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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 25, 1997

No soup for you!
Michigan softball eats up Campbell field

By B.J. Luria
Daily Sports Writer
To say that the Michigan softball
team got off to a slow start at the
Campbell/Cartier Classic on Friday
might be a bit of an understatement.
But then again, to say that the No. 5
Wolverines recovered to play well
Saturday and Sunday would be even
more of one.
After losing two games and tying
one on Friday, Michigan rallied for
four wins in a row over the next two
days, to push its season record to 4-2-
1.
In their first three games of the sea-
son, the Wolverines were outscored by
a total of two runs. They tied No. 15
Cal State-Northridge, 3-3, before
falling to Sacramento State, .1-0, and
San Diego State, 4-3.
Michigan errors factored into all
three of the games. Against
Northridge, an overthrow by freshman
shortstop Pam Kosanke in the top of
the sixth inning allowed the Matadors
to score the tying run, just half an
inning after the Wolverines had scored
two runs to take a 3-2 lead.
In the next game, Sacramento State
was able to score the game's only run in
the bottom of the fourth inning when
an error by junior third baseman Sara
Griffin allowed a runner to score from
second. Michigan managed only two
hits in the contest.
The Wolverines' final game of the
day pitted them against host San Diego
State. Once again, Michigan was vic-
timized by an untimely error. The
Aztecs were able to score two runs and
take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the
third inning following an error by sec-
ond baseman Jessica Lange with two
outs.
On Saturday, the Wolverines dis-
played the mixture of hitting and pitch-
ing that has been instrumental in their

past four Big Ten championships.
In the first game of the day
Michigan exploded for ten runs,
defeating No. 14 Long Beach State,
10-2. The Wolverines put the game
away with six runs in the top of the
fifth inning. Griffin held the 49ers to
two runs on four hits to pick up her
first win of the season. Sophomore
Traci Conrad keyed Michigan's offen-
sive attack with a double, a home run
and four RBIs. She also scored the go-
ahead run in the third inning.
Following their first win of the sea-
son, the Wolverines faced No. 22
Hawaii. Once again, the key to
Michigan's success was its hitting.
Conrad and Griffin led the offensive
attack with three hits apiece, as
Michigan won 7-6. Griffin recorded
four RBIs while Kelli Holmes evened
her season record at 1-1. Lange made
up for her error Friday with a spectac-
ular play in the sixth inning to halt a
two-out, three-run Hawaii rally.
In the late game Saturday, the
Wolverines scored four runs in the
fourth inning and cruised to a 6-1 vic-
tory over Stanford. Freshman Jamie
Gillies pitched all seven innings to pick
up her first collegiate win. Left fielder
Tracy Taylor went 2 for 3 at the plate
and knocked in three runs as Michigan
pushed its season record to 3-2-1.
In their final game of the weekend,
the Wolverines shutout Arkansas, 6-0
Sunday. Griffin and Gillies teamed up
to hurl Michigan's first shutout of the
season. Griffin was credited with the
win, pushing her record to 2-0. Conrad
provided all the offense that the
Wolverines needed, going 3 for 4 with
a double and a triple.
Cathy Davie, Conrad and Griffin
were all recognized for their efforts
over the weekend by being named to
the Campbel/Cartier Classic All-
Tournament team.

Time off
won't be
aproblem
for Blue
By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
Three weeks off could spell death for
many sports. Practice would not be able
to simulate the intensity of competi
tion. Obviously, swimming is not most
sports.
"Three weeks is a pretty standard
layoff in preparation," Michigan coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "It gives time to
taper and mentally prepare for the con
ference championships."
Tapering, for those of you not cor@
pletely familiar with swimming, is the
gradual reduction of workouts that
swimmers do in preparation for a big
meet.
From September through December,
the swim team builds its workouts up t(%-
80,000 yards per week or about 45 12
miles.
When the team begins to taper, the
workout gradually decreases down t
60,000 yards, then to 40,000 yards a
finally 30,000, the level the team is at
currently.
"During the season, most of the top
teams swim the dual meets tired,"
Urbanchek said. "Since there are only
two meets that really count - Big Tens
and NCAAs - we only taper for
them."
After the conference championships,
the Wolverines will build up their train-
ing again for two weeks before taperi
off again for the NCAAs. This seco
process will last only a month.
Most sports emphasize mental
preparation, such as visualization of
what an athlete needs to do to be at his
or her best. Swimming is no different.
However, the rest of the preparation is a
bit different from most sports.
Swimming is set apart by a distinct
ritual: the shaving of body hair.
Swimmers shave their legs, arms, a#
some even make their heads more aero-
dynaic.
"Piersma always shaves off his
sweater during this time of year,"
sophomore Tom Malchow said. "He
has to. He's one of the hairiest guys I
know."
All of this training should help the
Wolverines to make the most of the
conference championships as
Michigan shoots to regain the Big
title they surrendered last year.
conference championships also act as a
qualifying meet of sorts.
"We hope to qualify eight to 12
swimmers for the NCAAs next month"
Urbanchek said. "We are as healthy as
we are going to be, so it should be
exciting."

MARATiUd IMYERS)/
Junior outfielder Derek Besco - shown here in action last season - and the Wolverines couldn't slide by No. 15 Alabama
this weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. They fell three times, and the Crimson Tide scored 19, 21 and 22 runs.
baSeball opens wit struggles

By Tracy Sandier
Daily Sports Writer
There was nothing sweet about the
Michigan baseball team's weekend
away from home in Alabama. To kick
off their season, the Wolverines batted
in three losses, 21-3, 19-3 and 22-7
respectively, to the 15th-ranked
Crimson Tide.
"We need to get out on the field,"
Michigan coach Geoff Zahn said.
"We're disappointed in the weekend's
results and in how we played. Keeping
in mind that we're coming out on the
field for the first time, I like the way
the pitchers threw, especially (Luke)
Bonner, Cranson, (Ryan) Kelley and
(J.J.) Putz."
The series began on Friday with
Alabama's 21-3 drubbing of Michigan.
In the game's seventh inning Alabama's
right fielder Dustan Mohr hit a grand
slam, his second consecutive homer of
the game.
The Wolverines' pitching staff of
Brian Steinbach, Brian Berryman,
Bryan Cranson and Mario Garza, Jr.
gave up 19 hits, while issuing four free
passes and striking out seven. The
Michigan defense committed three
errors to Alabama's two.

Things did not get much better on
Saturday. At the end of the ninth
inning, the team found itself on the los-
ing end of a 19-3 score. Luke Bonner
gave up 10 hits and 10 runs in three
innings of work, before turning it over
to J.J. Putz, who gave up six runs and
six hits in 4 1/3 innings. The team was
guilty of four errors.
In the weekend's second game Bryan
Besco and Bryan Kalczynski went 2
for 4. Besco and Kalczynski, along
with left fielder Jason Alcaraz, record-
ed at least one hit each in every game
of the series.
Despite losing 22-7 and committing
five errors, the Wolverines had their
most productivity in game three. The
team took its only lead of the series in
the third inning. With two outs,
Alacaraz hit a two-run single, while the
next batter, right fielder Derek Besco,
delivered an RBI single for the
Wolverines.
Team captain and second baseman
Kirk Beerman, who reached base in all
three games, went 1 for 2, walked twice
and scored three of the team's seven
runs. His single in the fifth inning
marked his 99th career hit.
The lack of outdoor practice com-

bined with fundamental problems gives
the team plenty of work for practice.
The Wolverines beaned a number of
hitters, walked 27 and made 12 errors.
"To some extent, I just think that we
weren't ready to play," Zahn said. "(We
weren't ready) a little mentally, but
mostly physically. We need to pick
apart the things we can control and get
better on."
Although he does not want his team
to make excuses, Zahn points out the
disadvantage the Wolverines had.
"It would be as if the NCAA told
(Michigan football coach) Lloyd Carr
that his team could not workout outside
and could not have team scrimmages,"
Zahn said. "But they would have to
beat some of the top teams in the coun-
try on the road, like Florida or Florida
State."
As the Wolverines prepare to go to
Florida themselves on Saturday, Zahn
is encouraged by what he saw in yes-
terday's practice.
"We had outstanding focus at (yes-
terday's) practice," Zahn said. "We
realized there were some things we
overlooked and that we need to go back
to the basics. The guys were really
intense at it."

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GOLDENBACH*
Continued from Page 9
like Austin Croshere, and those with
great names, like God Shammgod.
Iowa gets my vote for the tourney.
Andre Woolridge is the type of play-
er that can put a team on his back an
take it far into the tourney.
And besides, the Hawkeyes have
played well since adjusting to the
loss of Jess Settles, who's missed th
whole season with an injury.
Fresno State gets in, not because it
has more potential criminals than
any team outside of the Nebraska
football program, but because Jerry
Tarkanian has proven that once
March rolls around, he gets the most
out of his players (as long as he .
doesn't play Duke).
Add a widely unknown small
school like North Caroli
Charlotte, which plays in a beast o
league - Conference USA. It com-
petes against the likes of Cincinnati,
Louisville and Tulane and has man-
aged a 9-3 mark within the league
thus far.
Rounding out my field will be
schools like Georgetown, Texas
Tech, Purdue, California, Boston
College, Texas, UNLV, Syracuse and
Massachusetts.
These are all teams that have h@
either strong finishes, mammoth
schedules or star players who have
performed allsseason and can cary
the load in the postseason.
Oh yeah, and the 64th and final
team will be Michigan. Not because
I'm hoping to spend a weekend in
March in Tucson, Ariz. (one of the
first-round sites in the West Region),
but because Michigan is one of t
64 best teams in the country.
But when it receives a bidon
March 9, Michigan- will not have
won a conference title and will not
be ranked in the top 25.
That the Wolverines have to use
the excuse of iust being one of the

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