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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, March 5,1993

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by Paul Barger
Daily Baseball Writer
After the first nine games of the
season, Michigan baseball coach Bill
Freehan notices only a few minor ar-
eas where his team needs improve-
"We need to improve our pitch-
ing, hitting and defense," Freehan
He probably should have ranked
those problems in the opposite order.
The 2-7 Wolverines head to
Norman, Oklahoma to take on the
Sooners and the Iowa State Cyclones
with 19 errors under their belts.
When you score four times and
your pitching staff gives up no
earned runs, you expect a victory.
However, against Missouri last
weekend, the Wolverines were able
to create more runs in the field (five
unearned) than they were at the
plate, and they fell to the Tigers, 5-4.
Michigan had trouble hitting last
weekend with men on base. The
team stranded 76 runners, an average
of 8.4 per game. The strength of the
batters lies in the younger players,
with sophomore Rodney Goble (.400
BA) and freshman Brian Simmons
(12 hits) leading the way.
The squad begins the three-day
series with Oklahoma today and has
a lone encounter with Iowa State
tomorrow morning.
"Oklahoma is a good baseball
club," Freehan said. "They were a
College World Series team last
The pitching staff lacks depth,
but it excelled in giving up a sole
earned run in the final three games
of last week's trip. This weekend,
Freehan plans to send Eric
Heintschel (0-1; 1.69 ERA), Ron
Hollis (0-1; 3.46) and Heath Murray
(2-0; 2.84) against Oklahoma, and
Ray Ricken (0-2, 14.09) against
Iowa State.
Freehan does not express com-
plete unhappiness with the team's
performance, but he insists on steady
improvement throughout the year.
"We're just trying to improve and
win some baseball games," Freehan
said. "That's what it's all about."

Wrestlers take on

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend's Big Ten
wrestling championships will feature
heavyweights at every weight class.
Six of the conference's teams reside
in the top 10 nationally, led by top-
ranked Penn State and No. 3 Iowa.
The Hawkeyes will shoot for their
twentieth straight Big Ten title. No
other school has won that many con-
secutive Big Ten titles in any sport.
Michigan, at No. 8, figures to be
in the thick of things. Five Wol-
verines rank in the top 20 nationally.
One of those ranked wrestlers is
Sean Bormet, No. 3 at 158 pounds.
Over the past year, the injury bug
has chewed Bormet up and spit him
out. Bormet missed all of the 1992
postseason because of a knee injury,
and he has been bothered by an
aching back this season. Bormet fi-
nally appears to be at 100 percent.
"I haven't had any problems with
(the back) lately," Bormet said. "I
don't think I will (have) any more
"Bormet's going to be real
tough," Ohio State coach Russ
Hellickson said. "He's the guy I

e powers
would worry about most (at 158.)"
Another strong contender for a
Big Ten title is Michigan's Lanny
Green. Green, ranked fourth in the
country, will probably wrestle de-
fending national champion Kevin
Randleman of Ohio State if he
makes it to the finals. Green handed
Randleman his first loss in nearly
two years earlier this season at the
Cliff Keen Team Duals. Randleman
won the rematch two weeks later.
"I can't let him get out in front of
me early," Green said. "I have to
stay with him and try to pull it out at
the end."
Bahr agreed.
"(Randleman's) a phenomenal
athlete - maybe the best athlete in
our sport," Bahr said. "He has the
ability to go out and really beat any-
Bahr said he feels that despite
Penn State's No. 1 status, Iowa will
again prevail. Ohio State coach
Russ Hellickson agreed.
"I think (Iowa coach Dan) Gable
has the best team," Hellickson said.
"I think we'll finish second, with
Penn State third, Michigan fourth,
and Minnesota fifth."


James Rawls (142 pounds) wrestles a Minnesota foe earlier this season. Michigan will look to make up for losses
against Minnesota and Ohio State at the Big Ten championships today and tomorrow in Columbus. The meet
promises to be a good one, with perennial national powers Iowa and Penn State ranking as favorites.
Reality knocks on women cagers' door

by Rachel Bachman
Daily Basketball Writer
If the Michigan women's basket-
ball team's season thus far has been
a fairy tale, Hans Christian Anderson
is rolling over in his grave. That
reality doesn't mean that the
Wolverines (0-14 Big Ten, 1-22
overall) don't have fantasies about
how the season will end.
"I'd like it to end like
'Cinderella' because everything bad
was happening to her, then all of a
sudden everything turns out good,"
said senior guard Stacie McCall.
"Well, I hope it has a happy end-
ing," Michigan coach Trish Roberts
The Wolverines' latest attempts
to escape reality come tonight
against Illinois (6-8, 11-12) and to-
morrow against Northwestern (10-4,
16-7). Both games are at 7:30 at
Crisler Arena.
One month ago, the Wolverines
lost by 20 points on the road to the
Illini, who are now sixth in the Big
"I don't think it was a 20-point
game," Roberts said. She expressed
the sentiment found throughout the
Wolverine camp that neither the

win-loss record nor the scores of
their games have accurately reflected
Michigan's efforts.
With freshman guard Robin
Preacely (14.5 points per game) as
their leading scorer, the Illini bolster
their offensive attack with long
range field goal shooter Mandy
Cunningham. Last year, the junior
guard became Illinois' career leader
in three-point shots, and this year
has a 34 percent success rate.
Along with Penn State,
'As a coach, you try to
rack your brain and
find good things about
the season. There's not
very many good things
about the season.'
-Trish Roberts
Northwestern is a conference foe the
Wolverines face just once this sea-
son. While Michigan has no prior
meeting upon which to judge the
Wildcats, Roberts looked to polls
and past Northwestern squads to as-
sess Michigan's chances.
"They're number four in the Big

Ten (right now) and have always
been a very strong, competitive
team. They have a lot of good bas-
ketball players, not necessarily a lot
of good athletes," said Roberts.
Although they have not cracked
the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the
Wildcats have received votes and
currently boast a four-game win-
ning streak.
McCall and senior guard Jen
Nuanes will return from brief ab-
sences tonight for the seniors' last
two home games. They - along
with the rest of the Wolverines -
are hoping for a joyous conclusion to
their Michigan careers.
Forward Shimmy Gray would
like their farewell to Crisler to end
like "Jack and the Beanstalk": with
the struggling Wolverines scam-
pering down the losing vine to elude
the Giants of the Big Ten.
No matter how the season fin-
ishes, though, not even someone
with a Peter Pan complex can ignore
the team's experiences thus far.
As Roberts said, "As a coach,
you try to rack your brain and find
good things about the season.
There's not very many good things
about the season."

Spikers intend on giving up
losses for weekend road trip
by Jeremy Strachan When asked what she wished the
Daily Sports Writer team could give up for Lent,
It's that time of year when some Michigan coach Pam Griffin said, "I
people battle with their will power. wish we could give up traveling to
Forty days in the spring known as Friday games in the snow."
Lent force Christians to sacrifice So what do some of the players
foods and activities. The Michigan wish they could sacrifice?
men's volleyball team is trying to Freshman Justin Biebel said, "I
give up losing altogether. would give up our poor serving in
The Wolverines sludge through the matches. You need momentum
the slushy stuff to Angola, Ind. to in the game and serving gives you
take on the Tri-State University the chance to build it."
Momentum this weekend. Michigan "I would like to give up going to
will battle Tri-State Friday and hang five games in every match we play,"
around for an eight-team tourna- sophomore Chad Engel said.
ment Saturday. This weekend the Wolverines
The spikers will see a familiar would like to make Tri-State sacri-
face across the net. Rico Latham, the fice the match. The "short and
Wolverines' 1992 co-captain and scrappy (Tri-State) team" is a varsity
most valuable player, is now starting program with several players on
for the Momentum and is one of scholarships, but Michigan remains
their premier players. confident.



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