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idjgan ?DiI Up in the air
The Michigan baseball team's game against Toledo, scheduled for 3
p.m. this afternoon, has been cancelled because of poor weather
DT conditions. It has not yet been rescheduled. Thursday's game against
Oakland University may also be cancelled.

March 27, 1996


Michigan softball looks to
continue recent dominance

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
Ordinarily, a 5-1 weekend record
and a tournament title would be
enough to satisfy a coach.
But Michigan softball coach Carol
Hutchins would have liked to add
another dash of sugar to her team's
already heavily sweetened weekend
at the Tennessee Tournament of
"We definitely would have liked to
be 6-0," Hutchins said. "We should
have won our first game."
In that game against Southwest Mis-
souri, the No. 10 Wolverines (21-8)
had nine hits but could only manage
one run. Three errors also did not help
Michigan's cause in the 2-1 loss in
eight innings.
But the Wolverines quickly recov-
ered and instituted a new game plan
-- complete domination.
In the remaining five contests,
Michigan outscored its opponents 46-
1. That's right, 46-1.
Quick math dictates that one run
allowed in five games equals four
Not only did the Wolverine pitch-
ing staff - namely junior Kelly
Holmes and sophomore Sara Griffin
- give an excellent performance, they
put on a clinic:
Holmes threw a no-hitter Saturday
against Indiana State, her second of
the season and the team's third; Grif-
fin pitched a one-hitter in Sunday's
title game versus Austin Peay; and
Griffin and senior Tracy Carr com-
bined for a one-hitter as Michigan
demolished Morehead State.
Hutchins, though, doesn't like to
get too worked up over no-hitters.
"I don't focus on no-hitters; I focus
on winning," she said. "I tell Holmes
that the key is her down ball and just

hitting her targets."
The Wolverines also packed their
offense for the trip to Tennessee, and
Morehead State found out the hard
way. Michigan sent a school-record
25 players across home plate in only
five innings in the most lopsided game
of its 19-year history.
Junior catcher Jennifer Smith went
8-for-13 (.615 batting average) in the
tournament and earned Most Valu-
able Player honors. Carr also made
the all-tournament team with a .444
batting average (8-for-18). Smith and
Carr had five RBI and two extra-base
hits apiece.
The Wolverines should have a lot
of confidence as the tournament sea-
son ends - they have won 12 of 14
games over the last two weekends.
But at 2 p.m. today. Michigan be-
gins the season where seven innings
against one opponent just isn't enough
-- doubleheader season.
This afternoon's twinbill sends the
Wolverines to Notre Dame to face a
Fighting Irish squad also known for
its strong pitching.
"Their pitching is always solid and
they are a big rival," Hutchins said.
"We need to be disciplined at the

We need to be
disciplined at the
plate. That's how
you beat good
- Carol Hutchins
Michigan softball coach
plate. That's how you beat good pitch-
The Irish (18-10) lead the overall
series, 3-2, and will be looking to
avenge two losses to Michigan in last
year's NCAA Region I Tournament.
Hutchins hopes the team can im-
prove in a couple areas before the
conference season starts Saturday.
"Our defense needs to pick the ball
up a little better." she said. "If we did
that, maybe we wouldn't havedropped
that first game (to Southwest Mis-
"(But) we're learning what we're
capable of and that's what the pre-
season is all about."

Michigan's Sara
Griffin (right) has
been nearly
unhittable lately.
Last weekend,
the sophomore
Itcher tossed a
he-hitter against
Austin Peay and
combined with
senior Tracy Carr
for a one-hitter
against Morehead

Today's games
Michigan vs. Notre Dame
When: 2 p.m. (doubleheader)
Where: Ivy Field, Notre Dame, Ind.
Records: Michigan 21-8, Notre Dame 18-10
Rankings: Michigan No. 10, Notre Dame

Boston University 's Pandolfo a leader both on and off the ice

By Scott Lauber
The Daily Free Press
Hockey captains are easily recog-
nized by the "C" they wear on their
sweaters. Perhaps Boston University
captain Jay Pandolfo should have
donned a red "S" and a red cape in-
That's because Pandolfo has been
the Terriers' Superman this season,
leading the team to another success-
ful campaign in a year of triumph and
tragedy on Babcock Street. Last week-
end, Hockey East rewarded the mild-
mannered senior with its Piayer of the
Year award and a spot on its All-Star
"It's a real nice honor, especially
after the season I had last year,"
Pandolfo said. "There were plenty of
ther guys who could've gotten it.
It's a nice honor, getting voted on by
other coaches."
After being sidelined much of his
junior year with numerous aches and
pains, ranging from a strained ab-
dominal muscle to a lacerated left
hand, Pandolfo has been an iron man
for the Terriers this season. His num-
bers speak for themselves. The
(Burlington, Mass. native leads the
Terriers with 38 goals, four hat tricks,
13 power-play tallies and six short-
handed goals, making him one of the

leading candidates for the Hobey
Baker Award, given annually to col-
lege hockey's top player.
Though that award usually goes to
great goal scorers, Pandolfo's great-
est asset is not his scoring ability. In a
year that has seen the Terriers capture
Hockey East's regular season cham-
pionship and the Beanpot Tournament
crown, it has also witnessed a devas-
tating injury to
Terrier fresh-
man forward
Travis Roy. The rei
Roy was Para- he's su
lyzed after
crashing into le de i
thesboards in $$$$E $$
the season guys resp
o p e n e r . 5
P a n d o I f o ' s
leadership in Boston Univers
the locker room
helped hold the
team together in a time when many
players could have come emotionally
"I thought (being captain) would be
a lot harder early in the year after
Travis got hurt, but a lot of guys, like
Bobby Lachance and Doug Wood and
even some of the juniors stepped up in
the locker room," Pandolfo said.
"There are a lot of leaders on this


team, so it wasn't as hard as I thought
it would be."
Modesty is another one of
Pandolfo's qualities. His teammates
are quick to credit him with easing the
tense situation in the locker room af-
ter Roy's accident. Pandolfo's com-
munication with his teammates was
crucial in maintaining the team's fo-
cus while continuing to remember
their fallen team-
Before every
son Why practice, the cap-
tain hangs Roy's
I orange practicejer-
sey on the glass,
and after every
Ph h game, he carries
Shthe freshman's
- Tom Noble sweater with him in
y goaltender the handshake line.
I think the rea-
son why he's such
a good leader is all the guys respect
him and listen to his opinion," Terrier
goaltender Tom Noble said. "Jay's
just an easy kid to talk to. He treats the
freshmen the same way he treats the
"I remember last year as a freshman
that it's tough coming in, but (last
season's captain) Jacques (Joubert)
and all the veterans made me feel like

I was a part of the team. Jay has done
the same thing. He hangs out with
everybody and he makes everyone
feel comfortable."
The toughest stretch of the season
for Pandolfo and the Terriers will
come when they take the ice against
Michigan Thursday night in the
NCAA semifinals. There are no easy
games in the playoffs, and if Pandolfo
wants tojoin the elite group of Terrier
captains with a national champion-
ship, he must continue to set a good
example for the rest of the team.
"I'm just making sure I'm always
working hard, and that keeps every-
one else disciplined," Pandolfo said.

"I make sure I'm working hard in the
weight room. I try to always be on
time and not screw anything up."
"He leads by
example, and
he's a great
leader and a great
player," Noble
After his col-
legiate career
ends, a profes-
Pandolfo sional hockey fu-
ture lies ahead
for Pandolfo. Hisseniorsuccess bodes
well for the NHL's New Jersey Dev-
ils, who selected Pandolfo in the see-

ond round of the N H L entry draft. But
before he thinks of a professional fu-
ture, Pandolfo has unfinished busi-
ness in the playoffs.
"I know we'll be ready for the rest
of our games from here on in,"
Pandolfo said.
"We know we don't have a second
chance if we lose, so I want to make
sure everybody's ready to play every
single night. If we do that, we'll go a
long way."
So, while he may not be able to leap
Walter Brown Arena in a single bound,
this Superman may just spur his team
to its second consecutive national title
-just as any good captain would.



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