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The Michigan Daily- Monday, April 19, 1993 - Page 17

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK:
M'comes through i
clutch vs. Indana.
by Jesse Brouhard
Daily Softball Writer
Senior Patti Benedict rebounded from a dismal zero-hit showing last
Friday with a five-hit, five-RBI performance in the series-closing double-
header yesterday. In the finale, Benedict had two doubles, a single, and a
clutch RBI in the five-run Wolverine seventh. Benedict's only blemish in
the final day was a strikeout in the first game.
Junior Mary Campana had the other clutch performance when the
Wolverines were in need. Campana crushed a two-run double and later
scored, sparking the top of the seventh-run scoring fiesta.
WAKEUP CALL: Freshman Cheryl Pearcy had a total of 15 at bats
coming into yesterday's game - fewest on the team. But she didn't appear
nervous leading off the inning with a single in the gap to start the Michigan
rally.
"Sometimes you need to try something new," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins said. "We tried Pearcy because she has some speed and when
someone comes off the bench and gets a hit, it gives the team a real spark."
ROLAIDS DIDN'T INTEND THIS: When Rolaids created its award for
relief pitchers, senior pitcher Kelly Forbis obviously took the award a little
too seriously. Forbis threw seven strong innings and got the win in the
opening contest and then returned in the second game to pick up a second
win for the day.
"I usually throw better in the second game," Forbis said. "I just feel a lot
better my second time out."
Forbis had closed out the second game, after starting the first the two
previous doubleheaders.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHN AND: The Kunnen family certainly was double
trouble for the Hoosiers in the weekend-ending doubleheader. The two se-
niors were a combined 7-for-10 (.700 for those of you scoring at home) with
five runs scored.
OF COURSE ITS COLD, WE'RE IN MICHIGAN: Saturday's planned
doubleheader was postponed until yesterday due to the frigid temperatures
at Alumni Field. Friday's games, however, were played in even colder
weather than Saturday's cold temperatures. In the end, the coaches appeared
to be smarter than Mother Nature as the sun did make a cameo appearance
during the improved play yesterday. Some of the fans were not surprised
yesterday though. There was common agreement that it does get cold in
Michigan, even in April.

BASEBALL
Continued from page 14
However, the Wolverines came
roaring back with two runs in the
bottom of the first, their only two of
the whole afternoon, to take the lead
for good. Three consecutive singles
by Rodney Goble, Timmerman, and
Simmons put Michigan on the board.
A swinging bunt by Scott
Winterlee moved the runners up.
Nate Holdren followed with a
groundout to first that scored
Simmons with the go-ahead run.
Indiana pitcher Steve Schaefer
(3-3) shut the Wolverines out the
rest of the way, giving up only three
hits after the first inning. It was too
late, though, as Ricken shut down
the Hoosiers as well.
If Ricken was the pitching hero
of the second game, then Indiana's
Bob Scafa definitely starred in game
one.
Scafa (4-1) pitched a shutout, al-
lowing only five hits. The Hoosier
lefthander kept the Wolverines at
bay all afternoon, striking out seven.
Indiana got three runs in the
third, helped by two walks and one
very big error. With the bases loaded
and two outs, Jason Cotton lifted a
fly ball to right field that should
have ended the inning. However, the
strong wind played with the ball,
blowing it away from Pat Maloney.
The ball bounced off of Maloney's
glove for a three-run three-base
error.

The Hoosier defense, on the other
hand, shined. Three double plays
ended Michigan threats just when it
thought it could get back into the
game.
The Hoosiers scored again in the
sixth on a two-run homer by Marty
Gazarek. Eric Heintschel (2-5) took
the loss for the Wolverines but kept
Michigan in the game for as long as
he could.
"Heintschel struggled - it was-
n't as good as he can pitch," Freehan
said. "But he stayed in there and
. kept us in there for a while."
The series continues this after-
noon with the makeup of Saturday's
postponed doubleheader. Michigan's
Heath Murray and Ron Hollis will
go against Chris Peters and Todd
Mann for the Hoosiers.
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S OFTBALL
Continued from page 14
a hold of a couple and that was it.
We had a couple breakdowns, the
ball gets by us (Patti Benedict) in
left, passed balls at the plate, wild
pitches. You can't do that and expect
to win."
Both teams had trouble hitting
the ball in the Friday doubleheader
as the two teams did not combine for
more than 11 hits in either of the two
contests. Hoosier pitcher Kassey
Reynolds kept her streak alive for
most of yesterday also, continuously
flustering the Wolverines with her
off-speed deliveries.
FIELDING
Continued from page 14
like veterans. Both had identical
.971 fielding percentage going into
the Indiana series, and amazingly,

"She (Reynolds) wasn't (one of
the toughest pitchers we've faced
this year but we made her look that
way," Hutchins said. "I think we
helped her out, we played right into
her hands. She throws it up, real
slow - an up-ball - and we went
after it and almost every out we had
was to the outfield."
The Wolverines will have pre-
cious little time to make adjustments
in the coming weeks, however.
Following Tuesday's contest at
Central Michigan, the squad will
take a week off for final exams be-
fore facing conference leader Iowa
in May.
Gleason has booted only one ball the
entire season.
The combination of the Big Ten's
best pitching staff (1.38 ERA) and
the Wolverine infield should lead
Michigan to its second consecutive
NCAA tournament berth.

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