SAN ANTONIO 92
New Jersey 89
N.Y. Islanders 4
Kansas City 2
St. Louis 1
April 3, 1997
Sixth inning fails
Blue baseball as
Eastern rolls, 14-7
Hurlers grab doubleheader, 5-2, 4-0
By Uharat RaJu
taily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - It really was a good
Then the sixth inning started.
The Michigan baseball team (6-2 Big
Ten, 16-10 overall) fell to the powerful
bats of Eastern Michigan, 14-7, yester-
day. The Eagles (3-0 MAC, 13-8) scored
more runs in the sixth inning - eight -
than the Wolverines scored in the entire
After seeing the box score for the first
five innings, one would have expected a
cat-and-mouse outcome, with one team
edging out the other.
Michigan's starter, righthander
Ryan Kelley, was cruising along after
getting out of a no-out, bases-loaded
jam and giving up only one Eastern
Seth Kenny started on the hill for the
Eagles and had equal success, striking
out three batters and surrendering only
"We're just trying to get better, throw-
ing strikes, trying to change speeds, stay-
ing competitive;' Eastern coach Roger
The two pitchers both brought an
arsenal of breaking balls, and off-speed
junk, which led to mostly ground-ball
Both starters were yanked after three
innings of work, leaving the game knot-
ted at two.
Kelley will start this weekend, which
is why he was removed, according to
Michigan coach Geoff Zahn.
At that point in the game, it seemed
like the Wolverines and Eagles were on
the same page, with either team having
an opportunity to win.
But again, that sixth inning ....
"The most disappointing thing about
the loss is Luke Bonner" Zahn said. "He
gave up eight runs in one inning."
Bonner, a sophomore righthander,
started the sixth inning, but he didn't fin-
He gave up six runs on four hits
before he was pulled.
Sophomore righthander Mario Garza,
Jr., relieved him by surrendering two
runs (both of which were attributed to
Bonner) in his third of an inning, to close
out the painful eight-run sixth, posting a
13-3 lead at that point.
Michigan's fate was in the hands of
the pitchers, as the first five Eastern bat-
ters eventually crossed the plate in the
inning. Twelve Eagles appeared at the
The line for the Eagles in the inning
read: two home runs, three doubles, a
triple and a single. Add to that two
walks, and you've got a sure formula for
a troublesome inning.
Nearly every Eagle got his shots
against the beleaguered Michigan pitch-
ing staff. Brent Miller rocketed a pinch-
hit home run in the sixth and another
homer in the eighth.
Todd Vokal was a round-tripper short
of hitting for the cycle with two singles,
a double and a triple. Only one Eagle
didn't get a hit - the ninth batter, Jason
But the Michigan bats weren't silent
either, as the dimensions of Oestrike
Stadium - shorter than those of
Michigan's Fisher Stadium -
appeared to help at least a couple of
First baseman Bryan Besco put on an
offensive show of his own. He ripped
two homers and a double.
Third baseman Mike Cervenak hit a
late-game solo shot in the seventh
inning, which gave the Wolverines some
Michigan put together a small rally in
the ninth, scoring a pair of runs on dou-
bles by Besco and Cervenak.
Still, it wasn't enough to climb out of
the ditch, as Jason Alcaraz - who
entered the game in the seventh for
Bobby Scales - grounded out to short
to end it.
"When you score seven runs, you
should win the ballgame," Zahn said.
This season, however, the Eagles
have been putting football-like
scores on the scoreboard. They have
scored at least 10 runs in 10 of 20
games, including a 32-run whipping
of Siena Heights.
"Michigan is an important game; it
always will be;' Coryell said. "It's a
The Wolverines road trip will contin-
ue this weekend.
But this time, they will travel further
than just down Washtenaw Avenue,
when they head to Minnesota for a four-
game conference series.
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
KALAMAZOO - The Michigan
softball team traveled to Kalamazoo
expecting nothing less then two wins
yesterday, and it didn't disappoint,
sweeping a doubleheader at Western
Michigan, 5-2 and 4-0.
From the outset, the nightcap had all
the makings of a classic pitchers' duel.
Jennifer Vanover pitched well for
the Broncos (6-10) in the first three
innings, retiring all nine batters she
faced, striking out two, and only let-
ting one ball get out of the infield.
Michigan hurler Jamie Gillies'
only blemish during that same span
was a two-out single to center field
in the second, although she was hit
hard on back-to-back fly outs to left
field in the third.
Then the floodgates opened.
Tracy Conrad led off the fourth for.
Michigan (3-0 Big Ten, 30-8-1 over-
all) with a slow grounder back to
Vanover, but it went under the glove
of the sophomore.
Lisa Kelley and Cathy Davie fol-
lowed up with back-to-back singles,
loading the bases for third baseman
Sara Griffin. Griffin hit a double to
right-center field, scoring two runs.
The RBI gave Griffin 131 on her
career, tying a Michigan record.
Tammy Mika and Jessica Lang
both hit sacrifices to center field,
scoring Davie and Griffin, and sud-
denly, the classic pitchers' duel had
the makings of a rout.
In the fifth inning, as the Broncos
pulled Amy Daugherty, one of their
better hitters who was 3-for-5 on the
day, in favor of Patty Snellink, who
had only seen action once this sea-
Vanover settled down, though, and
kept the Broncos in the game, retir-
ing the next five batters she faced
and holding Michigan scoreless over
the final three innings.
But Kelly Holmes, who reliev-
Gillies in the fifth, wouldn't let Western
back in the game. Holmes maintained
the shutout, holding the Broncos to one
hit the remainder of the game.
"We wanted to give all of the'
pitchers some work," Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins said. "The.
first game was a little rocky, so we
never did make a change, but in the
second both Kelly and Jamie pitched
In the first game of the afternoon,
the Wolverines scored runs in four
different innings, including a two-
run fifth, to beat the Broncos, 5-2.
Michigan got on the board first
when Melissa Gentile doubled home
Tammy Mika, who had reached base
on a walk, in the top of the second.
But Western struck back. After
Stacey Arnold reached first on a P
Kosanke error in the bottom halfW
that same inning, Jennifer Myslinsk
and Yvonne Jenks hit back-to-back
singles, driving Arnold in and knot-
ting the score at one.
The Broncos added another run in the
third. After Griffin surrendered a two-
out walk to Shelly Weiss, Erin Enzbigilis
laid down a bunt single, Kim Jinks fol-
lowed with an RBI single to center, giv-
ing the Broncos a one-run lead.
"When we started the first game
don't think we were real sharp,"
Hutchins said. "We had a couple
errors that hurt us, and we weren't
sharp, but I told them to work it out
and play to be proud."
The Wolverines responded and
scored four unanswered runs in the
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Freshman Jamie Gillies (7-3, 1.69 ERA) started Michigan's nightcap with Western
Michigan yesterday. The Wolverines swept the doubleheader at Kalamazoo.
Upcoming 'M' softball schedule:
Saturday - at Iowa, 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
Sunday - at Iowa, 1 p.m.
Tuesday - at Purdue, 2 p.m. (doubleheader)
April 10 .- vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (doubleheader)
April 12 - at Northwestern, 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
April 13 - at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
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By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
With less than two weeks to go
until the annual spring game,
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
has at least one thing he can count on
for the upcoming season.
What may be the nation's toughest
slate won't get any tougher for Carr.
After debating whether to schedule a
12th regular-season game, Carr
decided against it.
He also decided not to change any
of the dates of Michigan's three non-
conference games - Colorado,
Baylor and Notre Dame - leaving
the Wolverines with a jam-packed,
11-game schedule with no bye-
"We're well aware that we have
tremendous talent as far as a non-
conference schedule before we get
into the Big Ten schedule," Carr said.
"But there's excitement that comes
from playing with caliber of opposi-
tion that you don't get when you
don't play quality teams. I don't
think we're going to have any trouble
getting emotionally ready.
"The question is whether we'll be
ready physically. I'm optimistic that
we will be. But we're not ready to
play Colorado yet. That's for sure."
Unfortunately for Carr, that's
about the only thing he's sure about
regarding the Wolverines for next
The starting quarterback job is
still as up in the air as it was when
spring practice got underway March
Not only is there a heated battle
between senior Brian Griese and
junior Scott Dreisbach, but Carr is
giving sophomore Tom Brady and
redshirt freshman Jason Kapsner
every effort to challenge Michigan's
more experienced signal-callers.
"We've tried to be as equitable as
we can be with regard to snaps," Carr
said. "We know what Griese and
Driesbach can do, so we've been try-
ing to get Brady and Kapsner snaps
because they have had less experi-
ence. The position is going to be
strong. The competition is going to
But regardless of who Carr
decides to pencil in as his starter,
Michigan should be left in a pretty
good situation, considering there
will be at least one experienced
backup ready to go on the sidelines.
"I look back at last season," Carr
said. "The key for us was when Scott
got hurt, we had a guy that came off
the bench and played extremely well.
So anytime you have a quarterback
situation where you have that kind of
depth, it's a positive."
Ever since Dreisbach was injured
in Michigan's Nov. 9 loss at Purdue,
after which he was replaced as the
starter by Griese, there have been
rumors that he was sulking about
having to regain his job, rumors
which Carr dispelled.
"He's never had a bad attitude,"
Carr said. "I would never expect any-
body to be happy about being in a
position where they weren't happy
about not being a starter. .
"Certainly he wasn't happy, but
he's come out this spring and thrown
the ball extremely well. And he's
playing as well as he did before he
To avoid smashing egos, a pro-
posed compromise has been for
Michigan to employ the alternating-
quarterback system (which Ohio
State used quite effectively last year
with Joe Germaine and Stanley
Jackson) to get both Dreisbach and
Griese in the lineup.
Carr didn't rule out that possibili-
ty, but it isn't consistent with his
The alternating-quarterback plan
"is easier to do when you have two
guys that have experience," Carr
said. "I've always felt that it was an
advantage to have to worry about
someone else coming in for him if he
didn't play so well.
"I would not be reluctant to play
any of these guys. But you have to
look from a coaching standpoint, and
that can change during the course of
The other major question mark
coming into the spring season was'
the offensive line. According to Carr,
the returning members of the starting
quintet - senior guard Zach Adami
and junior tackle Jon Jansen - are
setting the pace for the pack, with
the newcomers coming on a little i
"Jansen and Adami have been out-
standing this spring;" Carr said. "I
think both of them as seniors have
gotten better, and it's good to see
them practice with the kind of inten-
sity they have.
"Steve Frazier has really had a
good spring and is coming along
nicely," he added. "He's picked it- up
a notch at center. Chris Ziemann
Jeff Potts are developing as tackl,
but we need to get better there, and
we will with time.These kids have
worked hard and will get better with
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