2B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 25, 1996
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
With a tournament about to go along
normally, the Wolverines took over and
In the inaugural Tennessee Tourna-
ment of Champions, the Michigan
women's softball team (21-8) has stood
out from the rest of the field, winning the
tournament. The 10th-ranked Wolver-
ines entered the field having climbed in
the rankings during the week, and the
games allowed them to demonstrate the
reason for their ascent.
Michigan's dominance in the tourna-
ment showed when the all-tournament
team was announced. Catcher Jennifer
Smith was the Most Valuable Player, as
she led the team with a .615 average, a
home run and five runs batted in.
Defensively, Smith caught a no-hitter
and two one-hitters during the touma-
ment. Holmes and third baseman Tracy
Carr were also named to the team.
The first day ofcompetition was one of
stark contrasts. The Wolverines started
offthe tournament with a whimper, man-
aging only one extra base hit against
unranked Southwest Missouri State, be-
fore falling in the eighth inning, 2-1.
Starter Kelly Holmes held the game
close through the regulation seven in-
nings, before being relieved by Sara Grif-
fin in the eighth. Griffin took the loss, as
she allowed a single which scored the
winningrun forSouthwestMissouri State.
Michigan came out with a bang in the
second game on Friday, looking to re-
deem themselves for the earlier defeat.
The Wolverines smacked aschool-record
25 runs in a shutout of Morehead State.
While the first contest was marked by
errors and stranded runners, the game
against Morehead State was more of an
explosion. The mercy rule was instituted
after the fifth inning, when the Wolver-
ines capped off their pounding with a
The game was marked by a whopping
eight Michigan players who had two or
more hits, led by home runs from Kellyn
Tate and Carr. The defense, which had
committed three errors in the loss earlier
in the day, was nearly flawless behind
starter Griffin, who posted her ninth win.
The contest was one for the Michigan
record books, as the Wolverines bettered
the old record of23 runs scored in a game.
The previous mark was held by the 1979
and 1986 squads.
Saturday brought more drama as the
Wolverines played three additional
games in the tournament. Michigan
continued with a barrage of seven runs,
knocking off Indiana State, 7-0, in the
first game. The contest was highlighted
by yet another no-hitter from Michigan's
dynamic duo of pitchers, this one com-
ing from Holmes.
It was her second no-hitter in a week
and the squad's third of the year. Smith
aided Holmes' cause by hitting the first
home run of her career.
A tight battle ensued in the following
game against Cleveland State. The Wol-
verines pulled out a 3-1 victory behind a
fifth-inningoutburst, during which Michi-
gan scored all of its runs. The win brought
Griffin's record to 10-4 for the season.
All-American Griffin continued her
climb throughthe Michigan recordbook,
hitting her seventh career homerun against
Tennessee, which moved her into second
place on the school's all-time list.
The Lady Vols were overwhelmed by
Holmes as she threw yet another blank,
moving into a fifth-place tie for career
shutouts at Michigan, with 16.
After defeating the hosts on Saturday
night, the Wolverines wrapped up'their
. impressive showing down south against
: Austin Peay yesterday, trouncing them,
7-0, in only six innings.
Baseball sweeps f
By James Goldstein All in all, seven of the ni
Daily Sports Writer ines in the starting lineup I
New Michigan baseball coach Geoff one hit.
Zahn couldn't have asked for anything In the second half of
more. , twinbill, starter Mark Te
After Zahn and the Wolverines got Michigan six solid innings
off to a horrible 1-13 start, Michigan two runs on five hits while,
made a complete turnaround this week- four. Pete Martay pitched
end, displaying its best baseball of the ning for the Wolverines.
season. Once again, Michigan se
In the new skipper's first Big Ten ing pitcher to the showersf
action, the Wolverines demolished game.
Purdue in every facet of the game over This time it was Brian
the weekend in West Lafayette. was responsible for five r
Michigan swept Purdue in four games hits in two innings. Jeros
10-5 and 2-1 Saturday and 12-0 and 9- walked five.
3 Sunday. Michigan's Kelly Drans
In the opening game of yesterday's the way for the Wolverines
doubleheader, Michigan freshman J.J. shortstop had two hits, tw
Putz hurled a one-hit complete game RBI and a stolen base.
shutout in Michigan's blanking of the Robb Ramaken led the B(
Boilermakers. Putz had 11 strikeouts with two RBI.
and walked just one batter. Saturday Michigan pit
The Wolverines completed the Steinbach threw a gem o
twinbill sweep with a nine-run out- Steinbach (1-2) held Purdue
burst, breaking the game open with a a leadoff single in the sixth
five-run third inning. tied it later in the inning
Saturday Michigan swept Purdue in single.
two extra inning affairs. The Wolver- In the top of the eighth, E
ines scored five runs in the top of the with a single and was sacrif
ninth inning in their 10-5 win in the first ond by Chuck Winters. Af
game and completed the sweep with a was hit by a pitch, Dransfe
2-1 win in a pitching duel. him home in what prove
The two sweeps give the Wolverines game winning RBI.
a four-game winning streak heading Mike Hedman suffered
into its home openers this week against Purdue, going the distancei
Toledo and Oakland. It also broke the ing duel. Hedman (3-2)
Wolverines' four-game losing streak strikeouts and walked only
against the Boilermakers, dating back The opener of Saturday
to the 1992 season. header was a completely difi
Michigan (4-0Big Ten,5-13 overall) Michigan came back fr
could do no wrong in yesterday's open- three-run deficit and tied t
ing game. the fifth inning.
Putz (1-2) picked up his first Michi- Purdue scored twice in th
gan win with his mastering of Purdue the sixth and Michigan sco
(0-4, 7-15-1). the top of the seventh to ti
The WolverinesgavePutzabigcush- But the Wolverines ble%
ion from the get-go, scoring in each of open in the ninth, with a fiv
their first four innings. Michigan en- Mike Muir walked to lI
joyed an early 11-run lead. inning. Bobby Scales reach
The Wolverines knocked Purdue rifice that turned into an
starter Jeff Reder out of the game in the Alcaraz singled to load the
third inning. Reder (2-4) was rocked for Then, Dransfeldt got hit
six runs on five hits and five walks in Howard pitch for his sec
his short appearance. winning RBI ofthe day. Mil
Michigan's table-setters accounted added an RBI groundout.
for most of its offense. had a sacrifice fly and Ryan
Rightfielder Brian Bush belted his singled in the inning.
first home-run of the season and had Closer John Avrai (1-1
three hits and four RBI. Second- the win in relief of st
basemen Kirk Beermann went three- Hribernik, allowing no run(
for-four with two RBI. Left fielder Ja- in the final three and two-ti
son Alcaraz rapped out two hits, includ- Howard (0-1) picked up
ing a solo home-run. his two innings of relief.
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Sybil Smith gets in position for a forehand return against Notre Dame Saturday at the Uberty Sports Complex.
Wolverines downed by Irish, Badgers; Popek injured
By Jiten Ghelani
Daily Sports Writer
In the two matches the Michigan
women's tennis team played this
weekend, the better team claimed vic-
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
they were the lesser team Saturday
and again Sunday.
Notre Dame and Wisconsin both
visited Ann Arbor and handed Michi-
gan two losses at the Liberty Sports
Complex. The Fighting Irish won, 6-
1, and the Badgers swept their match,
In both matches, Michigan came
out surprisingly strong. The Wolver-
ines continued solid doubles play and
stole an early point from Notre Dame
by winning two out of the three
The No. 3 doubles team of Tumeka
Harris and Sibyl Smith pulled out an
upset in their 8-4 win.
"It was abig win for No. 3 doubles,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said. "They
beat a strong Notre Dame team that
had beaten many other teams."
Smith and Harris rebounded after a
mediocre performance last week
against Michigan State, when they
struggled against the weaker Spar-
Michigan's top doubles tandem of
Sarah Cyganiak and Sora Moon played
their best match of the year against
Wisconsin's Melissa Zimpfer and Col-
leen Lucey. Cyganiak and Moon
smoked Zimpfer and Lucey, 8-0.
Cyganiak and Moon could not miss,
placing each of their shots accurately.
Moon dominated points on service
returns, and Cyganiak served strong,
even holding a love game. Zimpfer
and Lucey had only three losses be-
After the strong starts, Michigan
was unable to maintain its early suc-
cess. Notre Dame cleaned up in all of
the singles matches in straight sets,
showing why it is No. 6 in the nation.
Cyganiak could not come up on
top, as her singles winning streak was
snapped at seven. Jennifer Hall of the
Irish, who is No. 21 in the nation,
ended Cyganiak's streak, 6-2, 6-1.
Playing No. 3 singles, Angie Popek
was pitted against Wendy Crabtree.
Popek injured her knee when she fell
during the match. Popek, a senior, did
find a way to finish her match. She
lost to Crabtree, 6-2, 6-4.
A doctor examined her knee after
the Saturday match, but the status of
the injury remained unclear. Popek
sat out Sunday's match and will have
her knee checked today.
Michigan headed into the Wiscon-
sin match shorthanded. Popek was
unavailable, along with freshman Jen-
nifer Boylan, who is out for the rest of
the season with a torn anterior cruci-
The two injuries caused the Wol-
verines to forfeit a singles and doubles
match. The magnitude of the injuries
was visible in the lineup changes Ritt
Ritt bumped No. 4 through No. 6
singles up one slot, forfeiting the No.
6 singles match. Harris and Smith
played No. 2 doubles instead of No. 3,
which was also forfeited.
"We were playing out of position
and that hurt us," Ritt said.
Michigan managed to play a few
long singles matches, but didn't pull
through in any of them. The singles
losses weren't much of a surprise,
considering Wisconsin has three play-
ers ranked in the top 50 and is No. 11
as a team.
Cyganiak was up against an even
tougher player in Wisconsin's Mel-
issa Zimpfer. Zimpfer, No. 11 in the
country, dropped the first set, 6-3.
Cyganiak continued her solid play in
the singles match. Zimpfer overcame
the deficit, though, winning the next
two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Tumeka Harris lost a
long, grueling match to Barbara
Urbanska, who is No. 49 in the coun-
try, 7-5, 6-3.
Overall, the Wolverines were
outmatched this weekend. Michigan
did show positive signs, especially in,
doubles play. The Wolverines dropped
to 2-2 in the Big Ten, and 3-6 overall.
"Even though we were shut out in
singles, we performed well in certain
positions," Ritt said. "We showed
good improvement against good com-
petition, and feel good about it."
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