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Field Hockey
vs. Central Michigan
*Tonight, 7 p.m.
f Tartan Turf

SPORTS

Football
vs. Maryland
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Doily,

Thursday, September 28, 1989

Page 9

NEWCOMERS GET DREAM TRYOUT FOR BASEBALL TEAM

Freehan fields three walk

-ons

By Peter Zellen
Daily Sports Writer
Young men dream of playing baseball. Over
the past two weeks the Michigan baseball team
has provided an opportunity for some of those
dreams to come true.
The Wolverines recently held open tryouts at
Fisher Stadium and coach Bill Freehan is pleased
at the results.
"We had, ultimately, about 80 kids show up.
Most of them called in when they checked into
school," Freehan said. "Sixty percent of my first
phone calls when I took the job in August were
kids calling about tryouts."
Of the 80 that tried out, six remained after the
first week. A week later, that number was cut
down to three.
However, surviving the tryouts does not mean
that they have made the final squad.
"This ball club will evolve until opening
game, or around that time. There's still some
pruning to do. At the end of fall we'll reevaluate
and a lot can happen," Freehan said.

The three presently on the squad as walk-ons
are: Josh Woods, a lefthanded hitting outfielder
from Los Angeles, Brian Santo, a lefthanded
pitcher from Notre Dame High School in Harper
Woods, Mich., and Scott Schorer, a catcher from
Grosse Pointe North High. All three are first-year
students.
"I was really excited when I came in. At first I
was thinking that there's no chance to play Big
Ten baseball," Woods said. "When they first
called me it was more like shock than actual
joy."
"It's like a dream," Santo said.
If these three stick with the team, they should
address some dire shortages. Presently, Michigan
has only four outfielders, one lefthanded pitcher,
and there's always a need for more catching.
The walk-ons can find solace in the fact that
last year's walk-on remained with the team.
Those three are catchers Steve Wallis and Toby
Brzoznowski as well as pitcher Terry Woods.
"We evaluated them as objectively as we

could. Speed, arm strength, hitting ability,
infield ability. We hit them fly balls and ground
balls, we had some pretty tired puppies out
there," said rookie coach Freehan.
Presently the team has 35 players including
the walk-ons, and no matter what their status, all
the players treat each other equally
"At first, it was real awkward, but everyone
was extremely friendly. They accepted me as one
of their own," Woods said.
Santo reiterated Woods' thoughts: "The other
players were pretty friendly. They were helpful
and told me where to go and some things to do."
Freehan said that the final cuts will be based
on a number of criteria. "Ability, work ethic,
position need and skill are all involved. The
biggest is raw talent."
For now, all players are still with the team
but anything could happen by Opening Day in
February,
"It's not the easiest job in the world but I'd
rather be honest with these young men than lead
them on," Freehan said.

'M' field hockey team faces CMU Chippewas
avid Sc hecter
Daily Contributor

Daily File Ph&
Former Wolverine Mark Messner is once again a Los Angeles Ram.
Don't worry, Messner

still a Ram

- for now

by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
ANAHEIM, Ca. - Mark Messner had his Michigan following
frightened last week when he was waived by Los Angeles Rams.
Until he was picked up again by the Los Angeles Rams.
It sounds strange, but there is an explanation.
The Rams wanted to place first-round pick Cleveland Gary on the
active roster and move Messner to the developmental squad while he
recovers from an injury and adjusts to his new position, linebacker.
. While on developmental, Messner still works out with the Rams. He
can be called onto their roster for a game and then sent back. But after
leaving him on the roster to start the season, they can't move him to
developmental without waiving him first.
So while the rest of us out north worried for Messner's future, the
former All-American never wondered about his future.
Well, maybe a little.
"It wasn't nearly as scary for me as it was for people back home
kreading it," Messner said. "The Rams told me a while back that they had
to make roster juggling, but that I was going to stay here. The only
thing that had me nervous was if someone else wanted me. I really
crossed my fingers."
Now that Messner has a little job security, he can relax and
concentrate on playing football.
"I need to see offenses from a linebacker's position. I love playing it.
I was going against 280-pounders from about four inches away, nose-to-
nose. Now, I've got a five-year run at them. The only thing that is tough
is that instead of being told where to go I have to diagnose and make
things happen, but I also get to hit those little receivers."
After watching most of Michigan's loss to Notre Dame, Messner
wished that he could be hitting receivers again as a Wolverine.
"It was sort of eerie," Messner said of the game with the Irish. "I
would sit there and I would watch just the defensive line and say 'rip, rip,
rip'! I would see the things that should be done, but it wasn't me in there
° anymore."
Messner was impressed with the play of his replacement, red-shirt
frosh Chris Hutchinson.
"I've been impressed with Hutchinson since he got there. I hadn't seen
him as a defensive tackle, but when the coaches say 'he reminds us of
you' then I know that he is going to be a helluva ball player.
"Although I never knew what they saw in me," Messner said with a
laugh.
This brief scare is now over and Messner is sure that he has a future
in the NFL.
"In the preseason, the coaches preached 'go out there and play. If you
screw up, we can correct it. If you don't show us that you can play, we
have nothing to gage you on.' That's when I started making my move.
Before that, I was so convinced I was coming home. I told my Mom to
get the resume off my computer disk. Now, I'm confident and I think
they are too."

Swinging home after two straight weeks of road games, the Michigan
field hockey squad returns to Ann Arbor tonight, looking to topple the Cen-
tral Michigan Chippewas. To date, the Wolverines carry a record of 4-3-1.
As always, the Wolverines hope to capitalize on their team unity at
Tartan Field. Midfielder Josee Charvet said, "Coach (Patti) Smith really
tries to instill a team spirit in us.
"She's done that more than any coach that I've had, and I think that's
really helped us as far as working together. In games our practice everyone
is taking that shot, everyone is playing defense."
Defense keys the Michigan attack. Throughout the season, the team has
emphasized defense as the first line of the offensive attack.
Said Charvet, "The job of the defense is to push the offense - to be a
catalyst on the offense. We initiate from the backfield."
Part of the offensive burden also falls on midfielder Sandie Marotti. Still
nursing an injured leg, Marotti may not be 100% against the Chippewas.
Looking for their first ever berth in an NCAA Championship Tour-
nament, Michigan needs to get Central Michigan under their winning belt.

Charvet

M a rotti

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