The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 14,1992 - Page 11
MSoftball faces Spartans
kr .......M' coach Hutchins' alm a mater may beeasy prey
by Meg Beison
Daily Sports Writer
Looking to maintain the solid at-
tack which resulted in a four-game
sweep over Penn State this weekend,
the Michigan softball team heads to
East Lansing today for a double-
header against the Spartans.
This week marks the middle of
the Big Ten season for the
Wolverines (6-2 Big Ten, 19-15
overall) as they will play eight
games in four days. Michigan will
face Michigan State, non-conference
opponent Western Michigan, and
will round up the week with four
games in Indiana.
Michigan State finished seventh
in the Big Ten last year with a 2-22
record, and has gotten off to a simi-
lar start this year. It has recorded
only one victory in eight conference
contests and is 2-18 overall.
Michigan downed the Spartans
all four times last year, but encoun-
tered some close games - 2-0, 3-0,
and 6-4. Michigan was more con-
vincing in the final matchup of the
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coach Ed Turek knows the team still
has some improvements to make.
"We're still working on the little
things, the things we've been
preaching all year long," Turek said.
"I think we struggled a little bit
against Minnesota, but overall the
team is getting a lot better than they
were at the beginning of the season."
Helping in that improvement
process is the return of the team's
three football players from spring
practice. With the Blue-White game
complete, Nate Holdren, Pat
Maloney, and Todd Collins can now
focus their energies fully on the
baseball side of their talents.
"The football players have been
struggling the last couple ofweeks
because they haven't been able to
play or practice with us too much,"
Turek said. "Nate got to play Sunday
and he had a big home run for us.
Pat's gonna help us defensively
more than anything because he's a
good defensive outfielder. I think
once they get back into the swing of
things, they'll be able to help us
down the line."
year winning, 12-5.
"We are definitely capable of
beating Michigan State, but softball
is a funny game," Coach Carol
The Wolverines learned in the
season opener against North-western
that it is crucial to look past woeful
played on the varsity softball and
basketball teams. Hutchins has
posted a 22-6 record against her
alma mater in her eight years as head
"My team knows that I am as
Blue as they come," Hutchins said.
"I have great memories, but I'm a
'My team knows that I am as Blue as they
come. I have great memories (from Michigan
State), but I'm a Wolverine and I'm looking to
kill the Spartans twice.'
- Carol Hutchins
Michigan softball coach
records and past performances.
Michigan's two conference losses
this year came against the Wildcats
who were fifth in the Big Ten last
year with a 9-15 record.
If the Wolverine-Spartan rivalry
is not heated enough by itself, hav-
ing Hutchins as a head coach only
adds to the fire. Hut-chins graduated
from Michigan State where she
Wolverine and I'm looking to kill
the Spartans twice."
Although Hutchins admitted she
has been known to sing the Spartan
fight song every once in a while, she
plans to treat the contest as she does
all other conference games.
"We need to be up for every in-
ning," Hutchins said. "If we can
maintain the enthusiasm, we'll be in
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Michigan catcher Karla Kunnen bats in an earlier contest this season. The Wolverines travel to East Lansing today to
face the Spartans who fell to Michigan four times last season.
eTigers finally win, drop Indians, 7-5
CLEVELAND (AP) - Left
fielder Albert Belle dropped Tony
Phillips' fly ball with two outs in the
ninth inning yesterday, allowing two
runs to score and giving the Detroit
Tigers their first victory of the sea-
son; 7-5 over the Cleveland Indians.
The Tigers' 0-6 start had matched
their worst since they went 0-8 in
*952. They also were 0-6 in 1959.
With the score tied at 5 in the
ninth, Detroit put runners at first and
second against Rod Nichols (0-1) on
a forceout by Milt Cuyler and Dan
Gladden's fourth single of the day.
Phillips then drove a ball to deep
left that turned Belle sideways. It hit
in and out of his glove for a two-
base error, scoring both runners.
Cleveland committed three errors in
Mark Leiter (1-0) retired two bat-
ters in the eighth for the win. Mike
Henneman pitched the ninth for a
Cleveland starter Dave Otto blew
a two-run lead by giving up two
home runs within a span of three
pitches in the seventh inning. A
three-run homer by Rob Deer put the
Tigers ahead 3-2 - their first lead in
any game this season - and Mark
Carreon followed with another
Deer had missed the previous
four games because of a stiff neck.
Cecil Fielder's sacrifice fly off
Nichols in the eighth made it 5-2,
but the Indians tied it with three runs
in the bottom of the eighth. Mark
Whiten hit an RBI single and Brook
Jacoby followed with a two-run
double off reliever Les Lancaster.
Cleveland scored a run off Frank
Tanana in the second on Kenny
Lofton's RBI forceout and another
in the fourth on Mark Lewis' sacri-
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