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Men's Tennis
vs. Northwestern
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Wisconsin
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Track and Tennis Building

The Michigan Daily_ F
HAWKEYES BRING THEIR HITTING CLINIC TO MICHIGAN

riday, April 6, 1990

Page 10

by Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Write

pitchers face test

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After a week in which rain and
cold weather have wreaked havoc on
the playing conditions, Michigan
baseball coach Bill Freehan is
hoping that the Iowa Hawkeyes can
bring him a Field of Dreams - a
dry field.
The Hawkeyes could prove to be
a nightmare for Wolverine pitching
as they bring their hitting clinic to
Ann Arbor for doubleheaders on both
Saturday and Sunday.
Iowa returns 22 letterwinners, the
most in the Big Ten, from the squad
that led the conference with a .328
batting average last year. The
Hawkeyes also rocked opposing
pitchers for 66 home runs in 1989.
Those numbers are not likely to
decrease this season, as all of last
year's key starters return, including

shortstop Tim Costo. Costo, a
junior, led.the conference last season
with with 21 home runs and 77
RBIs, which was good enough to
earn him pre-season all-American
honors.
The hitting does not stop there.
Costo is joined by third baseman
Keith Noreen, a two-time all-Big
Ten selection and Chris Hatcher, the
team's leading hitter with a .404
average.
Iowa coach Duane Banks hopes
his team's experience can put the
Hawkeyes in contention for the Big
Ten title.
"We have a lot of experience back
and that is always nice to have,"
Banks said. "We could have an ex-
ceptional season if our pitching
comes through."
Banks' pitching is anchored by
three returning starters. Among these

is senior righthander John DeJarld,
who won 1989 team MVP honors.
The starters will find relief in the
bullpen, where Brian Kennedy, an-
other senior righthander, brings back
his 2.51 ERA of a year ago.
These starters will try to put an
end to Michigan third baseman Tim
Flannelly's 22-game hitting streak,
which he extended with an eighth-
inning single against Central Michi-
gan Wednesday. Despite the streak,
Flannelly's goals are team-oriented.
"We're going to come back
strong this weekend," he said.
"We've got a lot to prove. We had
an off first weekend at Indiana."
Freehan should have his entire
pitching staff at his disposal for the
four-game series, after using no one
for more than two innings against
Central.

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Michigan infielder Andy Fairman slides hard into home in Wednesday's game against Central Michigan. The
Wolverines will host Iowa Saturday and Sunday at Fisher Stadium.

Gymnasts hope to prolong season

Pair of key games on
tap for Lacrosse Club

by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer
A season that started off with two
low scores and not much fanfare
ended with the highest point-total in
recent history as the men's
gymnastics team catapulted into
NCAA competition with a 275.80 at
last weekend's Michigan Invita-
ational.
The team will compete in the
East Regional meet tomorrow
evening at Penn State. The goal will
be to advance to the NCAA
Championships, April 19-21 at
Houston-Baptist University.
The team's performance last
weekend included season-high scores
on four events, plus a season-best
all-around score.
Because their scores were so
much higher than usual, one has to
wonder whether the judges failed to
deduct all possible points, in order to
give Michigan every possible benefit
so that they could qualify for
NCAAs.
Michigan coach Bob Darden said
that Michigan State coach Rick
Atkinson, who was at the
Invitational, questioned the judges

on this very subject, and was told by
two of them that the Wolverines hit
on all but one of their counting
routines, so "the performances
backed the scores," Darden said.
The top ten teams in an East and
West region advance to their
respective regional meets. The teams
are selected based on a three-score
average, only one score of which can
be from a home meet.
The Wolverines finished tenth in
the East, with a three-meet average
of 271.68.
Going into the weekend,
Michigan was eleventh in the
region, and they knew that they
needed at least a 274 to pass Temple
and gain the last spot in the region.
After posting their score, the
team members were still unsure
whether they had made the
competition because Temple had a
meet that night and could have taken
back the spot with a high score.
As it turned out, the Owls posted
a very good score, but the score that
was replaced in their average was
also a high score, so their meet did
not help them as much as
Wolverines' helped themselves.
Other teams represented in the

East Regional include Illinois-
Chicago, the Naval Academy and
Syracuse. The rest of the field has a
distinctly Big Ten flavor with
Minnesota and Ohio State - ranked
second and third, respectively, in the
country - as well as Iowa,
Michigan State, and Illinois all
participating. "Penn State, that other
Big Ten school, will also be on
hand," Darden said.
In addition to qualifying teams,
the top six.individuals in each event
and in the all-around, also selected
based on a three-score average, will
get a chance to advance to the
championships on their own.
Darden sees a big advantage
going as a team. "You have a team
there supporting your performance,"
he said. "It's very hard competing as
an individual. You might know
other guys, but you don't have that
team spirit."
The meet will have all six events
running at once, with two teams per
event. The last two groups will be
made up of the all-arounders and the
individual event competitors.
Darden feels that his squad "can
keep pace with a lot of those teams."
EUr rPEr CA]R:

In order to qualify for the NCAA
Championships they would have to
finish in the top four on Saturday.
"I think we need to score around a
278 at Regionals to assure ourselves
of a spot at the NCAAs," he said.
"However, you never know what
kind of scores will be posted when
all ten teams are in the same arena
being scored by the same judges."
The top twelve individual
finishers in each event will also
advance to the Championships.
Michigan's individual hopes lie
primarily in pommel horse
performer Glenn Hill. Darden also
looks for Jim Round and Ruben
Ceballos to possibly come up big
on multiple events, and Tony
Angelotti to score well on the floor
exercise, where he posted a career-
high 9.85 last week.
Although Darden is confident that
his team's last performance was no
fluke, he is also being realistic. "All
we can do is finish higher than
tenth," he said.
However, he thinks that a repeat
of that score is possible. "If our
workouts this week are any
indication, we should do well."
In the dark?
We've got Hylights
Daily Sports

by Andrew Brown
Daily Sports Writer
In its push to win the Big Ten
Championship, the Michigan La-
crosse Club goes to Evanston,
Illinois this weekend for two big
games.
On Saturday the squad will face
Northwestern, a club the Wol-
verines really do not expect much
competition from. However,
Sunday they face Wisconsin - a
team which coach Bob DiGiovanni
perceives as the toughest compe-
tition in the conference, and the
only Big Ten club to beat Michigan
in the last three years.
"This game will make or break
the Big Ten season," DiGiovanni
said.
Presently, the lacrosse club
holds a 6-2 record with wins over
Illinois, Iowa, and LSU. The two
losses came at the hands of varsity
squads, one being Michigan State,
which is very well known for its
solid lacrosse program.
The impressive start has given
Michael Kennedy, the club pres-
ident, reason to feel enthusiastic
about his team.
"We are having an excellent
season. We have a lot of talent with
a real good freshman group. We
have cleaned up on the lesser teams

and played MSU tough, our
toughest opponent of the year,"
Kennedy said.
The Wolverines, members of the
Big Ten Lacrosse League, will find
themselves in the thick of the
conference schedule with this
weekend's games. The other mem-
bers include Iowa, Illinois, Purdue,
Wisconsin, Indiana and North-
western. The season winds down
with the Big Ten Champ-ionships,
April 21 and 22 at Northwestern.
While the team's obvious goal
is to win the league title, coach-
DiGiovanni sees other obstacles to.
hurdle.
"I just want our team to play
excellent lacrosse and to promote
the sport," DiGiovanni said. "Our-
record over the last three years is
43-9. Fan support and enthusiasm'
in the area is really building. I just
want it to continue."
Many club teams eventually
hope to gain varsity status. While.
the Lacrosse Club is no different,'
this is certainly not of primary
importance.
"We are a model of club"
lacrosse," DiGiovanni said."We are
a first class organization that gets,
better and better. We are quite a
success where we are.

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