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Friday, April 10, 1987

The Michigan Daily

M' CLASHES WITH BOILERMAKERS

B ig Tei
By SCOTT SHAFFER
Now the real season begins.
Forget the 19-5 record. All those
wins against Grand Valley State,
Pan American, and Ohio
Dominican mean nothing now.
The Michigan baseball team
starts its defense of the Big Ten
championship this weekend with a
four-game home stand against
Purdue (14-9-1 at the beginning of
the week). The teams will play
doubleheaders on both Saturday and
Sunday.
"It's going to be an interesting
series from the standpoint that our
pitching has been pretty good and
they've (Purdue) just been scoring
an awful lot of runs," said-
Michigan head coach Bud
lMiddaugh.
P U R D U E, who finished
second behind the Wolverines in the
Big Ten Eastern Division last year,
will be the toughest opponent to
take the field at Ray Fisher Stadium
'so far this year. Michigan has taken
on nationally-ranked teams during
trips to Texas and Minnesota, but
has yet to be seriously tested at
home.
Last year, the teams met in
Purdue's smallish Lambert Field on
a day when the wind was blowing
out. Michigan scored five runs in
Mthe final inning for a 15-10 win..
Purdue won the nightcap 9-7 and
the first game on the second day,
but Chris Lutz threw a four-hitter
in the final game to earn the split
for Michigan.
Although the Boilermakers have
lost seven players from last year's
team, Middaugh is still wary of
their offensive attack. "Their hitting
Is better than last year because
they're a year older. They've got
about seven or eight good hitters,
there's not really an out in the
;lineup," said the eighth-year coach.
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tres up
Rossy (.337), Bob Shoulders (.325)
and infielder Tom Kitchel (.312).
At least Middaugh will be
prepared for the Boilermaker's
assault. He has stacked his rotation
so that his top starters are all rested
and available.
Jim Abbott (3-1, 2.57 ERA) and
Mike Ignasiak (2-3, 2.43) will start
Saturday's games. On Sunday, Lutz
will get a chance to continue his
mastery over Purdue. The fourth
starter will probably be Mike
Grimes, although it is possible that
he could see relief work on
Saturday.
"They're a really good hitting
ball club and they're going to score
runs. Hopefully we can shut them
down a little better than we did last
year.
Outfielder-DH Eddie Woolwine
has returned to action just in time
for the start of the "real" season.
He played his first game in two and
a half weeks against University of
Detroit on Wednesday, getting two
hits and two RBIs.
"He seemed to be going full
blast. I wish he'd been a little more
careful, but he only knows how to
play the game one way," explained
Middaugh.

Middaugh
.. . stacks the rotation

Brett Roach is one of those good
hitters. Roach, a catcher and
designated hitter has belted 13
homers and was hitting .411 earlier
in the week with a league-high six
game-winning RBIs.
Shortstop Arci Cianfrocco has
the team's best average . hitting at
a .424 clip. He also has six round
trippers and 27 RBIs.
OTHER Boilermakers above
the .300 mark are outfielders Jose

Softballers travel

Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan catcher Alicia Seegert in action against Toledo yesterday. Seegert is the first Wolverine softball
player ever to be named a First-team All-American.
Seegert finds satisfaction on
and off the softball diamond

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winning five of its last six Hutchins hopes to take advantage of
ncluding a doubleheader a weaker Minnesota squad to
Toledo on Wednesday, the improve her team's third-place
softball team travels to standing in the Big Ten.
lis this weekend for a four "Minnesota is an important
ies with the Minnesota series for us. We're 3-1 in the Big
Ten, only a game out of first place,
te a lack of offensive and we've been playing well lately,"
,the Wolverines improved said Hutchins. "I want us to stay
rd to 14-8, taking a pair of close in the race so that if we don't
ions from Toledo on the win it, we'll still have a high
ching of Michelle Bolster regional rating for the NCAAs."
Morrow. Both went the Minnesota has struggled this
shutting out the Rockets season and is in last place with a
d five hits respectively. 9-19 record. The Gophers dropped
w, named Big Ten player four games to Indiana last weekend
ek, improved her record to in the Big Ten's opening series.
owered her ERA \to 0.70. Michigan beat Minnesota earlier
ressive was the continued in the season at the Pony
ig of Jenny Allard, who Invitational in California. In that 2-
the game winning RBI in 0 decision, Morrow pitched 10
ests. The freshman, third innings, shutting the Gophers out
improved her average to on only one hit.
)ing 4-for-4 on the The Wolverines return to Ann
Arbor on April 15,

By KENNETH B. GOLDBERG
Every time she steps into the batter's box to hit,
Alicia Seegert observes the same ritual.
"I make a cross in the dirt with my bat to to
thank God for giving me a talent, and to remind
myself that this is just a game," said Seegert.
"Although I always work hard to play my best,
winning isn't everything. Being a caring, loving
person is the most important part of my life. I
really like to help people."
This comes from someone who has excelled on
the athletic field.
LAST YEAR, Seegert was named First-Team
All-American, the first Michigan softball player to
ever achieve this honor. She holds four Big Ten
individual season hitting records, all set in 1984,
including best batting average (.418), most hits
(33), most total bases (51), and most runs batted in
(19).
Currently, Seegert leads Michigan starters in
seven offensive categories including average (.425)
and RBIs (11) while backstopping a pitching staff
which has held opponents to just 1.17 earned runs a
game.
"Alicia's a tremendous softball player," said
Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins. "Her on-base
average is outstanding and that makes her an ideal
leadoff hitter. She works hard, and certainly strives
to be best she can be, to accept that challenge."
SINCE CHILDHOOD, Seegert has always
taken that challenge, not only on the field but also
in the classroom and as a person.,As the youngest
of five children, Seegert, an education major, recalls
learning from her elder siblings.
"When I was in first grade, my brother Randy
was competing in the district wrestling
championships as a recruited high school senior. He
was much better than his first-round opponent, and
since the tournament was double-elimination, he let
the guy win," said Seegert. "Randy knew that first
match meant nothing to him, and my brother went
on to win the whole thing anyway.
"He taught me that helping someone else feel

good about themselves is more important than
winning. Winning is not the most important thing
in my life. Having fun and helping others are."
While growing up in Manchester, MI, Seegert
played baseball after school. She also helped several
elderly women in her neighborhood with their
shopping and gardening, not for a salary, but
because she cared. As a junior, Alicia volunteered at'
Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor and,
worked with young cancer patients who had little
hope of ever growing old enough to attend a
university.
"Life is so precious, we sometimes forget how
special it is," said Seegert. "To help those kids
enjoy what time they have, that's satisfying to me,
more so than any record or award I could ever earn."
THE SENIOR has succeeded in nearly all,
facets of her life because she is not a quitter. Before
she entered high school, teachers told her she wasn't
smart enough to go to college. Seegert responded by
graduating from Gabriel Richard High School with a
3.5 grade point average.
She will graduate from Michigan with a teaching
certificate in the social sciences and a kinesiology
degree with a GPA just over 3.0. She is being
considered for a School of Physical Education
academic award given to only one graduating senior
each year.
Fellow senior and teammate Vicki Morrow and
Seegert have developed a close friendship the last
four years.
"Alicia is a quiet leader, setting an example
through her play," said Morrow. "But her positive
presence is felt, not only on the field, but as a
friend."
"I know I'm shy, and don't smile a lot. As I've
matured at school and as a player, I'm starting to be
more of a vocal leader," said Seegert. "My
personality is reserved, and I don't openly express
many of my feelings. But just because someone's
not smiling on the outside, doesn't mean they're not
happy on the inside."

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