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Women's Softball
vs. Ohio State
Today, 3 p.m.
Varsity Softball Diamond

SPORTS

Men's Gymnastics
Big Ten Championships
Today and Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, April 3, 1987

Page 10'

Peasting

on Wheaties

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Blue hungry for victories in Minneapolis

By ADAM SCHEFTER
Michigan will be the team
everyone is shooting for with their
top guns during the Wheaties
Tournament this weekend at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in
Minneapolis.
'We played four games last
weekend, came back on Tuesday for
a doubleheader against Bowling
Green and now we play four more
games Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday," said head coach Bud
Middaugh. "That's a test of your
depth. Plus, everyone is throwing
their best pitchers against us."
- IN FRIDAY'S opener
Michigan will face Maine and its
best pitcher, Steve Loubier. The
senior righthander has a 2-2 record
with a 4.67 earned run average this
season. Loubier throws a slider and
a curve, and then will attempt to
slip the fastball by the hitter. His
two wins are against LaSalle and
Michigan State.
Besides the pitcher, Michigan
will have to concern itself with the
Black Bears leftfielder, Dan Kane,
who hit .403 on a recent spring
trip. He is the batter that Mike
Ignasiak will have to be aware of,
since "Iggy" has drawn the
assignment against Maine (9-12).

"Kane is the catalyst of our
offense," said Maine's head coach
John Winkin. "He's been hitting
the ball real well even though he
was plagued by injuries at the
beginning of the season. He seems
to be all right now and he's our
strongest hitter."
AFTER MAINE comes the
long-awaited confrontation with the
Bruins of UCLA. The Bruins are
ranked fifth and sixth in the country
in the two major college baseball
polls. They are 24-10-1, in first
place in the Pac 10, and have won
seven of their last eight and 12 of
their last 14.
The offense resembles one like
that of past Baltimore Orioles
teams in that it relies on one swing
of the bat to break a game open.
The Bruins have 66 home runs in
35 games this year and have
averaged nine runs per game.
Leading the onslaught is second-
sacker Tony Lovullo. He leads the
nation with 15 homers in 19 games
and is currently on a 35-of-70 tear
that has boosted his average up to
.388. By the time the senior
graduates, he will hold virtually all
the hitting records at UCLA with
the exception of batting average.
And like the other teams, UCLA

will throw its ace pitcher against
the Wolverines - Alex Sanchez.
Last year the first team All-
American struck out 142 batters in
139.1 innings. This season he has
gotten off to a rocky start, with a 4-
2 record and a 4.4 era, but has
shown signs of commiil to life
recently.
"He's a tough pitcher,'-
UCLA pitching coach T p
Lefebvre. "He can throw the ball 90
miles per hour. His fast ball moves
real well. His biggest problem is
that he has not been able to get the
ball over the plate consistently. But
if he is on, he can dominate a
game."
COACH BUD Middaugh
knows UCLA's capabilities and

he'll counter with his number one
as well.
It just doesn't let up for Bud's
boys, because on Saturday night,
Michigan will see one of
Minnesota's top arms. Either
freshman Dennis Neagle, a
southpaw from Baltimore with a
0.CV era in 17 innings, or Darren
Knight, a good fast ball-changeup
?etcher, will 2 it!f nod. Michigan
will c l csman Mike
Grimes.
The Wolverines will close out
the tournament with an exhibition
game against Team Cuba on
Sunday before returning to Ann
Arbor for a doubleheader against
Wayne State on Tuesday.

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Doily Photo by SCOTT Li iUCHY
Michigan head coach BudMiddaug' 4:k A Wolverines will face some
stiff competition, including fifth-ranked U.C.L.A., at the Wheaties Tour-
nament in Minneapolis this weekend.

MICHIGAN SEEKS TO RECLAIM TITLE FROM MINNESOTA:

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Netters
By ADAM SCHRAGER
Revenge will be on the minds of
the men's tennis team when it open
the Big Ten season with its
toughest conference opponent,
Minnesota, at 7 p.m. at the Liberty
Tennis and Fitness Club.
Minnesota was the team that
beat Michigan three times last year,
including, most importantly, in the
Big Ten finals. That victory cost
Michigan the Big Ten title for only
the second time in nineteen years.
"I have tried not to approach this
match any differently than any other
match," said head coach Brian
Eisner. "My major concern is to
keep my team relaxed. I don't want
us to play as if we have to prove
something."
THE WOLVERINES did a

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little proving earlier this season
when Michigan and Minnesota met
November 23 in Kohler, Wisc.
Michigan obtained some form of
revenge when they defeated the
Gophers, 5-4, in a tightly fought
contest.
After coming out of the singles
contests tied at 3-3, the Wolverines
relied on the strength of their
doubles to lead them to the victory.
THE MEET came when the
Gophers were ranked 12th in the
nation, but since then things have
gone downhill for Minnesota. By
playing an extremely difficult non-
conference schedule, including
ranked teams such as Michigan,
Kentucky, LSU, Georgia,
Pepperdine, and South Carolina,
while also suffering an untimely
injury, the Gophers start the Big
Ten season with a 5-14 record.
ranked 25th nationally.
"Minnesota is the toughest
team we'll meet in the Big Ten this
year," said Eisner. "Their record is

olden Gophers

very deceiving considering their
schedule and their injuries."
The Gophers, who are led by
sophomore Jonas Svenson, had to
play many of their difficult matches
without him, due to injury. Even
though Minnesota returned two All-
Big Ten performers in Chuck
Merzbacher and Casey Merickel,
they were unable to compete on the
competitive level without Svenson.
THE WOLVERINES enter
this match on an eight-match
winning streak. Michigan has lost
only one individual match in its
last five dual meets, that being last
weekend against Richmond.
The singles play of the
Wolverines has been unbeatable in
the last five meets. Led by the play
of number one player Nagel,
number two player Dan Goldberg,
and number five player Jon Morris,
Michigan has rarely entered the
doubles competition trailing the
match.
Tomorrow at 1:00 at the Liberty

-AL

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Morris
... strong singles play
Club, the Wolverines face another
team that gave them trouble last
season. Wisconsin defeated
Michigan, 5-4, last year in
Madison.
"We're excited about the
Minnesota match but we know it's
going to be difficult for us," said
Eisner. "We have to come back th
next day to play Wisconsin and
that's tough. Physically you can do
it, but mentally it's difficult."

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