The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - March 26, 1990 - Page 5
PITCHING HELPS BLUE TAKE THREE FROM CARDINALS
'M' baseball team sweeps BSU
ey Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Writer
Something in the March cold
must have lit a fire under the Mich-
igan baseball team as it swept three
games from the Ball State Cardinals
over the weekend.
The Wolverines won the first two
games, 3-2 and 7-1, with solid pitch-
ing and pulled out the finale in a
wild 9-8 contest to improve their
season record to 10-6.
The schedule originally called for
a doubleheader on Saturday, but due
to game-time temperatures in the
low 30s, the teams settled for a 9-
inning game instead.
Sophomore righthander Russell
Brock improved his record to 3-1 by
scattering five hits over eight and
two-third innings, including five
strikeouts, in Saturday's game.
Tim Flannelly broke a 1-1 tic in
the top of the ninth with a two-run
*homer, giving the sophomore in-
fielder his third game-winning RBI
of the season.
In the first game of Sunday's
doubleheader, junior lefthander Kirt
Ojala went the distance for the Wol-
verines, taking a shutout in to the
seventh inning. The co-captain
struck out seven Cardinals on the
afternoon while improving his record
Price connected for a two-run
homer in the fifth with the Wol-
verines already ahead 2-0. Soph-
omore first baseman Andy Fairman
followed suit with a solo shot.
Junior shortstop Dave Everly
rounded out the scoring with two-run
single later in the inning.
Ojala lost his shutout when
Cardinal senior Denny Rieman drove
in fellow senior Barry Godown with
a two-out triple in the bottom of the
The lead changed many times in
the bizarre finale. The scoring began
in the bottom of the first when Ball
State stormed out of the gate to a
take 3-0 lead. That lead lasted about
as long as an ice cube in August, as
Michigan retaliated with six runs in
the top of the second.
After singling, Price scored on a
double by Fairman, who was
knocked in by sophomore catcher
Mike Matheny's two-out double.
Everly followed with a two-run shot
to give the Wolverines the lead.
The Cardinals stormed back to
take an 8-6 lead, but the Wolverines
refused to quit. Flannelly led off the
seventh with a single and scored on
Price's double. Fairman walked, and
rookie Scott Timmerman ran for
him. Junior Dan Ruff hit a sacrifice
fly to put runners on the corners
with one out.
Frosh Scott Winterlee then hit a
check-swing dribbler in front of the
plate. Ball State catcher Brad Jones
attempted to field the ball, which
allowed Price to score the tying run.
Timmerman came across with the
winning run on a double by
The excitement was not over,
however. The Cardinals put runners
on the corners with one out in the
bottom of the inning, but the rally
withered when Ron Murphy failed to
execute on a squeeze play and Mike
Schuck found himself caught in a
rundown. Murphy then grounded out
to end the game.
The Wolverines travel to
Bowling Green on Tuesday for a
single, nine-inning game. They open
their home season Wednesday
against Western Michigan with
another nine-inning contest at Fisher
Stadium at 3 p.m.
raw deal at Penn St.!
Making the NCAA basketball tournament is a great honor, and making
the NIT tourney is a nice consolation prize.
But at Penn State, there seems to be some confusion about this order.
The women's basketball team, called the Lady Lions, had won the right
to host a first-round game in the women's NCAA basketball championship
tournament. But they lost their right to host the tournament game the nest
day when the men's team was selected to host an NIT game on the sane
The Penn State campus has been referred to as Happy Valley. But on this
day, a lot of those smiling students got pretty ticked off.
"The students were angry," said Janyne Althouse, the President,:4f .
University Student Government at Penn State. "The women, who wele
going for a shot at the national tournament, were sent to Florida State a4d
not deemed as important as having a home game."
Lady Lions coach Rene Portland also hopes that next time, 06,
University is more sensitive to this issue, but she is trying to make waves
within the department instead of riling up people from outside. Insteadof
throwing around labels like 'sexist' and 'bigot,' Portland has tried to soothe
the uneasy feelings.
"We are not making it a female or a male issue," Portland said. "We are
making it an issue of fairness and one of communication. The communica-
tion lines in the athletic department were not open to us. Nor were they
open to the men's coach. The people who made the decision really didn't
think about it. About the only positive thing about it is that the com-
munity has really rallied around us."
For the basketball team, it is ironic that the biggest loss the Lady Lions
suffered came from their own supporters and administrators. The women's
team has been one of the strongest programs at Penn State, winning five of
the eight Atlantic 10 championships.
This season, the Lady Lions defeated Ohio State at Columbus and lost to
Purdue by seven points at West Lafayette. Their ability to play even with
some of the Big Ten's best schools leaves Portland believing her club can
compete in that conference.
Meanwhile, the men's team at State College just recently begun -to
succeed. Nittany Lion hoops fans get excited over NIT bids, which the team
has received the last two seasons. The athletic department has made a large
investment to see that their basketball team can be competitive with the
powerful Big Ten.
"With our move into the Big Ten, we really need to do a lot of things
with our men's program," Portland said. "(The athletic department) feels the
women's program can just take care of itself. They don't have to wony
about us. We can fit into the Big Ten right away."
Those students fighting for the women's team point to a double standard.
The women are consistent winners, and because of that, they can be shipped
to Florida so that the men's team can look good.
See BENSON, page 6
*Swimmer of the Year
by Mike Gill
Daily Sports Editor
INDIANAPOLIS - Winning an award is nothing strange to Michigan
swimmer Mike Barrowman. However, at the close of Saturday's
competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships,
Barrowman sat poolside and appeared a little stunned after being named
NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
"I would never have guessed to win this award," Barrowman said. "This
is the top collegiate award for swimming you could get. I never would
have guessed - I was hoping to break that record but I never would have
guessed that I would win this award."
Barrowman's 200-yard breaststroke time of 1:53.77 set a new NCAA,
American, and United States Open record, breaking Steve Lundquist's 1981
record of 1:55.01.
The award is voted upon by coaches and based on a swimmer's per-
formance during the three days of competition, which began Thursday and
concluded Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
"I'm really excited about it. I never thought I would win a short course
award like that but being on top of the game right now is fantastic,"
Barrowman said. "This is the first time a Michigan athlete has won NCAA
Athlete of the Year other than (basketball player) Rumeal (Robinson) in a
long time. It should be the kind of news that's a big deal at Michigan."
The Rockville, Maryland native is the world record holder in the 200
meter breaststroke and has already been received the 1989 U.S. Swimmer
of the Year award.
To win, Barrowman defeated Texas' Kirk Stackle, who won the 100-
yard breaststroke Friday. Stackle finished at 1:54.81 and led for the first
half of the race.
has wintery weekend
by Tom Kent
Daily Sorts Contributor
The Michigan women's track
team had everything it wanted
Saturday - an enthusiastic and
prepared group of athletes, a 4 X 100
relay team ready to break their own
school record, and the excitement of
a season opener. What more could
they have asked for?
Unfortunately, they got
something they didn't ask for- six
inches of snow.
Due to winter-like conditions in
St. Louis, the 1990 outdoor season
opener for the women's track team
was cancelled Saturday. The
cancellation was announced at 10
a.m. on Saturday, an hour before the
meet's scheduled start.
"Some members of the team did
some touring and sightseeing in the
city. We used the time like a
vacation day," coach James Henry
However, not everyone found the
gateway to the midwest as
"I just stayed in my room and
watched the basketball games," said
sprinter-hurdler Alana Davis who
was in no hurry to trade in her track
spikes for snow shoes. "I was
relieved that we didn't run because it
was so cold."
Teammate Dyan Jenkins
expressed her disappointment about
the trip. "We've been off for two or
three weeks and this meet would
have provided a good opportunity to
see where we stand and make some
judgements about where we need
Jenkins was especially looking
forward to running in the 4 X 100
relay with Michele Bishop, Gillian
Osborne and Suzette Thweatt.
"I feel comfortable with the relay
right now," Jenkins said. "I would
like to see this (relay) team qualify
for the NCAAs."
In the dark?
We've got Hylights
THERE ARE TWO SIDES T
BECOMING A NURSE IN THE ARMY
And they're both repre-
sented by the insignia you wear
as a member of the Army Nurse
Corps. The caduceus on the left
means you're part of a health care
system in which educational and
career advancement are the rule,
not the exception. The gold bar
on the right means you command respect as an Army officer. If you're
earning a BSN, write: Army Nurse Opportunities, P.O. Box 7713,
Clifton, NJ 07015.
ARMY NURSE CORPS. BE ALLYOU CAN BL
Distinguished Lecture Series
DR. GEORGE C. BOND
"Ideology, Persons, and Spirits:
The Yombe of Northern Zambia"
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Executive Committee Conference Room
Room 2553 LS&A Building
Reception immediately following the lecture
Other Lectures in this Series
- Will be Announced as they are Scheduled
This series is sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and
African Studies, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Complete suppliers for
Soccer, Softball and Baseball
Chocolate calms me down!
Drop by between classes
'4y Environmentally Safe
All Natural Cotton Diapers
Delivered to your Door.
Now Get Two Weeks FREE!