The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 15, 1996 - If
Morrison named Player of the Year
Big saves like this weren't enough to put Marty Turco on the A-CCHA team.
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
The defending champs are back,
but can they scalp the Seminoles?
The Michigan softball team will be
competing this afternoon in the open-
inglrtid of the Florida State Lady
The Wolverines won the tourna-
went last year and have three mem-
Oers of the All-Tournament team on
this season's roster.
Jessica Lang, Cheryl Pearcy and last
season's tournament MVP Sara Griffin
lead the 9-6 Wolverines into the first
round as defending champions.
The 24-team field includes No. 9
Forida State, the only team ranked
ahead of tfie Wolverines in the na-
tional poll. In this week's USA To-
ay/NCSA Coaches Poll, Michigan
ell one spot to No. 15.
Michigan would not face the Semi-
noles until the semifinal or champi-
onship rounds on Sunday, so the
today's opponents - Miami (Ohio),
Samford and Northern Iowa - are
the immediate focus.
Indiana and Ohio State will join the
Wolverines in representing the Big
Ten in -Tallahassee, Fla. Indiana is
ranked 17th and brings a 12-6 record
4b the Sunshine State.
The three-day tournament opens
with the Wolverines playing three
games on the first day.
The Wolverines have played Mi-
ami and Samford before, holding win-
ning records against each.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins, the
1995 NCAA Coach of the Year, leads
the Wolverines into the tournament
with three hitters smacking the ball
above a .380 clip.
Lang, Kellyn Tate and Lisa Kelley
are leading the batting barrage after the
first 15 games.
With the Big Ten season still two
weeks away, the Wolverines will play
one more tournament next weekend
in Knoxville, Tenn.
The early season has given the Wol-
verines a chance to work out the kinks
in their game.
The tournament style allows Michi-
gan to start correcting its problems in
a competitive situation, playing con-
stantly -many times more than once
in a day.
Michigan is coming off of a third-
place finish at the Hillenbrand Invita-
tional in Arizona last weekend.
The Wolverines' performance in
Tucson, Ariz., was highlighted by All-
American Sara Griffin's perfect game
against No. 10 Oklahoma.
By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Whether you call it
revenge or payback for last year, it
doesn't matter to Brendan Morrison.
He's just happy.
Morrison walked away with the CCHA
Player of the Year award at the 13th
annual CCHA awards banquet. The theme
of this year's presentation was the 25th
anniversary of the conference.
After perhaps being robbed of the
conference's top honor last year, the
Michigan center seemed to be a unani-
mous choice for the award this season
despite missing almost a quarter of his
Last year, while leading the nation in
scoring, Morrison watched as Bowling
Green's Brian Holzinger walked away
with the league's top award.
"Holzinger was a good player and de-
serving of the award last year," the mod-
est Morrison said. "It's nice to be recog-
nized by the coaches and by the league.
But it couldn't have been possible, though,
struggles down south
The Michigan baseball team will
head to Norman, Okla., this
weekend to take on Oklahoma. The
Wolverines have had a tough time
down south so far, going 1410 on
their annual spring trip. The
Sooners are 12.6 after beating
Baylor, 23-18 and 16-5, earlier this
week. Michigan and Oklahoma will
play a three-game set, beginning
today and lasting through Sunday.
The Wolverines will not open their
home season until March 20, when
they take on Eastern Michigan at
Fisher Stadium. They will play at
Purdue March 23-24 and at Indiana
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Morrison was presented with the
award by his coach, Red Berenson, who
had a request of his star player.
"All of the coaches can appreciate
his talent," Berenson said. "He's a seri-
ous, proficient student and a good kid.
And he's going to graduate next year."
Berenson's quote received quite a
laugh from the audience, as there has
been word that Morrison may leave
Michigan after this, his junior year.
Among Morrison's teammates to re-
ceive honors was Kevin Hilton, who
was also named to the All-Conference
first team. Hilton also gained recogni-
tion as being the league's top scorer. In
30 conference games, Hilton tallied 50
points on six goals and 44 assists.
Left wing Jason Botterill and
defenseman Steven Halko were hon-
ored with second-team selections.
At the end of the ceremonies, it was
also announced that both Morrison and
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Lake Superior State defenseman Keith
Aldridge are among the 10 finalists for
the Hobey Baker Award, given annu-
ally to the nation's top collegian.
But the evening's big winner was
Western Michigan goaltender Marc
Magliarditi. The freshman netminder
walked away three awards including
Rookie of the Year, Best Goaltender,
and an All-CCHA first team selection.
Maglairditi's league-leading 2.25
goals-against average,.920 save percent-
age and five shutouts - a league record
- combined to make him the first fresh-
man to earn the league's top goaltender
award and the first rookie to earn first-
team honors since Lake Superior's Bruce
Hoffort did in 1988.
Speaking of the Lakers, as a team they
proved to have the most successful
evening. Besides capturing the regular-
season title, which earned them the inau-
gural regular season trophy, several Lak-
ers came away with individual honors.
Both the top defensive defenseman
and offensive defenseman awards went
to Lakers as Mike Matteucci and
Aldridge took the awards. Aldridge's
award was somewhat predictable as he
was among the top CCHA blueliners in
scoring all season and a first-team se-
lection a year ago. But Matteucci wop
the award over Michigan's Steven
Halko, who took the honors last season
and had an equal, if not better, cam-
paign this season.
Lake Superior's sweep of the defen-
sive awards continued as Bates Battaglia
was named Best Defensive Forward.
Battaglia's six shorthanded goals were
second to the eight of Michigan's Joh
Madden, who seemed just as viable-i
candidate for the award.
Coach of the Year was a pretty obvi-
ous choice, as Western Michigan's Bill
Wilkinson took the award. In his 14th
season behind the Bronco bench,
Wilkinson guided his team to 21 con-
ference wins - a huge improvement
from its nine victories of a year ago -
and kept his team at or near the top of
the conference all season.
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