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Softball
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
'M' Varsity Diamond

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m.
Huron Valley Racquet Club

The Michigan Daily Thursday, April 11, 1985 Page 7

Wolverine netters

By PHIL NUSSEL
With Michigan playing up and down
all season and Notre Dame posting a
respectable 14-7 record, one may have
thought that yesterday's tennis match
between the two rival schools would
have been close - but it was anything
but that. The Wolverines posted their
best win of the season shutting out the
Irish 9-0 at the track and tennis
building.
Michigan, now 5-3 overall, won 18 out
of 19 sets in the home season opening
massacre.
"THIS WAS our best match of the
year thus far," said Michigan head
coach Brian Eisner. "We have been
dramatically improving. Finally today
a lot of things started coming together.
Everyone was very calm and very
relaxed."
Junior Jim Sharton got off to a slow
start at first singles but quickly took
control of Joe Nelligan to win going

away, 6-3, 6-2. It was Sharton's fifth win
in his last six matches.
Ed Filer, a native of South Bend, had
an old score to settle with a former
practice partner in the matchup at
second singles. He had lost three times
in the past to Notre Dame's Mike Gib-
bons until yesterday when Filer finally
beat his rival 7-5, 6-2.
"I DIDN'T play that well, but I com-
peted well," Filer said. "It was a good
win for me to pick up." Gibbons was
formerly undefeated against Big Ten,
players (3-0).
The outlook is looking brighter for
John Royer, who won easily at third
singles over freshman Dan Walsh, 6-2,
6-1. "I concentrated really well," Royer
commented. "It was probably the best
I've concentrated all season."
The Wolverines smoked the Irish in
the last three singles matches as well as
three freshmen - Jon Morris, Brad
Koontz, and Franz Geiger - losing only
nine games combined.

MORRIS, looking better every mat-
ch, drubbed Dave Obert, 6-1, 6-3. Koontz
toppled Tom Grier 6-0, 6-2 and Geiger
beat Paul Daggs 6-1, 6-2.
The most encouraging part of the
match, however, was the doubles mat-
ches. After losing five of six doubles
matches over the past weekend, Eisner
was needing a good performance in this
area. He got it at all three positions.
Sharton and Filer worked together
quite well as they knocked off the Gib-
bons and Walsh tandem, 6-2, 6-2. The
win solidified Sharton and Filer as the
Wolverines' top doubles combo. Shar-
ton noted, "We're doing fine. We feel
like we can be real good. We've played
together more and more matches and
we're getting to the point where we can
be super, Ihope."
STILL experimenting with lineups at
third doubles, Eisner doubled up Brad
Koontz with Malmo, Sweden product
Tomas Anderson. And, after winning 6-

destroy Irish,
3, 7-5 over Nelligan and Daggs, it looks come as a surprise to the veteran
as if the two will stay together. Michigan coach. Eisner has said all
"We've only practiced together once season that his team can beat anybody
before," said Koontz. "Our per- in this part of the country if it plays the
sonalities are good together because way it should. The win showed this to be
he's calm and I get pretty pumped up, so a true evaluation.
it wvorks out well. It (the win) will give "This match, in terms of confidence
us a lot of confidence and that's what
we need."
Notre Dame head coach Tom Fallon
was obviously a little disconcerted with
his team's performance,. but had
nothing but good things to say about
Michigan. "He's (Eisner) got a very "
nice young team there and they play
very well together," he said. "I think
they're going to do well in the Big Ten."
THE ONLY rough match Michigan
had all day was at second doubles:h
where Royer and Morris - two powert
players - took three sets to put away
Obert and Grier, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. This Irish y ,
pair had the best record on the team at
12-4.
The blowout of the Irish really didn't 1.

9-0
and psychological benefit, is just what
we need now," Eisner said.
Nothing could be closer to the truth.
The Wolverines must now face Big Ten
defending champ, Minnesota. The two
clash on Saturday at Liberty Tennis
and Fitness Club.

Tita chalksplit

Filers Rover
.. . beats an old rival . .c. concentrating better

against
The University of Detroit went out of
its way to play Michigan yesterday and
its extra effort paid off.
When Detroit was unable to host its
scheduled doubleheader with the
Wolverines because of bad playing con-
ditions, the two teams travelled to Ann
Arbor to play their twinbill. The drive
was worth it for the 2-12 Titans, as they
split with the favored Wolverines (20-
5). Detroit won a thrilling second game,
5-4, after dropping the first, 8-2.
THE TITANS' Rick Munson was the
hitting hero in game two. Munson
knocked in the tying and winning runs
with a one-out single in the bottom of
the seventh inning. Munson's hit, which
actually hit the right' field chalk line,
came off Greg Everson, John Gretten-
berger, who started the inning for the
Wolverines, was the loser.
Michigan had broken a 3-3 tie in the
:top of the seventh when Barry Larkin
-singled home Mike Watters, who had
led off the inning with a triple. The
;Wolverines had four hits and a walk in
thd seventh, but bad luck on the
basepaths prevented them from
scoring more than one run. Larkin was
thrown out stealing, Casey Close was

batsmen
nailed at third, on a fielder's choice
bounce out, and Ken Hayward was cut
down at the plate after a single by C.J.
Beshke.
Munson, who had three hits in the
second game, doubled in a run in the fif-
th inning to push the Titans ahead 3-2.
But -Michigan third baseman Matt
Siuda responded with a run-scoring
double of his own in the sixth.
THE FIRST game was not quite as in-
tense as game two. Backed by the
strong pitching of Paul Wenson, the
Wolverines breezed to an 8-2 win.
Beshke put the Wolverines ahead
with at two-out single in the second.
Michigan scored two more in the
third on a sacrifice fly by Larkin and an
RBI single by Hayward, and added one
in the fourth when Watters singled in a
run.
The win for Wenson was the first in
his two-year Michigan career. He had
no decisions last year and is now 1-0 this
season.
The Wolverines will resume Big Ten
action this weekend when they travel to
Ohio State. Michigan is 2-2 in Big Ten
play.

Daily Photo by KATE OLEARY
Michigan infielder Kurt Zimmerman heads for home during yesterday's
doubleheader against Detroit. The Wolverines split with the Titans. winning
the first game, 8-2, and losing the second, 5-4.

M' softballers u
By DARREN JASEY
The Michigan softball team, powered by strong pitching
performances from sophomore Julie Clark and freshman
Michelle Bolster, squeezed out a doubleheader sweep over
4the University of Detroit, 2-1 and 2-0, yesterday at Elbel
Field.
With the chilling winds whistling across the diamond, the
batters clenching their hands in pain after every connection,
and the scary sight of starting Wolverine pitcher Mari Foster
getting struck in the ear by a pitched ball, the games were
not a pretty sight to see.
ABOUT THE only thing welcome on this chilling evening
was the Detroit blunders in the sixth inning of the second
game that allowed Michigan, now 11-9, to break open a
scoreless tie, thus nullifying the possibility of extra innings.
With two out Linda Allen laid a bunt down the third base
line that was good for a single after Detroit third bagger
Kathy Siemiesz did not allow it to roll foul. Allen took third
when Carol Simon followed with a squib single between the
pitcher and first baseman. Detroit catcher Margaret
' Cadieux compounded the Titan troubles when her failure to
throw Simon out stealing at second base allowed Allen to

in fifth straight
score from third. Simon then scored on April Bagley's pop
single to right.
Clark was credited with the shutout win as she was brilliant
in going the full seven innings, allowing only one hit and
collecting eight strikeouts.
Clark, who is usually used in relief, was not bothered by the
cold. "This is warm compared to what we've played in
before," she said.
BOLSTER PITCHED the last five innings of the opener af-
ter taking over for the injured Foster. The two combined for
a two-hitter with Bolster picking up the win. Foster was
taken to the hospital after the ball thrown by pitcher Cindy
Crosbie struck her in the second inning. Foster has a rup-
tured eardrum according to the Michigan athletic depar-
tment.
In the opener Michigan scored one run in the second inning
thanks to two hit batsmen and an error. The winning run
came in the bottom of the fifth when Lisa Panetta lead off
with a bunt single, stole second, and then rode home on the
error by Titan first baseman Karen Awrylo.
the Titans could only manage one run, but they battled
hard in an attempt to knock off their favored state rivals.

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