ad-
verse weather conditions, the Intra-
Mural softball teams finally saw ac-
tion last Saturday at Palmer Field.
The results of these games are as
follows:
American League-Sigma Alpha
Mu 4, Phi Gamma Delta 3; Sigma
Chi 4, Delta Kappa Epsilon 3.
National League-Phi Delta Theta
7, Zeta Beta Tau 3.
Western League-Orioles 20, Ram-
blers 1; Alpha Tap Omega 8, Ram-
blers 3:
Earlier in the week, three games
in the Eastern League were played
and the outcomes were: Phi Alpha
Kappa 11, Phi Rho Sigma 3; Xi Psi
Phi 12, Phi Rho Sigma 2; Xi Psi Phi
7, Phi Alpha Kappa 4.
The highlights of the contests of
last Saturday were two startling
pitching performances. Stuart Alex-

ander pitched a two-hitter to give
Sigma Alpha Mu its victory over the
Phi Gamma Delta contingent. In
games this week, the Ramblers nosed
out Bartel's Nine, 6-5, and Sigma
Alpha Mu beat Sigma Chi 12-6 and
Bob Callahan gave up only three hits
as Phi Delta Theta beat Zeta Beta
Tau.
The leagues are beginning to shape
up as the better teams take over the
leads. In the American League, Sig-
ma Alpha Mu is undefeated in three
starts, and" Phi Gamma Delta has a
record of three wins against one de-
feat. The National League is headed
by 3rd Williams having a clean slate
for three games. The Orioles are on
top of the Western League boasting
two victories against no losses, The
Xi Psi Phi's of the Eastern League
have emerged victorious in all four
}of their contests.

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By HANK MANTHO
Coach Ray Fisher will take his un-
defeated baseball team to Madison,
Wis., where the Wolverines will play
a crucial double-header with the
Badgers on Camp Randall field to-
morrow, in a game that will have a
large bearing on the final outcome
of the 1945 title race of the Western
Conference.
THE FIRST GAME will be played
in the morning, while the other half
of the double-header will be played
in the early part of the afternoon
so as to assure Michigan of the op-
portunity to catch a late train from
Madison. Michigan is leading the
league with an unblemished record
and will be endeavoring to retain the
crown they won last year, while the
Badgers are now resting in second
place, and since this series will close
their Season, they have to make a
good showing if they are to remain in
the running.
In the initial game between these
two teams, Ray "Red" Louthen, who
at present is the top hurler in the
Conference, will pitch for Michigan,
while Coach Arthur Mansfield will
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mound, in what promises to be as
interesting a pitching duel as will be
seen in the Big Ten this year.
Louthen, an ace righthander, came
to Coach Fisher via the transfer route
from Western Michigan at the re-
quest of the Navy, and has chalked'
up five straight starts since the begin-
ning of the current season. Oddly
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for six hits and provided him with
the busiest afternoon he has seen
this year.
THIS 6 FT. 1 IN., 200-pounder,
was born in Bluefield, Va., 19 years
ago, and he started his pitching
career when he was 14 years old.
While twirling for two years in a
Columbus, Ohio, junior high school,
the fiery redhead set a city strike-
out record of 16 per game.
After three years of baseball,
basketball and football in Central
High of Columbus, of which his team
won one championship in each sport,
Louthen pitched independent ball.
His team won the city championship
in the independent league in a crucial
game which saw "Red" beat Stan
Portenheimer, who is now pitching
for the St. Louis Cardinals.
His final experience before com- as.Uu
ing to Michigan was registered at
Western Michigan, where he won let-
ters in basketball, football, and base-
ball. As soon as he is released by
the Navy, Louthen will be the prop-
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