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'M' softi
By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - After struggling to
g runs across the plate in Saturday's
do bleheader with Indiana, the No.8 Michi-
gan softball team sent six Wolverines across
the plate yesteirday to win 6-1 and take the
series from the No. 19 Hoosiers.
Michigan won Saturday's opener 4-2 in
nine innings, but its nine-game winning
streak came to an abrupt halt when it could
only produce one run to support pitcher
Kelly Holmes in a 2-1 nightcap loss.
With a 2-1 weekend, the Wolverines (15-
0'ig Ten, 38-11 overall) took over first
place in the conference by percentage points.
Minnesota (12-3, 34-9) lost two of its three
games versus Purdue in Minneapolis.
"Nobody's going to sweep through the

gall wins 2 of 3, slips into,

conference," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins said. "To come away and take the
series is pretty key."
Indiana's record dropped to 10-5, 30-17.
With a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth-
inning yesterday, the Wolverines blew the
game open, sending eight batters to the plate
and coming away with three runs.
Kellyn Tate hit a two-RBI single with
runners on first and second and one out.
Tate advanced to third after leftfielder
Heather Henriott misplayed the ball and let
it roll all the way to the fence.
Traci Conrad then grounded to shortstop
Monica Armendarez, who tried to nail Tate
at the plate. But Tate slid in ahead of the
throw, which ended up going over catcher
Ashley Gayer's head.
The Hoosiers committed five gaffes on

the day.
Michigan added another run in the sixth on
four singles. Pitcher Sara Griffin gave herself
an extra insurance run in the seventh with a
rare home run. It was her second of the year
and only the team's seventh round-tripper.
"I got mad (after the call on the second
pitch)," Griffin said. "Then (pitcher Gina Ugo)
put it right inside and I was waiting for it."
Griffin (24-5) also had a no-hitter going
through five innings. But the Hoosiers scored
one run on two hits in the sixth for their only
offensive production of the day.
Griffin's presence was the key to the
victory in Saturday's opener as well. She
spread out five hits over nine-innings, giv-
ing up only one earned run.
The Wolverines led 2-0 going into the
bottom of the seventh, but Indiana fought

back. With runners on second and third,
Henriott grounded out to shortstop Kathryn
Gleason, scoring Tracee Agee. Gayer then
scored when second baseman Jessica Lang
mishandled Misten Mager's grounder, forc-
ing extra-innings.
In the ninth, Griffin helped her own cause
and ended the deadlock with a two-RBI
double that scored Tate and Conrad.
The Hoosiers bounced back in the night-
cap, though, as pitcher Gina Ugo (23-11)
held Michigan's offensive unit to just one
run on five hits.
Ugo pitched 22 of this weekend's 23
innings for Indiana, earning the decision in
all three of the contests. She gave up 10
earned runs in those 22 innings.
Ugo had only given up 35 runs in 238.1
innings prior to this weekend -a testament

juige to en ii
to the Wolverines' impressive hitting.
In Saturday's nightcap, the Hoosiers
jumped to a 2-0 lead with runs in the second
and third innings.
Michigan's only run in the game came in
the fourth-inning on three consecutive
singles by Conrad, Griffin and Tracy Carr.
But with two on and no one out, three
straight Wolverine hitters failed to bring
Griffin or Carr home.
Kelly Aolmes (14-6) picked up the loss
for Michigan, despite only surrendering
two runs on five hits.
"We took ourselves out of some key innings,
and we had some mental mistakes, even in the
first game," Hutchins said of the Wolverines'
three errors on the day, which doesn't include
some base-ninning errors."We didn't get the big
hit when we needed one."

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Michigan 4
Indiana 2
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Michigan 1
Michigan 6
Indiana 1
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covorage.
See Page 6B.

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Michigan 8, Penn State 1
Penn State 2, Michigan 0

Draft Days
The decision by standout
runningback Tshimanga
Biakabutuka (above) to forego his
senior year as a Wolverine was
4~, $J ~, rewarded Saturday when the
Carolina Panthers made Touchdown
r Tim' the eighth pick in the first
round of the NFL entry draft.
Wolverine wide receiver Amani
Toomer (left) joined Biakabutuka in
the first day's picks when he was
chosen 34th by the New York
Giants. Other Wolverines chosen
were tackle Jon Runyan (109th,
Houston Oilers), wide receiver
Mercury Hayes (136th, New Orleans
Saints) and tight end Jay
4.}Riemersma (244th, Buffalo Bills).
The No.21 pick belonged to the New
York Jets, who chose Southern Cal
wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
With their two first-round picks, the
Detroit Lions took Reggie Brown, a
linebacker from Texas A&M, and
Penn State guard Jeff Hartings.
Photos by MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily

Three losses to
Lions put Blue
out of1st place
By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Writer
if there was a single play that were indicative of how the
weekend went for the Michigan baseball team, it came in the
last inning of the final game of the four-game series.
In the top of the seventh with Penn State leading 2-0,
N ittany Lion left fielder Troy Strauser dropped a ball into the
grass between the pitcher's mound and first base. Pretty
routine-looking, but when Wolverine pitcher John Arvai and
first baseman Bryan Besco converged on it, there was no-
body covering first base and Strauser coasted in with a hit.
That was just the way it went for the Wolverines as they
dropped three of the weekend's- four meetings with Penn
State (13-6 Big Ten, 20-20-1 overall), lowering their Big Ten
record to 13-7 and 19-21 overall.
The highlight of Michigan's only victory - an 8-1 drub-
bing of the Lions in Saturday's second game -was a
mammoth home run by junior shortstop Kelly Dransfeldt.
With the Wolverines up by six in the fourth inning and left
fielder Jason Alcaraz on third, Dransfeldt put Penn State
pitcher Matt Weimer's pitch well beyond the left field wall,
perhaps 375 feet from home plate.
The blast was all the more remarkable for the fact that it
was hit into the wind, which blew furiously through Fisher
Stadium all day, and took pieces of roof off of both Yost Ice
Arena and the Track and Tennis Building.
Senior pitcher Mark Temple threw a gem for the Wolver-
ines to earn the lone victory, scattering seven hits over as
many innings while allowing only a single Penn State run in
hurling a complete game.
In Saturday's first game, Michigan blew a 5-2 lead to end
up on the short end of a 7-5 Nittany Lion win.
After giving up two runs in the top half of the first
inning, Wolverine pitcher J.J. Putz retired 12 straight
Penn State batters and looked to be in command going into
the sixth frame.
But the Nittany Lions batted around on Putz, using just
about every possible way of getting runners on base - hits,
walks, Wolverine errors and hit batsmen.
By the time Putz gave way to Arvai, four runs were in and
See LETDOWN, Page 7B

Like Mike Cervenak, Michigan baseball found itself down and out this weekend.

Micigan tennis trounces Iowa

full

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team
Oded the regular season with a con-
vincing 6-1 victory over Iowa, in a
match that was little more than a
tuneup for the Big Ten championship
April 25-28.
The Wolverines improved their
record in the Big Ten to 9-1 and, with
eight consecutive victories, finished the
regular season at 15-7 overall. Michi-
gan carries the top seed going into the
jrnament that determines the Big Ten
ampion.
The importance of the match was
not in whether Michigan would win
or lose, but rather if the team would
experience a letdown after the im-
pressive victory over regional rival
Notre Dame. Instead of relaxing, the

team was focused, leading all of the
matches from the onset.
"We were just dominant in all of the
matches," Michigan coach Brian Eisner
said. "That's positive because after the
emotional victory over Notre Dame,
the letdown that could have occurred
was not there."
Senior John Costanzo was unable to
compete for Michigan due to a series of
injuries, and Eisner was forced to shuffle
the lineup to accommodate the loss of
the second singles player. Most of the
Wolverines were shifted up one spot
and freshman Jake Raiton was inserted
in the No. 6 position.
The result showed the depth of
Michigan's roster, as the second through
sixth singles accounted for four wins.
The only loss of the day for Michigan
was suffered by No. 2 singles player

Arvid Swan, who dropped a three-set
match, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2. Swan had won ten
consecutive matches at No. 3 singles
before suffering his first defeat in April.
Michigan third singles David.
Paradzik teamed with first singles player
Peter Pusztai at first doubles to record a
9-8 (7-5)victory. The Wolverines swept
the doubles matches, winning the sec-
ond and third doubles matches easily.
Eisner was pleased with the perfor-
mance of the third doubles tandem, a
position that has troubled him all
season.
See TUNEUP,
Page 4B

Wolverine
assistant
tennis coach
Dan Goldberg
returned to
Michigan after
a short stint on
the ATP tour,
and he says he
hasn't regretted it
for a minute.
DIANE COOK/Daily

Assistant tenn is coach Dan Gold berg has seen
Michigan's boot anrd worst, as player and coach
By Richard Shin -- Daily Sports Writer

r Michigan assistant coach
Dan Goldberg, tennis has
become more than just a sport
- it has become a way of life.
The time he once spent on the
courts as a player in college and in
the pros is now spent watching and
coaching the Michigan men's tennis
team as an assistant to head coach
Brian Eisner.
It was not too long ago that
Goldberg was a tennis star himself at
Michigan, playing first and second
L singles and winning numerous
L awards. Now he has come full

circle.
When he entered the professional
tennis ranks, he was intent in forging
a career in tennis. Six years later,
Goldberg has a career in tennis, but
not exactly how he expected.
Eight year ago, Michigan tennis
was at the top of the Big Ten with
two of the top players in college
tennis that year. Goldberg was
playing first singles for a team that
finished third in the NCAA tourna-
ment. Current professional tennis
player Malivai Washington played
See GOLDBERG, Page 48

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