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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - March 31, 1997

LIONS
Continued from Page 1B3
innings, struck out three and allowed
only one run. Tyler Steketee closed out
the game pitching the final two innings.
"I think it was a great team effort,"
Zahn said. "Pitching kept us in there
today, and then we started to swing the
bats. We played good defense.'
Yesterday's game ended a four-game
series sweep of the Nittany Lions.
Saturday, the teams got together for a
doubleheader, in which each game was
seven innings, and the final three
innings of Friday's suspended game.
In Saturday's second game, reliever
Ryan Kelley picked up the win, going 4
1/3 innings, fanning four. Behind 3-2
going into the bottom of the fifth, the
Wolverines scored 15 runs. Right field-
er Brian Besco, who hit a homer earlier
in the game, had a double, a single and
two RBIs in the inning.
The Wolverines won the first game
of the series, 10-3. Starter Brian
Steinbach went six innings for the win,
giving up three runs on two hits and
striking out six. Steketee pitched three
scoreless innings for his third save.
"(Steketee) came in that first game
and saved it for us, and then he came in
(yesterday) and finished it off," Zahn
said. "We're looking for that guy to
pitch in the last couple of innings and
seal off the victory."
Steketee credits the weekend's suc-
cess to the team as a whole.
"I give credit to our hitters,' Steketee
said. "It's easy to pitch when your hit-
ters score that many runs, because you
know you can make a couple of mis-
takes.
"All I do is go out and try to get
ahead of hitters. I think that's the
biggest thing in college, get ahead of
hitters. Once you do that, you can start
fooling around with different pitches."
J.J. Putz, last week's Big Ten pitcher
of the week, pitched all of the first
game of the double header, leading
Michigan to an 8-3 victory.
"I thought pitching was great,"short-
stop Brian Kalczynski said. "Our pitch-
ers came through, and that set the tone
for the weekend.'
Everything came together for the
Wolverines against Penn State. They
outscored the Lions, 49-16, and had
only two errors all weekend.
"We've been hitting the ball well, and
we're getting good pitching together,"
Besco said.

Michigan softball
sweeps past Badgers

By Josh Kiinbaum
and Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team (3-0 Big
Ten, 28-8-1 overall) might not have been
able to beat Wisconsin (0-3, 14-11) in
touch football, but they didn't have any
trouble winning some softball games this
weekend.
After a short rain delay yesterday in
which the Badgers beat Michigan in a
playful game of touch football, 21-7, the
Wolverines completed their three-game
sweep of Wisconsin - winning the soft-
ball games, in routs of 7-3, 7-1 and 10-1.
It was a slow start for Michigan on
Sunday, as the Badgers jumped out to a
2-0 lead on Michigan starting pitcher
Sara Griffin.
Wisconsin rightfielder Rebecca
Gilgen ripped a double in the top half of
the second inning, giving the Badgers'
their first scoring chance. And with
opportunity knocking, Wisconsin's Holly
Riester slapped a single off Griffin.
With Gilgen rounding third, Michigan
centerfielder Lisa Kelley fired Riester's
shot back into catcher Jen Smith. The
play at the plate gave Wisconsin the first
run of the game as Smith dropped the
ball, allowing Gilgen to score.
In the third, Courtney Coleman's sin-
gle started Wisconsin's surge to its sec-
ond run of the game.
Michigan's half of the third started the
rally for the Wolverines. Second base-
man Jessica Lang's single got the inning
started for the Wolverines, as pinch-run-
ner Tracy Taylor stole second base. On
the throw from Wisconsin catcher
Amanda Berg, Taylor was able to
advance to third, as Borchard mishandled
the throw.
As quickly as Borchard was
Wisconsin's hero in the second inning,
she became the goat. It was her two
errors in the inning that allowed
Michigan to score its first run.
The Wolverines tied the game at two
on a passed ball, scoring shortstop Pam
Kosanke from third. Michigan surged
ahead, 3-2, as Kelley's single resulted in
her scoring on another Wisconsin error.
While the third inning signaled
Michigan's comeback, it was the fifth
that was the beginning of the end for

Wisconsin.
The Wolverines scored four runs in the
inning to put away the slumping Badgers.
In the home-opener Saturday, the firsi
game of a doubleheader, the Wolverine5
used a balanced offensive attackto defeal
the Badgers, 7-1. Michigan put runs on
the board in four separate innings, 9
Griffin made the best of an off day.
allowing only one run in six innings.
"I don't think Sara (Griffin) was at her
best by any means," Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said. "Wisconsin's a
good hitting team, and they were on her.
Griffin started off the game by giving
up a walk, and the Badgers took advan-
tage. After an infield pop-up,
Wisconsin's Amanda Berg singled to
right, advancing Coleman to sec.
Griffin got the next Badger on a fly ouEc
right field, but Wisconsin rightfielder
Chrissy Swartout singled to center, scor-
ing Coleman.
But Griffin settled down, retiring the
next six batters she faced.
After scoring two more runs in the sec-
ond, the Wolverines put the game away in
the fourth. Kosanke lead off the inning
with a double to right field before being
replaced by pinch-runner Tracey Ta A
Conrad followed up with a single to led
scoring Taylor. After-Kelley put down her
second sacrifice of the game, Davie sin-
gled and Griffin doubled, scoring two
more runs and giving the Wolverines a 6-
1 lead.
Michigan held on for the victory, 7-1.
"You always like to win your first
game of the day, and you always want to
win your Big Ten opener," Hutchins said.
"So I'm pleased. That's what you wa "
. In the nightcap, the Wolverinestk
advantage of some costly Wisconsin
errors to jump out to a 10-0 lead and hel
on for the victory, 10-1, in a shortene(
five-inning affair due to the eight-ru
mercy rule.
After jumping out to a four-run lead i
the first two innings, Michigan closed th
door on the Badgers in the third.
Pitcher Kelly Holmes turned in a gen
of a game for the Wolverines, givi r
only two hits in her four innings of rI
and not allowing any runs. Holmes (8-4
is second on the Michigan squad'with
1.31 ERA.

JONAR HAN SUMMER/Daily
Sophomore Traci Conrad had an RBI single in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, but the Michigan softball team did
more scoring than that. In three games against Wisconsin, the Wolverines won by a combined score of 24-5.

m

GOLDEN BACH
Continued from Page 4B
The one player who really is tough to
figure out on this team is Baston.
Unfortunately, Fisher didn't take advan-
tage of this guy's talent until he inserted
him into the starting lineup full-time
near the end of the season.
Until then, Baston had as many
breakout games (24 points vs. Indiana;
20 points vs. Florida State) as he did
disappearing acts (three points on 0-for-
7 shooting at Minnesota; two points in
27 minutes at Purdue). But he played
well in the NIT, despite overcoming a
foot injury which cut his playing time.
Baston is one player who can be
excused for lack of production simply
because his lack of playing time. Still,
in the time he spent on the court, he
didn't develop an offensive game and
has no moves under the basket.
Baston: B-
The NIT title has certainly softened
the pain of this season's underachieve-
ment. It gave Michigan something to be
proud of, something to call itself chain-

pions of, and something to raise a ban-
ner for in Crisler Arena next fall.
But this isn't what Fisher had in
mind. Again, he has underachieved
with an amazing crop of talented ath-
letes.
Don't, however, blame Fisher for all
the team's shortcomings. He is respon-
sible for teaching this team and moti-
vating it every night. He is also expect-
ed to discipline this team and keep it
under control. As evidenced by the car
accident last year and the subsequent
chain of events, he can't do that.
But as easily as Fisher can't control
this bunch, this team should be mature
enough to control itself. This isn't high
school ball, although several players act
as if it still is. And until this team learns
some self-discipline, Michigan can
never expect to go further than the NIT
or the first round of the NCAAs,
although it has the talent to do much
better. Like being one of the teams
playing in tonight's final.
Overall: C-
- Alan Goldenbach can be reached
over email at agold@umich.edu

Tennis improves streak

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
In the first match at their new com-
plex, the Michigan men's tennis team
left their opponents in the dark. Literally.
A two-hour power outage almost
delayed the start of Michigan's Saturday
match against Ohio State. It was the
Wolverines, however, who came out
charged for the weekend, shutting out
the Buckeyes, 7-0, and winning a nail-
biter, 4-3, over Indiana.
Newly completed Tisch Tennis Center
proved to be an updated version of home
sweet home for the Wolverines, who
have won eight straight home matches
- a feat carried over from last season.
Michigan (2-2 Big Ten, 4-9 overall),
also snapped an eight-game losing streak
finally winning a close match, a task the
Wolverines have had trouble with.
Ohio State failed to test the
Wolverines, extending only two of the
six singles matches to three sets.
Michigan also swept the Buckeyes in
doubles, earning its first doubles points
this season.
Michigan coach Brian Eisner was
relieved, yet not surprised, when his
team broke its extended streak.
"My feeling has always been that we
really are a good team, we just haven't
proven it," Eisner said.
While the Wolverines may have
walked all over Ohio State, Indiana
would prove a more formidable oppo-
nent.

The Wolverines were unable to contin-
ue their solid doubles play, however, los-
ing all three to the Hoosiers to open the
match. Junior co-captain David Paradzik
then handily defeated Gabel at the No. 1
spot, 6-3, 6-1, to tie the match at one.
After trading matches at numbers four
and five singles, Arvid Swan, Michigan's
other junior co-captain, battled back
from a first set tiebreaker loss to defeat
Hayden Gibson, 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-1.
Michigan could not close out the
match just yet. Freshman Matt Wright,
playing in place of Swan at number two,
wasted an early one set lead to lose, 6-3,
5-7, 5-7, to Anton Klaric.
This evened the score at three, and
shifted attention to freshman Brad
McFarlane and the decisive number six
singles match. McFarlane fought back
from a one-set deficit to lead, 1-0, in the
third over Andrew Held.
With McFarlane up 3-1, he quickly
held serve, broke his opponent's, and
cruised to a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory. Eisner
immediately wrapped McFarlane in a
bear hug, celebrating the victory.
The freshman's poise under pressure
was a big step for the entire team,
according to Eisner.
"I can't say enough good things about
Brad," Eisner said. "For a freshman to
step up and show such confidence and
maturity is a wonderful thing. If we're
going to be a great team, we must have
those things. We have to win the close
ones."

PARADISE
Continued from Page 38
nation in scoring for the third straight
season. He led his team to three semifi-
nals and finished his career as
Michigan's all-time leader in assists and
points.
"He hasn't had a Hobey Baker sea-
son'" Michigan coach Red Berenson
said Friday. "He's had a Hobey Baker
career."
No. 4'" Michigan men's swimmers
at the 1996 Summer Olympics
In the end, he made the right decision.
Initially, men's swimming coach Jon
Urbanchek took a lot of heat for focus-
ing on the Olympics. After all, his deci-
sion cost the Wolverines their 11th
straight Big Ten title and any realistic
shot at the national title.
But Michigan had won the NCAA
championship in 1995, and the
Olympics take place only once every
four years.
Who was he to dash his swimmers'
Olympic dreams?
"If you screw around with the
Olympics, there won't be another
chance," Urbanchek said. "These guys
only have one chance. You have to think
about what's best for the athlete.'
Current and former Wolverines went
on to capture five medals and far more
recognition and prestige than they could
have by winning any college title.
In the end, Urbanchek made the right
decision.
No. 3 " No. 21 Michigan 13, No. 2
Ohio State 9, Nov. 23, 1996, in
Columbus
The year before, Michigan had
knocked an unbeaten and second-ranked
Ohio State team out of the Rose Bowl in
a 31-23 shocker.
"When will I get over that game?"
Ohio State coach John Cooper asked
later. "Never. Absolutely never."
You can bet he'll never get over this

one either, because as it turned out, th
loss meant more than the 1995 defeat.
In 1996, the Buckeyes went on to wii
the Rose Bowl and finish No. 2 in th
nation. If they had beaten th
Wolverines, they would have won h
national title.
"Opportunities don't come veiy oftei
to do something special in life,
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said afte
the game.
You're right, coach. It's hard to imag
ine a more "special" victory. Excep
maybe ....
No. 2 * No. 5 Michigan 26, No.
Notre Dame 24, Sept. 10, 1994, i
South Bend
Why do Michigan fans hate
Dame so much?
Because Notre Dame is arguably th
only school with a greater football tradi
tion than Michigan.
That's why this Michigan victory -
won on Remy Hamilton's 42-yard field
goal with two seconds left - meant s<
much. In retrospect, it means even more
considering it marked Gary Moeller'
last great victory as Michigan coach.
And the winner is ... .
No. 1 " 1996 NCAA hockey final
Michigan 3, Colorado College 2 (OT)
in Cincinnati
"It felt so good," coach Red Berensoi
said afterward, "It felt good forthe tean
(and) the school. They have somethini
now which is not easy to win."
What few remember about the gam<
is that Michigan was actually outplayed
The Tigers outshot the Wolverines, 23
19, and controlled the second
taking a 2-1 lead before Michigan tie
the game in the third and then won on i
Morrison goal in overtime.
Did the better team win? Maybe not
But it didn't matter.
For Berenson and the Wolverines
their time had finally come.
- Barry Sollenberger can be reachec
over e-mail atjsol@umich.edu.

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Gamma Sigma Alpha,
the National Greek Honor Society,

congratulates its 1997

Mark Axelrod
Amanda Cochran
Emily Dawson
Courtney Dwight
Ron Gaba
Scott Ginsburg
Erica Greenstein
Julie Guith
Nicole Herron
Lesley Kagan
Rebecca Klempner
Rebecca Long
Martin Maddin
Amanda Malina
Lisa LaMastro

inductees:
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Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Phi
Alpha Phi
Delta Sigma Phi
Tau Epsilon Phi
Delta Zeta
Alpha Phi
Sigma Kappa
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Alpha Delta Pi'
Tau Kappa Epsilon
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