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By RYAN WHITE
DAILY BASEBALL WRITER
Lo and behold, the sun came out
yesterday, and they finally played
baseball in Ann Arbor.
For Michigan, however, the
game's outcome wasn't as sunny as
the weather. The Wolverines lost to
Eastern Michigan (12-14), 5-4, at
The Wolverines (7-5 Big Ten, 13-
16 overall) rallied in the bottom of the
ninth to cut the deficit from 5-2 to 5-
4, but were unable to tie the score.
With one out in the ninth, second
baseman Kevin Crociata walked and
then moved to second on a single by
rightfielder Rodney Goble. The next
batter, shortstop Ryan Van Oeveren,
grounded the ball to Eagle shortstop
DeDonatis threw out Goble at sec-
ond, but second baseman Dan Deak,
threw the ball over first baseman Ja-
son MacDonald's head. The throw-
ing error allowed Cociata to score.
Leftfielder Scott Weaver tripled
into the gap between left and center
with two out to score Van Oeveren
Centerfielder Brian Simmons,
looking to bring home Weaver, nailed
his grounder off the foot of third
baseman Jason MacDonald and it
popped in the air.
DeDonatis, however, snagged the
ball and threw Simmons out at first to
end the game.
As was the case with last week-
end, offense was a problem. The
Wolverines didn't get their first hit
until the fourth inning.
"Hitting is contagious," Crociata
said. "It seems like if a few guys go up
there to start the game and things
don't happen for us, it seems to change
The other major problem for. the
Wolverines was defense.
"We came back, and we had op-
portunities," Michigan coach Bill
Freehan said. "But we had given up a
couple of unearned runs, and had a
Brad Tinkham (0-1) picked up the
loss for the Wolverines and the Eagles'
Mark Borkwoski (1-0) picked up the
For the second non-conference
game in a row, Freehan used much of
hispitching staff. Starter Mark Temple
pitched the most, working the first
three innings. Aaron Toth threw the
fourth and fifth. Tinkham, Chris New-
ton, Ray Ricken and John Arvai fin-
ished the game with an inning apiece.
"A couple of guys hadn't pitched
since Saturday, and we were doing
inning by inning _ about where we
plan to pitch them this weekend,"
Coming off a pair of losses to
conference foe Toledo, Eastern Michi-
gan coach Roger Coryell was happy
with the play of his team.
"After (Toledo), I asked them to
do it the right way," he said of his
team's play. "We really tried to do it
the right way today."
Despite the loss, Freehan remained
"We came back in this ballgame,"
he said. "We'll try to learn and im-
prove each day."
Michigan's next opportunity to
improve will come this weekend. The
Wolverines play a pair of double-
headers against Iowa (7-5 Big Ten,
14-17-1 overall) tomorrow and Sun-
day. The twinbills are set to begin at 1
p.m. at Fisher Stadium.
The series against the Hawkeyes
is important since Michigan is cur-
rently tied with Iowa for third in the
"We're looking forward to this
weekend - no matter what happened
today," Crociata said after the loss to
Eastern. "(Non-conference) games
aren't our biggest focus."
Wolverine pitcher Ron Hollis, who
will be looking for his third Big Ten
win of the season, isn't worried about
the club's lack of offense lately.
"(The hitting) doesn't worry me
because I know what we're capable
of," he said. "We need to turn it around
a little bit and the pitching needs to
Only the top four teams in the Big
Ten make the conference's postseason
tournament, so this weekend provides
Michigan with an opportunity to so-
lidify its playoff position.
"To win four this weekend would
put us in a good spot going into Min-
nesota (May 7-8) and Ohio State (April
30-May 1)," Hollis said. "If we do
well, we will be in good shape Big
Ten-wise going into the tournament."
Brian Simmons connects for Michigan earlier this season. The Wolverines face Iowa this weekend.
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DAILY SPORTS WRITER
This will be the catch phrase for
the Michigan men's rugby team as
they take on the Sarnia (Ont.) Saints
tomorrow at Mitchell Field. The
Wolverines will play three games
against the Saints, with the opener
between the teams' top club sides
scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Saints are expected to pro-
vide as much competition for the
Wolverines as did Michigan's last
opponent, Cleveland. The Wolver-
ines demolished Cleveland in their
two games played last weekend.
"It's a definite possibility (that the
results will be similar to the Cleve-
land games)," senior tight-head prop
Tom Vestergaard said. "(Sarnia) has
experienced a bit of a falloff (in talent
level) the last season or two."
With an apparently easy victory
on the horizon, Michigan has decided
to give its younger players a chance to
compete in the first and second games
versus Sarnia's A and B sides.
The Wolverines hope that this
experience will give their underclass-
men a chance to see what playing
against club level talent is like, since
the Michigan youth have played only
lower-level club talent and collegiate
squads so far.
"The club side will be mixed with
players from the college side, so (the
college players) can get more experi-
ence playing a club style game,"
Vestergaard said. "That's really the
big goal of this weekend and next
weekend (when the Wolverines take
on Michigan State)."
An added incentive for playing
the youngsters in the first and second
games is to keep them excited about
rugby. Since mostof the youngerplay-
ers were introduced to the sport only
by their coming to the University,
letting them play versus top talent
will hopefully increase their desire to
"We want to keep people interested.
Most people come out for rugby in the
spring because there's no football games
to go to," Vestergaard said.
Although there weren't many
negatives from last weekend's win,
sophomore Mike Springs mentioned
that the younger players needed more
cohesiveness, something that would
only come from playing together as a
team for a longer time.
Both Michigan Rugby Club Presi-
dent Tom Warburton and Vestergaard
mentioned that the Wolverine youth
have to be able to keep their heads in
the game for the duration of play.
"The farther we went (in the sec-
ond game versus Cleveland), the more
relaxed people got," Vestergaard said.
"(The younger guys) have to learn
to look for the ball; they have to think
a bit more," Warburton said. "They
got mentally fatigued (vs. Cleveland),
and (their mental strength) will take
time to develop."
The Saints don't look to be too
much of a pushover. Known as an
older, physical team, they come in to
tomorrow's matchup with a lot more
experience than the younger Wolver-
ines. The Saints, like Cleveland, are
also a good ball-control team. Yet,
the Wolverines enter the game confi-
"We should be able to beat them,"
junior center Jason Kreta said.
Sac tourney e
By BRIAN SKLAR
and DOUG STEVENS
DAILY SPORTS WRITERS
Life on the road. It is usually not
the most pleasant situation because
you do not have the comforts of home.
However, for the Michigan women's
track & field team, which has not had
a home meet this season, there are
"We like to travel," Ronda Meyers
said. "We don't have the top-notch
facilities that other places have. It's
tough to be on the road."
After coming off a meet at Miami
(Ohio) in which they dominated their
opponents, the Wolverines now head
to the prominent Mount Sac Invita-
tional in Walnut, Calif.
In Oxford last week, the runners
swept every event from the 100 meters
to the 3,200 meters.
Those included victories from
Tearza Johnson in the 100 and 200,
Rachelle Webb in the 400, Jessicat
Kluge in the 800, Karen Harvey in the
1,600 meters, and Molly McClimon