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AROUND THE HORN:
Poor fundamentals
kill Wolverine hopes
by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Baseball Writer
- If the Michigan baseball team entered a Miss America pageant, it would
forget to bring a swimsuit. The Wolverines have a habit of making even the
simplest tasks difficult.
Michigan showed this again yesterday at Fisher Stadium against Eastern
Michigan.
The Wolverines started out well enough, taking a 1-0 lead on Scott
Winterlee's first-inning double off of Jason Boron. Then Winterlee, a senior
corcaptain, promptly fell victim to the hidden-ball trick.
Mental lapses like Winterlee's are what separate good teams from great
ones. Or, in this case, poor teams from competitive ones.
"What's the first thing you do when you get on base? Find out where the
ball is," Michigan coach Bill Freehan said. "We've reviewed these
(fundamentals) already. But when you have a guy, a senior, get thrown out
by a hidden-ball trick, it takes you right out of an inning ... it's tough to win
ballgames like that."
Michigan outhit the Eagles, 16-11, but still managed to lose, 8-4.
Amazingly, the Wolverines now have a worse record in games in which
they outhit the competition (2-8) than when they are outhit (3-10).
The problem is not only with the hitting, or the fielding, or the pitching.
Michigan can do all those things. The problem is with the winning.
Poor fundamentals hounded Michigan throughout the game. Third
baseman Matt Copp dropped a pop-up in foul territory. Shortstop Ryan Van
oeveren threw to first base when, in Freehan's words, he had "no chance"
of nailing the runner, and the throw bounded toward the bleachers.
The Eagles, on the other hand, did everything they could to help their
team win. They were smart on the basepaths, they hit the cutoff men, they
moved runners over. These are the things that win ballgames. After the
game, Eastern coach Roger Coryell had kind words for the Wolverines.
"I was very impressed with Michigan," Coryell said. "They've got a real
good team."
A real good team? No. Real good players? Yes.
"After this weekend's games (against Purdue), the season will be half
over," Freehan said. "We're still making the same mistakes we have been
all year "
The Eagles are not more talented than the Wolverines. But they are a
butter baseball team.
Mn'ts track heafds deep
into the heart of Texas

Ryan Van Oeveren dives ba ck to first base just before the tag of Tim Tessmar in yesterd ay's 8-4 lass to Eastern
Michigan. Van Oeveren was 2-for-3 with an RBI before having to leave the game early with a shoulder injury.
' golf wants upswing atPurdue

by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
If you thought the weather was
nice this week, imagine running in
$o degrees and sun. No, this is not
an April Fool's Day joke. The
Michigan men's track and field team
heads south, deep in the heart of
Texas to Austin for the Texas Relays
tomorrow and Saturday.
After coming off a respectable
finish at Alabama last weekend,
Wolverine head coach Jack Harvey
looks for individual improvement
from his team. Harvey states that
other teams in the South have had so
many opportunities to train and
compete that Michigan plans to
measure its accomplishments against
itself rather than other teams.
"We don't expect to tear them
apart," Harvey said. "The competi-
tion is pretty tough."
Overall, Harvey feels the transi-
tion from indoor to outdoor has been
pretty smooth. Todd Burnham, a
member of the 4 x 400 meter relay
team feels the same about the first
meet in Alabama.
"It was a great first meet,"
Burnham said. "But, we have a lot of

room to improve."
Harvey hopes freshman Scott
MacDonald will be able to help with
the team improvement by anchoring
the distance medley.
"Our best bet (at Texas) is the
distance medley," Harvey said.
Stan Johanning, Michigan
record- holder in the javelin, hopes
to improve on his second-place
performance at Alabama. Despite the
obvious improvement in better
weather, he hopes to improve men-
tally also.
"I'm looking forward to (throw-
ing)," Johanning said. "The good
competition will force me to do the
things that I'm supposed to."
Johanning said he will be easily
motivated due to the plethora of pre-
vious national qualifiers in the
javelin at the meet.
One definite team contribution
that Michigan will miss is that of
decathlete Sean Clancy. Clancy
shattered the Michigan men's
decathlete record at Alabama with a
score of 7,140 points. Clancy will
not participate this week in order to
rest for competition at Kansas.

by Doug Neye
Golf is a frustrating game. It can
make the same person feel like a
great player one day and a hacker
the next. This concept may work in
the favor of the Michigan men's golf
squad this weekend as the team
travels to the Purdue Invitational in
West Lafayette.
Coming off a disappointing 19th-
place finish at Kentucky's Johnny
Owens Invitational, the team's play
can only get better.
"I'm obviously not pleased with
the results," Michigan golf coach
Jim Carras said. "We won't do any
worse than that."
The team's slow start can par-
tially be attributed to the poor weat-
her, both at the tournament in Ken-
tucky, and back here in Ann Arbor.
Tuesday marked the first time the
team practiced outdoors all season.
Without decent weather for practice,
the team wil have trouble playing to
its potential.
Carras remains optimistic, how-
ever. "We've got a solid team," he
said. "We just had a bad tournament.
It's better for it to happen now than
later in the season."
In an attempt to find the most
effective combination of players, the
coaching staff decided to shake up
the lineup for this weekend's tour-
nament. Chris Brockway and Mike
Hill will replace Bill Lyle and David
Hall in West Lafayette. Brockway
and Hill join last weekend's top
three team finishers, Bob Henighan,
Anthony Dietz, and James Carson.
The players share Carras' disap-
pointment from last weekend's per-
formance, as well as his optimism
for the upcoming tournament.

"We're much better than we
played (in Kentucky)," co-captain
Carson said. "Everything that could
go wrong, went wrong. We'll
bounce back."
This weekend's 54-hole tour-
nament will be spread out over two
days with a grueling 36 holes
Saturday, followed by the final 18

After southern excursions,
women linksters head to IU

Sunday.
Carras feels the team will live up
to its high expectations. "Don't give
up on us yet," he said.
The team can expect another bad
weekend, weatherwise. Forecasters
expect this weekend's high temp-
eratures to hover around 40 degrees
- not exactly ideal golf weather.

Hitters
fall, 8-4,
against
Eastern
by Paul Barger
Daily Baseball Writer
It had the makings of a great
finish. Down four, one out, bottom
of the ninth, bases loaded and 1992
team most valuable player Scott
Winterlee at the plate. A 6-4-30
double play later, the game ended.
The Michigan baseball team (5-
18) walked on to the grass of Ray
Fisher stadium for the first time this
season yesterday afternoon and
walked off with another tough loss.
This time the defeat was at the hands
of Eastern Michigan, 8-4. Once
again, the club outhit its opponent
and still lost.
"The hits came at the wrong
time," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
said. "We didn't get the big base hit
when we needed it. We shot our-
selves in the foot a lot of times."
The Wolverines scored in the
bottom of first when Winterlee
doubled in freshman Brian Simmons
to take a 1-0 lead. Winterlee subse-
quently fell for the "hidden ball
trick" and was tagged out off of
second to end the inning.
Michigan added three more runs
in three separate innings, but the
team was unable to get any con-
sistent rally going. The team lacked
timely hitting, stranding 10 men on
the bases.
"We get hits here and there but
aren't able to string them together,"
Simmons said. "We never really
have any big innings."
Individually, Simmons had a
good afternoon, going 3-for-4 while
scoring once. Although Winterlee
made the last out, he had a
productive afternoon, getting three
hits with five at bats and 2 RBIs
Right fielder Pat Maloney and third
base-man Kevin Crociata both went
2-for-4. Maloney was about two feet
away from being 3-for-4 with a
home run, as he flied out to the
warning track in left center.
Before injuring his shoulder,
sophomore Ryan Van Oeveren went
2-for-3 with an RBI. The 1992 All-
Big Ten second baseman also was
hit by the injury bug as he broke his
thumb sliding back into first base. -
Starting pitcher Matt Humbles
took the loss after giving up threr
runs on four hits in two innings_
Chris Newton followed Humbles
and pitched through the fourth. Mark
Temple, Bryan Santo, John Arvai,
Ray Ricken and Todd Marion each
saw one inning of work.
"I'm not happy with our pitch-
ing," Freehan said. "I don't think
anyone stood out. We've got a long
way to go. I can't say to the guys we
gave opportunities to today to give
me a shut-out inning or a one, two,
three inning."

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Sports Writer
To put it bluntly, the first two
women's golf tournaments of the
spring meant nothing.
Well, that's not exactly true.
Michigan's excursions to Tampa
and South Carolina did provide the
golfers with a chance to regain their
skills after the winter "hibernation,"
but no one's going to be saying a
month from now, "Hey, who cares
about the Big Tens, how did you
shoot at the SnowBird Invitational?"
This weekend the Wolverines
head south to Bloomington for a
tournament that may not hold the
weight of Big Tens but does repre-
sent an important qualification step
for NCAA regionals.
This year, the NCAA has
implemented a new qualification
system for regionals. Teams earn
points toward regional qualifying
based on their performance against
other teams in their region. Michigan
will face a hefty contigent of mid-
west foes this weekend at the 54-
hole Indiana Invitational Golf Tour-

nament. Big Ten rivals Michigan
State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, North-
western, Purdue, and Iowa will also
participate.
"The last two tournaments we
wanted to do well, but they were
really just preparation for the Big
Ten tournaments," senior Maura
Hawkins said.
Unfortunately for Michigan, rust
may still be a problem because of
the closing of the Michigan Golf
Course for renovation. The golfers
must practice at the local ranges off
of astro-turf mats.
Hawkins remains optimistic after
seeing the Wolverines' improvement
last weekend in South Carolina.
"Realistically, we can definitely
finish in the top five," Hawkins said.
The Wolverines quest for a top-
five finish will be contested on the
par-71 Indiana Golf Course. Ac-
cording to Coach Sue LeClair, the
short 5,661-yard track may suit the
Wolverines well.
"Most of the courses we play are
at about 58(00 yards)," LeClair said.
"Michigan (Golf Course) is 61(00
yards). If the kids are hitting off the
tee good, it will make the course a
lot shorter."

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