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16A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 24, 1996

Braves drop the ball,
6-run lead in 8-6 loss

New coach high on.
'M' women's hoops

ATLANTA (AP) - Graeme Lloyd
escaped a jam in the ninth and was the
winner and John Wetteland got two outs
for a save.
The win ensured New York would
return to Yankee Stadium this weekend.
Tonight, in what will be the last game
ever at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium,
Braves ace John Smoltz will start against
New York's Andy Pettitte in Game 5.
The biggest comeback in World
Series history was the Philadelphia
Athletics' rally from an 8-0 deficit in a
10-8 win in Game 4 in 1929. There were
two other comebacks from six-run
deficits, Brooklyn in 1956 against the
Yankees and Toronto in 1993 against
Philadelphia.
Just six outs from a win, Cox made
the rare move of bringing in closer Mark
Wohlers to start the eighth. Moments
later, Atlanta's 6-3 lead was gone.
Hayes led off with a dribbler down the
third-base line that the Braves let roll,
but it stayed fair for a single. Darryl
Strawberry followed with a single and
Mariano Duncan grounded into a force
play that could have been a double play
except for a bobble by defensive replace-

ment Rafael Belliard at shortstop.
Up stepped Leyritz, in the game only
because starting catcher Joe Girardi had
left earlier for a pinch hitter. Leyritz loft-
ed a high fly that carried over the left
field wall, and his teammates rushed to
greet him as he scored the tying run.
Wohlers, who had pitched 7 1/3 score-
less innings in the postseason before
running into problems, found more trou-
ble in the ninth. Two-out singles by Cecil
Fielder, Hayes and Strawberry - anoth-
er roller down the third-base line -
loaded the bases. Duncan hit a low liner
that rookie right fielder Jermaine Dye
caught as he staggered forward, tum-
bling to the ground after the grab.
The Braves had their chance in the
ninth against Mariano Rivera after Mark
Lemke singled with one out and Chipper
Jones walked. Left-hander Lloyd
relieved to face left-handed Fred
McGriff and got him to ground into a
double play. Lloyd, the pitcher the
Yankees wanted to send back to
Milwaukee after learning he had an
injured arm following the trade in
August, has pitched 4 2/3 scoreless
innings in the postseason.

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
And on the seventh day of practice,
there was a new beginning. The 1996-97
Michigan women's basketball team met
with the media for the first time.
And it was good.
Yesterday, first-year Michigan coach
Sue Guevara introduced her new coach-
ing regime, her new style and her new
team.
"Our theme for this year is 'A new
beginning," Guevara said. "We are hop-
ing to establish a winning tradition
here."
After the resignation of former coach
Trish Roberts in May, Guevara, a
Michigan State assistant last season,
took over the reins of a program that fin-
ished last season tied for 10th in the Big
Ten.
"We are looking to make a move in
the Big Ten," Guevara said. "I feel that
we are going to be (close) in every ball
game. We have some good outside
shooters and some legitimate post play-
ers.
"Are we in the top three? Not yet. But
I can see us making a move from 10th to

the middle."
The team is loaded with experience,
having four seniors and five juniors.
Forward Silver Shellman, forward
Catherine DiGiacinto and guard Jennifer
Kiefer hope to lead the Wolverines to a
winning season in their senior campaign.
Guevara said she knows it will take a
lot of work to make the team a threat in
the conference. "We've really gone to
Basketball 101," Guevara said. "(We're)
working on just basic basketball right
now."
The coaches are trying to foster an
open relationship between themselves
and the players, discussing everything
from team goals to personal life.
"She's always willing to hear what we
have to say, to see what's on our mind,"
Shellman said.
Even with all the changes and
improvements Guevara has made, she
will still have the words "interim" in
front of name throughout the season.
"I don't think about that when I'm out
on the court ... or when I'm recruiting,
or when I'm taking a shower," Guevara
said. "This is my team, I am the head
coach, and I'm conducting it as such."

JU WE'AIL/uaity
Michigan interim head coach Sue Guevara hopes to recharge the Wolverines by
carrying them beyond their mediocre performances of the past few years.

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By Chad Kujala
For the Daily
Does the Big Ten have a true power-
house this season? Although on paper it
may seem that Ohio State and
Northwestern have a clear path to shar-
ing a Big Ten title, reality takes over on
the playing field.
No team has yet shown itself to be
completely dominant, leading to many
closer-than-expected contests.
This week could provide some unex-
pected fireworks, so break out the
sparklers and pay close attention.
OHIO STATE (3-0 BIG TEN, 6-0 OVER-
ALL) AT OWA (3-0,5-1):
By process of elimination. this
becomes the Big Ten Game of the Week.
Iowa is coming off an impressive win
on the road last week in Happy Valley.
As a result, Iowa has found itself in a
three-way tie atop the Big Ten. A win
this weekend in Iowa City would give the
Hawkeyes a serious chance at a Big Ten
championship.
Iowa will look to its key players --
quarterback Matt Sherman, running

back Sedrick Shaw and wide
receiver/kick returner Tim Dwight - to
lead it to victory.
While the Buckeyes started the season
by blowing out lesser opponents, their
explosive atack may have started to run
out of gas. The past two weeks, Ohio
State has looked beatable, narrowly
escaping Wisconsin and limping into
halftime tie with lowly Purdue, before
waking up in the second half.
Does a confident Iowa team plus an
Ohio State team looking ahead equal
upset? Not quite. This will be a close
game, but Ohio State will eke out anoth-
er victory.
Ohio State 27, Iowa 23
WISCONSIN (0-3, 3-3) AT MICHIGAN
STATE (3-1, 4-3):
The curse of the purple pants seems to
have bewitched Badger coach Barry
Alvarez last weekend as his team blew it
in the final seconds against
Northwestern.
The press has badgered Wisconsin's
coach all week about his clock manage-
ment at the end of the game and for

allowing the Wildcats to add another
chapter to their never-ending Cinderella
story. The defeat left the Badgers still in
search of a conference victory.
Michigan State remains in the hunt for
a Rose Bowl berth and is hungry enough
to not look past a Wisconsin team that
has lost its confidence. But, as evidenced
by the Badgers' last three losses, it won't
be easy.
This game comes down to home field
advantage.
Michigan State 20, Wisconsin 16
ILLINOIS (1-2, 2-4) AT
NORTHWESTERN (4-0, 6-1):
Does anyone see a pattern develop-
ing? Northwestern seems to tease its
opponents by letting them lead for three
quarters, then pulling the game out in the
fourth quarter.
The trip to Pasadena last year has
given Northwestern the tenacity to not
give up, evidenced by the leadership of
quarterback Steve Schnur, who complet-
ed the game-winning touchdown last
week in Madison.
While Northwestern is on the rise in

the Big Ten, the Illini have begun in just
the opposite way, struggling just t
score.
Illinois will, once again, be at the
mercy of a much superior team.,
Northwestern will have pity on them,
though, only teasing them for the first"
half.
Northwestern 28, Illinois 9
PENN STATE (2-2, 6-2) AT INDIANA (0-
4,2-5):
Once again, things do not look good
for the Hoosiers this week. They have ye
to win a conference game, and now they
have to try to do it against an angry Penn
State team which was taken out of the
Rose Bowl race last week with a loss to
Iowa.
Although running back Alex Smith
had 99 yards against Michigan, he only:
averaged 2.9 per carry. That's not going
to get it done against Penn State.
Will Curtis Enis regain the form he
displayed in blowing out Southern Cal?
Against the Hoosiers, it probably won*
even matter.
Penn State 34, Indiana 20

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