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Cycling
Michigan Criterion Bicycle Race
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Runway Plaza
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Friday, March 30, 1990
YOUNG HOOSIERS SET TO BATTLE 'M'

Men's gymnastics
MPichigan Invitational
Tomorrow, 7:30 pm
Varsity Arena
Page 11

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by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Baseball Writer
The Wolverine baseball team
opens up its Big Ten schedule this
weekend with four games in two
days against upstart Indiana at
Sembower Field in Bloomington,
Indiana.
Michigan (11-8), coming off a
doubleheader split with Western
Michigan on Thursday, faces a
young Hoosier team that looks to
rebound from its dismal last-place
conference finish (5-23) last season.
"This is a big weekend for us,"
said Hoosier coach Bob Morgan,
who is in his seventh year at the
helm for Indiana. "We have been
playing pretty well of late and it
would be nice if we could get off to
a good start in the Big Ten."
Indiana (12-10) utilizes an
extremely young squad which has
seen as many as six first-year players
in one game to date.
"It's going to be interesting to

see how our young kids will adapt to
Big Ten baseball," Morgan said.
The Hoosiers are paced by junior
outfielder Phil Dauphin's eight
home runs and .451 batting average.
In addition, the Wolverines should
expect to see frosh Steve Scheafer
and senior Doug Peters on thl
mound in two of the four contests.
Scheafer posts a 2-1 record and a
4.01 ERA, while Peters, who sports
an identical record, has recorded 25
strikeouts in 27 innings pitched with
a 4.61 ERA.
Michigan co-captain Phil Pric
feels that the Wolverines should
have no problems with Indiana.
"We're going to sweep," said the
confident senior outfielder. "Our
pitching staff will carry us, plus we
just started hitting the ball a bit
better this past week. I'm starting to
swing the bat a little better and
hopefully that will carry over to the
other guys.

Ten
"Tim Flannelly's been hitting
really well and when I start to hit,
it'll give him better pitches."
Flannelly, a sophomore third
baseman, hits for a .328 average.
The Hoosiers counter with the
equally torrid Byron Bradley at their
own hot corner. Bradley went 10-for-
15 during a three-game string that
saw Indiana defeat Depauw, Ball
State, and Tri State.
The talented Michigan pitching
staff has been led, thus far by
righthanded sophomore Todd
Marion. Marion has only allowed
one run on the season in 13 innings
pitched. And he has struck out 14
batters while walking only one.
The Big Ten opener will be
Michigan and Indiana's 118th
meeting, with the Wolverines
holding a large, 89-28 margin in the
contests.

STEVE SZUCH/Daily
Sophomore pitcher Jason Pfaff sends one towards the plate at Fisher Stadium Wednesday, against Western
Michigan. The Wolverines split a doubleheader against the Broncos, winning 10-4 in the opener, but dropping
* the second game 6-5. Pfaff pitched six innings in the victory, allowing three runs while striking out three.

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by Douglas Donaldson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team begins its Big Ten season this
weekend, with matches at both Iowa
and Minnesota. Head coach Bitsy
Ritt leads her squad into conference
play with a dual match record of 12-
3. That mark shouldn't provoke
undue optimism, however, as the
next few weeks will most likely
determine the fate of this year's
team.
"I think our record is impressive,
there's no doubt about that," Ritt
said. "I think we can be competitive
with the top teams in the Big Ten.
We've been hot all season. This
weekend will show just how hot we
are."
The Wolverines will face Iowa
this afternoon. The Hawkeyes, led
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Canzonery, currently have a Big Ten
record of 3-0. Last season, Michigan
defeated Iowa in dual match play by
a score of 7-2. The series record
between the two teams stands at 7-3,
in favor of the Maize and Blue.
"Iowa is doing very well this
year. They were originally picked to
finish sixth (in the Big Ten), but
they've already had two big wins
this year. They've beaten Wisconsin
and Northwestern, both among the
top four teams in the conference.
"Looking at their lineup, we
should be very strong against them.
Canzonery is nationally ranked and

will be a good match for Christine
(Schmeidel, number one Michigan
singles player)."
On Sunday, the team will move
on to Minnesota to play the Golden
Gophers, who currently hold a 2-1
conference record. A decidedly
tougher team than Iowa, the Gophers
are led by No. 1 singles player
Jennie Moe. Minnesota dominated
the Wolverines twice last season, by
scores of 9-0 and 8-1. The second
match took place at the Big Ten
Championships, where the Gophers
finished in fourth place. Minnesota
has traditionally fared well against
Michigan, sporting an 8-2 advantage
in series play.

According to Ritt, "Minnesota
should be even stronger than Iowa.
They have wins over Wisconsin and
Michigan State this year, but a loss
to Northwestern."
Ritt commented on the in-
creasingly competitive Wolverine
non-conference schedule, saying that
it was stronger this year than in the
past. "So it was not as disappointing
to lose some of those matches. I
would have liked us to have played
teams like TCU and Florida State a
little better, but losing to them
certainly doesn't mean we can't win
some big conference games this
year."

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