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4- The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 17, 1995

'fM' Sports Calendar
Monday, April 17
No events scheduled.
Tuesday, April 18
Baseball vs, Central Michigan, 3 p.m., Fisher Stadium.
Wednesday, April.19 -
Softball vs. Central Michigan (DH), 3 p.m., Alumni Field.
Thursday, April 20 -
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan, 3 p.m., Fisher Stadium.
' Friday, April 21-
Women's gymnastics at NCAA Championships, Athens, Georgia.
Women's water polo hosts Midwest Regionals, Canham
Natatorium.
Saturday,.April 22 --
Men's rugby at Central Michigan, Mt. Pleasant,
Men's and women's track and field at Oregon, with Nebraska
and Washington State, Eugene, Ore.
Women's gymnastics at NCAA Championships, Athens, Georgia.
Women's water polo hosts Midwest Regionals, Canham
'Sun Natatorium.
Sunday, April23-
Baseball vs. Siena Heights (DH), 1 p.m., Fisher Stadium.
Men's tennis vs. Indiana, 9 a.m., Liberty Sports Complex.
Women's gymnastics at NCAA Championships, Athens, Georgia.
Women's tennis vs. Purdue, 1 p.m., Liberty Sports Complex.
Women's water polo hosts Midwest Regionals, Canham
Natatorium.
If any club would like to add its schedule to the M' Sports Calendar,
please drop off a copy at The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard.

Athlete of the Week
WHO: Kelly Kovach
TEAM: Softball
HOMETOwN: Pittsburgh
YEAR: Senior
EUGIBIUTY: Senior
WHY: In defeating Minnesota 11-5 on Saturday, Kovach set two Michigan all-time pitching records. She broke
Vicki Morrow's eight-year marks by winning her 66th game and pitching 701 innings. Her record now stands
at 12-2.
BACKGROUND: Kovach began her Wolverine career three'years ago by capturing the Big Ten's Pitcher of
the Year award, in addition to winning conference Freshman of the Year honors and being named to the
All-Big Ten First Team. Since then, she has been awarded for her ability to achieve on the field and in
the classroom by earning GTE Academic All-District IV Second Team honors as a sophomore and being
named to the GTE Academic All-American First Team as a junior.

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By Doug Stevens
Daily Softball Writer
All records are meant to be bro-
ken. On Saturday, Michigan softball
pitcher Kelly Kovach overcame two
such marks which had stood for nearly
eight years.
With Kovach's seven innings of
work in the Wolverines' 11-5 victory
over Minnesota, she eclipsed Vicky
Morrow's school record of wins and
innings pitched in acareerby a Michi-
gan pitcher.
Kovach came into the season need-
ing eleven wins to reach Morrow's
career mark of 65. She has cruised
through her senior season and man-
aged to tie the record in style, hurling
a one-hitter against Penn State. The
win extended her 1995 record to 11-2.
The stage was set on Saturday for
Kovach to reach 66 wins. Aside from
a rough third inning in which she
allowed four runs, Kovach pitched a
nearly flawless game.
"She's just a winner and a very
nice kid," coach Carol Hutchins said.
"It is a tribute to her to be the
winningest pitcher in Michigan his-
tory because there has been a lot of
good pitchers."
While this win could be attributed

to her fine play, much like the other
wins in Kovach's illustrious career, it
had as much to do with the hitting and
defensive performances of her team-
mates.
In the win over Minnesota, the
Wolverine hitters scored 11 runs on
15 hits. In addition, the team commit-
ted only one error. These kinds of
numbers are very similar to those of
previous Kovach victories, further il-
lustrating the supporting cast that has
facilitated her achievements. Kovach
has other Big Ten wins this season of
12-0 over Purdue and 14-0 against
Penn State.
"This (record) is more of a team
thing." Kovach said. "In order to get
this record, you have to hit and play
defense even though the pitcher gets
all of the credit. It has a lot to do with
our defense. (Coach) Hutchins stresses
good fundamental defense. We rarely
break down."
Kovach, the team co-captain, fur-
ther exemplified the durability she
has maintained throughout her career
by achieving the school record for
innings pitched.
Kovach came into Saturday's sec-
ond game against the Golden Go-
phers needing only one complete in-
SOFTBALL
Continued from page 12
win the game in the seventh inning.
With runners on second and third
and only one out, Taylor attempted to
tag up and score on a fly ball. She
easily crossed the plate in front of the
throw from centerfield, but the um-
pire ruled that she had left third before
the ball was caught.
Michigan redeemed itself in the
top of the 10th inning, scoring two
runs to seal the victory. Griffin pitched
all 10 innings, striking out eight in
recording her 13th victory.
"She really came through towards
the end," Smith said. "I think we had
to pick it up a lot more in the second
game."
The Wolverines are in first place
in the Big Ten with 10 conference
games left to go. Their toughest chal-
lenge should come from Northwest-
ern. Going into the weekend, the Wild-
cats were tied with Michigan for first
place with a 6-2 Big Ten record.
"Wins are tough," Hutchins said.
"The farther we get into the Big Ten
schedule, the tougher they are going
to get."
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ning to break Morrow's record of
700.2 innings pitched. She captured
the mark in style shutting down the
top of Minnesota's lineup in order in
the first inning.
The Wolverine all-time record
now stands at 707 innings and is bound
to rise throughout the remainder of
the season.
In her quest to further erase
Morrow's name from the record
books, Kovach is rapidly approach-
ing the career records for strikeouts
'and shutouts.
With Kovach's five strikeouts on

Wednesday
April 29
April 30
May 3
May 6

CENTRAL MICHIGAN (DH)
NORTHWESTERN (DH)
NORTHWESTERN (DH)'
at Ohio State (DH)
at Michigan State (DH)

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Saturday, she has moved to within
nine of Morrow's mark in that cat-
egory. Kovach's total is now at 437
compared to Morrow's 446 strikeouts.
In last Wednesday's 14-0winover
Penn State, Kovach extended her ca-
reer shutout total to 30. This number
is six short of Morrow's career total
of 36.
In assessing the achievements of
Kovach and Morrow, "The differ-
ence is that Morrow was an All-Ameri-
can, but Kovach has two Big Ten
wins. That says it all," said Hutchins,
who has coached both players.

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