vs. North Carolina
Friday, 1 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
vs. Notre Dame
Today, 2 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.
'M' climbs over Siena Heights
Wolverines fight through storm, handle Saints, 5-3
By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY BASEBALL WRITER
Snow-outs are not common in
This, however, is Ann Arbor, and
yesterday, snow forced the cancella-
tion of the second game of the sched-
uled doubleheader between Michi-
gan and Siena Heights at Ray Fisher
In the day's only game, MattFerullo
pitched six strong innings, and Scott
Weaver's two-run single in the bottom
of the sixth proved to be the difference
as the Wolverines won, 5-3.
Michigan coach Bill Freehan had
mixed feelings on the Wolverines' (2-2
Big Ten, 7-12 overall) performance.
"We made too many mistakes
baserunning-wise and I wasn't happy
with that," he said. "But we did come
back and were able to get a hit to win
the baseball game."~
Michigan scored three runs on only
one hit off reliever Craig Sower in the
decisive sixth inning.
Catcher Matt Fleury walked to
start the Wolverines' winning rally.
Third-baseman Kelly Dransfeldt then
laid down a sacrifice bunt. While at-
tempting to force Fleury, Saint catcher
Cliff Murray's throw to second pulled
shortstop Rob Belegrin off the bag
and Michigan had runners at first and
second with no one out.
The next batter, Wolverine Andy
Wade, walked on a 3-2 count to load
Siena Heights' (8-16) coach Mark
Bayliss called on Dave Wood to re-
lieve Sower and face Michigan's
Rodney Goble. Goble had touched
Saints' starting hurler Tom
Dombkowski for two singles and a
double in three previous plate appear-
ances. Goble popped to shortstop on
the first pitch.
On the next play, Fleury scored to
tiethegame, 3-3, when Kevin Crociata
grounded into a fielder's choice.
Leftfielder Scott Weaver followed
with a single to rightfield, scoring
Dransfeldt and Wade with the go-
Michigan reliever John Arvai
pitched out of a mini-jam in the sev-
enth to record his third save. With one
out, Wood reached base on a Wade
error. Arvai then forced Mike
Giacomantonio to ground into a
double play to end the game.
"The coaches have been saying
that good teams find a way to win and
the way things have been going we
are just happy to win," Goble said.
The Saints scored a single run in
the sixth inning on two hits to break a
With two outs, left-fielder Brett
Burns reached first on an error by Wol-
verine second baseman Kevin Crociata.
Rightfielder Bob Szczechowski
advanced Burns to third with a single.
Pinch-hitter Pat Dowling singled to
left to drive in the go-ahead run.
Then came Michigan's three-run
rally in the sixth.
The performance of Ferullo was a
key for the Wolverines. He allowed
three runs - only two earned -- on
seven hits while striking out one and
walking one. He improved his record
"I thought ... this was a great outing
for him to come out and pitch as well as
he did," rightfielder Sean Coston said.
Ferullo was pleased with his per-
formance and said that the team is
beginning to play well.
"This is the time when we need to
come together and we are starting to
put some wins together," he said.
Players surprised, upset by
Michigan's Sean Coston is probably feeling lucky after avoiding this dangerously close pitch against Siena Heights.
Softball takes on Irish's hot bats
By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY BASEBALL WRITER
The reactions were generally the same - "Wow. Holy ... cow."
After winning the first game of a scheduled double-header against Siena
Heights, the Michigan baseball team saw its second home game of the season
Actually, the snow started coming down during a sixth inning three-run
Wolverine rally and continued through the top of the seventh when the Saints
were trying to regain the lead. Michigan closer John Arvai shut Siena Heights
down in the seventh to secure the 5-3 victory.
"I was amazed," said junior right fielder Sean Coston, a native of southerb
California. "I was a little confused out therein the outfield wondering if the bail
was going to get lost in the snow. I didn't know what to do. I mean, I hal
snowflakes hitting me in the back.
"I felt sorry for the other team having to hit with snowflakes coming in then
During the delay, Coston and some of the other players even came out with
cameras to record the event. It was the first "snow out" of Coston's career.
"It's fun," Coston said. "I guess that's Michigan for you."
However, everyone was not so enamored with the weather.
Michigan coach Bill Freehan was disappointed that the final game coulp
not be played.
"You look for games like this, when everything's not on the line, to have
the young players come in and relax a little bit and have an opportunity tp
play," Freehan said. "That's what we were looking for today, and I'm
disappointed not to get the second game in."
Top Doc: After an eight strikeout, five-hit shutout performance against
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By BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan softball team is get-
ting ready for its share of double dos-
The Wolverines (12-12) begin a
six week-long string of doublehead-
ers, starting today at Notre Dame at 2
The Fighting Irish (16-12), ranked
17th in the preseason poll, have their
first-ever meeting with Michigan.
Notre Dame heads into today's
contest on a roll. It has won 10 out of
its last 11 games, losing only 2-1 to
Indiana back on March 22.
"We've been hitting the ball ex-
tremely well," Notre Dame coach Liz
Miller said. "Offensively and defen-
sively, we are right where we want to
The Fighting Irish are batting an
impressive .280 as a team, with four
players batting over .300.
Sara Hayes has been on fire for
Notre Dame, hitting at a .423 clip
through 25 games. In that time, she
has cranked out a team-leading 30
hits, an.819 slugging percentage, eight
homeruns, and 29 RBI.
The problem for the Fighting Irish
lies in their starting pitching staff.
Both of their two starters may not be
able to pitch today due to injuries.
Kari Miller (1-3, 7.43 ERA) is out
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