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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 13, 1994

'M' laxers hope to sow
seeds against Spartans

By WILL McCAHILL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
With visions of seeds dancing in
their heads, the members of the Michi-
gan men's lacrosse team heads to
East Lansing today to take on their
instate rival, Michigan State.
There is actually only one seed that
really matters to the Wolverines, and
that's a No. I seed in next weekend's
Big Ten championship tournament.
Right now, the Spartans are the
only thing separating Michigan from
that seed.
For club lacrosse, the Big Ten is
divided into two five-team divisions.
With a win against Michigan State,
the Wolverines will have defeated the
four other teams in the East division,
giving them a lock on the top seed.
A top seed would give Michigan an

automatic bye into the second round of
the tourney, where it would face the
winner of the contest between the East
fifth seed and the West fourth seed.
And what of the Spartans?
"It's been a Dr. Jeckyl-Mr. Hyde
situation with them this year," coach
Robert DiGiovanni said of the slightly
inconsistent Michigan State team.
DiGiovanni said he's seen the
Spartans both play well and struggle.
"I'm not going to take them
lightly," DiGiovanni said.
"Their individual sticks should be
good, but they're not quite as good
with (offensive and defensive sets)
which need more teamwork,"
DiGiovanni added.
If the Spartan Mr. Hyde shows up,
though, give the Wolverines a 'W'
and a top seed in the Big Ten tourney.

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Michigan baseball coach Bill Freehan says execution of plays will be crucial to his team's success.

Cracked skin hinders Blue spikers

By MELINDA ROCO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER

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"Always remember to moisturize."
This is what the Michigan men's
volleyball coach Duane Storti had to
say after last weekend's matches
against Michigan State and Ohio State.
During warmups before the Michi-
gan State match Friday night, setter
Stan Lee cracked his dry hand open
after contacting the ball on a block.
He was taken to the University Hos-
pital for stitches and was unable to set
for the weekend.
Outside hitter Ernesto Rodriguez
filled the setter's spot, but Lee's ab-
sence was apparent as the Wolverines
struggled through a three-game loss
to MSU.
"Ernesto did a good job, consider-
ing the circumstances," Storti said.
"In our regular rotation, he's in the

second setter's spot and he's done
well picking up the second ball. The
players were pretty comfortable with
him in this role on the court."
The next night against OSU, set-
ter Justin Biebel led the team through
a five game joust with Lee playing the
back row on defense. Michigan was
unable to maintain consistency on the
court and fell to the Buckeyes.
Ending the regular season with
two losses, however, has not damp-
ened the spirits of the Wolverines.
Tomorrow, the squad will fly to
Tempe, Ariz., to compete at the Col-
legiate Club Nationals.
Forty-eight schools will battle it
out in this final volleyball showdown.
The three days of competition will
begin Thursday with 12 pools of four
teams. The top finishers in each pool
will get a bye into the playoff round.

The second- and third-place finishers
will continue on in a second round of
pool play, with the top finishers in these
pools continuing on into playoffs.
Michigan will be facing Florida,
USC and Boston College in its first
day of competition.
Lee will be back in the setter's
spot, playing with a bandaged hand.
"This is what the year comes down
to," Storti said. "We've doubled our
practice time over the past couple of
weeks, and the guys are ready to go."
The Wolverines have made a dra-
matic turnaround since last season. Af-
ter last year's disappointing finishes in
major tournaments (seventh in the Big
Ten, 16th at the Midwest Champion-
ships and 33rd at the National Champi-
onships), Michigan came back this year
to finish second in the Big Ten and
eighth at the Midwest Championships.

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By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY BASEBALL WRITER
Execution of the fundamentals -
laying down the sacrifice bunt, field-
ing the routine grounder - is crucial
in baseball.
After a weekend of miscues at
Penn State, the Michigan baseball
team will place added emphasis on
the basics today.
Weather permitting, the Wolver-
ines (7-5 Big Ten, 13-15 overall) will
face Notre Dame (13-7) at Fisher Sta-
dium in a non-conference game at 3
p.m.
Yesterday's contest against East-
ern Michigan at Fisher was postponed
due to rain. It has been rescheduled
for tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Wolverines are coming off a
weekend at Penn State in which they
split four games with the last-place
Nittany Lions. Coach Bill Freehan
said that failed fundamentals cost
Michigan a chance of winning three
out of the four meetings.
"In low-scoring games, we can't
fail to execute the little refinements of
the game," he said. "For us to win,
we've got to do these things right."
A couple of failed sacrifice bunts
were instrumental in a 2-1 Michigan
loss in the opener of the series.
The Wolverines also threw asqueeze
bunt attempt away in the fourth inning
of game three, a 5-2 Michigan defeat.
"When we executed (the funda-
mentals) this weekend, we were suc-
cessful," Freehan said. "When we
didn't, it cost us and we probably lost
one more game than we should have."
With Penn State behind them, the
Wolverines have set their sights on
the Fighting Irish.
Going into yesterday's home
matchup with Illinois-Chicago, Notre
Dame had won five in a row after
sweeping four from Xavier over the
weekend in South Bend.
The Irish come into the contest
batting.307. Third baseman Matt Haas
leads the attack with a .391 average.
In his last 12 games, Haas has been
particularly hot, going 17 for his last
37(.459) with nine RBI, 12 runs scored
and four doubles.
Heading into the season, Notre
Dame's weakness was an inexperi-
enced pitching staff. As of yesterday,
however, the pitching staff had an
impressive ERA of 3.32.
"A lot of people worried about our
pitching going into the season," coach
Pat Murphy said. "But what they don't
realize is that there's more to pitching
than numbers and we've been able to
do all those little things."
Michigan, however, has not.
"These are the things that we are
trying to improve on a daily basis,"
Freehan said.
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performances.
"All of (our pitchers) are capable
of pitching excellent games," she said.
"Whoever is out there on the mound,
I always have confidence in. As long
as they pitch with confidence, then I
believe that they're better than any
other pitcher on any other team."
Led by pitcher Marci Kelley (16-
4, 1.17 ERA), Eastern Michigan's
team ERA is 1.34. The other every-
day pitcher, Melissa Drouillard (5-6,
1.77) may not have a winning record,
but she leads the team in hitting (.333
average) and ranks third in RBI (19). __

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