Page 10- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 18,1990
Sluggers bobble the
ball, lose to Central
by Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Writer
The seventh inning was unlucky
for the Michigan baseball team as
they lost to Central Michigan, 8-6,
yesterday at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The Chippewas (14-7, 4-0
M.A.C.) benefitted from two Wol-
verine errors in the seventh to score
six runs and overcome a 3-2 Michi-
gan lead. The inning started when
Michigan third baseman Tim Flan-
nelly could not handle a shot off the
bat of Dan Bergman, who took sec-
ond on the miscue.
Tim Dowd followed by laying
down a sacrifice bunt. But first base-
man Greg Haeger failed to tag the
bag, putting runners on the corners
with no outs. Steve Merriman then
delivered the big blow with a two-
run double to left.
"I thought Steve Merriman did an
excellent job with the bat," Central
coach Dean Kreiner said. "That was a
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The Wolverines (18-17 overall,
4-8 Big Ten) had just taken the lead
in the bottom of the sixth on back-
to-back home runs by Matt Morse
and Flannelly off Chippewa reliever
Central opened the scoring in the
second on an RBI single by Mark
Epple and added to their lead with a
single by Greg Green.
Michigan attempted to stage a
comeback in the bottom of the
eighth, scoring two runs, but left the
bases loaded when Morse drove a
shot directly at the rightfielder to end
Pat Bojcun closed out the final
one and one-third innings for Central
to earn the victory.
The Wolverines continue their
hectic schedule tomorrow with a
doubleheader at home against arch-
rival Michigan State. After taking
three out of four from Purdue last
weekend, the Spartans are in third
place in the Big Ten, one game be-
hind conference leader Illinois.
Junior outfielder Rich Juday
paces the green and white attack, hit-
ting .417 with five home runs.
Catcher Craig Hendricks leads the
team with seven round-trippers to go
with his .390 average.
'M' duals sickly MSU
by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
With injuries keeping the Spartans grounded, Michigan State should be
easy prey for an improving Michigan tennis team in East Lansing today.
Two of MSU's six starters are plagued with injuries and will not return
for the remainder of the season. This decreases the Spartans' chances o*
improving on a miserable 0-6 Big Ten record.
Yet Michigan's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Christine Schmeidel and Stacy
Berg, may still have to work to clip their opponent's wings. While State's
No. 1 and No. 2 seeds - Alex Hillbert and Molly Pothenberger -
currently post an 0-4 conference record, both are known for competitiveness
within the league.
"Even with the injuries, their original one and two are still there," Wol-
verine coach Bitsy Ritt said. "I anticipate some good matches at the top."
The Wolverines will also be helped by the confidence gained from their
first Big Ten victories. Michigan grabbed a pair of wins last weekend9
against Illinios and Purdue after dropping their first four conference matches.
"(Michigan State) is really struggling and we're confident from the week-
end," Ritt said. "I think we're just too strong at each position for them."
Western last 'M' prep
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's lacrosse
club will play its last regular season
game tonight against Western Mich-
igan (7:30 p.m., Tartan Turf) before
beginning the Big Ten tournament
Saturday at Northwestern.
"I think we'll be all right," cap-
tain Michael Kennedy said. "I think
we'll handle them."
Success has come easily lately as
the club beat a good Lake Forest
team Friday to raise its record to 11-
3. "Friday was wild, we looked real-
ly sharp in the first half," Kennedy
Western is a relatively young
club, but Kennedy sees some strong
points on the team. Like Michigan
"they have some kids from the Del
troit metro area, and that helps," he
Kennedy said Detroit suburban
high schools produce established, ex-
perienced lacrosse players. The play
ers can make extensive contributions
to college programs.
"We have the best talent-wise in
the Midwest," he said. "Other col-
leges have to train people how to@
play. There's a big difference, we can
move our energies toward playing
instead of fundamentals."
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