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Men's lacrosse
vs. Bowling Green
Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Tartan Turf

_SPORTS
Tuesday, April 10, 1990_

The Michigan Daily,
acrse

Women's tennis
vs. Notre Dame
Thursday, 2 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
Page 9
Michigan

Hurons sweep

splits
aweekend
pair
by Andrew Brown
Daily Sports Writer
A sweep is exactly what the
Michigan Men's Lacrosse Club had
their eyes on entering this past
weekend in Evanston, Illinois.
& Things didn't go as well as they
thought.
First, on Saturday the club
looked far from impressive in a 12-6
victory over Northwestern. In what
club president Michael Kennedy
described as one of the weaker club
teams, Northwestern kept things
relatively close.
"We played very sluggishly,"
Kennedy said. "The only good things
that came out of the game were the
win and the fact that everyone got a
chance to play."
The big test came on Sunday as
the club faced a Wisconsin team,
who previously was the only club to
have defeated Michigan in the past
three years. It happened again as the
Wolverines fell to the Badgers, 8-6.
What hurt Michigan was a very
"poor start. Wisconsin got out to a 6-
2 halftime lead with a strong first
quarter performance. Eventually,
Michigan regrouped and made it
tight in the second half, actually out
scoring the Badgers 4-2.
However, Kennedy felt Michigan
had some excuses for their
disappointing performance.
"Wisconsin is a group of older
players, and they are more like a city
club. We were also missing some
]key midfielders and therefore could
only run two lines." he said.
Kennedy was referring to injured
Tim Riley and a few others who
could not make the trip. He also
made note of the lack of quality
competition.
"It's tough for our team when
Kone week we play the likes of a
Northwestern and another week we
* play a varsity squad like Michigan
;State," he said. "The competition is
po up and down that it very often
causes us to play to the level of our
opponents.. We were definitely hurt
on Sunday as it took us a while to
get heated up, and by that time it
-was too late."
The club is now looking down
the road at what they hope will be
,sweet revenge. The Big Ten Club
finals are April 22 in which they
expect to meet Wisconsin again.
"We were missing guys this
time, but next time will be a
different story. The revenge factor
will be tremendous," club member
Jon.Paul said.
From here, the Wolverines face
Bowling Green on Wednesday and
Lake Forest on Friday. Both are
home matches starting at 7:30 at
Tartan Turf.

in softball doubleheader

by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team
probably wishes the rain would have
come a little harder yesterday. The
Wolverines dropped two games to
Eastern Michigan, 7-4 and 5-2 at
Varsity Diamond. Both games were
plagued by rainfall, but nothing
serious enough to call the game.
Surrendering five sixth inning
runs doomed the Wolverines in the
first game while a squeeze bunt
helped lead to three seventh inning
runs in the second game, sealing
Michigan's fate.
"I'm disappointed, so are my
kids. That's all," a dejected Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins said yesterday
the Huron's sweep of the
Wolverines.
After Eastern jumped out to a 2-0
lead in the first, Michigan's first
runs of the day came in the bottom
of the third inning. Shortstop
Bonnie Tholl hit a triple to bring in
Kari Kunen and Kelly O'Conner.
Michigan (14-16 overall; 2-2 Big
Ten) broke the tie in the fifth.
Firstbasewoman Sue Sieler hit in
Sara Dyksterhouse.
"They're the type of team that
never gives up," Eastern coach
Connie Miner said. "We hadn't been
hitting the ball very well, so we told

them to get up in the box. Finally
we put it together, and they weren't
reaching for the ball."
Miner's strategy worked and
Eastern (17-16; 4-2 MAC) came
back in a big way during the sixth
inning. The Hurons scored a total of
five runs in the inning. Two runs
were a result of an error that came
after a Dawn Harbach hit.
"It's them, its their attitudes,"
Miner said. "They believe that they
can do anything, no matter what the
situation is, a lot of good things can
happen."
Michigan could only muster one
run in the last two innings. Jenny
Allard doubled with Kari Kunen on
second and Tholl at first. The shot
was enough to score Kunen but
Tholl was gunned down at the plate
in a bang-bang controversial play.
The second game was a pitching
battle between two first year players.
The Hurons' Gemie Goerl and the
Wolverines' Kelly Forbis each
scattered six hits.
Michigan scored first, as Tholl
batted in O'Conner in the bottom of
the third inning. Tholl batted in
another run in the fifth to regain the
lead.
This time it was the seventh
inning that proved to be lucky for
Eastern. The Hurons had a runner at

third, and first, when they called a
squeeze bunt.
"I consider myself fairly
aggressive," Miner said. "But we
have good bunters, and we have good
speed at third, so I like to put the
pressure on the defense. Fortunately
it worked."
The EMU team scored three more
times to win, 5-2.
Understandably, Hutchins wa4
not happy with the outcome. "I'm
really disappointed, and so are my
kids," she said. "We're not playing
'Im really
disappointed, and so
are my kids, We're not
playing bad ball, we
are just having trouble
winning. I don't know
why'
.- Carol Hutchins
Michigan Softball Coach
bad ball, we are just having trouble
winning. I don't know why.
"You've got to give Eastern
credit, I said that to my kids. They
do what they have to do, they hit the
ball."
Eastern's two comebacks also
impressed their coach. "The saying
it's not over till it's over, they truly
believe that," Miner said. "When
you believe that you can win a lot of
games.
"Just because its the Big Ten
doesn't make any difference to me.
We have a kind of rivalry because we
are right next door. Our players
really get up for it, so it is nice to
take two - last year we split. We're
just playing great right now."
Michigan did have some stand-
out performances despite the losses.
T'ull, who recently returned from a
shoulder injury, batted in four runs,
and Forbis had a good day at the
mound.
"We had a good game," Kunen
said. "We played hard the whole
game but they got the hits when
they needed them."

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
Sara Dyksterhouse is ready to field a ground ball and to handle the cold
weather during one of Saturday's game with Minnesota.

MSU next on schedule for 'M'_

by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan State is not considered the toughest team
in the Big Ten. In fact, they are currently ranked last.
But this team may be the best therapy possible for the
14-16 Michigan softball team. The Wolverines will
travel to East Lansing today in an attempt to improve
their 2-2 Big Ten Record.
The Wolverines are coming off a disappointing
doubleheader with Eastern Michigan. The team held
leads in both games, only to blow them in the last two
innings.
"We had a good game," Kari Kunen, a first-year
player, said. "We played hard the whole game, but in
the last inning they got the hits when they needed
them."
Michigan has been plagued by this problem

throughout the season. "We aren't playing bad ball,
we're just having trouble winning," Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said.
However, the Wolverines aren't ready to make any
changes in the line-up.
"We're going with what we've got, Kelly Forbis and
Andrea (Nelson), and Jenny when needed," Hutchins
said. "Our team's good, and I'm going to go with them.
"They didn't even play bad ball (against Eastern).
One error definitely hurt us, that should have been a 3-3
(tie at the) end of the inning."
Hutchins does not believe that her team's slow start
has ruined their shot at the Big Ten title.
"They're good people, and they're a good group, and
they'll bounce back. I just hope they bounce back in
time to save their season."

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