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Page 8- The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, April 3, 1990

Baseball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 1:00 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Softball
at the University of Detroit
Tomorrow, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30, 1990

Page 11 l

4Li
Badgers overcome
woes on Road to Joe
by Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer
DETROIT- On Sunday, Joe Louis Arena played host to a hockey
game. In attendance were a number of fans wearing red and white jerseys
rooting for the home team.
But this was not a Red Wings game. Instead, these people were there to
see the NCAA Division I hockey championships in which one of the
participants was the Wisconsin Badgers. They would go on to beat Colgate,
7-3.
Most of the estimated 10,000 Wisconsin fans drove to the game, having
embarked on an odyssey that took them anywhere from eight to 11 hours.
These Badger boosters arrived in full force with their red and white
paraphernalia. Leading the contingent was their mascot Bucky and a good
portion of the Wisconsin band.
"It's a great relationship the team has with the fans and we love them
all," said right winger Chris Tancill, who hails from Livonia. The team's
appreciation of the Badger supporters evidenced itself after the victory as the
players danced around the rink in celebration. Goalie Duane Derkson would
skate over to one section and bang his hands on the glass along with the
fans to signal their symbiotic bond.
Center John Byce, who had a hat trick in the game, looked at the fans of
another section and held up his index finger telling them that they, along
with the hockey team they follow, were "Number One."
Two other players on the team accepted a banner from a group of
younger fans and proudly held it above their heads for all to see. It read
"Wisconsin Hockey is #1 - Goodbye Seniors."
But five months ago, few of those same supporters would have
envisioned holding up that banner.
From the start, Derkson's ability in goal was questioned by the media
and fans alike as he replaced Curtis Joseph, a very popular performer who
now plays for the St. Louis Blues.
Then, in mid-November, after losing a game to Northern Michigan 11-5,
the Badgers held what people in Madison now refer to as "the meeting."
Though it marked only their second loss in 11 games, the Badgers were
dissatisfied.
"That was one of the worst games we ever played," Byce said. "We had
to have a meeting so we could put things together."
Following the closed-door session, Wisconsin proceeded to split their
next five series before finally turning themselves around. The team rode a
10-1-1 streak into the WCHA playoffs, which they won in four straight
games.
Next the Badgers won their four NCAA tournament games beating
Maine, Boston College, and finally Colgate for the championship. In total,
the team finished the year with an 18-1-1 run.
A major element of the Wisconsin squad were its seven seniors. After
losing in the quarterfinals the past two years these young men resembled a
team with a mission. Many had stated they would have had a somewhat
empty feeling if they didn't get that final victory after being so close in the
past.
Coach Jeff Sauer however, never had a doubt and emphatically stated his
faith in the Badgers. "We didn't have all the ingredients the last few years.
We were missing some commodities, some emotions," said the eighth-year
coach. "But we were a team this year. The first day we went out to run the
football stairs we all knew that this was a team."
Tancill might have summed up Wisconsin's philosophy best when he
commented on his winning the championship MVP award. "I can't accept
the award by myself. Thirty guys played well all year. It's an old cliche but
the whole team was the MVP."

BLUE SET TO REBOUND IN 'WASHTENAW SERIES'
Hurons slide into Fisher Stadium

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by Jeff Sheran
Daily Baseball Writer
Take it from the people at
Armourcoat II: you can't cook an
egg on a diamond. And if it's too
wet, you can't play baseball on it,
either. Nevertheless, Michigan will
attempt to play two today against
Eastern Michigan at Fisher Stadium.
The field may not offer ideal
playing conditions, no doubt
exaggerated by the fact that the tarp
remained in the dugout throughout
the rainy weekend. But Michigan
(12-11) will have to contend with
more than a soggy infield.

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The Hurons (7-9), who placed
sixth in the Mid-American
conference last season, sport a pair
of standout juniors. Scott Evans,
who batted .353 with 28 RBI last
year, returns to play outfield, and
shortstop Steve Waite finished last
season with at .302. Waite currently
posts a .321 average.
Six Michigan batters hold
averages above .300, where
sophomore Tim Flannelly leads with
FILE POTO a .386 mark. The third-baseman will
strong try to extend his 21-game hitting
streak at the expense of the Huron
hurlers.
First-baseman Andy Fairman
falls in at second, hitting .361.
Fairman also tops the Wolverine
home run chart, tied with shortstop
Dave Everly at four.
iled game Senior co-captain Phil Price has
ed out
tnnktwnstruggled at the plate with a .214

average, but has increased his
offensive production of late. In his
past four games, Price posted a .308
mark.
Michigan pitchers have compiled
a 4.05 ERA thus far this season,
while opposing hurlers have allowed
an average of 4.31 runs per game.
The Wolverines hope to rebound
from a 1-3 weekend record at Indiana,
its first four conference games this
year. Michigan coach Bill Freehan
couldn't find one specific problem as
the cause of the dismal series.
"I don't think you can pinpoint
one aspect of our game," Freehan
said. "If anything, it's been our
concentration - at the plate, on the
mound, in the field, everywhere."
The principal team problem for
Michigan recently has been its
inability to turn the one-run
ballgames into victories. The
tWolverines are 3-5 in such contests,
but have lost their last four one-run
decisions, including two to the
Hoosiers.
Righty sophomore Todd Marion
had been stellar in relief, allowing
zero runs in his first nine
appearances. But Marion has since
returned to earth, missing save
opportunities against Western
Michigan and Indianasto even his
record at 2-2 with four saves.
Freehan will probably send to the
mound first-year righthander Dennis
Konuszeuski and sophomore righty
Russell Brock to foil the Huron
bats.

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Senior co-captain Phil Price, currently batting .214, has come on
in the last four games, posting a .308 average for those outings.
Allard, Blue blank
Bowling Green, 1-0
by John Niyo

Daily Sports Writer
Michigan showed a little
resilience Saturday afternoon when it
bounced back to blank Bowling
Green, 1-0, in the five-team Ohio
State Invitational.
Some stifling pitching from
Jenny Allard kept the game close and
allowed the Wolverines to end their
stay in Columbus on an up note
despite overcast, rainy skies, and two
earlier losses.
Allard, an All-American last year
as a junior, gave up only six hits in
hurling the shutout to raise her
record to 5-4 on the season.
Offensively, Michigan struggled
somewhat on Saturday. Two bright
spots were rookie Kari Kunnen who
went 2-for-3 and sophomore catcher
Bridget Fitzpatrick, who notched a
hit and scored the game's only run.
"(Bridget) was really tough,"
coach Carol Hutchins said. "She
came out early to the batting cages
and got some work in. She hit well;
both days."
While the weather stole one
softball game from Michigan this

weekend - Friday's schedi
against Ohio State was rain
Utah and W~estern Illincis

more.
Utah squeaked out a 2-1 victory
over the Wolverines, scoring two
unearned runs off sophomore Andrea
Nelson. Hutchins was pleased with
Nelson's performance, though.
"Andrea did what we need her to
do," Hutchins said. "We need her to
dominate and she dominated Utah."
Michigan's only run was also
unearned. It came when Karla
Kunnen, the twin sister of Kari,
walked and then later scored on an
error.
The loss that hurt the most,
however, was Saturday's 5-3 loss to
Western Illinois.
The roof caved in on the
Wolverines in the final inning when
Western Illinois knocked in three
runs and knocked out Michigan's
Kelly Forbes, now 3-5, to walk
away with the victory.
The defeat spoiled a good day for
Fitzpatrick and Julie Cooper who
each had three hits.

Bedeviled! Rebs run Duke
ragged, take title, 103-77

DENVER, CO (AP)-The
NCAA's ultimate rebel won its
biggest prize. UNLV ended its
tournament of thrills and close
finishes with the largest margin of
victory in a championship game, a
103-77 win over Duke on Monday
night.
Jerry Tarkanian, the coach who
fought the NCAA in the courts for

the past 15 years,1
its first national
continued as the
most frustrating
records.

guided UNLV to
title and Duke
school with the
of postseason

0.

Anderson Hunt led the Rebels
with 29 points on 12 of 16
shooting. Larry Johnson added 22
points. Phil Henderson led the Blue
Devils with 21 points.

Doubles
aren't
trouble for
Blue
by Dan Zoch
Daily Sports Writer
To those who say doubles tennis
is unimportant, the Michigan men's
tennis team provided a resounding re-
sponse by winning all three doubles
matches this weekend against

Nebraska. The team salvaged a
tournament that began with two
crushing defeats.
David Kass, the nation's No.16
singles player, was the Wolverine's
sole standout in Michigan's 5-1
losses to No.6 Tennessee and No.23
Auburn at the Blue/Gray Tourn-
ament in Birmingham. He posted the
only wins for Michigan and brought
his overall record to 30-11.

Nebraska's top player, Matthias
Muellen beat Kass 6-7, 6-0, 6-4.
Michigan's second, third, and fourth
singles players followed in defeat
leaving the team down, 4-0 in the
best of nine match.
Fifth-singles player John Karzen
broke the Wolverine losing streak by
winning his match, 6-2, 6-0. Sixth-
singles player David Pierce also
won, which set up a do-or-die

situation for the doubles teams.
"We were down as a team, and
Coach (Brian Eisner) took us aside
and made us aware of the fact that we
were going to sweep doubles,"
Karzen said. "So we swept doubles."
The third-doubles team of Terry
London and David Pierce edged their
opponents, 7-6 in the third set to
give Michigan a 5-4 victory over
Nebraska.

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