Blue hitters take three on
the road from Wildcats_
The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - April 6, 1992- Page 7.
Golfers 14th in
by Brett Forrest
by Andy Stabile
D aily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team went
into this weekend's four-game stint
at Northwestern riding a five-game
winning streak. The Wolverines
couldn't come out of the weekend
with the streak intact, but did man-
age to take three games.
The Wolverines (6-2 in the Big
Ten, 11-14 overall) pounced on the
O Wildcats (2-6, 9-17) early and often
in the front end of Saturday's
doubleheader. Michigan's three first-
inning runs were enough for junior
Eric Heintschel, who started and
went the distance to pick up the
victory. The Wildcats could muster
only one run in each of the third and
fourth innings. Michigan went on to
score five more runs and win, 8-2.
In Saturday's second game, the
Wolverines couldn't get passed the
pitching of Northwestern's Jason
Sandt. Michigan's Bubba Wyn-
garden knocked in Kevin Crociata
for the team's lone run, which stood
until Northwestern hit reliever Todd
Marion for three runs in the sixth
inning. Michigan lost by that 3-1
Yesterday belonged to the
Wolverines, as they pounded Wild-
cat pitching for 10 runs in the first
game. Michigan scored in clusters
with two in the third inning, two in
the fifth, three in the sixth, and three
more in the seventh. Dennis
Konuszewski picked up his second
victory of the season, going five and
two-thirds innings. Todd Marion
closed out the game to pick up save
No. 5 on the season.
Steve Buerkel and Scott
Winterlee both went 3-for-5 in game
one. Winterlee's effort extends his
r hitting streak to eight consecutive
games. Sophomore Nate Holdren hit
a towering fly ball that dropped in
r for a double and cleared the bases
for three RBI.
Much like Saturday's nightcap,
yesterday's second game proved to
be a pitchers' duel. Michigan's
Heath Murray held the Northwestern
bats scoreless through seven, but
Wildcat pitching did the same to
Michgian. In the eighth, with
runners on the corners, Buerkel hit a
grounder up the middle with Scott
Timmerman stealing. Buerkel was
thrown out, but scored Wyngarden,
who originally reached base on an
error. The Wolverines held on to
preserve the 1-0 triumpth.
Harsh weather conditions and a lack of practice time-
doomed the Michigan men's golf team to a poor finish
this past weekend at the Johnny Owens Invitational at
The Wolverines finished the 36-hole tournament in
14th place in a field of 19 schools, with a two-day score
of 638. Michigan State holed out in the top spot with a
total of 605 strokes.
The competition was scheduled as a 54-hole event
but was reduced to 36 holes due to cold weather and the
poor condition of the course. "The weather was ob-
scene," senior Anthony Dietz said. "It was in the 20s.
"If you weren't concentrating and giving it your all,
you could make nines and tens. The wind was gusting;
there was sleet, it was raining, and the course was really
The weather was an element with which every team
had to deal. However, Michigan was at a disadvantage
in the number of practice rounds it had logged in the
weeks leading up to their time in Kentucky.
"I'll tell you what hurt us, in all honesty," Michigan
coach Jim Carras said. "I'm not gonna make any ex
cuses for the kids. What hurt us is that we haven't had a
chance to play since we have been back from Florida -
three weeks now. We haven't been outside to play one
round of golf."
The weather is something that has hurt the
Wolverines for the entire spring campaign. They are
seldom able to practice outdoors, yet they must compete
against southern schools which have been playing for
months on end. "You just cannot go out there and play'
good golf if you haven't been out there playing,
(consistently)," Carras said. "That's our dilemma."
This time around, they faced a Michigan State
squad coming off some free time down South.
"State just came off their spring break and had been
playing all last week," Carras said. "In fact, they evet"
played this course Monday, coming back home from
"It's almost comical. It's becoming almost sense,;
less," Dietz said. "All the guys want to play well, but
when we get to the tournament we haven't had any-
practice, we're all off. We gotta have some decent
weather and have a chance to do something. It just gets
There is a sense of urgency surrounding the teamr
now. Time is running out for a berth in the NCAA
Tournament. The next five tournaments will count for.
consideration for All-Big Ten selection. There is a,
feeling that the team has too much talent to be perform-
ing the way it has been.
"My feeling is this: In spite of the conditions, in
spite of everything, if we've got the kind of team I think
we have, we should not have kids shooting in the mid-
eighties," Carras said. "I am very disappointed in those
scores. I am disappointed because I know we're better..
Michigan firstbaseman Chad Chapman crosses the plate in action earlier this season against
Toledo. The Wolverines won three of four games against Northwestern this weekend.
Softball splits twinbills
by Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team
opened its Big Ten season last
weekend at newly-renovated Varsity
Diamond by splitting two
doubleheaders with North-western.
However, coach Carol Hutchins
thought the Wolverines should have
been more successful.
The first letdown happened when
the Wildcats (2-2 Big Ten, 12-14)
stole away Friday's early game with
the aid of Michigan defensive
mistakes. The Wolverines scored
three runs in the sixth inning to
overcome a 2-0 deficit, but in the
last inning, the Wildcats scored three
unearned runs on two Wolverine
errors. Northwestern pitcher
Michelle Hawkins (8-6) shut out
Michigan in its last at-bat to secure
the 5-3 victory, while Michigan
sophomore Julie Clarkson (3-6)
suffered the loss.
The other letdown was
Michigan's defeat in Saturday's first
game by a 5-0 tally. After scoring a
run in the sixth inning, the Wildcats
capitalized on three Wolverine errors
and a wild pitch in the last inning,
scoring four runs to secure the
There were bright spots for
Michigan this weekend as well,
notably Clarkson, who earned her
fourth victory of the season (against
six defeats) as she shut out the
Wildcats in Saturday's nightcap, 2-0.
Michigan shortstop Mary Campana tags Northwestern's Susan Harrelson while she tries to
steal second base during Friday's action. The Wolverines won two games this weekend.
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