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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 20, 1995 - 3

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"Baseball drops three in Tallahassee

By John Lerol
Daily Baseball Writer
,hen Bill Freehan scheduled
gaes for the 1995 season, he thought
hisleam might lose a few games in the
p-,conference campaign. The sixth-
year baseball coach planned a spring
break trip to ihree cities in Florida, a
4atc atthe Hormel Foods Baseball Clas-
to, as well as road trips to 1994 na-
t4. l runner-up GeorgiaTech and No.
2,tlorida State.
That is why the Michigan baseball
teen's record stands at 6-11. After
starting the season 4-4, the Wolver-
ines have faced national powerhouses
each weekend, concluding with three
straight loses against Florida State.
The Seminoles blew out Michi-
gan; 11-2, yesterday and, 14-4, Satur-
dayfollowing a tight 4-3 Florida State
victory Friday night.
The series opener was the Wolver-
ines' only real shot of toppling the
Seminoles. Steve Nedeau's pinch hit
sacrifice fly to left field broke a 3-3
deadlock in the bottom of the eighth
inning.
Michigan came back from a 3-1
deficit to tie the ballgame in the sev-
enth on Chad Chapman's two-run
homer, his first of the year. The Wol-
verines had the bases loaded and no-
body out in the inning.
Third baseman Kelly Dransfeldt
hit his third homer of the year and
stole two bases for the Wolverines.
Matt Ferullo (1-3) scattered six
hits over seven innings, but took the
0 loss for Michigan. Chuck Howell
(2-0), on in relief of Charlie Cruz,
earned the win for Florida State.
Howell pitched out of a seventh-

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Michigan tumbled in its weekend contests with Florida State. The Seminoles swept the three-game series.

inning jam. Phil Olson retired the
side in the ninth to record his third
save of the year.
Saturday, Mark Temple (1-3) al-
lowed eight runs on seven hits in
only two innings for the Wolver-
ines. Temple was pulled after al-
lowing six runs in the third without
retiring a batter. A total of five
Michigan pitchers allowed 16 hits
in the 14-4 loss.
Rodney Goble went 2 for 4 from
the plate with a double and an RBI.
Brian Simmons also was 2 for 4. Chad
Chapman and Matt Fluery each added
an RBI for the Wolverines.
David Yocum (5-1) picked up
the win for Florida State, allowing
three runs, only two of them earned,
and three hits in six innings. Yocum
also fanned nine batters. Three

Seminole pitchers recorded 15 strike
outs on the day.
Sunday, Florida State scored four
runs in the first inning and cruised to
an 11-2 victory to gain the series
sweep.
Michigan starter Tyler Steketee
(2-2) lasted only one and a third in-
nings, surrendering six runs on six
hits and two base-on-balls. Reliever
Aaron Toth didn't fair much better.
After retiring two batters in the sec-
ond inning, Toth allowed two runs on
two hits before leaving the game with
no outs in the third.
Temple and John Arvai pitched
the last six innings for Michigan. Arvai
didn't allow an earned run and re-
corded the Wolverine's only strike
out.
Florida State finished with 12 hits.

All nine Seminole starters hit safely
as Florida State pushed nine runs
across the plate in the first three in-
nings.
Goble, Sean Coston and Mike
Muir collected six of Michigan's
seven hits. Goble and Coston each
went 2 for 4, with Goble adding an
RBI. Mike Muir was 2 for 2 at the
plate, drew two walks and knocked in
Michigan's other run.
Jonathan Johnson (6-2) picked up
the win, holding the Wolverines to
seven hits in as many innings.
Michigan faces Eastern Michigan
at 3p.m., Wednesday, in its firsthome
action of the year. The Eagles will be
the last game for the Wolverines be-
fore they begin the Big Ten season
with two doubleheaders this weekend
at Iowa.

BRETT FORREST
Forrest Fires
Former 'M' plaver in
midst of legal dilemma
Michel Mongeau's jaw was broken so badly that when he closed
his mouth, none of his teeth were touching.
"There was a burning sensation behind my nose," he says, "and it
started bleeding like a faucet. I knew something was wrong."
Mongeau, a centerman for the International Hockey League's Peoria
Rivermen, was playing against the Cleveland Lumberjacks Feb. 27, 1994. He
and Lumberjack defenseman Chris Tamer, a former Michigan player, fought
for a loose puck in a Cleveland defensive zone corner.
Mongeau gained control of the disk and skated along the goal line toward
the net. Tamer pursued and as Mongeau slowed to make his move on the
Lumberjack netminder, Tamer cross-checked him across the shoulder blades.
The Riverman plunged face-first into the metal post supporting the goal's
back netting.
That's when his skull went numb.
Mongeau sustained seven fractures in his face, including a broken cheek
bone, upper jaw, nose and eye sockets. Not a pretty picture.
He then endured five-hour surgery to repair a face that
Dr. Michael Vidas said was basically moving freely from
.. his skull. Mongeau'sjaw was subsequently wired shut for
the next 45 days.
Bad as it sounds, though, this is hockey. When you
strap on the blades, you're taking a risk, right?
Not any more, if Mongeau has anything to say about
it. He and his wife, Chantal, are suing Tamer and the
Lumberjacks for more than $3.25 million.
Tamer Tamer was penalized for cross-checking and ejected
from the contest. He was also suspended by the IHL for
the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. But Tamer was called up to
the Lumberjacks' parent club, the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, and did
not return to the IHL last season.
To Mongeau, the punishment did not tit the crime.
"You should be able to enjoy life after hockey," Mongeau says. "Players
should make sure they're responsible for what they do on the ice. That's the
point I want to make."
Tamer, the Lumberjacks and the Penguins refused to comment on the case.,
Mongeau's suit raises a compelling question: Where should you draw the
line? Tamer's action, while perhaps reprehensible, is difficult to read.
Tamer is Michigan's career leader in penalty minutes and has always been
a ferocious player in a violent game. Yet, having known Tamer, I find it hard
to imagine he wanted to break Mongeau's face in seven places. He's not that
type of person. However, this dispute rests more on result and less on intent.
"Chris has always been an aggressive, hard-nosed, tough player," says
Michigan coach Red Berenson, who coached Tamer from 1989 to 1993. "If a
horse breaks a jockey's neck, does he sue the track? The players assume the
risk. I don't think a guy should go to prison."
Rest assured, Tamer won't be seeing jail time on this account. But he may
be forced to shell out some major cash. And outside of the courtroom there
could be resounding effects throughout the sport.
Hockey is a game based on reactions - the best skaters make the quickest
and most intelligent responses. If a player is forced to think about what may
happen if he goes too hard, too fast, the result could be a game undercut by
indecision.
Moreover, a legal victory by Mongeau would place each player in every'
sporting event in precarious straits.
Yet, players should be culpable for their own actions. But to what extent?
The impact on Mongeau's life has been monumental. He says he has
difficulty taking a shower, as the water hits his face too hard. And his pillow
feels like granite on his face at night.
After considering a life without hockey, Mongeau made it back to the
Rivermen this season. He's doing quite well, too, and leads Peoria in scoring,
just ahead of David Roberts, another former Wolverine.
But Mongeau is not the same man he was before becoming intimate with
the Cleveland net.
"I used to try and be the first one into the corners," he says. "Now I try and
get there the same time as the other guy."

Softball wins eight to capture championship
Michigan allows one run in eight games at Lady Seminole Invitational

.

By Tim Smith
Daily Softball Writer
if there were such a thing as March
madness in college softball, the Michi-
gan women's team would be the newly
crowned champion.
The No.8 Wolverines (17-3) went
8-0 in the 24 team round robin Lady
Seminole Invitational this weekend
to take home the championship and
*extend their winning streak on the
season to ten.
And the Wolverines didn't just
win'by the skin of their teeth. They
dominated.
While the offense was a big boost,
scoring 25 runs on the weekend, it
was the pitching that deserved the.
most applause.
The Wolverines hurlers gave up
*just one run.
Not one run in each game, but one

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run in the entire tournament. The ef-
fort lowered the team ERA from 2.20
to 1.37 and increased the season shut-
out total to eight.
After going 5-0 in round robin
play and defeating Massachusetts 3-0
and Princeton 3-0 in the single elimi-
nation bracket, the Wolverines ad-
vanced to the final on Sunday after-
noon against the home team No. 9
Seminoles (31-7).
In Sunday's final, Michigan got on
the board early scoring two runs in the
third inning before scoring two more in
the sixth and seventh to clinch the game
and shut out Florida State 5-0.
Leading Michigan on the day was
shortstop/pitcher Sara Griffin, the
tournament MVP, going 2-3 with a
home run, a double and three RBI.
Wolverine pitcher Kelly Holmes
(5-1) struck out one and gave up four

hits in seven innings for the champi-
onship game victory.
Against Princeton in the semi-fi-
nals, Griffin (6-2) registered the win
while Kelly Kovach (6-0) struck out
seven in the quarter-final victory over
Massachusetts.
The win over the Seminoles in the
finals was Michigan's second against
them in the tournament after defeating
them 2-1 in extra innings on Friday to
complete a perfect 3-0 first day.
In the game, Michigan got on the
board first in the bottom of the sixth
inning only to have the Seminoles tie
it in the seventh with an RBI single
which proved to be the only run scored
against the Wolverines on the week-
end.
The Wolverines, however, were
able to pull out the victory in the eighth
when sophomore Jessica Lang drilled

a single to score pinch-runner Tracy
Taylor and give Michigan the 2-1 vic-
tory.
Before taking on the Seminoles Fri-
day, Griffin struck out nine and gave up
one hit in Michigan's 3-0 victory over
Miami (OH) to start the tournament.
Following the Miami game, Holmes
pitched the Wolverines to a 2-0 victory
over Northern Illinois.
In Saturday's round robin play,
Griffin again registered the win for
the Wolverines in a 2-0 game against
Southwest Missouri State followed
by Holmes 5-0 win in the final round
robin game against Samford.
Against Samford, the MVP Grif-
fin aided the Wolverine effort with a
home run.
Joining Griffin on the all-tourna-
ment team were Lang as a utility player
and Cheryl Pearcy in center field.

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