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'M' baseball suffers first
losing season in 21 years

The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Sports -Thursday, September 10, 1992- Page 9
Softball wins Big Ten
title, personal awards

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by Tim Spolar
Daily Baseball Writer
In a year of streaks, the Michigan
baseball team ended on a down-
swing, resulting in the team's first
losing season in 21 years.
The Wolverines played their first
19 games away from home.
Michigan emerged from its first 14
games at 2-12.
In the 13 games following a loss
to Purdue in the Big Ten opener,
Michigan lost only one contest and
*boasted a 7-2 conference record.
"Even though we dropped a lot of
games (early in the season), we
learned a lot," second baseman Scott
Timmerman said at the time. "We
just learned what it takes to win
ballgames."
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
lessons learned are not always
lessons remembered. After their
outstanding late-March to mid-April
stretch, the Wolverines plummeted.
Michigan faltered in the heart of the
conference schedule, dropping three
out of four games in each series
against Minnesota, Indiana,
Michigan State, Penn State, and
eventual champion Ohio State en
route to a paltry 11-17 Big Ten mark
and a ninth-place finish.

Although the Wolverines racked
up a school-record 32 losses against
23 wins, a few bright spots did stand
out in Michigan's season.
Centerfielder Steve Buerkel, short-
stop Scott Winterlee and second
baseman Scott Timmerman each
topped the elusive .300 mark while
providing consistency up the middle
of the field. Two-sport athlete Nate
Holdren led the team with seven
home runs and also chipped in with
23 RBI's when not at spring football
practice.
Highlights from the mound were
few and far between, with the final
team ERA standing at 5.57. Bullpen
ace Todd Marion became the all-
time Michigan career saves leader,
finishing with 24, but was hit hard
towards the end of the season and
finished with a 6.68 ERA and an 0-2
record. Ron Hollis was a standout in
his four starts, compiling a 3-1
record with a 3.68 ERA. Bryan
Santo also pitched well out of the
bullpen, picking up a win and a save
with a team-best 2.03 ERA in eigh-
teen appearances as the primary
setup man for Marion.

by Meg Belson
Daily Sports Writer
History was made at Michigan
this past spring as the softball team
captured its first ever Big Ten
Championship.
The title gave the Wolverines an
automatic bid to the NCAA tourna-
ment. Michigan faced Arizona (53-
5) in the postseason regional in
Tucson, Ariz. Michigan came close
to an upset in the first game of the
three-game series, but couldn't hold
on as it fell to the Wildcats, 1-0.
Arizona, the defending national
champion and No. 2 seed, was more
convincing in the second game,
eliminating Michigan with an 8-0
victory.
Michigan began the season com-
peting in several preseason tourna-
ments. The Wolverines finished the
preseason with a 12-12 record, but
received valuable experience as they
battled some of the top softball pow-
erhouses in the nation.
The Big Ten season began in
early April against Northwestern at
Michigan's newly renovated Varsity
Diamond. Michigan split the four-
game series, but came back to win
ten straight conference games on the

road, including sweeps against Penn
State and Indiana.
The road was where Michigan
captured the Big Ten title. The
Wolverines were 14-0 on the road #
and ended the season with their,
fourth sweep of the year in
Minnesota against the Gophers.
Michigan won the Big Ten with a
league-record 22 victories against
six defeats. It was a close race all the
way to the finish as the Wolverines
finished just one game ahead of"
Iowa (21-7).
The Wolverines dominated the
Big Ten postseason awards. Patti
Benedict and Kelly Kovach were
named All-Big Ten first team, while
the second team featured Mary
Campana, Kari Kunnen, and Karla
Kunnen. Rookie pitcher Kovach (19-
9) was named Pitcher of the year and
Freshman-of-the-Year, while
Benedict, who batted .366, was
named Player-of-the-Year. Benedict.
was also named to the third team
All-American. Shelley Bawol,,
Heather Lyke and Kelly Forbis were
named to the Academic All-Big Ten
team. Hutchins completed the sweep
by winning Coach-of-the-Year.

The Michigan baseball team (23-32) had its first losing season in 21 years.

'Blue crew qualifies all boats in tourney final

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer

I

The Michigan crew team used its
size and depth to its advantage dur-
ing the 1992 season.
The large number of both male
and female rowers benefited the
team this year, and ensured a pro-
iuctive squad for some years to
come.
At the Southern Intercollegiate
Rowing Association (SIRA) tour-
nament in Oak Ridge, Tenn., both

crew teams put all of their boats into
the finals. Only three other crews
besides Michigan were able to match
the feat.
The Wolverines came very close
to overtaking the third-place
Virginia Cavaliers at several points
during the tournament. Michigan's
squad made many fourth- or fifth-
place showings.
Michigan's varsity men clocked
in at 6:12 in their final, finishing six
seconds behind Virginia. The

Wolverine varsity women posted a
time of 7:20, eight seconds short of
the Cavaliers.
Women's varsity coach Charley
Sullivan said he was pleased about
his squad's improvement and
progress during the 1992 season. He
and men's varsity coach Will
Brewster agreed that the Wolverines
have surpassed almost every other
crew in the Midwest. Sullivan added
that Michigan is right where
Virginia was three years ago.

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