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Softball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Today, 3 p.m. (DH)
Alumni Field

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Baseball
vs. Notre Dame
Today, 3 p.m.
Fisher Stadium

Big Ten title race heats
up for women's tennis

Tough Eagles next for
streaking Blue hitters

By MATT GOLDFINE
FOR THE DAILY
The Michigan Wolverines tennis
team currently is in the midst of one of
the most exciting races for the Big 10
title in memory. The title is at stake
this weekend as Michigan takes on
the first-place Northwestern Wildcats
and third-place Wisconsin Badgers.
*Before the Wolverines can think about
this weekend though, they will have
,.to deal with a dual match on the road
against their instate rivals, the Michi-
gan State Spartans.
Michigan (6-1 Big Ten, 11-6over-
; tl) is coming off a victory last week-
"end over conference rival Penn State.
The Wolverines prevailed in that
miatch, 8-1.
Liz Cyganiak captured the team's
'entiment after the Penn State win.
"Everybody was real confident and
excited," she said. "As the season has
progressed, everyone has just gotten
betterand better witheach match. We've
really found our focus, and I think we
will be ready for this weekend."

Even though MSU is having a
tough year (0-5 Big Ten, 5-8 overall),
Michigan will still have its hands full.
"We can not afford to overlook
Michigan State," Sophomore Angie
Popek said. "They always seem to get
real fired up against us, because of the
big state rivalry that the schools have
going."
Although the team cannot over-
look Michigan State, the general feel-
ing of the team was one of excitement
for this coming weekend.
"I am really excited about this week-
end," head coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We
control our own destiny. We have had a
great year, the continual progress with
every match. With the help of the
schedulers, we now have the perfect
ending to our season."
Northwestern currently is No.7 in
the country. The Wildcats are un-
beaten in twelve matches this year, 6-
0 in the Big Ten. Michigan's other
opponent this weekend, Wisconsin,
is j ust a half game behind Michigan in
the Big Ten race.

By JOSH KARP
DAILY SOFTBALL WRITER
The Michigan softball team is frus-
trated.
It is not the team's play that is
upsetting-the Wolverines have won
six in a row - but the fact that three
of its last seven games have been
rained out. Yesterday, the squad's
doubleheader at Michigan State was
canceled due to a downpour.
Today, Michigan (18-16) will host
Eastern Michigan (22-10) in a double-
header starting at 3 p.m. at Alumni
Field.
The Eagles are hot, having won
seven of their last 10 ball games.
They are batting .283 as a team, and
have scored 142 runs - an average of
4.44 per game.
On the other hand, Michigan, al-
though it has hit better lately, still
carries a .230 team batting average.
The team has crossed the plate just 97
times - a sub-par 2.85 per game.
"Our batting average is lower than
a lot of other teams," shortstop Mary
Campana said. "(But) I think

everyone's starting to peak. I think
everyone's starting to get kind of on a
little hot streak.
"I know we've had a slow start
hitting-wise to begin with, but I think
everyone's coming around now."
Improvement in the Wolverines'
hitting remains to be seen, but the
pitching has certainly come around.
Led by the threesome of Kelly Kovach
(8-8, 1.44 ERA), Kelly Holmes (8-8,
2.80) and Tracy Carr (2-0, 0.74),
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins has
something to be proud of.
Holmes was the Big Ten Pitcher
of the Week. In three appearances
against No. 18 Northwestern, Holmes
allowed a mere three runs and struck
out eight batters in 19.2 innings.
"Our staff helps each other out,"
Hutchins said. "Kelly (Holmes) is
getting better as the season goes on.
Kovach we still expect to carry our
load. She's the leader of our staff and
makes us click as a unit."
Campana agreed, and said the staff
is reliable when it comes to strong
See SOFTBALL, Page 10

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The Michigan softball team attempts to lengthen its six-game winning streak
with a doubleheader tomorrow against Eastern Michigan.

Women 's rugby struggles for a victory and a tie
By LAUREN ROSENFIELD Michigan, however, soon made a comeback. for Michigan.
FOR THE DAILY There were three Wolverines and only one Bronco Pressure was the word to describe the gam
Whoever said that women can't play rough on Western's weak side. Senior Leah Niederstadt, against Western. For a new team, it was well
hasn't been watching the Michigan women's rugby playing No. 8, scored. prepared to challenge Michigan Saturday.
team lately. "There was a lot of really good kicking," junior "The referee even told us that the Western tear
Saturday, the Wolverines beat Western Michi- hooker Rosie Boyak said. "We exhibited fine hook- was more lit than we are," Boyak said. "He though
gan,10-5, and tied Illinois, 5-5. ing, and the scrum played an excellent game as well." they were going to win because of their size; eve
Western scored in the first two minutes. The last two minutes of the match were the he was surprised."
"Because they are a new team, we were kind of decisive ones. The Broncos did put up a fight.
taken aback," said junior fullback Katie Page, who After a full-length kick by senior flyhalf "They were laying on the ball to protect it,
was unable to play due to injury. "They were much Juliette Rogers, junior prop Erika Melnykowycz Page said. "But our strategy was to remove ther
stronger than we had anticipated." dove into the try zone and scored to win the game from the ground."
Easy conquest of once-vaunted Cleveland club surprises M' men

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Department of Recreational
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INTRAMURAL
SPORTS PROGRAM

Sy RAVI GOPAL
OAILY SPORTS WRITER
Going into last Saturday's
matchup against the Cleveland Rugby
football Club, the Michigan men's
1ugby team figured it would have a
0tough match on its hands - wrong.
The Wolverines pounded Cleve-
Jand, winning two games by scores of
49-17 and 19-12. The first game fea-
tured Michigan's top players; in the
second game, many of the Wolverine
youngsters gained valuable experience.
The opener saw Michigan jump
out to a 34-0 halftime lead. The Wol-
verines were helped by the fact that
* the wind was in their favor for the first
half, which made play tough for the
Clevelanders. Cleveland's vaunted,
possession-oriented offense failed to
materialize, and their players were
overwhelmed by the Wolverines'
speed.
"We got the wind in the first half,
and got a big spurt by utilizing our
speed," said Michigan Rugby Club
President Tom Warburton. "We did a
lot of kicking."
With a large cushion, the Wolver-
ines were able to coast through the
second half, even though Cleveland
had the wind in its favor.
"The only reason Cleveland scored
was because they had the wind (in the
~second half)," said Achal Kapoor.
The second game was a tough
battle for the young Michigan squad,
O but its ever-increasing maturity
proved to be a catalyst for a victory.
"Our second game, the ball-han-
dling came together," said Warburton.

"[Outlaw's] ball-handling has greatly
improved, and Jon Dine did a great
job handling the ball."
Since Michigan had not played
Cleveland since the spring of 1991,
its assumptions were based on what it
saw of Cleveland then: a big, talented
ballclub.

The first of these ass
proved to be true, but Mich
its lack of height to its advo
smaller, quicker players we
run circles around Clevelan
footed defenders, and this
dent in both games.
"[Cleveland] was big a

umptions bit slow," said Kapoor.
igan used "Their skill level has declined over
antage. Its the last couple of years," said
ere able to Warburton.
nd's slow- But Michigan's talent was evident.
was evi- "Fitness was the key," said
Springs. "We have a talented team,
nd a little and [talent] just carried us through."

THANKS!!
TO ALL THE STUDENTS, FACULTY
and STAFF WHO PARTICIPATED
IN THE WINTER TERM
INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAM!!!
Good luck on the exams; and,
Congratulations to those students graduatingi!
For Additional Information Contact IMSB 763-3562

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