14 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 18, 1994
Lions no match for Wolverines
'M' takes three from lowly Penn
State, moves to 9-3 in conference
By MARC DILLER
and MELANIE SCHUMAN
DAILY SOFTBALL WRITERS
Knowing Penn State was a team
quickly falling into the Big Ten base-
ment, the Michigan softball team took
advantage of its continued improve-
ment anddefeated the lowly Lions (2-
10 Big Ten, 6-26 overall). This task
proved simple for Michigan (9-3, 22-
18) which won three out of four con-
tests in the weekend's two double-
headers at Penn State.
Despite a strong outing, junior ace
Kelly Kovach (10-9, 1.33 ERA)
dropped the first game of the series to
the Lady Lions, 2-1, but managed to
recover and win on Saturday, 9-0.
Meanwhile, freshman Kelly Holmes
(10-9, 2.60 ERA) continued her win-
ning ways posting two victories for
Penn State (2-11, 6-27) got an
early jump with a win in game one of
Friday's doubleheader. Michigan
third baseman Tracy Carr, batting
.290, drove in shortstop Mary
Campana in the top of the first for the
sole Wolverine run. But Penn State
tied it up in the bottom of that inning
when Val Serpico drove in catcher
B.J. Davidson. The Lady Lions scored
the game-winner, though, in the bot-
tom of the second on a Rebecca
Wisnoff single that put Penn State up
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"A couple of lapses in our hitting
hurt us there," Kovach said. "You have
to give Penn State credit. They took
advantage of our lapses."
Kelly Holmes took the mound in
game two, a contest in which the
Wolverine defense supported its pitch-
ing. Holmes pitched a complete game,
allowing only two earned runs. Michi-
gan scored in each of the first four
innings, as Campana scored three of
Michigan's seven runs. Designated
player Jessica Lang went three-for-
three with two RBIs and scored a run.
After splitting Friday's contests,
the Wolverines wanted to carry over
the momentum from the previous
night's second game. Kovach took
the mound first, with hopessthat the
hitters would provide more support.
Kovach helped her own cause
when she knocked in three runs on
two doubles and pitched a complete
game shutout in the Wolverines' 9-0
victory. After scoring two run's in the
bottom of the second inning, Michi-
gan sealed the victory with four runs
in the fourth. Lang continued her hit-
ting barrage with a three-for-four per-
formance, driving in Carr in the bot-
tom of the fifth.
In the nightcap, Holmes pitched a
complete game. She struck out five
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Softball continues streak
By MELANIE SCHUMAN
DAILY SOFTBALL WRITER
Michigan bats came alive this weekend as the softball team continued its
climb to the top of the Big Ten standings. Prior to this weekend's matchup against
Penn State, the Wolverines were No. 3 in the conference, riding high after last
weekend's sweep over Northwestern and Wednesday's split with Eastern Michi-
STREAK JUST BEGINNING?: The Wolverines continued their winning streak
this weekend with only a brief interruption. After dropping the first game in
Friday's doubleheader against Penn State, 2-1, Michigan Went on to defeat the
Nittany Lions in a decisive manner, 7-2, 9-0, 7-2. In Big Ten play, the
Wolverines are now 9-3, having dropped only one game in their last eight.
PITCHING ROTATION MINUS ONE: After demonstrating how effective a three-
pitcher rotation can be during the Wolverine sweep of Northwestern last
weekend, coach Carol Hutchins opted to rely only on her two designated
pitchers - Kelly Kovach and Kelly Holmes against Penn State. Rather than
add third baseman Tracy Carr to the rotation, Hutchins let Kovach (9-8 before
the weekend) pitch out one loss and one victory to up her record to 10-9 on the
season. Holmes was more successful, going the distance in the latter games of
both doubleheaders to notch two wins.
EXTRA BASES: Throughout the weekend, the Wolverine bats were hotter
than tamales. Saturday, Carr walloped her first home run of the season and just
the second in her collegiate career. Freshman Tracy Taylor, pinch hitting,9
smacked her first triple as a Wolverine in the top of the sixth inning in game
three. Freshman Jessica Lang stationed at second base on Saturday, spanked
a triple to drive one run in. Kovach, and first baseman Michelle Silver hit
doubles in game three contributing to a 9-0 rout early Saturday.
The Michigan softball team scored 24 in taking three of four from Penn State.
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