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Spoits Monday Trivia
What baseball team held the
second best record in the
1980s?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
Sports Calendar 2
Get Rich Quick 3
Softball supplement 4
Baseball supplement 5

The Michigan Daily-- Sports Monday - April 9, 1990

"Women's
tennis
drops
*two
by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer

Big

Ten home

openers

Blue
finishes
8th at
regional
by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer

If only the nets had been a little
lower. If only the courts had been a
little longer. Those were the
thoughts that surrounded the Track
and Tennis Building this weekend as
he Michigan women's tennis team
dropped two close conference mat-
ches of the season, leaving their re-
cord at 12-7 overall, 0-4 in the Big
Ten.
On Saturday, the Wolverines
took on Wisconsin and were defeated
7-2. Michigan could only capture
one singles and one doubles match.
Amy Malik was the sole singles
winner at No. 5, pulling out a close
Watch 6-3, 7-5. Malik came back
from a 4-1 deficit to take the second
set.
In doubles, sophomore Lindsay
Aland combined with Jennifer Lev to
up their Big Ten win record to 3-0.
The two defeated Wisconsin's No. 3
and No. 6 singles players, Holly
Harris and Kristi Thomas, 6-1, 6-4.
But the match was much closer
than the score would reflect.
*Michigan's third seeded singles
player, frosh Kalei Beamon, played a
controlled, steady game, but key
shots just didn't fall her way, losing
to Harris 6-4, 6-2.
Aland at No. 4 was in complete
control of her match up until the
middle of the second set. She won
See N'wstn, Page 6
*Inj ury
dooms
men' s
otennis
by Michael Bess
Daily Sports Writer
Injuries play an important role in
sports, often serving as the difference
between victory and defeat. Michigan
men's tennis coach Brian Eisner
knows this better than anyone.
The Wolverines lost a pair of
dual meets this weekend, due in part
to the groin injury of number one
singles player David Kass. Michigan
suffered a 6-3 setback to North-
western on Saturday followed by a 5-
4 Sunday loss to Iowa.
Michigan split the six singles
matches against the- Wildcats, but
lost in all three doubles compe-
titions. Kass was rendered ineffective
by injury and lost in straight sets to
0 the number one ranked player in
college tennis, Todd Martin.
"David really couldn't do
anything against Martin, he was
really hurting," Eisner said.
See TENNIS, Page 6

KENNETH SMOLLER)Daily
Michigan ace righthander Russell Brock delivers focuses on home plate in his delivery against Iowa on Saturday. Brock did not receive much
support from his tean loss to the Hawkeyes. The Wolverines dropped three of the four games over the weekend to slip to 2-6 in Big ten competition.
Iowa gives Blue field of nightmares
by Matt Rennie

Daily Baseball WriterE
For the second consecutive weekend, the
Michigan baseball team dropped three out of four
games to a Big Ten opponent. The Iowal
Hawkeyes followed up their Saturday sweep by
splitting Sunday's doubleheader.
The Wolverines are now 2-6 in the
conference, 14-14 overall.
"I'm not certain what the problem is,"
Michigan coach Bill Freehan said. "I'm searching
right now. It's not a question of talent - it's
concentration."
On Saturday, the Wolverines' offense was as
cold as the weather, as Michigan managed only
one run for both games.
In the first game, John DeJarld, the
Hawkeyes' MVP from a year ago, held the
Wolverines bats hostage for seven innings to

earn a 4-0 shutout victory, The win raised
DeJarld's season record to 5-1.
. The Hawkeyes scored their first run, which
proved to be the game-winner, in the third
inning. Catcher Tim Canney started things with
a one-out walk. He then took second on an error
by Michigan starter Russell Brock and scored on
a single from third baseman Keith Noreen.
Iowa then added to their lead in the next
inning when Chris Hatcher led off with a single
and promptly stole second. Tim Anderson then
drove Hatcher in with a two-out single to center.
Leftfielder Brian Wujcik completed the
scoring with two-run homer with Tim Costo on
first in the sixth inning. Brock went the distance
for the Wolverines, dropping his record to 4-2.
It appeared the Wolverines would break out of
their hitting slump in the second game when

they scored a run in the first inning of the
nightcap.
Second baseman Matt Morse led off the
inning with a walk. After Tim Flannelly singled,
putting runners on first and second, the,
Wolverines pulled off a double steal, setting the
table for first baseman Andy Fairman. Fairman
hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Morse.
That proved to be the Wolverines' final run of
the game, as the team could scratch out only two
more hits in the rest of the game.
The lead was short-lived, as Iowa came right
back with a run in the top half of the second.
Chris Hatcher led off the inning by reaching on
an error by shortstop Dave Everly. Wujcik
bunted Hatcher to second, and Anderson drove

An eighth place finish out of a
field of ten at this weekend's NCAA
East Regional competition at Uni-
versity Park, PA, might not suit
some gymnastics coaches. But the
performance of Michigan coach Bob
Darden's squad did not disappoint
him.
The Wolverines finished with a
score of 268.60 but failed to qualify
for the NCAA Championships.
"Our highlight is qualifying for
the meet," Darden said. "We're
extremely happy that we made it."
The top four squads were
Minnesota, which scored in the
stratosphere at 286.05, Ohio State,
Penn State and Iowa. These teams
will travel to Houston next weekend
for the NCAA Championships.
The Wolverines
started out on the
pommel horse, and
finished with a
low score of
Ruben Ceballos
and Glenn Hill,
whose 9.65 qual-
ified him on the
pommel horse for
the NCAA's, had Ceballos
good perform-
ances.
"Starting on horse, we missed
four of six routines. It really didn't
set a good frame for the com-
petition," Darden said. "We started
off with a deficit, and it's tough to
work back from that point in the
competition."
After that, the Wolverines
chances for the NCAA's were
basically eliminated.
"The consistency wasn't what we
had anticipated. There were a number
of misses throughout the
competition," Darden said. "Maybe
we focused too much on the last
meet, and couldn't build ourselves
back up mentally."
Last week, Michigan scored a
season high 275.80 to qualify for
regional competition.
The ring squad was "tremendous."
Although the team scored 45.05,
Darden felt that the judges may have
been a little strict. He cited Jim
Round's 9.35, Ceballos' 9.15, and
Eliot Kim's performance as
examples. Kim had "the best per-
formance of his life," Darden said,
yet he only scored a 9.00.
The vault was another high
scoring event. "Everybody did
exceptionally well," Darden said.
Ceballos led the way for the
Wolverines, with a two vault score
of 18.4, qualifying for the NCAA's.
The horizontal bar "went really
well. We pretty much hit six-for-six.
You couldn't have asked for too
See NCAA, Page 6

him in with a

two-out single.
See IOWA, Page 3

Hutchins' squad
splits with Gophers
by Scott Erskine
and Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writers
There appeared to be two very different Michigan softball teams playing
in this weekend's Big Ten opener against Minnesota.
Friday, the team scored only a total of four runs, losing both games 4-3
and 2-1 in 11 innings. However, on Saturday the Gophers probably didn't
know what hit them as the Wolverines captured both contests, 10-1 and 4-0.
Kelly Forbis, a first year player, pitched the first game Saturday. She
gave up seven hits, no walks and two strike-outs, allowing the lone Gopher
run in the fourth inning. Forbis notched the victory, improving her record to
4-5 on the season.
Andrea Nelson pitched the second game, holding Minnesota to three hits
and no runs.
"(Friday) we'd get some runs, but we'd never get that key go ahead run,"
coach Carol Hutchins said. "When you get ahead of a team, it's easier to
relax and play good defense. We went after them all weekend. I was really
pleased with the whole performance."
See MINNESOTA Page 3

Michigan pitcher Andrea Nelson gets behind her fifth-inning pitch
against Minnesota. The Wolverines split the four-game series.

by David Schechter
Daily Sports Writer
Sitting on the balls of your feet
for the good part of two plus hours
gives you ample time to ponder your
existence.
Why do I chase after foul balls I
know I won't catch?
Why do I protect the plate from
hard-headed base runners, when I
know I'm going to end up flat on
my behind?
Why do I keep calling for
fastballs when I know I'll have to
pack my hand in ice after the game?
Why didn't I take up shuffle
board when I had the chance?

CATCHING

THE

WAVE

"You have a lot of
responsibilities out there at catcher,
letting the infield know what's
going on, calling the right pitches,
keeping the pitcher calm, calling the
plays, backing up bases. You have
to be heads up back there, and I like
to be in that position. I like to have
the ball all the time."
And her teammates do too.
Cooper is a pillar of consistency for
the Wolverines. Come game time
her voice from behind home plate
can be heard throughout the infield.
"Come on now, play tough. Let's
go. Be ready." She's the team
cheerleader, and she sees that as one

Women go easy in
Ohio;st11 take 2nd
by Tom Kent
Daily Sports Writer
One of the women's track team's most distinctive features this weekend
was its confidence - and with good reason. They were the favorite, they
were prepared, and they were coming off a strong performance in Raleigh a
week ago.
Because Michigan was favored to win the meet, coach James Henry
decided to relax on account of poor weather conditions and the risk of injury.
With a busy month ahead, Henry chose to withhold several runners from
competition. The Wolverines finished second, 30 points behind a strong
V.n .t c. ia

Cooper leads team as
dependable backstop

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