Page 10 -The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, April 1, 1992
'M' baseball leaves EMU
in the mire in opener, 3-2
Runners open spring
season at Texas meet
by Andy Stabile
Daily Baseball Writer
Neither Eastern Michigan nor the
Wolverines' own sloppy play was enough to
dampen Michigan's home opener yesterday.
The weather took care of that.
But a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Matt
Idoni in the sixth inning was the difference, as
the Wolverines defeated Eastern Michigan, 3-
2, on a rain-soaked field at Fisher Stadium.
Eastern gave Michigan (3-1 Big Ten, 7-13
overall) everything it could handle early on.
After starter Eric Persinger walked the second
batter, the Eagles (7-10) completed a hit-and-
run and double steal to load the bases. A Jason
McDonald single drove in Eastern's first run
before the side was retired.
Eastern tallied another run in the second.
And although that completed the Eagles' scor-
ing, they threatened in every inning besides the
seventh and ninth.
"You can't give an opposing team all the
opportunities to score runs we did today and
vin ballgames," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
The Wolverines also struggled on the of-
fensive side. But the problems weren't so
much in the batter's box as out of it.
Down by a run in the fourth inning, with
runners on first and second, first baseman
Toby Brzoznowski ran into an easy double
play trying to score from second on a slow
grounder to second base.
In the sixth inning, after Michigan had
taken the lead on Idoni's blast, rookie Ron
Hollis hit a gapper for a stand-up double, only
to fall for the hidden-ball trick, and be tagged
for the third out. Michigan was also thrown out
three times while attempting to steal, success-
ful only once.
"We gave ourselves a good chance to beat
ourselves. We've been doing that too much to
win," Freehan said. "I'm not happy with our
defense. I'm not happy with our catching. I'm
not happy with our baserunning. I'm not a
happy coach, but I'll take the win."
The victory did come with its bright spots.
Terry Woods and Aaron Toth, who took the
victory, teamed up to pitch three scoreless in-
nings, while Eric Heintschel needed to face
only seven batters to earn a save in two in-
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
While much attention will be
paid to how well the men's basket-
ball and hockey teams close their
seasons this weekend, the women's
track team will travel to Austin,
Texas, to run in its season opener,
the Texas Relays.
The Wolverines look to send two
relays and an individual performer to
the meet, which annually hosts some
of the country's top track and field
The relays will be Michigan's
NCAA-finalist 4x800-meter relay,
composed of Carrie Yates, Amy
Bannister, Jessica Kluge, and Kris-
tine Westerby, as well as the 4x400-
meter relay of Bannister, Westerby,
Richelle Webb and Jennifer Ridgley.
Hurdler Suzi Thweat will also make
"This is an opportunity for us to
see some of the fastest teams from
the South," Yates said. "We are re-
ally the only northern team repre-
sented, and we believe we should
hold our own with the others."
Although most of the Michigan
team and many other track teams
across the country remain untested
in the last few weeks, one particular
group of Wolverines has raced regu-
larly during that time.
The 4x800 relay recently returned
from the indoor national champ-*
ionships, where it established a new
school record of 8 minutes, 38 sec-
onds in prelims before placing se-
venth in the final.
With the approaching Olympic
track trials held in June, the quality
of the field should be as strong as
ever. Many elite runners will com-
pete, hoping to gain additional big-
meet experience before the trials.
"I remember traveling to this
meet my freshman year, and watch-
ing some amazing runners," Yates
said. "But we wouldn't send anyone
to the meet who we didn't think
could be competitive in their
The Wolverines depart for Austin
tomorrow, two short weeks after the
indoor NCAAs. While many
Wolverines enjoyed some time off
between winter and spring seasons,
those runners who competed at na-
tionals were forced to train through
last week to prepare for this meet.
"The runners who just finished
were able to run on their own for a
week after nationals, but then had to
get right back into the practice with
the rest of the team," Yates said. "I
don't think we will have any trouble
running well at Texas."
With a Matt Idoni pinch-hit homer, the Michigan baseball
team won its home opener over Eastern Michigan, 3-2.
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all, this is Indiana."
Indiana will now begin a frantic
search for a successor to Knight. The
Hoosiers face Duke in the Final Four
Saturday night in Minneapolis.
Sources at Indiana revealed that
former Hoosier star Steve Alford is a
"I don't see what the big ruckus
is all about," Alford said, revealing
to reporters multiple scars and lac-
erations, apparently sustained during
his four years at Indiana. s-
At the close of the press confer-
ence, Knight made allegations that
his whipping is not a isolated inci-
dent within the Big Ten.
"I don't see what the big problem
is," Knight said. "I mean, I've heard
(Michigan coach Steve) Fisher up at
Michigan whips his players all the
time and no one gets on his case."
Fisher had no comment on the
accusation, but Michigan reserve
Chris Seter delivered this statement
"Shyeah, right. As if... Not,"
Knight refused to disclose any
plans for the future, but hinted at the
possibility of a cameo appearance in
the next Indiana Jones film.
Michigan boasts top
by Greg Richardson scored 8.1 to 8.7. For a club sport to
Daily Sports Writer score that high was extremely im-
Michigan's synchronized swim- pressive."
mers have taken the national scene Harling was impressed with
by storm recently. Wolverine senior 'A' figure swim-
At the U.S.S.S.I. National mer Karn Coto. The sophomore fin-
Collegiate Synchronized Swimming ished 25th out of 42 competitors.
Championships at Wheaton College Coto and her duet partner Molly
in Norton, Mass., they netted a Shaffer qualified for national trials.
fourth-place finish out of 21 teams. Shaffer took fourth place out of
"It was phenomenal," head coach 78 in the 'B' figures, while frosh
Jill Harling said. The fact that the Erin O'Brien netted sixth place in
only teams to finish ahead of the same competition. Coto, Shaffer,
Michigan - Ohio State, Stanford, and O'Brien competed together in
and Richmond - are all varsity pro- trios, placing seventh.
grams had Harling convinced that Jocelyn Gerich and Jesse
the Wolverines have the No. 1 club Tropman - Michigan's only senior
team in the nation. - were 11th out of 23 duets.
Michigan's team routine finished Two other swimmers - Nicole
fifth out of 14 schools. Balcom and Becky Trombley -
"The top routines were recording competed together for a fifth-place
mid-nine's," Harling said. "My girls finish in the team routine.
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