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at Penn State
Friday, 3 p.m.
Lady Lion Field


Women's Tennis
at Iowa
Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Iowa City
Page 8

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, April 9, 1992


splits with
by Meg Beison
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team bat-
tied Bowling Green in two hard-
fought games yesterday to come
away with a split decision. The
Wolverines lost the first game, 3-2,
but battled back to win the second,
The first game went into extra
innings as Bowling Green scored the
winning run in the bottom of the
ninth. Bowling Green pitcher Jody
Record went the distance and held
the Wolverines to eight hits while
improving her record to 12-2.
Both teams struggled to cross the
plate as Michigan left 11 runners on
base, while Bowling Green stranded
10. The Wolverines scored first with
a run in the third inning, but the
Falcons came right back in the bot-
tom of the inning to take the lead,
scoring two runs of their own.
Michigan evened the score at 2-2 in
the fifth, but would not score again.
Starting junior pitcher Kelly
Forbis was replaced in the fourth
inning by frosh Kelly Kovach.
Kovach, who is No. 2 among Big
Ten strikeout leaders, struck out
seven Bowling Green hitters as she
held the Falcons scoreless until the
ninth, but recorded the loss bringing
her record to 6-5.
Junior Patti Benedict led the
Wolverine offense going 2-4, with
one RBI.
Michigan, (2-2 Big Ten, 15-15
overall), came back to win the
nightcap, 3-0. Tough pitching and
strong defense held the Falcons to
just four hits.
Sophomoreapitcher Julie
Clarkson, who leads the Wolverines
with a 1.94 earned run average,
struck out four and gave up one
walk as she improved her record to
Kovach, although not on the
mound, saw action in the second
game and again was a key compo-
nent. Kovach went 2-3, with one
RBI as the designated hitter.
Sophomore third base player Tina
Martin went 1-3 with one RBI and
one run scored.
Michigan scored one run in the
third inning and two in the fourth to
secure the victory in the low-scoring
defensive battle.
Sophomore infielder Mary
Campana led the Wolverines on the
bases with three stolen bases on the
The Wolverines will continue
Big Ten action Friday and Saturday
when they head east to face first-
year conference opponent Penn State
with doubleheaders both days.
,Michigan faced Penn State in a
closely fought game earlier in the
season with the Wolverines coming
out on top, 4-2. Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins believes Penn State
is a tough team that is "going to beat

some people."
Michigan resumes Big Ten play
leading the league in several cate-
gories. The Wolverines .249 batting
average and .296 on-base average
are both the highest in the league.
Junior centerfielder Kari Kunnen
leads the Big Ten in runs scored
with 14. Benedict is tied for the top
spot in triples, while being tied for
second in runs scored (10) and RBIs

Buerkel leads Blue

over Detr
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team is finding
ways to win ballgames. For the second time in
as many days, the Wolverines garnered victory
from the jaws of defeat as they came from be-
hind to win, 6-3, over Detroit Mercy yesterday
at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The victory upped the Wolverines record to
14-14 (6-2 in the Big Ten), no small accom-
plishment considering they opened the season
with one win in their first 10 contests. The loss
dropped the Titans to 7-10.
Michigan trailed, 3-1, heading into the sev-
enth inning when senior co-captain Steve
Buerkel smashed a Tim Bruce delivery over
the left field fence for his first home run of the
season to make it a one-run game.
The center fielder's heroics were not over
as Michigan entered the eighth. Matt Copp led
off the inning with an infield single. Todd
Fracassi, making his first appearance as a
Wolverine, attempted a sacrifice bunt, but no
one covered first, allowing Michigan to have
runners on first and second.
Rodney Goble continued the rally with an-
other infield hit, loading the bases for Buerkel.
He continued his fine performance with a sin-
gle to left, scoring two, including the go-ahead
run. Scott Winterlee ended the scoring with a
double down the line to send home the
Wolverines final two runs.
Todd Marion closed out the game and col-
lected his seventh save of the season. But
Michigan's key player was Buerkel, who
ended the game 4-for-5 with a home run, three
RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. It

marked his 46th multiple-hit game in his 131
"Late in the game we used to just roll over
and die," Buerkel said. "But that eighth-inning
rally won the game for us. It's little things like
that which we've improved on."
Michigan's bats were hot all day, belting
out 13 hits. However, the Wolverines were un-
able to capitalize on their opportunities,
stranding nine runners in the first six innings
and 12 for the game. Buerkel felt that with the
team hitting as well as it was, it was only a
matter of time before the runs would cross the
"We were putting pressure on them all
day," Buerkel said. "We just weren't coming
through when we had to. It just a matter of get-
ting the key hit when we needed it. Things fell
for us in the eighth inning."
The Wolverines used five pitchers, includ-
ing Marion. Eric Heintschel started the game
and pitched two hitless innings. Heath Murray
followed and gave up the Titan's three runs in
his two innings of work. Eric Persinger and
Dennis Konuszewski also pitched, with
Konuszewski earning the W.
These four are the probable starters for this
weekend's Big Ten home matchup against
Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are 14-14
with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. They play the
Wolverines in a pair of doubleheaders
Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Buerkel feels
very confident about this weekend's matchup.
"I think we've learned how to win basi-*
cally," Buerkel said. "We had to learn how to
win. We lost a lot of one run games and now
we're winning them."

Michigan's Eric Persinger pitches during the Wolverines' 6-3 victory over Detroit-Mercy yester-
day. The Wolverines, now .500, play a home series against Minnesota this weekend.

Injury-ridden M' netters fal
short a,.,.gainst West Virginia, 6-2 .
by Todd Schoenhaus

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Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team attempted to win
its first non-conference match of the season yesterday
against West Virginia. Playing without three starters
and handicapped by injuries affecting the play of two
others, the Wolverines (3-3 Big Ten, 3-11 overall) did
not have a fair shot.
Despite losing, 6-2, the makeshift Michigan lineup
put forth a strong effort. Captain David Kass provided
one of the victories, defeating Mark Booras, 6-3, 7-5.
"My match went pretty well," Kass said. "The guy is
6-foot-8 and has one of the biggest serves in college. I
knew that if I could return serve alright and break him
once each set, I could probably hold my own serve and
win the match."
Mitch Rubenstein tallied the second victory, drop-
ping Manola Mourk, 7-6, 6-2. Rubenstein moved up a
spot from his normal third singles slot to fill in for Dan
Brakus (exterior rotator cuff).
Terry London, still feeling the effects of an intestinal
disorder, lost to Joran Bergwak, 7-5, 6-1. Adam Wager
was also defeated in straight sets, falling to Steve
Flannigan, 6-2, 7-5.
"I didn't serve or return well today," Wager said.
"He served effectively while I struggled. Besides, be-
fore most of my matches Jalen Rose gives me a pep talk
in class - for this match I missed out on my talk."
Fellow frosh Greg Artz played the only three-setter
of the day. Not a usual starter, he lost to Steve Duffin,
6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Grady Burnett became the third rookie in
the singles lineup when John Lingon could not play be-

cause of tendinitis in both knees. Rod Stuvela tri-
umphed over Burnett, 6-1, 6-4.
Down 4-2 after singles, Michigan still could have
won the match by sweeping doubles. However, Kass
could not play due to forearm tendinitis aggravated in
his singles match. Mike Nold, who played two years
ago, made his season debut while filling in for Kass.
Nold teamed with London to challenge Booras and Rod
Gonzalez. West Virginia won the match, 6-3, 7-5.
Lingon, not having the mobility to play singles,
paired up with Scooter Place at second doubles. Place
was filling in for Eric Grand (fractured toe). The
Mountaineer tandem of Bergwak and Flannigan was
triumphant, 6-2, 7-5. Third doubles was not played be-
cause West Virginia had already clinched the victory.
"The important thing is to realize we went with a
makeshift lineup consisting of many guys who wouldn't
be playing if it weren't for injuries," Wolverine coach
Brian Eisner said.
"I am fairly pleased with how we did, considering
many of our top guys had to sit. West Virginia is a good
team that played real well. They are just as solid at 4, 5,
and 6 singles as they are at the upper three."
Eisner does not think that Brakus, Lingon, and
Grand will be able to compete this weekend, when
Michigan hosts Minnesota and Iowa. However, he is
not too concerned about what goes down in the record
"My biggest concern is that we get prepared for the
Big Ten Championship in early May," he said. "It's not
as important if we win or lose before then."


Jays overcome two Fielder homers

DETROIT (AP) - Cecil
Fielder's two home runs and six
RBIs weren't enough to overcome
homers by Roberto Alomar and Pat
Borders, as the Toronto Blue Jays
outlasted the Detroit Tigers 10-9
Fielder, who hit 51 home runs in
1990 and 44 more last year, hit his
second and third homers and
matched his career high with the six
runs batted in.
Neither starter lasted long.
Detroit's Frank Tanana (0-1) yielded
five runs on four hits in two innings.
Todd Stottlemyre gave up five runs

on four hits and seven walks in 4 1-3
Ricky Trlicek, in his major
league debut, gave up two runs on
two hits in two-thirds of an inning,
before Tom Henke came on in the
sixth. Henke, the third of five
Toronto pitchers, allowed one hit in
one inning for the win.
Dwayne Ward got the last six
outs for the save.
The Blue Jays scored three in the
second and three in the fifth. The
Tigers scored four in the bottom of
the fifth.
Dave Winfield raised his batting
average to .800 with a first-inning
single that scored Joe Carter. But the
Tigers got that back in the bottom of
the inning when Dan Gladden
reached on an error by third base-
man Kelly Gruber, moved up and

scored on a sacrifice fly by Fielder.
Alomar, who hit nine homers last
season, keyed the fourth with a shot
that cleared the screen in left-center,
about 390 feet from home plate.
Manuel Lee's RBI grounder drove
in John Olerud, who started the rally
with a walk. Candy Maldonado and
Devon White scored on Alomar's
- Maldonado entered the game
when outfielder Derek Bell broke a
bone in his left wrist while batting in
the third inning.
Fielder, who has homered in both
Detroit games this season, hit a 2-0
pitch into the second deck in right-
center, well above the 370-foot sign,
with two men on.
Fielder then homered into the
second deck in right-center with
Alan Trammell on in the eighth.

Tennis legend Arthur Ashe announced yesterday he has AIDS. Ashe, in 1975,
was the first Black man to win Wimbledon, before retiring in 1979.


Continued from page 1
whose immune systems are weak-
ened by AIDS.
In November, former Los
Angeles Lakers basketball star
Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced
he was carrying the AIDS virus.
Johnson has not developed the dis-
ease itself.
Johnson's agent, Lon Rosen, said
in Los Angeles that Johnson is ar-
ranging to speak with Ashe.
"Earvin wants very much to
speak to Arthur," Rosen said.
In a statement, Johnson extended
his support and prayers to Ashe and
his family.
"It takes great courage and
strength to make such an announce-
ment," Johnson said. "I'm sure
Arthur will meet this challenge head
on and become a leading voice in the

fight to educate, raise funds and in-
crease awareness to all, especially
our youth."
He said he would work to teach
others about AIDS and said he was
inspired by Johnson's work.
Ashe's heart operations in 1979
and 1983 occurred before testing of
blood for the AIDS virus made
blood transfusions safer.
Dr. John Hutchinson, director of
cardiac surgery at St. Luke's
Hospital in New York City when,
Ashe underwent both operations-
there, said he would check with the
hospital to see whether blood prod-
ucts were used in either operation.
"It is possible he received the
blood product," said Hutchinson,
now director of cardiac surgery at
Hackensack Medical Center in New
Jersey. "There are many other ways
to acquire this other than cardiac

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