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Blue hitters return to road

by Tim Rardin
Daily Baseball Writer
After a relatively short homestand of nine
games - that is, relative to Michigan's 19-
game streak of road games to start the season
- the Michigan baseball team will hit the road
once again.
The Wolverines (7-5 Big Ten, 17-18
overall) will play a pair of doubleheaders
against Indiana (7-5, 26-11) in Bloomington
this weekend. Michigan is coming off a three-
loss weekend to Minnesota, while the Hoosiers
are on a bit of a roll, after taking three of four
from first-place Ohio State.
Indiana, which returns 19 of 22 lettermen
from last year's third-place squad, rocketed
from fifth place to second after its series with
the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers also claim the best
overall winning percentage in the conference,
as well as a league-leading 26 victories.
Under coach Bill Freehan, Michigan is 2-6
against Indiana, having won one game in each
of Freehan's two seasons as head coach.
"If we play like we did today against
Indiana, we'll be in real trouble," Freehan said
after his team's 19-3 loss to Western Michigan
Wednesday.
STILL SECOND: Before last weekend's
series with Minnesota, Michigan found itself in
a two-way tie for second in the Big Ten with
Michigan State, a game behind Ohio State.

After three losses to the Gophers, the
Wolverines still find themselves in a second-
place tie. However, the tie is now with four
teams - Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, and
Purdue. The Buckeyes remain one game ahead
of the pack at 8-4.
RECORD WEEK: Despite the 16-run de-
feat to the Broncos, there were some signifi-
cant bright spots for Michigan this week.
Senior co-captain Todd Marion collected
his eighth save of the season in the
Wolverines' 3-1 victory over Siena Heights
Tuesday to tie his own single-season record set
in 1990. Marion now has 22 saves in his ca-
reer, also a record, and has converted all eight
of his save opportunities this season.
Fellow senior and co-captain Steve
Buerkel also made his presence felt in the
Michigan record books. Buerkel stole five
bases in the two games with Siena Heights to
move himself into a seventh-place tie with
former Wolverine wide receiver Greg
McMurtry at 37. Buerkel is only two steals
from tying current Cincinnati Reds third base-
man, Chris Sabo.
Frosh Ron Hollis won his second game of
the season in five innings of work in the first
game with Siena Heights. Hollis's seven
strikeouts tied this season's record for K's in a
game, achieved also by Eric Heintschel and
Dennis Konuszewski.

Michigan baseball player Matt Copp congratulates Chad Chapman in an
earlier game this week.

Men head
to Akron
to golf at
Firestone
by Brett Forrest
Daily Sports Writer
A golf version of the "Big
Dance" - the Akron Invitational -
a 54-hole 36-team tournament takes
place tomorrow and Sunday in
Akron, OH. Michigan's men's golf
team is headed into Ohio ready for
the competition.
Reeling from an eighth-place
finish in the Marshall Invitational
last week, the Wolverines hope to
have three well-played rounds at the
Firestone.
"I think we have to step it up a
" little bit and play a little bit better,"
senior Dean Kobanc said.
Thus far this spring, Michigan's
season has been one of
disappointment. There were high
hopes for this year's squad and they
seem to be hitting their stride just
now, as they head to Ohio.
"We have the firepower where if
we come together, it can happen,
said rollicking senior Anthony Dietz.
"We're not stopped by a lack of
ability."
This has been the storyline for
the team this season - the players
have the talent but have yet to bring
it together for one solid tournament.
Making the journey this weekend
will be seniors Kobane, Dietz and
Denny Sikkila, junior James Carson
and Michigan's 1991 Mr. Golf, Bill
Lyle.
The Akron course is held in high
regard among golfers. The PGA's
World Series of Golf is held there
annually. Sikkila has seen Firestone
before. "The course requires
precision off the tee," he said. "It's a
tough course."
Firestone has a reputation of
giving no quarter to erratic linksters.
Kobane has played there previously
as well.
"You really need to have an all-
around good solid game to do well
there," Kobane said.
The Firestone encompasses two
picturesque 18-hole courses on
which the 36 schools will play. After
the first 18 holes, the field will be
split in half, with the top 18 teams
competing on the more difficult
North course, while the bottom half
will challenge the West course.
"I would be shocked if we didn't
make the first cut," Dietz said. "I
think we're capable of finishing in
the top three if we have a good
tournament."
It is imperative for Michigan to
have a good showing this weekend if
it hopes to have a berth in the NCAA
Regionals. "(Head coach) Mr. Carras
is going to be very, very
disappointed if we don't end up

What's, the Meaning of the Emlpty TombI
As Michigan faculty and researchers, we believe the Empty Tomb is the essential basis of our faith in
Christ. Throughout history a number of skeptics have set out to disprove the Resurrection, and have
likewise become followers of Jesus.
For example, Simon Greenleaf, former head of the Harvard Law School, was challenged by his
students to apply his work on the Laws of Determining Legal Evidence to determine the historicity of
the Resurrection. The evidence was convincing, and he became a believer.

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