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The Michigan Daily
Friday, April 17, 1987
By PETE STEINERT
Whether it likes it or not, the
Ohio State baseball team must face
first-place Michigan (3-1 in the
conference) in its Big Ten opening
series this weekend in Columbus.
"You have to play 'em some
time," cracked Buckeye head coach
Dick Finn. "I don't know if it's
good or bad, but ready or not, here
we come. I think it will be a
tremendous challenge for us."
Such is the attitude a coach has
to take when his team comes off a
'You have to play
(Michigan) sometime. I
don't know if it's good or
bad, but ready or not,
here we come.'
THE TRUE TEST for the
Buckeyes (11-10), though, begins
this Saturday and Sunday with the
commencement of their conference
schedule. They play the Wolverines
in a pair of doubleheaders at
"They haven't played any
conference games, so you know
they're going to be ready to play,"
said Michigan head coach Bud
Middaugh, whose team swept four
games from Ohio State last season
at Fisher Stadium.
"You never know (about the Big
Ten season)," Finn said. "That's a
different world compared to the rest
of (the schedule). I think we're
going to do better than we did last
year. I think we're a little bit
stronger than we were."
Finn has been pleased with the
performance of his starting pitchers.
His ace, David Burba (3-1, 3.48
earned run average), won his first
three decisions of the year before
losing last weekend for the first
time. Jim Townsend (3-0, 4.21),
Carl Myers (1-2, 4.84), and John
McCormick (0-0, 3.00) round out
OHIO STATE'S hitting has
complemented the Buckeyes'
pitching. Michigan's pitching staff
will have to contend with outfielder
Tom Eiterman who leads Ohio
State starters in hitting (.390
batting average), home runs (four),
and RBIs (25). Tom Harris provides
some power from his third base
After a slow start, Scott
Meadows has also started to hit. An
All-Big Ten selection last year at
shortstop, Meadows has boosted his
average to .350.
How the Wolverines' hurlers fare
against the Buckeyes' offense
should play an important role in the
Fortunately for Michigan, it
appears Jim Abbott (4-1, 2.06
ERA), who has thrown brilliantly
of late, will pitch this weekend.
The sophomore lefthander became a
question mark for the series earlier
this week when he checked into a
hospital for an examination due to
He is out of the hospital now,
and if all goes well, will take the
mound for the opener on Saturday.
"The biggest thing you're going
to have to fight off with them is
(Chris) Lutz, Abbott, and (Mike)
Ignasiak," Finn said. "If they throw
well, which seemingly they did last
weekend, you're going to have to
come up with equally strong
pitching to keep the ball game
close. How well they pitch, I think,
is really going to be a deciding
factor on the series," Finn said.
For the Wolverines (25-7), they
hit the road for the first time
against Big Ten competition.
"Anytime that you play on the
road, the intensity has to come
from within because you really
don't have the support of your
people," Middaugh said.
"We hope that the preparation
that we've had playing in some of
these tournaments will help us,"
the eighth-year coach added.
coach Dick Finn
last-place finish in the Big Ten's
East Division. Ohio State finished
last year with an overall 21-27
record and only a 4-12 mark in the
According to Finn, however,
things look up this season. "We
think we've played pretty well," the
12th-year coach said. "I feel we've
progressed maybe a little bit more.
than I thought we would."
Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
If Michigan pitchers leave Ohio State batters looking helpless like they did much of last weekend against Purdue, it could be a long
weekend for the Buckeyes. Ohio State opens its Big Ten season on Saturday against the Wolverines in Columbus.
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BY PETER ZELLEN
What is a Hoosier and how do
you defeat it? That is the question
that the Michigan softball team
will try to answer today and
tomorrow when they face Indiana in
a four-game series.
Indiana is in first place in the
Big Ten and will be the
Wolverine's toughest opponent to
Coach Carol Hutchins feels that
a lot needs to be done in order to be
victorious. "Indiana is a real
exciting ballclub to watch. They've
improved a lot over the last year..
We have to keep their offense under
control and we've got to play good
defense. That's the only way to
INDIANA is indeed an
offensive force to be reckoned with.
They are led by All-American
centerfielder Karleen Moore. She
bats leadoff and has a batting
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average of .429. Coach Hutchins
says that Indiana as a team gets on
base a lot but that "Karleen is an
incredible contact hitter. She hits
the ball every time up."
When Moore can't get on base,
then the job falls upon shortstop
Jenny MacDaniel who is hitting
over .300 this season.
Michigan has a few talented4
batters themselves. All-American
catcher Alicia Seegert is batting
.386 with nine runs batted in.
Coming off a red-hot series against
Michigan State is infielder Jenny
Allard who takes a rapidly rising
average of .296 into the series as
well as her share of the team lead in
RBIs with 11.
Also coming off a hot series is
Sara Dyksterhouse, who plays first 4
base. After her hitting heroics on
Wednesday, she now has an average
of .288 with eight RBIs.
COMING OFF the bench;
with strong performances has been
outfielder Beth Mueller. She went
two-for-two against Michigan State
and carries an average of .280.
"We're going to have to keep
swinging the bats the way we have
been these past few games," said
Offense may be the main
attraction at the series, but who
wins might just come down to who
gets the better pitching. Indian(
will probably start their leading-
hurler, Teresa Raine, in the first
game. Raine has an earned run
average of 0.44.
The Wolverines will send the'
highly successful pitching tander6i
of Vicki Morrow and Michelle
Bolster to the mound against the
Hoosiers. Morrow is 10-4 with ani
ERA of 0.70 and has thrown siN
consecutive shutouts. Not only cat-
Morrow pitch but she's batting
.308 and shares the team lead with
Allard with 11 RBIs.
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