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BASEBALL:
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Baseball Write

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The Wolverine baseball team
split its doubleheader home opener
with Western Michigan yesterday,
winning the first game, 10-4, and
dropping the second, 6-5.
The Broncos (7-7) took the lead
late in the second game, when Steve
Looney belted a single into left field
in the seventh inning. John Timko,
whom Todd Marion had walked,
crossed the plate for Western's de-
cisive run.
Michigan (11-8) flirted with a

ns split
comeback in its final at-bat, as Matt
Morse singled and stole second with
two outs. Morse advanced to third on
Steve Buerkel's infield hit. But Tim
Flannelly's ensuing fly ball fell into
the glove of Bronco shortstop Chris
Dematral, giving reliever Kurt Van
Allsburg the victory.
"I had the guy I wanted up there,"
Michigan coach Bill Freehan said.
"He just didn't hit the ball well."
Western eliminated a 5-2 Wolver-
ine lead with three runs in the sixth
inning. After fouling off nine
pitches, catcher Brian Salzgaber
drove a Kirt Ojala change-up into the
gap in right-center, for a two-run
triple. Salzgaber later scored on a
single by Matt Mieske, which knot-
ted the score at 5-5.
"That was the hit that hurt us,"
Freehan said. "I thought Ojala made
12 to 13 excellent pitches (in that at-
bat). Give the hitter credit, though."

in home
All of Michigan's runs came in
the first three innings, including a
lead-off home run by Morse. Fol-
lowing a second-inning single by
Todd Winston, first-year designated
hitter Scott Winterlee roped a triple
off the left field fence. Winterlee
then scored on a Dave Everly single
to give Michigan a 3-2 lead.
In the third inning, first baseman
Andy Fairman launched a two-run
homer, his second of the day and
fourth of the season, knocking in
Phil Price for a 5-2 Wolverine ad-
vantage.
"I liked the way we swung the
bat," Freehan said. "At that rate, we
should have had ten runs in both
games; but the offense just stopped."
The offense remained potent
throughout the first game, as Mich-
igan snatched a 4-0 lead in the first
inning. Buerkel, Flannelly, and Price
hit consecutive singles for the first

-opener
Wolverine score. After a Todd Win-
ston walk and an RBI single by
Fairman, catcher Mike Matheny
smacked a two-run double to cen-
terfield.
Price led off the third inning with
a double. The two-bagger was his
200th career hit, placing him fifth in
the Wolverine record books. It also
gave Price 48 career doubles, one
behind co-leaders Casey Close and
Ken Hayward.
The senior co-captain rounded the
plate after Fairman rocketed a Bronco
fastball over the right field fence,
giving Michigan a 7-1 lead.
Righthanded starter Jason Pfaff
allowed three runs in six innings,
notching three strikeouts.
"Overall, we played well," Free-
han said after his Fisher Stadium
debut. "When we got beat, we didn't
beat ourselves."

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Sophomore designated hitter Todd Winston scores Michig an's fourh
first-inning run in the first game of a doubleheader versus Westerim
Michigan yesterday. The Wolverines won the first gam= .P)A, but lost
the nightcap, 6-5.

Davis on
by Tom Kent
Daily Sports Writer
If a day ever comes in Alana
Davis' life when she doesn't have
a hurdle to overcome, it will mean
only one thing - she's skipping
practice.
Don't count on it.
Alana Davis, senior tri-captain
of the women's track team is a
busy woman. She is busy pre-
paring herself for graduation, con-
ditioning herself for another
successful season on the track, and
most importantly she is busy en-
joying life.
"Alana is a very outgoing and
jolly person," coach James Henry
said. "Her teammates respect and
look up to her because of her hard
work and leadership."
Davis was recruited out of Jack-
son Lumen Christi high school,
where she was a two-time state
champion in the 100- and 300-
meter hurdles. She came to Mich-
igan as a sprint-hurdler and long

inside tr
jumper but after her first two years
she realized the multi-event comp-
etitions, the pentathalon and hept-
athalon, were best for her. Now,
after three years of competition,
Henry describes Davis as "one of
the top multi-event athletes in the
(Big Ten) conference."
Davis' efforts on the track in
her first three years earned her tri-
captain honors her final year. Dur-
ing the indoor season Davis
specialized in the pentathalon,
where she has finished fourth in
the Big Ten Championships for
the past two seasons. In the 1989
Penn Relays Davis finished fifth
in the heptathalon competing
against some of the top multi-
event athletes in the east. This
year Davis is hoping to qualify for
the NCAAs and to continue her
strong performance in the confer-
ence.
Davis' performance on the track
carries over into the classroom as
well. She was the Valedictorian of

'ack to multi-faceted future

her senior class at Jackson Lumen
Christi.
"My parents never put pressure
on me to do well in school,"
Davis said. "I've found that I per-

high school I would study for four
hours a day."
Davis is a math major but also
enjoys studying foreign languages.
In her free time she reads Louis
L'Amour novels, watches old Jim-
my Stewart films, and listens to
classics- the Four Tops and the
Temptations.
"I'm a traditionalist," Davis
said. "I like the old stuff."
Every Sunday Davis makes
time for two very special people in
her life, her parents. "I am very
close to my parents," she said.
"They are an important part in my
life and the decisions that I make."
The relationship that Davis
shares with her parents is indeed a
special one.
In Davis' sophomore year at
Michigan her mother suffered a
stroke which she has not yet fully
recovered from.
"It was a hard time in my life,"
Davis said. "I enjoy being with
my parents and I try to see them
and help as much as I can."
Davis continues to give

support to her family and keeps ait
optimistic demeanor.
"All in all life has beci i-(ity
good to me," she said. But He y
is a bit more impressed with her
perseverance.
"It defies logic," he said.
"Whenever Alana is having a hard
time in her life, as she was having
with her mother, she responds by
working even harder and getting
better results in whatever it is
she's doing. She is a tough
person:"
Davis is a rare student-athlete,
She leads her teaneaites by not
only guiding and motivating them
in competition, but by also
showing them there is life away
from the track. Henry acceptns md
admires Davis' success iii the
class-room, although he realizes
her true track potential might not
be reached. But he wouldn't have it
any other way.
"Alana shows it and she does
it," Henry said. "If I had to create
the perfect student athlete, I would
use Alana's mold. She is the per-
fect prototype."

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Davis
form my best with the extra
pressure."
Now in college, Davis' tireless
dedication is paying off. She has a
3.8 GPA and was recently admitted
to Michigan's Law School.
Davis will be the first to admit
she is a student and a runner, in
that order. "School has always
come first for me," she said. "In

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