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Softball hosts fall tourney
Michigan previews lineup for spring campaign
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By SARAH DEMAR
For the Daily
Calm down, calm down. You ha-
ven't pulled one too many all-nighters
and slept until April. Even though it is
only October, the Michigan softball
team will take advantage of the weather
before the first snowflakes fall.
The Wolverines will host Eastern
Michigan, Wayne State and Detroit-
Mercy in the Michigan Fall Invita-
tional Sunday. Because the tourna-
ment takes place in the fall, any wins
or losses will not show up on
The Wolverines won the tourna-
ment last year, and finished third in
the Big Ten in the spring.
"It's nothing but a big old scrim-
mage game," coach Carol Hutchins said.
"We've been practicing our fundamen-
tals in practice, and now we get to
practice our fundamentals in game-
This will be the Wolverines' last
chance to play live ball until the spring.
It gives the coaches a chance to see
how the team is working together and
'We've been practicing
our fundamentals in
practice, and now we
get to practice our
fundamentals in game-
- Carol Hutchins
what kind of talent the freshmen are
coming in with.
The caliber of Michigan's fresh-
men appears to be top-notch. They
include pitcher and shortstop Sara
Griffin, outfielder Kellyn Tate, catcher
Jennifer McKittrick, and Kristy
Wyrybkowski at second base.
"They aren't just freshmen this
year," Hutchins said. "They are really
going to add to the team. I think that
the conference will be hearing Sara
and Kellyn's names quite a bit."
Griffinjoins one ofthe deepestpitch-
ing staffs in the country. Along with the
already formidable "Kelly Corps", con-
sisting of senior Kelly Kovach and
sophomore Kelly Holmes.
No longerconsidered a young team,
the Wolverines have quite a few expe-
rienced players returning. At the cor-
ners arejuniorsTracy Carr and Michelle
Silver. Kathryn Gleason will be plug-
ging up the second base position, while
shortstop remains open after the gradu-
ation of Mary Campana.
Senior outfielder Lesa Arvia ex-
pects a successful spring season.
"Once we get the kinks out of the
defense, we will be great," Arvia said.
"Everyone just has to pull their own
weight and expect more and more out
of the team. Myself, I feel a lot of
pressure (as a senior), but I don't take
it that way."
Michigan may feel the pressure
Sunday when it takes the field with
Division II powerhouse Wayne State
along with Eastern Michigan.
"Both teams are consistently tough
and scrappy," Hutchins said. "We
scheduled the tournament this way
for a reason."
The Michigan Invitational begins
Sunday morning at9:30atAlumniField.
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Injured Iowa quarterback Ryan Driscoll will not play against Illinois, but the Hawkeyes' look to rebound after last
week's 27-20 defeat at the hands of Indiana. The Hawkeyes' will start freshman Matt Sherman at quarterback.
ROUND THE BIG TEN:
Purdue leaves race for roses,
Ohio State to win State battle
By ALAN GOLDENBACH
For the Daily
Your pulse is normal, the moon isn't blue and Glenn
Robinson didn't become a two-sport star during his hold-
out. Purdue is actually tied atop the Big Ten with Penn
State and Michigan and the boilermakers have a 4-1
record which marks their best start since 1984. After
defeating Minnesota last weekend, 49-37, the Boilermak-
ers turn toward Wisconsin.
The 23rd-ranked, defending Rose Bowl champion
Badgers are finding it very difficult to repeat last year's
cess. However, in last weekend's 46-14 rout of North-
estern, Wisconsin's running game compensated for the
loss of injured quarterback Darrell Bevell. Senior running
backs Terrell Fletcher and Brent Moss combined to rush
for 334 yards and four touchdowns. The Badgers are
going to need performances like those if they intend to
make a run at the Big Ten title.
Here's how this key game and the rest of the Big Ten
action will unfold this weekend:
Purdue (2-4 Big Ten, 4-1 overall) at Wisconsin (2-1,3-2)
The Boilermakers dodged a pretty big bullet last week-
,They allowed 616 yards in total offense to Minnesota but
still won. They can't expect to get away with that again,
especially against the Badgers' potent running attack.
Purdue will also need a big game from junior running
back Mike Alsott, who gained a career-high 187 yards
against the Golden Gophers.
The magic carpet ride ends here for the Boilermakers.
Wisconsin 30, Purdue 17
Ohio State (1-1, 4-2) at Michigan State (1-1, 2-3)
The Buckeyes know that a defeat this weekend will kill
all hopes of a Big Ten title. Coupled with a bad loss to
Illinois, that should give them some much-needed inspi-
ration heading into East Lansing. The Spartans will need
more than the 17 total rushing yards they put up against
Michigan. They'll get that, but it still won't be enough.
Ohio State 26, Michigan State 9
Iowa (0-3, 2-4) at Illinois (1-1, 3-2)
The Fighting Illini are riding high after putting away
Ohio State last weekend and nearly cracking the AP top
25. They have been getting stellar performances from
junior quarterback Johnny Johnson, who threw for 224
yards and two scores against the Buckeyes.
The Hawkeyes' quarterback situation is nothing like the
Illini's. Iowa signal-caller Ryan Driscoll was knocked out of
last weekend's 27-20 loss to Indiana with a broken collar-
bone and will not play. The Iowa City natives can throw in the
towel for not only this game but for the season as well.
Illinois 33, Iowa 13
Northwestern (0-2, 1-3-1) at Minnesota (0-3, 2-4)
The Wildcats held Wisconsin in check for one half last
weekend, but then allowed the Badgers to walk all over them
in the second stanza. The Golden Gophers, meanwhile, did
the same thing against Purdue. The difference however, will
be Minnesota's junior running back Chris Darkins, who is
coming off a 237-yard performance. Dawkins should be
successful again this week against a weak Northwestern
Minnesota 40, Northwestern 13
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