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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 7, 1992 - Page 11

Women golfers bottom out
Consecutive 14th-place finishes frustrate Blue linksters BASEBALL NOTEBOOK


by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
Back-to-back 14th-place finishes
are not what Michigan women's golf
coach Sue LeClair had envisioned
when the Wolverines kicked off
their spring season one week ago.
However, that is just what
LeClair has 'seen as Michigan fol-
lowed up its last place finish at
South Carolina by finishing 14th in
o the 16-team Indiana Women's
Invitational Sunday.
The Wolverines (353-350-348-
1051) outdistanced Bowling Green
(1057) and Notre Dame, but trailed
Indiana (958) by 93 strokes. Min-
nesota (969), Northern Illinois (982),
Penn State (987), and Ohio State
(989) rounded out the top five.
"I'm a little disappointed," Le-
Clair said. "We started to hit the ball
better. We need to get more work on
our chipping and putting."
Junior Wendy Bigler shot a 252
(87-85-80) to pace Michigan. Senior
Kristin Beilsten came in at 267 (87-
90-90) as did senior Erica Zonder
(88-89-90) and junior Tricia Good
(91-86-90). Rookie Jenny Zim-

merman's 272 (91-93-88) closed out
the scoring for the Wolverines.
"Wendy is getting it together,"
LeClair said. "Her 80 on Sunday
was a very good round."
Although LeClair said she was
disappointed with Michigan's per-
formance, it was not totally unex-
'We need to get more
work on our chipping
and putting.'
- Sue LeClair
Women's golf coach
pected, as the Wolverines have had
little time to practice because of in-
clement weather.
The Wolverines fared well in the
fall season and expectations are run-
ning high for this spring season.
However, since its spring break trip
to Florida, except for two tourna-
ments, Michigan has seen little but
the inside of a golf dome.
The domes help in keeping loose
during the winter months, but the
confines give little indication of how

one's swing is progressing. The in-
door environment also provides far
less than a complete practice as
chipping and putting are not
One of the Wolverines' goals in
Indiana was to play their best and
hope the weather would cooperate.
However, even this seemed too
much to ask.
"The weather was terrible," Le-
Clair said. "I thought (Indiana) was
going to call it after the first 18 on
Saturday. It was really cold, windy
and raining with snow mixed in."
Michigan has this week off be-
fore traveling to Purdue the follow-
ing weekend. Then, after another
week off, the Wolverines will com-
pete in the Big Ten Championships,
May 1-3.
Michigan took its NCAA manda-
tory day off yesterday and LeClair
will have her team on the fairways
the rest of the week before playing
18-holes Saturday and Sunday.
"I hope we will be ready by the
time we go to Purdue," LeClair said.
"We just hope the weather holds so
we can get things going again."

by Tim Rardin
Daily Baseball Writer
After its rugged 1-10 start to the season, the
Michigan baseball team has now won 10 of its last 14
games to push its overall record to 11-14, and 6-2 in the
Big Ten. With a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Ferris
State tomorrow, and a single game Wednesday at 3 p.m.
with Detroit, the Wolverines can expect to finally reach
the .500 mark. Why? Very simple. Michigan boasts a
16-2 career record against the Bulldogs and a 60-20-1
mark against the Titans. On top of that, Wolverine
coach Bill Freehan has not lost to either team in his
previous two seasons.
HOME SWEET HOME: For a while, it seemed as if
the Wolverines would never get a chance to play in the
friendly confines of Fisher Stadium. After 19 straight
road games, Michigan's scheduled home opener against
Saginaw Valley was canceled because of snow. But a

'M' baseball
looks for .500
week later, the weather cooperated and the Wolverines
responded with a pair of victories over Eastern
Michigan and Toledo. Michigan now has time to get
comfortable with a nine-game homestand.
GREAT SCOTT: Junior second baseman Scott
Timmerman earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week hon-
ors last week, after going 8-for-12 in four games against
Purdue. Timmerman, a switch-hitter, owns the fourth-
best batting average on the team at .311, and stands at
.321 in the Big Ten. Senior co-captain Steve BuerkeL
leads the way for Michigan with a .362 average.
FROSH START: Freehan said he has been pleased'
with the contributions of some of his first-year players
of late. Rodney Goble is tied for the team lead in RBI
with 12 in only 46 at bats. Scott Niemic keyed.
Michigan's victory over Toledo last week with a double
and a triple and two RBIs, and pitcher Heath Murray
leads the staff with three victories.


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