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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, April 15, 1993
Blue sweep two in Kaamazo0
Michigan beats Western, 2-1, 7-4, behind hiling of Carr, Kunnen

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by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Softball Writer
Just like a train steaming through
the Great Plains, the Michigan soft-
ball team didn't let anything get in
the way of their express.
The Wolverines (22-8 overall)
swept past Western Michigan (4-15)
in Kalamazoo. The wins made it
four straight for Michigan, and the
Wolverines' fourth in two days, after
giving Michigan State the broom
The day started well for the
Wolverines, scoring two in the sec-
ond inning. Junior Lesa Arvia scored
the first run of the game on Kelly
Kovach's triple to the right-center
field wall, after getting on with a
base hit. The triple gave the sopho-
more pitcher her first hit (after 14
previous tries) and first run batted in
of the year.
The runs kept coming as Kovach
scored on Renee Swincicki's base
hit to right.
Kovach was also successful from
the pitcher's circle, keeping Western
Michigan scoreless till the fourth.
Pitcher Brittney Cannavino, the
Broncos hurler, matched her coun-

terpart with a triple of her own. The
one-out hit was followed by a sacri-
fice fly to right field. Kris Campbell
picked up the RBI for the Broncos.
From that point on the two
hurlers closed out the game score-
less, though Kelly Forbis was
brought in for the final inning to end
the contest for Michigan.
"I think it was a good thing to put
a new pitcher in in the seventh,"
Kovach said, "because I wasn't as
strong as a fresh pitcher would be."
The win was Kovach's ninth of
the season, bringing her record to 9-
"It wasn't my best game," Ko-
vach said, "but I was pretty satisfied
with it.
"Only giving up one run is not
too bad, I guess."
Western Michigan came out fired
up for the second game, knocking in
three runs in the first inning off of
Michigan starter Kelly Forbis.
Kelly Nichols singled, was sacri-
ficed to second and stole third.
Cannavino picked up the RBI on her
base hit.
With runners at second and third
Forbis gave up a two-run single to

Shannon O'Toole.
But the Wolverines were not to
be stopped. They forged a lead with
a run in the second, three in the third
and another in the fourth. Freshman
Tracy Carr got a three-base hit, and
scored when the Bronco second
baseman booted a ball hit by
Kathryn Gleason.
Michigan's third-inning rally
started with three straight base hits.
Senior Kari Kunnen led it off and
was moved to second on shortstop
Mary Campana's single. Michigan's
leading hitter Patti Benedict (.452
coming into the game) picked up her
first and only hit of the day, and
picked up an RBI when Kunnen
Karla Kunnen continued the rally
with a walk. She and Benedict even-
tually scored on Carr's double.
"I think I hit the ball better today
than I have any other day in the sec-
ond game," Carr said.
The Broncos weren't dead yet,
though, as they had another runner
touch all the bases in the top of the
fifth. Nichols reached base with her
second hit of the game. After being
advanced to third with a groundout,

Nichols was scored on LuAn
Marienfeld's single.
Kovach was surprised by the
strength of the Bronco lineup.
"The meat of (Western Mich-
igan's) order, their 3-4-5, were really
solid hitters," Kovach said. "I really
wasn't aware of that before the
A couple of errors in the sixth
ended Western's hopes. Both Kari
Kunnen and Benedict got on base as
a result of Bronco muffs, the second
of which Kunnen scored on.
Michigan added one in the sev-
enth for good measure. Kovach
picked up the second RBI of her ca-
reer (and the day) when her single
scored Michelle Silver from second.



Kovach was thrilled to get a
chance at the plate.
"I was excited," Kovach said. "It
felt like I was hitting the ball good."
Forbis improved her record to 13-
3. Kovach wasn't worried after
Forbis gave up three runs in the first
"Kelly (Forbis) comes through
for us," Kovach said, " she keeps (us
in) one-run games all the time."

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Michigan outfielder Patty Benedict, whose batting average ranks highest in
the Big Ten, takes a strong cut at a pitch.

Lions end talks with 49er Montana;


It's all timing
for 'M' sluggers

Fontes happ
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The
Detroit Lions said yesterday they've
changed their minds about talking to
San Francisco quarterback Joe
Montana about moving to Detroit.
,,"It's difficult to turn down a fu-
ture Hall-of-Famer in Joe Montana,
but I really like our young quarter-
backs," coach Wayne Fontes said in
a written statement.
"We're doing everything possible
to give us the best chance to win,
both this year and in the future, and
continuing to pursue Joe Montana is

with QBs Peete, Ware

not in the best interest of our club,"
Fontes said.
The Lions said executive vice
president Chuck Schmidt spoke with
Montana's agent, Peter Johnson,
then decided the club should for-
mally withdraw its interest in
Schmidt said he was happy with
Rodney Peete and Andre Ware bat-
tling for the starting quarterback slot.
But he added the draft choices
Detroit would lose for signing
Montana "would have been severely


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disruptive to our program."
The four-time Super Bowl cham-
pion quarterback, reportedly un-
happy at the prospect of backing up
Steve Young, called the Lions
Monday, Fontes said. The sides had
expected to meet next week.
Montana, 36, has a year left on
his contract with the 49ers but has
the team's permission to talk to other
NFL clubs. He has visited Phoenix
and Kansas City and has talked with
Tampa Bay.
Fontes also said Wednesday the
club has yet to hear from Kansas
City free agent linebacker Derrick
Thomas about Detroit's offer to him.
"We have not received a recent
response to the offer we submitted to
Derrick Thomas last week, so we are
continuing to look at other players
who could help us at that position,"
Fontes said.
"We still haven't thrown in the
towel on Thomas, but there are some
good possibilities out there, players
who could help the Detroit Lions, so
we will keep all our options open
and continue to work on improving
this ballclub."

by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Softball Writer
In the Wolverines' two loses to
Northwestern last Saturday, the big
difference between the teams was
timely hits. Northwestern won two
close games, 3-1 and 1-0. Although
the Wildcats were out hit 9-3 in the
second game, they won the eight
inning affair.
"We had people on base,"
Michigan center fielder K a r i
Kunnen said of the Wolverines
loses in Evanston, "but we just
couldn't move them."
The story changed against
Michigan State on Tuesday.
Michigan got six hits to help drive in
three runs in the first matchup. In the
second game, the flood gates
opened. The Wolverine hitters poun-
ded out 13 hits in the 8-3 victory.
Pitchers Kelly Forbis and Kelly
Kovach were able to survive the
walks and errors - the very aspects
of the game which killed them in
their outings against Northwestern
- on Tuesday.
has had an impressive year thus far,
rare for a true freshman. Brought
into the program as a utility player,
and third pitcher, Carr has moved
into the starting nine. Carr has cov-
ered third base quite competently,
only making three errors.
Her batting has sparkled as well.
Entering the MSU series, the first
year player was second on the team
with a .317 average. Can's two-out
double last Friday drove in the win-
ning run in the Wolverine's 1-0 vic-
tory over Northwestern.
TOP NOTCHED: Senior Patti

Benedict has done nicely at the
plate, and her statistics reflect it.
Going into Tuesday's matchup, the
left fielder was leading the Big Ten
in three offensive categories: batting
average (.462), slugging percentage
(.692) and triples (7). Benedict is
also second in runs batted in (20)
A -A * * *
These are the results of
the latest Associated
Press NCAA softball poll.






4. Oklahoma St. 35-6


Long Beach
Florida St.


8. California
9. Iowa
10. SW Louisiana
11. Cal St.-Sac.
12. N. Illinois
13. Kansas
(tie)Utah St.
15. Fresno St.
16. Missouri
17. Virginia
18. Arizona St.
19. Michigan
(tie)New Mexico

t. 31-7

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and on-base percentage (.494), and
third in hits (36).
And the barrage of highly-ranked
Wolverines does not stop there.
Mary Campana's three home runs
tie her for the top spot in the
conference with Indiana's Margaret
Haenisch. Wolverines pitchers
Kovach (1.02) and Forbis (1.43)
rank second aqd third in the earned
run average list, respectively.
M O V I N' ON UP: T w o
Wolverines climbed up the Michigan
career lists against Michigan State.
Center fielder Kari Kunnen per-
formed the greatest climb, ascending
in two different categories. Her five
runs in the two double headers gave,'
her a total of 96, moving her past.
Vicki Morrow to fourth all-time. .
Kari Kunnen's walk in the second',
game brought the senior's total to
57. She is now tied with Sandy:'
Taylor (1980-83) for fifth on the =
free-pass list.
Benedict has not only been on
fire at the plate, she's also been
burning rubber after reaching base.
The left fielder stole two bases not
just in the same game, but in the.
same play. The two thefts were her
43rd and 44th of her career, moving
Benedict past Morrow for second.
lege grads give money, or at least
give a good word, for their old alma,
mater. But Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins has been anything but char-,
itable against Michigan State, where
she graduated from in 1979. Her two
victories this year have brought her
career record against MSU to 28-6.


Men's golf hopes to pass long,
tough test at Akron tournament

by Elisa Sneed
Daily Sports Writer
What is more than 7,000 yards long, in northern
Ohio, pretty wet, and has a fair number of trees?
Five members of the Michigan men's golf team will
find out this weekend at the University of Akron
Firestone Intercollegiate.
The Firestone golf complex has three courses - the
North, the South and the West. Usually, two of the three
courses are used in the tournament. The entire field of
35 or 36 teams plays two qualifying rounds, then the
next day the top 18 teams compete on one course for
the tournament title, and the non-qualifiers play on the
other course in a consolation tournament.
This year, because the greens on the South course
are being remodeled and Firestone needs to keep one
course open to its members while the invitational is be-
ing carried out, only the North course will be played in
the tournament.
The North course, built in 1969, was designed by
world-renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones.
Jones also re-did the South course at Firestone, which
hosts the World Series of Golf, and re-designed
Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., which has hosted
the U. S. Senior PGA.
The MNrth nnrnek nn traner tn turnament nlav

quires a tee shot across the lake with water also coming
into play on the approach to the green.
Senior James Carson said he agreed that the 17th
presented a challenge.
"They can make it very hard, almost too difficult,"
he said. "They can make it 230 (yards), straight down-
hill, over water."
Last year in the event, officials canceled the first day
due to rain. On what would have been the second day of'
play, the teams played 27 holes. Michigan placed 7th
among 35 teams. Carson, whose 4-over-par finish of"
112 tied him for 23rd, led the way for the Wolverines.
"It's one of the harder courses we play all year,"
Carson said. "It's a really good course...a really good
test of golf."
Two other current team members - senior Anthony
Dietz and sophomore Bill Lyle - also played in this
event, finishing at 113 (5-over-par) and 115 (7-over-
par) respectively.
Because he has not been saefied with his team's
performance, with the exception of Dietz's, Michigan
coach Jim Carras decided to hold a qualifier of his own
to decide which of his players would play in the tour-
nament this weekend. At the Huron Golf Club, Eastern
Michigan's home course, everyone excluding Dietz
played one round Wednesday, one yesterday, and, *
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