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Southern teams run
circles around hitters
'M' tries to avoid
sweep by Hawkeyes
by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team
began its season on the road against
some of the nation's toughest compe-
tition, and returned to Ann Arbor
with a 2-7 record.
The journey began Feb. 20 in
Gainesville where the club chal-
lenged the University of Florida.
This game was a sign of things to
come as the squad blew a late-inning
lead and fell to the Gators, 10-9. Lat-
er that day Florida handed Michigan
a much more decisive defeat, 17-6.
After losing to the Gators, 6-4,
Feb. 21, the Wolverines salvaged the
first leg of thr trip with an 11-5 tri-
umph the next afternoon. From this
point the team packed up their bags
and headed south to take on the pow-
erful Miami Hurricanes.
The 'Canes pulled out a one-run
victory Wednesday and then
smacked Michigan pitching around
for an 8-1 triumph Thursday. Howev-
er, beginning with the last five
innings of the second Miami game,
the staff gave up one earned run in
the final 32 innings.
Unearned runs were the story in
the 5-4 loss to Missouri. All of the
Tigers' scoring came by way of
Wolverine errors. In fact, the club has
a total of 19 errors after nine games.
"We need to improve defensive-
ly," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
said. "We need to improve our
defense if we want to win the close
The Wolverines finished up the
trip with a spot in the Coca-Cola
Classic hosted by South Alabama. In
the opening round of the two-round
tournament, Michigan defeated
Auburn, 4-0, behind the strong arm
of sophomore lefty Heath Murray.
Murray was the winning pticher in
both victories, pitching 12.7 innings
with a 2.84 ERA.
The week ended the same way it
started, as the Wolverines lost anoth-
er one-run battle. This time it was to
Missouri, 1-0, in the championship
game of the South Alabama tourna-
ment. That one run is significant
because it was the first earned run a
Wolverine pitcher had given up in 26
Eric Heintschel had some bad
luck on the trip. Despite compiling a
1.69 ERA in 16 innings, Heintschel
is 0-1 after three games. He gave up
two hits against Missouri in 7.1
innings, but was saddled with the
loss as his teammates could not aid
him with any run production.
"Overall, I'm not unhappy," Free-
han said. "But we have a lot of room
by Adam Miller
Daily Basketball Writer
Surely you remember, for it was
only a month ago.
As the clock ticked down to zero
at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Feb.1, the
jubilant Iowa men's basketball team,
88-80 victors over Michigan in its
first home game after the death of
Chris Street, streamed across the
sidelines to hug the Street family, sit-
ting in the front row.
While 15,000 Hawkeye fans
cheered, the Wolverines silently left
the court, their four-game winning
streak snapped on national TV.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said
his players remember, and that the
memory will probably motivate them
when No. 4 Michigan (11-3 Big Ten,
22-4 overall) hosts No. 15 Iowa (8-5,
19-8) in an ESPN-televised game
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
"I think (revenge) will be an
issue," Fisher said. "Our kids remem-
ber going there and losing. But I
don't think it will be a factor so much
as our desire to win these last four
games, be a solid second in the con-
ference, and wrap up a number one
seed in the NCAA Tournament."
Ah, yes, the tournament. The
bracket is settled one week from Sun-
day, and both the Wolverines and
Hawkeyes look to be a part of it.
Iowa has only lost twice -since last
month's meeting with the Wolver-
ines, and rolls into Crisler with a five-
game winning streak.
Much of the Hawkeyes' success
comes from their rebounding ability.
Paced by 6-foot-10 senior center
Acie Earl's 9.5 rebounds a game, the
Hawkeyes lead the nation in
rebounding margin with a plus-13.9
per game ratio.
Last time, Michigan limited Earl
to six boards and the Wolverines out-
rebounded Iowa, 42-40. However,
Fisher has often said that the Wolver-
ines should control the glass against
anybody - "and that includes the
Detroit Pistons," he once quipped -
and marked rebounding as one of the
keys to success in tonight's contest.
"We need to do a better job han-
dling the press and rebounding than
we did last time," Fisher said. "We
need to take care of the ball and make
sure they don't get easy baskets off
the press, and we need to do much
better on the boards."
Fisher's concern with Iowa's full-
court press should be seen as legiti-
mate. The press forced Michigan into
giving up four easy baskets off the
inbounds, and a total of 20 turnovers,
in the teams' last meeting.
Mike Patrick and Dick Vitale call
the game for ESPN.
Chris Webber dribbles upcourt in Sunday's 66-64 victory at Ohio State.
Men's lacrosse returns from South with two wins I owa at Mi ch kia n
by J.L. Rostam-Abadi
During spring break, the Michigan men's
lacrosse team captured two nearly perfect victo-
ries, 24-3 and 17-0, against Louisiana State and
Red River Lacrosse Club (RRLC) respectively.
Top scorers from the two games were junior
attackman Steve Simich, with 10 goals and six
assists, for a total of 16 attack points, junior co-
captain attackman Tony DiGiovanni (6-5-11),
sophomore midfielder Ivan Frank (7-2-9), sopho-
more attackman Sten Carlson (5-2-7), and senior
co-captain midfielder Ranjiv Advani (3-2-5).
Starting senior goalie Tony Martinez shined in
the net, with a total of 11 saves while allowing no
goals in the two games.
After a brief break following their win over
LSU, the Wolverines had a slow start in Shreve-
port, La., where they matched up with RRLC.
'I think the trip was overall suc-
cessful. We had some good
practices and worked real
- Bob DiGiovanni
Michigan men's lacrosse coach
After a scoreless first quarter and a motivational
sideline talk, the Wolverines came out on the field
with a determined attitude. Simich led the team
with six goals on the way to its second shutout of
the season, and moved the team record to an
"I think the trip was overall successful. We had
some good practices and worked real hard,"
Michigan coach Bob DiGiovanni said.
In addition to a well-executed offense and sol-
id goalie play, the Wolverines' defense was a
major reason why Michigan was able to hold the
opposition off so well. Defensemen graduate stu-
dent Steve Bishop, sophomores Brian Doud and
Ben Hohmuth, and freshman Scott Van Aman
stood out for the Wolverines.
"Our defense played aggressively and kept the
pressure on the opponent," Van Aman said.
The Wolverines accomplished much last week.
"We came together as a team both on and off
the field," Tony DiGiovanni said.
Michigan will play Ohio State for the first time
ever this Saturday at 7 p.m., and then face Toledo
on Monday, March 8 at 9:30 p.m. Both games will
be held in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, located behind
Schembechler Hall on State Street.
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Softball finds sun, training in Arizona
by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Sports Writer
Eight major league teams weren't
the only ones having spring training
in Arizona this past week. The
Michigan softball team was also tun-
ing up their hitting and pitching in the
Grand Canyon State.
The Wolverines played a pair of
double headers the first weekend of
spring break and competed in the
Arizona State Devil Diamond Soft-
ball Club the following weekend.
Going into the trip, coach Carol
Hutchins said she was hoping to clear
up some questions about her team.
"The goal was to see what we
look like, to see what we have to
improve on before the Big Ten sea-
son," Hutchins said.
"(We need to) see who our gamers
are and see what our line-ups are
going to be," she added, "That's what
these pre-season trips are about."
The Wolverines had plenty of
competition to help work on these
questions. Following the split of the
double-header with Cal Poly-
Pomona (0-2, 5-0), Michigan took
on the No. 2 ranked Arizona Wild-
Although Michigan lost both
games with the Wildcats, the pitching
staff kept the first game close, 4-1.
"(Michigan pitcher Kelly Forbis)
did a good job against Arizona, one
of the best teams in the country,"
Hutchins said, "(She) held them
down most of the game."
The hitters were not as successful
as the pitchers, picking up only three
hits in the first game and two in the
second (which Michigan lost, 12-0).
The hitting and pitching came
together for the tournament in Tempe
the following weekend. The Wolver-
ines finished 6-1 in the tournament,
defeating host Arizona State, San
Diego State, and Sam Houston State
three times, while splitting a pair
The Wolverine bats came alive,
and leading the way were Patti Bene-
dict and Lesa Arvia.
Benedict had a couple of 2-for-3
games and a perfect 4-for-4 against
Sam Houston State.
"Patti Benedict is always going to
hit the ball well," Hutchins said.
"She's one of the best hitters in
Both Kelly Kovach and Forbis
threw shutouts. Forbis held Washing-
ton scoreless, allowing only one hit
(7-0) in the first game of the tourney.
While Kovach tossed a two hit
shutout against Sam Houston State in
Hutchins said she was pleased
with her teams performance, but she
said some areas are in need of work.
"Once we clean up our hitting and
pitching, we should continue to
improve," Hutchins said. "We're a
good, solid team."
Royce Sharp performs in the backstroke in an event earlier this season at
Men tankers giVe strong
showing at Invitational
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
Although the majority of the
men's swimming and diving team
is resting for the Big Ten champi-
onships, the Wolverines did have a
few participants in the Michigan
Invitational held at Canham Nata-
torium this weekend.
The invitational was a United
States Swimming-sanctioned meet
and included club teams from
throughout the country in addition
to college swimmers from around
the Big Ten.
The Michigan swimmers who
will not be competing at the Big
Tens used the meet as their own
championship race to see how
much they have improved over the
Later Sunday night, freshman
Courtney Faller won the 50
freestyle in a time of 20.82 sec-
onds. Junior Matt Jaffe also com-
peted in the finals, finishing sixth
with a time of 22.05. In the 200-
yard breaststroke, senior Greg
Gooch swam a 1:52.15 to win the
event. Freshman Joe Janik
(1:55.93) also provided some
excitement as he touched out
Cincinnati Marlin's swimmer
Johnathan Waldenmayer for fourth
The Wolverines finished second
and third in the 200-yard butterfly
with senior Jim Hume and junior
Tim Bower. In the final senior
event of the night, Michigan trans-
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