vs. Michigan State
Today, 2 p.m.
Liberty Sports Complex
Today, 1 p.m. (DH)
For the second time in a week at Fisher Stadium, players and fans went home early as inclement weather forced the cancellation of yesterday's game.
Softball looks to regain confidence at Toledo
By JOSH KARP
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan softball team's (14-
16) 1-0 loss to Toledo (7-16) at the
Cellular One Capital Classic in Sac-
ramento, Calif. March 25 remains
crystal clear in its players' minds.
Rocket pitcher Desiree Abrego
(5-5, 2.61 earned run average), who
has allowed 93 hits in only 67 innings
pitched, gave up just one in defeating
Michigan will have two chances
for redemption when it heads to
Toledo today for a 1 p.m double-
header. After taking a doubleheader
from Ohio State Saturday, the Wol-
verines are beginning to put the
"Wejust feel that we're getting bet-
ter every game," shortstop Mary
Campana said. "Hopefully, we can just
put the wins on the board to show that."
Coach Carol Hutchins also says
that winning is the key to building the
"We know we have to come to
play," Hutchins said. "We need to win
some games to get our confidence go-
ing. But as much as we need to win,
we've got to focus on the little things."
Those little things include getting
hits with runners on base. Michigan has
begun to swing consistently better, but
it is games like those against Notre
Dame that frustrate Hutchins. In a
doubleheader loss to the Fighting Irish
March 30, the Wolverines pounded out
17 hits, but scored just twice.
"Timely hitting is everything,"
Hutchins said. "Bases loaded, getting
the ball out of the infield, finding a
gap. We just have to start making our
Campana, who led Michigan's
charge against the Buckeyes, is ex-
pected to provide these breaks. She
has four hits in her last six at-bats
(two doubles), and Hutchins needs
her to continue to produce.
"Let's hope (Campana's bat stays
warm)," Hutchins said. "She's been
making contact all along."
Alsoexpected to step up is the Michi-
gan pitching staff. In addition to every-
day starters Kelly Kovach (7-8, 1.49)
and Kelly Holmes (6-8, 3.18), third
baseman Tracy Carr (1-0, 0.82), who
started her first collegiate game Satur-
day, will also be put into the mix.
"Tracy Carr's one of the most fo-
cused players I've ever coached,"
Hutchins said. "Holmes is coming
around. Heroff-speed is starting to come
around to make her other pitches more
effective, which is what we need to
happen. And I have a lot of confidence
in Kovach. When we get all of them in
a groove at the same time, look out. We
just need to put it all together."
The Rockets are led by first baseman
Amy Galvin, who leads the team in
batting average (.384), extra-base hits
(seven) and runs batted in (18). It was
Galvin who singled home the only run
in the teams' earlier meeting.
"It was not an offensive game,"
Hutchins said. "Their strength is that
they play some good solid defense. I
thought they were a better defensive
team than I've seen them in someyears."
As for today's games, concentra-
tion is the key for the Wolverines.
"We've just got to take it one
game at a time," Hutchins said. "We
just really have to stay focused. We
can't worry about anything (right now)
Men's volleyball claims second place at Big Tens
*e Michigan softball team takes on the Rockets in Toledo today.
Golfers take eighth in first
tournament of the spring
By DAN McKENZIE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When the Michigan men's volley-
ball team began its season, then-coach
Pam Griffin said that one of her goals
was to win the Big Ten. But after a
season of high points, low points, and
everything in between -including a
coaching change -- that looked like
However, the Wolverines had con-
fidence going into the Big Ten tour-
nament. Captain Stan Lee claimed
that his team had all the tools to make
a run for the title and that they had a
new found confidence, thanks to
Griffin's replacement, Duane Storti.
Michigan lived up to what may
have seemed like unrealistic expecta-
tions in this past weekend's tourna-
ment, finishing second in the Big Ten.
"It was by far our best perfor-
mance of the season," Storti said.
The tournament started off Satur-
day in Illinois, with apool format that
divided teams into two groups. Michi-
gan was ranked second in its pool
behind Michigan State.
However, the Wolverines
outplayed the Spartans and everyone
else that they faced, claiming one of
the two No. I seeds going into the
single elimination round.
Because of its strong pool play,
Michigan received a bye into the semi-
final round, where it expected to face
Michigan State once again. But Min-
nesota thwarted the Spartans' plans,
eliminating them in the quarterfinals.
The Wolverines put an end to the
Gophers' attempt at a Cinderella story,
defeating them convincingly 15-8, 15-
7. Michigan advanced to play Illinois.
Because of Illinois' taller-than-
average lineup, the Wolverines aban-
doned Storti's plans to try new line-
ups this weekend in preparation for
the club national tournament.
"Illinois was very big in the middle,"
Storti said. "Our new lineups didn't
have the height that we needed, so we
stuck with our traditional lineups."
Michigan came out strong, taking
the first game, 15-13. But Illinois
regrouped to overcome the Wolver-
ines surge, claiming the last two
games, both by a score of 15-10.
The No. 1 seed, Ohio State, and
the No. 2 seed, Michigan State, fin-
ished sixth and fifth respectively.
Lee and Ernesto Rodriguez both
received first team all-conference
"Chad Stielstra also played ex-
tremely well," Storti said. "He was also
on my ballot for conference honors."
The Wolverines play their final regu-
lar season matches this weekend against
Ohio State and Michigan State at Cliff
Keen Arena. The club national tourna-
ment begins the following Wednesday.
"The results of this last tournament
and the matches this weekend will have
a big effect on our seed going into the
national tournament," Storti said.
by DARREN EVERSON
bAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan men's golf team
*ngled with ten otherMidwestern teams
in Dallas last weekend, and when all
was said and done, it came out of the
woods with an eighth-place finish.
Kent State took the Tanglewood
Intercollegiate, finishing with a total
of 874 strokes, 60 fewer than the
Wolverines. Big Ten rivals Illinois,
Northwestern and Wisconsin wound
up 3-4-5, respectively, with nine
strokes separating third and fifth place.
* The three-round, two-day event
was the first action the Wolverines
have seen since last fall, so the out-
come did not weigh heavily on the
mind of head coach Jim Carras.
"There's no way we can go into
our first tournament and have many
expectations," Carras said:"We had
not even hit a ball outside. That's
always been our problem (in the
spring) all 14 years I've been here."
Freshman Kyle Dobbs was the
top individual golfer for Michigan
- 12th overall - firing 76, 74 and
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