Page 10- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 12, 1989
Softball team looks to
BY PETER ZELLEN
Round one of the battle on the diamond between
rivals Michigan and Michigan State will start today
when the Wolverine softball team (23-9, 2-2 in the
Big Ten) faces the Spartans.
"This is their (the Spartan's) best team since 1981,"
assistant coach Carol Bruggeman said. "They're very
much improved over last year."
Michigan State coach Gloria Becksford, in her 10th
year as coach, brings a 16-6 squad into Ann Arbor and
hopes to improve on their 2-2 Big Ten record, good for
fourth place in the conference.
The Wolverines have been led all season by their
outstanding pitching. Sophomore Andrea Nelson posts
a 16-3 record with an 0.85 ERA and junior Jenny
Allard, this week's Big Ten Player-of-the-Week, is 7-5
with a 1.09 ERA.
THE SPARTANS will try to counter with their
own righthanded duo of sophomore Suzi Dankert and
senior Colleen Berry. Dankert is 6-3 with an 0.95
ERA and Berry is also 6-3 with an ERA of 1.63.
Control has been the forte of these two as they have
only given up a combined 15 walks in 121 innings.
At the plate Michigan provides a lot of punch with
their .265 team average and will be led by Allard with
a .374 average and 19 RBIs.
Shortstop Bonnie Tholl has.been consistent all
season in the leadoff spot with her .333 average and
has three game-winning RBIs.
BATTING THIRD for the Wolverines is
centerfielder Beth Mueller. The senior is hitting .324
with a team leading four homers and 20 RBIs. "She's
been swinging a great stick out of the third slot,"
coach Carol Hutchins said.
The Spartans don't have as many big bats as they
do sweet swingers and speedsters. They're led by the
outfield tandem of seniors Sheila Ovenhouse and Dana
Michigan State was sixth in the Big Ten last year
at 10-14 but is going all out this year, as are a lot of
the other teams that weren't so competitive last year.
"The Big Ten is up for grabs, State is definitely
more improved and everybody is real competitive,"
Bruggeman explained. "But we're doing consistently
well and we're ready to play."
Sophomore hurler Andrea Nelson pitches the Wolverines into action. The Ann Arbor native led Michigan
in wins last season and is already 16-3 this year with a 0.85 ERA.
Wolverines start off strong
BY PETER ZELLEN
The Big Ten season has begun for
the Michigan softball team and the
team is off on the right foot.
This past weekend, the
Wolverines hosted the Ohio State
Buckeyes for a four-game series in
their Big Ten opener. With some
excellent pitching and timely
hitting, Michigan was able to win
three of the four games and share the
conference lead with Iowa at 3-1.
"They've been hitting the ball a
lot better, they look great," assistant
coach Carol Bruggeman said. "That's
the way you have to hit' to win the
As a team, the Wolverines hit
.262 but left 30 women on base,
including 13 in the first game in
which they lost 1-0 in 11 innings.
This problem of stranding runners
has been prevalent for the
Wolverines in the early part of the
season, but it hasn't been all their
"Ohio State played some great
defense that game," Bruggeman said,
"We'd load the bases and then they
would make a diving catch or
something. Their defense really got
them out of it."
Junior Sara Dyksterhouse, who
plays first base, went 5-for-12 with a
double in the series to raise her
average above the .300 mark to
Pitcher-third basewoman Jenny
Allard was a force from the mound
as well as at the plate. The junior
went 4-for-12 with two RBIs as well
as tossing two shutouts. In 14
innings of work, Allard surrendered
only five hits and two walks. For
her performance, Allard was named
the Big Ten Player-of-the-Week.
Allard continues to lead the team
in hitting at a .374 clip and is
second on the team with 19 RBIs.
Monday's doubleheader against
Western Michigan was postponed
due to bad weather and poor field
conditions. It was not announced
when the games would be made up.
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Olson may leave
UA for Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lute
Olson appears to be the No. 1 can-
didate for Kentucky's vacant basket-
ball coaching job if the price is right.
Olson, head coach at Arizona, is
expected to meet with Kentucky
Athletic Director C. M. Newton this
week to discuss the details of the job.
. "Hopefully, it'll work into that,"
Newton said of Olson becoming the
school's prime candidate to replace
Eddie Sutton, who left under fire.
"Obviously we're interested and
obviously he's interested."
Olson and Newton are expected to
meet in Lexington tomorrow.
Newton, however, said Monday
night that he had not offered the post
"We've still got some more
things to talk about," Newton said.
Cederic Dempsey, Arizona's ath-
letic director, said he gave Kentucky
officials permission to talk with
Olsonbut didn't know of the coach's
"I would hope we could bring all
these rumors to a head and resolve
what needs to be resolved," Dempsey
Olson's current contract has two
years to go. The Arizona Republic in
Phoenix said Olson's current base
salary is believed to be betweer
$85,000 to $95,000, with a total
package reported to be worth between.
$400,000 and $500,000.
The Republic also reported that
one unidentified source said the
Kentucky package for Olson would
be more than $750,000 each season.
Olson, 54, was offered the
Kentucky job in 1985 but turned it
Olson also has said the sanctions4
Kentucky could receive from the
NCAA Committee on Infractions as
a result of 18 alleged violations of
NCAA rules could influence his
decision. University officials are
scheduled to meet with the NCAA
Committee on Infractions on April
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bullfight in Seville, Monday. The bullfight opened the annual "Feria"
or April fair of the Andalusian Capital.
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