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Sunday, 1 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, April 25, 1990
Blue earns sweep
despite tame bats
Michigan shortstop Bonnie Tholl throws out a Western
at first base in yesterday's doubleheader.
Wolverine Kelly O'Connor (left) takes off around the bases yesterday.
Michigan swept a doubleheader from Western Michigan, 4-3, and, 1-0.
by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Writer
When Western Michigan came to
Varsity Diamond yesterday to play a
double-header against the Michigan
softball team, they came ready to
Unfortunately for the Cowboys,
no one told them they couldn't win
on emotion alone. The Wolverines
simply ignored WMU's dancing and
singing and played nearly flawless
softball. As a result, the Wolverines
swept the doubleheader, improving
their overall record to 23-19, while
WMU's fell to 13-19.
Michigan head coach Carol
Hutchins had a simple reason for the
victories. "We jumped on them and
our team just wants to win right
now. Their doing whatever it takes."
In the first game, Michigan
junior pitcher Andrea Nelson had a
strong performance for the
Wolverines, allowing three runs on
However, WMU was still able to
score three times. Senior outfielder
Deana Brady led the first scoring
drive for the Cowboys with a walk.
Teammate Julie Thayer then hit an
RBI triple. Junior outfielder Diane
Branch ended the scoring for Western
with her sacrifice fly, and after the
first inning, Michigan was down 2-
In the second inning, Michigan's
Sue Sieler, Heather Lyke, Karla
Kunnen, and Stacey Heams all
helped put together a three-run
scoring spree and Michigan led the
Michigan's senior first-baseman
Sara Dyksterhouse added another run
in the fifth inning to increase the
Wolverines' lead to 4-2.
The sixth inning, however,
proved to be the key inning for the
Wolverines. With one out in the top
of the sixth and WMU base runners
on first and second, Michigan's
sophomore second-baseman stopped
a hard ground ball in the infield and
converted the double play with
shortstop Bonnie Tholl and
The final Cowboy run came in
the top of the seventh inning when
catcher Luan Marienfeld scored on a
wild pitch and the final score favored
the Wolverines, 4-3. Junior pitcher
Kris Witucki picked up the loss for
sluggers set for second MSU sweep
Wolverines sluggers can reach .500 for first time this
by Matt Rennie
Daily Baseball Writer
Never let it be said that Bill
Freehan is not an environmentalist.
For its own contribution to Earth
Week, Freehan's Michigan baseball
squad is hoping to receive the East
Lansing City Beautification Award
with its second consecutive sweep of
the Michigan State Spartans.
One week ago in Fisher Stadium,
the Spartans fell victim to the Wol-
Overines' only doubleheader sweep of
the season. Since then, Michigan
split four games with then confer-
ence leader Illinois while the
Spartans took four straight from
Michigan's record now stands at
8-10 in the Big Ten, 22-19 overall.
Michigan State enters the double-
header with 13-5 and 24-11 marks.
Freehan hopes his team's recent
pitching success will continue
against the capable Spartan bats. The
Wolverine hurlers have not allowed
more than four runs in any of their
last ten games.
Righthander Jason Pfaff, who
shut out Illinois, 2-0, on Saturday,
will start the first game, and
southpaw Kirt Ojala will likely take
the mound in the nightcap. Pfaff is
rested enough to go the distance if
he's pitching well, while Ojala, who
pitched Sunday, will probably re-
ceive help from either Dennis
Konuszewski or Todd Marion.
These Wolverines will have to
contend with a Spartan lineup that
boasts a .295 average in conference
play. Outfielder Rich Juday and
catcher Craig Hendricks lead the
team in batting, with .448 and .402
averages respectively. That dynamic
duo is also tied for the team lead in
roundtrippers with five each and has
driven in nearly 40 percent of
Dating back to last season, the
Wolverines have won five straight
against the Spartans. Both games
this season were nip-and-tuck affairs,
with Michigan coming out on top 3-
2 and 2-1.
In the first game, the Wolverine
won in the bottom of the eighth on
an RBI single from Dan Ruff. State
gave away the second game when
Andy Fairman scored the winning
run on a wild pitch.
In the second game it yas
Michigan pitcher, first-year student
Kelly Forbis who picked up the win
with an outstanding one-hit shutout.
However, the Wolverines cooled
off somewhat offensively, and
although they threatened to scoreon
several occasions, they were only
able to score once.
This lone run was the result of a
wild pitch in the bottom of the first
inning after a sacrifice bunt by Tholl
put Dyksterhouse on third.
Shortstop Bonnie Tholl thought
that pitching was the key : to
winning. "I think we had a couple of
strong pitching performances 'by
both of our pitchers today," she said.
Captain Jennifer Allard agreed; "I
thought we hit the ball better today.
Kelly Forbis pitched a great game,"
she said. "Defensively we're starting
to pick up. This past weekend ve
played great defensively and (we glid
in) these two games too."
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