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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 5, 1989

Walk-On
Vignevic sticks with stickers

by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
For most students, early September was early
enough to begin the school year. For certain students,
though, it began as early as August 17. But Katie
Vignevic reported on August 17, and she didn't know
then if it would do her any good.
Vignevic, a first-year student, reported to Ann Arbor
with the hopes of earning a spot on the 1989 field
hockey squad. She was not here on scholarship. She had
not been widely recruited in high school. She didn't
know what her chances would be. She knew only that
she wanted to play field hockey at the University of
Michigan.
This is the way college began for the young lady
from Tom's River, New Jersey. Vignevic played her
high school hockey at Tom's River North High School.
There, she became accustomed to success. In her junior
year, her team won the state championship. In her
senior year, they advanced to sectional finals. Katie was
named second-team all-State and first-team all-region.
Given all this, one would think that a number of
schools would have been pursuing her talents. This,
however, was not the case. Brown University was the
only school that expressed any real interest. Tlis was a
natural disappointment.
"It was discouraging not to receive a lot of offers,"
said Vignevic.
Her high school coach, Becky Miller, said that it had
been a slow recruiting year throughout the state for
some unknown reason. This was not much comfort for
Katie, though.
She gave some consideration to attending Brown,
but all along she knew Michigan was the place for her.
"I liked the campus. I liked the city, and Michigan
has such a great reputation nationally."
Immediately after enrolling, she found out what she
had to do to walk on the team.

"I told her to definitely tryout," said Miller. "She
was little nervous, but I was confident that she would
do well. She's a hard worker with a strong drive."
This brought her to the August tryout. The tryout
was supposed to take two days, but head coach Patti
Smith wanted to take a longer look. She invited
Vignevic to work out with the team during the two
weeks of pre-season drills. This was a trying time.
"I was really nervous then. I was afraid every little
mistake would stand out."
Helping to ease some of this tension was the fact
that she had played with junior Trish Maran at the
Olympic Developmental Camp over the summer.
The moment of truth came a week early, as Coach
Smith told her after one week that she had a spot on the
team. The news was an unexpected relief.
"I was really surprised. After I made it, I could
concentrate on learning to do everything here, like
playing on artificial turf"
Katie proved tobe fast learner. She scored the team's *
first goal of the year to beat Toledo, 1-0, in the third
game of the season.
"I hadn't really played well in that game. I still
wasn't really comfortable. I just happened to be in the
right place at the right time."
She has felt increasingly more at home since that
time and credits her teammates for that.
"There was never anything like, 'You're a walk-on
so you're not as good.' Everyone made me feel very
comfortable."
That has shown in her play, as she continues to
improve as the season progresses. Last Saturday, she
scored a goal in the Wolverines' 5-2 victory over
conference rival Ohio State. After the game, Coach
Smith had praise for the rookie.
"Katie's really starting to come around. I'm very
pleased with her progress."

Associated Press
Chicago Cubs manager Don Zimmer jokes with San Francisco Giants manager Roger Craig, right, Wednesday
at Chicago's Wrigley Field before the opening game of the National League Championship Series.
Athletics chasing Jays south
6-3 win gives Oakland 2-0 lead in ALCS

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OAKLAND (AP) - Jose
Canseco could not start Wednesday
because of a bad headache. No
matter, Rickey Henderson gave
Toronto one all day.
Rickey Henderson sparked a two--
run fourth inning rally with two
stolen bases, and the Oakland
Athletics beat the Blue Jays 6-3 in
Game 2 of the best-of-seven
American League playoffs for a 2-0
lead. Only two of 11 teams have
rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the
AL playoffs - Milwaukee in 1982
and Kansas City over Toronto in
1985. The A's have won six straight
playoff gaames, while the Blue Jays
have dropped five in a row.
Once again, the A's put together
a combination of power, pitching,
and speed to beat the Blue Jays.
Starter Mike Moore allowed three
hits in seven innings, Mark
McGwire had three hits and Dave
Parker hit his first home run in 25
postseason games, spanning 93 at-
bats.

Rickey Henderson had two
singles and two walks, and has been
on base seven times in nine plate
appearances. He has six steals in the
series, breaking the playoff record of
five previously held by Davey Lopes
(1981) and Steve Sax (1988), both
with Los Angeles.
Rickey Henderson stole both
second and third in the fourth and
seventh innings.
Canseco was in the starting
lineup but was scratched when he
had a migraine headache before the
game. He pinch hit in the A's three-
run sixth inning and struck out. He
walked in the eighth.
The AL playoffs take a day off
before moving to Toronto for Game
3 on Friday night. Storm Davis (19-
7) is scheduled'to pitch for the A's
against Jimmy Key (13-14).
Toronto starter Todd Stottlemyre
held the A's to two hits and no runs
on 26 pitches in the first three
innings.

The Blue Jays grabbed the lead in
the third inning on Fred McGriff's
run-scoring grounder.
Rickey Henderson walked leading
off the fourth, and stole second and
third.
The previous AL record for steals
in a series was four by Kansas
City's Amos Otis in 1978.
Carney Lansford, who hit .336
during the season, followed with a
single to left over a drawn-in infield
to tie the score. Lansford moved to
second on Parker's grounder to first,
and scored on McGwire's double
down the left-field line.
Oakland was breezing along when
Rick Honeycutt relieved Moore to
start the eighth and loaded the bases
with none out on a single by Nelson
Liriano and walks to Lloyd Moseby
and Mookie Wilson.
Dennis Eckersley relieved and
McGriff singled to right to make it
6-2. But Eckersley, who had 33
saves, got George Bell to hit into a
4-6-3 double play as Moseby scored
the Jays third run. Eckersley, who
saved all four Oakland playoff
victories last season, earned his first
of the series.
The A's chased Stottlemyre in
the sixth when Parker led off with a
long home run to right field and
McGwire followed with a single.
Jim Acker relieved and Dave
Henderson hit a ground-rule double.
Ron Hassey made it 4-1 with a
sacrifice fly and Tony Phillips added
a run-scoring single.

Golfers take third at MSU

by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan women's golfers
continued their success as they
traveled to Michigan State last
weekend and finished strongly,
finishing third in the invitational.
The first day of the invitational
the golfers had to play 36 of the 54
hole tournament. The Wolverines
started out well, finding themselves
in second place after the initial
eighteen holes, shooting a round of
319.
On the last eighteen holes,
however, they fell into trouble.
Michigan finished the day with a
330 total which dropping into
seventh place.
On the final day of the
tournament the golfers had a solid
effort. Junior Becky Hayes led the
way with an impressive 75,
followed closely by first year player
Wendy Bigler, who turned in a 78.

Sophomore Kristin Beilstein and
Junior Mary Hartman also took
command on the last day, both
shooting 81's.
This gave the team a total of
315 for the day and launched them
into a tie for third.
Michigan coach Sue LeClair
was pleased with her squad. "I think
that the kids did a great job coming
back from a bad second round,"
LeClair said. "One putt here or
there, we could have ended up in
second place."
Nebraska won the invite with a
team total of 933. Michigan State
finished second, edging the
Wolverines with a 963. Northern
Illinois kept pace with Michigan,
tying for third with a 964.
Michigan had other
accomplishments to be proud of
this weekend. For the first time in
the last eight years, Michigan was
able to beat Big Ten rival's

Wisconsin (seventh with a 978) and
Illinois (eighth with a 987).
Michigan also beat fifth place Penn
St. for the first time in the eight
years that LeClair has coached the
team.
The golfers will travel again this
weekend when they participate in
the Lady Buckeye Fall Classic at
Ohio State.
Sophomore Erica Zonder, one of
Michigan's top players who has
missed the last two tournaments
because of illness, is expected to
travel and play with the team this
weekend in the 54-hole tournament.
'M' Results from
MSU tournament
Becky Hayes: 79-83-75 (237)
Wendy Bigler: 79-82-78 (239)
Kristin Beilstein: 79-80-81(240)
Mary Hartman: 82-85-81 (248)

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