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Meet me in St. Louis
After months of debate, the N.F.L's Los Angeles Rams have been given
permission to move to St. Louis. At a special meeting in Dallas on
Wednesday, owners aprroved the move by a 23-6 vote, with one
abstention, the minimum needed for passage.

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April 14, 1995,

April 14. 1995

Blue crushed by Eagles
Winters shelled in embarrassing non-conference loss@

By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team may
want to scrub their collective con-
sciousness clean after yesterday's 16-
3 loss to Eastern Michigan at Fisher
Despite a significant turnaround
from the Wolverines' infield defense,
little else went Michigan's way in a
drizzly, protracted game. The Eagles
outhit the Wolverines (13-19 over-
all),16-8, en route to a late-inning
Eastern clinged to a 5-1 lead going
into the eighth before exploding on
Michigan's more inexperienced pitch-
ers. The Eagles (10-18) scored two
runs off Mike Hribernik in the top of
the eighth and nine off Chuck Win-
ters and Aaron Toth in the ninth.
Winters' appearance was perhaps
the most noteworthy event of
Michigan's day. The junior lefthander
-- who doubles as a safety on the
football team - made only his fifth
appearance of the year and ninth total
in his career. He gave up a touchdown
worth of runs in two-thirds of an in-
"Winters had been in spring foot-
ball and I wanted to see where he was
at," Freehan said. "Unfortunately, I

Winters was not the only Wolver-
ine running into trouble on the day.
Sophomore Brian Steinbach, who re-
lieved starter Matt Ferullo in the fifth,
surrendered three runs in the sixth
despite allowing only one ball out of
the infield.
However, Steinbach committed
two errors sandwiched around a wild
pitch to allow the Eagles to cushion
their lead. Steinbach allowed only
two other baserunners outside of the
fifth in three innings of work.
Ferullo (2-6) picked up the loss
for Michigan, surrendering two runs
and three hits in four innings.
Michigan's bats failed to get much
going against Eastern's starter Tim
Tessmar (1-0). The lefthanded junior
was making just his first start of the
year, yet pitched eight solid innings.
He allowed just eight Wolverine hits
before getting pulled in the bottom of
the ninth.
"He has not pitched a whole lot
this year," Freehan said. "But he did
an outstanding job. He threw the ball
hard, and had good control of his
breaking ball too."
After Brian Simmons' RBI double
that scored Ryan Van Oeveren in the
first, Michigan failed to score until

the eighth. In that inning, a Chad
Chapman double-play groundout
plated Simmons. Kirk Beerman added
an RBI single in the ninth.
Michigan's infield defense did
manage to sparkle, playing on a
sogged-down field. Shortstop Van
Oeveren made a bare-handed grab on
T.D. Denny's grounder and threw him
out to end the Eagles' two-run rally in
the first. Second baseman 'Beerman
snatched Jeff McGavin's grounder
deep in the hole to record the first out
in the second.
The infield's errorless effort fol-
lowed a four-gaffe performance just
the day before against Madonna.
Eastern 200 003 029 -16 16 1
Michigan 100 000 011- 3 8 2
W - Tessmar, L - Ferullo;
LOB - EMU 7, UM 9; 2B - Denny
2(EMU), DeDonatis (EMU),
McGavin (EMU), Baker (EMU),
Tessmar (EMU), Dransfeldt (UM),
Simmons (UM), Van Oeveren (UM);
SH - Tessmar (EMU), Goble (UM);
SF - Belli (EMU); WP - Tessmar
(EMU), Steinbach (UM); E - Fetzer
(EMU), Steinbach 2(UM); HBP -
Denny (EMU) by Steinbach

Matt Ferullo, above, was one of the few bright spots for the Michigan baseball team yesterday. The Wolverines
lost to Eastern Michigan 16-3. Michigan's next series is this weekend against Michigan State.

Ninth-ranked softball hosts Golde


By Danielle Rumore
Daily Softball Writer
The Michigan softball team is heat-
ing up again.
After splitting a doubleheader with
Toledo, April 6, and dropping three
of four to Iowa last weekend, the
Wolverines rebounded quickly by si-
lencing Penn State in a doubleheader
two days ago.
The No. 9 Wolverines (11-3 Big
Ten, 29-7 overall) host Minnesota (5-
3, 15-17) at Alumni Field this week-
end. Michigan holds a 26-16 all-time
record against the Golden Gophers
and have won ten straight in sweep-

ing them the past three seasons.
Injuries plagued Minnesota for
most of last season. It finished with a
disappointing 19-43 overall record,
including a 4-24 mark in the Big Ten.
This year, the Gophers are healthy
and return nine players along with the
tenth-best defense in the nation.
"(The Gophers) are a very solid
team," Wolverine coach Carol Hutch-
ins said. "They are the best defensive
team in the league. I think they do a
good job teaching fundamentals."
Minnesota sophomore pitcher Jen-
nifer Johnson exited the 1994 season
ten games in with an arm injury. She

left with a 5-5 record and 2.61 ERA,
tops on the team.
This year she has picked up where
she left off, as evidenced by her stats
(7-10, 2.53 ERA). Freshman Wendy
Logue (3-4, 3.10 ERA), one of the top
eight prep pitchers in the nation last
season, joins Johnson on the mound.
The Gophers return their top two
hitters to complement their pitching
staff. Sophomore Rachel Nelson led
Minnesota last season with a .365
batting average, drilling two homers
and collecting eight RBI. She also led
the team with 73 hits. Senior Melissa
Wold batted .363, adding one home
run and nine RBI in 31 games before
a knee injury ended her season.
"(The Gophers) hit the ball pretty
well," Hutchins said. "Nelson is their
leadoff hitter. She is very fast and
very effective."
Once again, Nelson and Wold are
Minnesota's top hitters. Nelson is
batting .425 with 48 hits in 113 at
bats. She leads the team in batting
average, runs scored (19) and stolen
bases (11). Wold is batting .333, while

leading the team in doubles (9) and
triples (2).
Michigan has its own group of
hurlers and heavy hitters to battle
the Gophers. Senior Kelly Kovach
is 11-2 on the mound and leads the
team with a 1.32 ERA. Freshman
Sara Griffin (11-4, 1.35) comple-
ments Kovach.
Kovach's eleventh win over Penn
State Wednesday gave her 65 career
wins, tying the team record set by
Vicki Morrow in 1987. A win this
weekend will push her over the top,
well before the end of the season.
"(Kovach) has won a lot of games
for us," Hutchins said. "I knew all
year that she was going to break (the
record). She'll definitely get the game
Griffin leads the Wolverine of-
fense with a .408 batting average and
five homers. She and Kovach share
the team lead in RBI with 31. Griffin
nailed two of her homeruns in the
second game of the doubleheader with
the Nittany Lions, including an in-
side-the-park homerun.


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Evening, Just The Two Of Us.
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The Original "Big Bang" 9-10

The Michigan softball team got back on trackwith two wins over Penn
State after slumping against Toledo and Iowa.
Men's tennis looks to
rebound after Irish loss

By Brett Krasnove
Daily Sports Writer
Just because they are called the
Irish does not mean that victories for
Notre Dame are based on luck alone.
The No. 24 Irish had more than luck
on their side when they defeated the
Michigan men's tennis team, 5-2,
"Quite simply, they just played a
little bit better than we did," Michi-
gan coach Brian Eisner said. "We had
our chances to win the match, but
everything would have had to fall
perfectly for us.
"Talking to the (Notre Dame)
coach, he indicated that it was the
best match that they've played this
The Wolverines (7-1 Big Ten,
12-7 overall), ranked 28th in the
country and second to the Fighting
Irish in the midwest, won only two
of the six singles matches and
dropped all three of the doubles

Eisner was pleased by the per-2
formance of junior Peter Pusztai at,,
first singles. Pusztai, No. 59 in the
national individual rankings, de-
feated No. 45 Ryan Simme, 6-3, 7-
"It was a great individual win for
Peter," Eisner said.
The only other Michigan victory
came at No. 5 singles, in which junior
Geoff Prentice defeated Jakub
Pietrowski, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Wolverines lost two tough
three-set matches, when junior John
Costanzo was defeated 6-3, 5-7, 7-4
at No. 2 singles to Mike Sprouse
and freshman David Paradzik fell at
No. 3 singles to Jason Pun, 3-6;6-1,
"Those matches were very, very
close and we could've won those
matches," Eisner said. "But again, we
would've had to win those matches
and they would have given us a 4-3


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