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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 2,1993 - Page 17

Blue baseball looks
for consistent play

Men's lacrosse
cruises past
Motor City, 9-6

by Brett Johnson
Daily Baseball Writer
Halfway through the season the
Michigan baseball team has played
with the consistency of lumpy
tomato sauce.
Tomorrow and Sunday, the
Wolverines (0-4 Big Ten, 5-18
overall) will take on Purdue (1-3,
17-5) in back-to-back doubleheaders
and will attempt to get on track. +
However, Michigan is facing a,
tough task as it tries to earn its first
conference victory of the season
against the Boilermakers' tough
pitching and solid offense.
"They've got seven returning
guys and three of their four starters
are back," Michigan baseball coach
Bill Freehan said. "They've done
well. They beat Florida State
already. They return a lot of
The Wolverines will throw their
regular rotation this weekend, with
Eric Heintschel throwing in
tomorrow's first game and Ray
Ricken getting the call in the second.
On Sunday, Freehan will send
Heath Murray and Ron Hollis to the
mound for Michigan.
Purdue is led by their
pitcher/shortstop, Dan Zanolla.
Zanolla is currently 3-1 with a 0.87
earned run average as a starter. In
addition to his miniscule ERA,
Zanolla is striking out opposing
hitters at a pace of better than one
per inning. Zanolla's contributions
do not end there. He is also hitting
.321 as the Boilermakers' starting

However, Zanolla is by no means
Purdue's only threat on the mound
or in the batter's box. Every member
of the Boilermakers' rotation has
three wins and an ERA of under
3.50. By comparison, Michigan's
'My concern is not
necessarily about the
opposition. My
concern is about what
we do. We didn't play
well this (past)
weekend and I-
wouldn't say we
played well (against
Eastern Michigan).'
- Bill Freehan
top starter, Eric Heintschel, has a
3.79 ERA.
Offensively, preseason All-
American centefielder Jermaine
Allensworth and first baseman Mike
Biltimier lead a balanced Purdue
attack. Allensworth is hitting .358
and is leading the team in steals.
Biltimier has hit five homers thus far
and has driven in 36 runs.
Freehan said he is less worried
about Purdue than about Michigan.
. "My concern is not necessarily
about the opposition," he said. "My
concern is about what we do. We
didn't play well this (past) weekend
and I wouldn't say we played well
(against Eastern Michigan)."

by J.L. Rostam-Abadi
Daily Sports Writer
Despite the slight change of 20-
minute running quarters versus the
standard 15-minute stop clock quar-
ters, it was business as usual for the
Michigan men's lacrosse team.
The Wolverines (11-1) dashed
yet another team's hope for victory
Wednesday night, defeating Motor
City Lacrosse Club, 9-6.
"They're an extremely talented
team," Michigan midfielder Ivan
Frank said. "We played a little bit
The Wolverines bolted to a three-
goal advantage. Attackmen Stan
Carlson, Doug Henke and defense-
man Ben Hohmuth all scored in the
first quarter.
"They had some sweet players,"
Hohmuth said. "It was fun to play
against players who played at top
The Motor City roster includes
former players from Princeton, John
Hopkins and Michigan, as well as
from the Detroit Turbos of the Major
Indoor Lacrosse League .
Michigan maintained its intensity
throughout the first half, scoring
three more goals, while Motor City
answered with three of its own. The
Wolverines even managed to score
while the Motor City team had an
extra defenseman on the field.
"Everybody was really pumped
up before the game," sophomore
midfielder Chris Baumgartner said.
"I think everybody played a pretty
much inspired game, and the tempo
was upbeat which helped us out."
The score remained untouched
until halfway through the third
quarter, when Michigan attackman
Stevan Simich scored an unassisted
goal. Minutes later, Motor City re-
sponded with a goal of its own,
making the score 7-4.

At the 70-minute mark, Motor
City came as close to Michigan as it
ever would, scoring two unanswered
goals to come within one.
But the Wolverines would not let
the vulnerable one-goal lead phase
their concentration or momentum.
Baumgartner scored on the assist
Everybody was really
pumped up ... I think
everybody played a
pretty much inspired
-Michigan midfielder
Chris Baumgartner
from midfielder Ranjiv Advani, fol-
lowed by midfielder Paul Dreyer's
unassisted goal, which sealed the
victory for Michigan.
Dreyer, who has been out since
the second practice of the season
with a knee injury, made an impres-
sive comeback in the final home
game of the season.
"I'm still not 100 percent out
there, but it's good to be back,"
Dreyer said.
"It was a very good last (home)
game for me ... I was pleased," se-
nior co-captain Advani said.

Attackman Sten Carlson heads upfield against the Motor City Lacrosse
Club Wednesday night. Carlson had one goal in Michigan's 9-6 triumph.

'M' women's track opens outdoor season

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track and field team
will be performing its rendition of "Into the Great
Wide Open," tomorrow.
Fortunately, the Wolverines' version will be a
track meet and not a cover of the Tom Petty song,
though they've been known to croon with the best
of them. Michigan travels south to Austin, Texas,
to participate in the Texas Relays, its first outdoor
meet of the season.
Michigan will take a squad of only 11 to

Longhorn country, including a pair of javeliners
seeing their first meet action of the year. While
other athletes already have a whole indoor season
of competition under their belts, junior Kathy
Tomko honed her skills indoors by throwing cov-
ered javelins into nets.
"It's really hard to watch everyone indoors and
not be able to (throw)," Tomko said.
Fellow javelin thrower Carrie Stewart has seen
plenty of competition indoors, but not throwing
the javelin. Stewart, who placed second in the Big
Ten javelin throw last year, spent her winter on

the hardwood as a forward for the Michigan
women's basketball squad.
However, for the rest of the team the advent of
the outdoor season means moving from ideal con-
ditions to the uncertainties of wind and sun. The
adjustment, though, is a familiar one, senior hep-
tathlete Laura Jerman said. Jerman will run the
400-meter hurdles for the first time in over a year.
"There is a definite difference to moving out-
doors from indoors," Jerman said. "Wind can be
an asset or a negative factor. We've all run out-
doors enough to get used to it."

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Men's volleyball looks for revenge vs. Spartans tonight

by Jeremy Strachan
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team has had a tough time defeating
in-state rival Michigan State lately.
Earlier this season, the Wolver-
ines dropped a hard-fought four
game match to the Spartans. Michi-
gan looks for revenge tonight
against the Spartans. Saturday, the
Wolverines will host Notre Dame in

Cliff Keen Arena at 1 p.m.
"I see Michigan as a young team
that is hungry for some wins, and is
ready to step up its play," Michigan
State coach Sante Perrelli said.
The Spartans finished third in the
Big Ten this year, while the Wolve-
rines finished eighth. Michigan
coach Pam Griffin is confident the
Wolverines can beat State tonight.
"The keys for us to beat Michi-

gan State," Griffin said, "are to serve
short, to block with discipline, and
anticipate their blocks. If we play
our game we can beat them."
. Spartan coach Perrelli com-
mented on what his team must do to
defeat Michigan today.
"Well, last time we played them
we didn't serve well," he said. "So
we have to serve better, play strong
defense and side-out more often."

All three teams will play in the
national tournament in two weeks.
"(Notre Dame and Michigan
State) are both very similar teams,"
Michigan setter Stan Lee said.
"They both are very disciplined and
have good defenses. State is tougher
because they are bigger (than Notre
Dame) but I'm confident we can win
both matches this weekend."


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