16- The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 18, 1994
Continued from page 12
same type of numbers the rest of the
season, he will be well on his way to
being drafted for the second time in
-:In 1991, the New York Yankees
sllected Hollis during the middle
rounds of the amateur baseball draft.
When a big contract wasn't available,
lRollis decided to go to college and
nbw appears to be on his way to an
erlier round selection in this
.:"I can't tell you what round, buthe,
v61l get drafted," Adams said.
"Depending on how well he does
the rest of the year, if he does really
Well, I'd say the top 10 rounds."
Even if Hollis is not drafted as
high as the 10th round, he has already
won the biggest awards of his career
his health and the chance to pitch
Columnists bid farewell .
Rodney Goble was one of the few Wolverines to reach base in Sunday's second game, as Michigan was held to two hits.
'M' pitching still strong
By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY BASEBALL WRITER
On the surface, the performance
q Michigan's pitching staff against
Iowa might have seemed merely solid.
But in light of the fact that three
Wolverine hurlers- including start-
ing pitcher Heath Murray - were
suspended for the series, the perfor-
,mance of the staff was downright
Michigan coach Bill Freehan sus-
pended pitchers Murray, Matt
l ubles and Matt Ferullo for the
Iowa series, reportedly for violating
" That is an internal matter that I
think as of right now is behind us,"
HITTERS BAFFLED: The wind was
blowing in and the pitchers were on
top of their games.
For the most part, the four-game
series was a hitter's nightmare.
"The weekend wasn't a very good
one for hitting," Iowa coach Duane
Banks said. "I think the wind affected
the hitters more than itdid the pitchers."
The Wolverines and Hawkeyes
combined for only 53 hits in 31 in-
nings of play -- an average of less
than a hit per half-inning.
Of the 53 hits, only nine went for
extra bases and none were home runs.
Iowa's Rob Lehnherr was the only
player from either squad to tally two
extra-base hits in the series. He pow-
ered two doubles in Saturday's sec-
ond game, a 9-3 Michigan win.
The Wolverines' nine-run outburst
in the nightcap Saturday was the only
game either team scored more than
six runs in the entire weekend.
PITCHING DUEL: Saturday's opener
saw both starting pitchers, Michigan's
Ray Ricken and Iowa's Collin
Mattiace, throw all 10 innings. A
Michigan error in the 10th, the third
extra inning, helped give Mattiace the
THE WEAVER WATCH: Michigan
Player-of-the-Year candidate Scott
Weaver had an up-and-down week-
end. In Saturday's opener he
struggled, going 0-for-5. He bounced
back, however, in game two.
Weaver went 3-for-4 with five RBI
and two runs scored in the 9-3 Michi-
gan victory. His three-run triple was
the big blow in the five-run third
inning that gave the Wolverines a 7-0
In Sunday's doubleheader,
Weaver was 1-for-2 with three walks.
The Smith Award candidate's aver-
age now stands at .343.
FIGHTING FOR A WINNING RECORD:
Michigan coach Bill Freehan's over-
all record in four-plus years at the
helm of the Wolverines is now 128-
127-1. He is 4-8 against Iowa. Over-
all, the Wolverines hold a 67-30 lead
over the Hawkeyes.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS: Wednes-
day, eleven Wolverines were hon-
ored for having a 3.00 grade point
for the past two terms or for their
careers. Along with Weaver, they
were Kirk Beerman, Kevin
Crociata, Mick Kalahar, Ron
Hollis, Brian Simmons, Rodney
Goble, Sean Coston, Brian
Steinbach, Brad Tinkham and
BARBECUE: The Dugout Club Ox
Roast will follow the May 7 double-
header against Minnesota and the
Michigan Baseball Banquet will be
held Tuesday, May 17 at Weber's
to life at Michigan
ell, it looks like the lease is up. After some 1,600 days, the
University has apparently decided that we've learned enough.
And so, partially willing and partially hesitant, we're packing up
and moving on.
Having shared this column space for the year, we thought it might be fitting
to say something together before we turn in our keys. We're not exactly of like
mind, but we've come upon a lot of similar observations and opinions. We
hope you might indulge us this one last chance to bend your ear.
That said, here are a few of them.
Sports writing is one of the best scams going. In four years, we've
gotten great seats at countless athletic events. We've met all sorts of
interesting people and been all over the country. New Orleans, Seattle,
Tampa, Houston, not to mention charming Big Ten hamlets like Madison,
Bloomington and Champaign. All in the name of journalism.
And what did this pleasure cruise run us? Nada. Zippo. Not even a
dollar for tolls. Maybe some late nights, but that was the worst of it. We
probably never realized how good
RYAN HERRINGTON we had until it was too late. In the
AND KEN SUGIURA past, we could show up five minutes
before tip-off and be courtside. When
4 ? k we did that this year, courtside was
in the next county over. Can you
believe paying for seats in the 59th
Seriously, if you've ever had any
inkling to give this a shot, you'd be
nuts not to. It doesn't take a whole
lot to get started. All we did was
have the initiative one fall day in
The R.H. Factor 1990 to drag our sorry ex-jock flab
and Close but No Sugiura down to the Daily. We're little more
than ordinary sports fans who know
our way around a keyboard. If you've read our stuff at all, you've figured
that out already.
And as far as being ordinary goes, we've found that, for the most part,
the same applies to the athletes we've covered. Sometimes it's easy to
forget, given the way it's been our "job" to chart their successes and
failures and to wait upon their every word as though they were prophets.
But, like those of you who have had the chance to get to know them as
students and friends, we have realized that that's pretty much what they are
- ordinary people. There are outgoing ones and shy ones, nice and mean,
conceited and humble, just like the rest of us.
They join fraternities and sororities, pull all-nighters in the Angell Hall
coniputing center and worry about life after college.
A favorite example comes from last September, when Tyrone Wheatley
was enduring the Heisman media crush. He remarked that he didn't mind
all the interviews so much, it was just that they were coming at a time
when he was trying to move into his apartment. And here we thought All-
Americans were above lugging CD players and cleaning out ovens.
It's moments like these - listening to Jalen Rose spin hilarious tales from
his childhood, editing Olympic champion Mike Barrowman's interesting but
poorly-spelled journal entries or gossiping with long-distance runner Molly
McClimon about the drudgery of a Communication class - when you begin to
realize that these people who appear nightly on ESPN are a lot more like the
other 30,000-plus people on campus than they are different.
In addition, most of the Wolverine athletes we've met have been cordial,
willing to speak with us even under difficult circumstances. On the night of
what was supposed to be the final men's gymnastics meet in Michigan history,
Royce Toni made it a point to ask what we were doing after graduation. Never
mind that the yearlong struggle to try and save the program had just come to an
end, or that his team's future was still in limbo.
There are some other things, but after four years we've troubled you
enough. The memories we've come away with from all of Michigan's
sports - like the championships the Wolverines have won - are simply
too numerous to recall in just one final column.
We hope that in this space over the past eight months, we've been able to
introduce you to different people, and perhaps make you laugh or think a little,
too. It's been fun on this end, and hopefully it wasn't too bad on yours.
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