The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, April 8, 1998 - 11
'M' netters look to stomp
Spartans, roll on in Big Ten
IJake Raiton will
tennis team into
State at the
3-0 in Big Ten
ay this season,
coming off a
close 4-3 victory
By Stephanie Offen
Dmly Sports Writer
The impressive 4-0 Big Ten start for the Michigan men's
tennis team can be attributed to three things: good senior
leadership, good chemistry and good depth.
The Wolverines are hoping those three attributes will lead
them to victory when they host Michigan State at 6 p.m.
tonight at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Spartans are coming off a 4-3 win over Minnesota.
which came close to beating the Wolverines on Sunday. But
Michigan assistant coach Dan Goldberg said he does not
think the Wolverines should worry about Michigan State's
victory over the Gophers.
"We really don't look too much at comparative scores,"
Goldberg said. "We fully expect that we can win."
The Spartans (2-2 Big Ten, 11-6 overall), like the
Wolverines, are also proving themselves this year.
"MSU always plays with a lot of emotion," Goldberg
said. "They always come to play and are very competitive.
But, they haven't beaten us in some time."
The Wolverines beat the Spartans in all three matchups
last year - twice in the Big Ten season, and then decisive-
ly during the Big Ten Championships.
Senior leadership will be key in this matchup. David
Paradzik -a senior and Miichigan's No I singles player
will face Trev Eubanks, who beat h i last year.
'"Eubanks is a very good player," (oldberg said.
"Paradzik's and Eubanks' match went dowi to the wire."
Arvid Sxan, another senior and Michigan's No. 3 singles
player, has been phenomenal so Iar this year. It was his
m----------------- Mach that clinched the wiin
Tonight's match against the Gophers, and he will
Who: Michigan vs. Michigan likelv be a major factor again in
Stae toni ht's match. Teamwork will
WX here: \arsitv knnis Center also be a factor. Michigan State
W hen: 6 p.m. is 8-2 in matches in which they
have won the doubles point, so Michigan's doubles teams
wxill have to come out strong.
The Wolverines also have shown great depth this season.
Their w in streak has been helped by many contributing
team players, as opposed to one key star. John Long, a
sophomore, is undefeated at the No. 6 singles spot so far.
Will Farah, the No. 4 singles player, was also a major factor
in last weekend's wins. Farah beat his Iowa counterpart in
"We just don't have one weak position." Goldberg said.
Iot swinging Scales steps up in
clutch for M' boys of summer
By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Wntcr
So far, Michigan's pitching staff has
been inconsistent. The pitching has
been erratic, giving up 20 runs in one
ime and then turning around several
,ys later to pitch five innings of no-hit
But the consistent and mature play of
infielder Bobby Scales has been the dri-
ving force behind the Wolverines-
&specially in yesterday's win over
The junior went 3-for-4 with two RBI
and two stolen bases. Before yesterday.
Scales' .379 batting average was sec-
d-best on the team. And his leader-
ship was evident in the Wolverines'sev-
enth inning rally.
With one out in the bottom of the
seventh and the Wolverines leading 10-
8, Scales doubled into right field, start-
ing a three-run rally.
"I just tried to take charge and do
what is expected of me," Scales said. "I
knew that the score was close and we
needed some extra runs for insurance. I
am glad that we were able to rally late,
and secure the win."
Not only is Scales current average
over 80 points higher than last year's
final clip, but he has also taken over
new defensive responsibilities after
captain Brian Kalczynski's back injury.
With Kalczynski hurt, Scales has
moved from a utility role to the regular
second base spot.
Although he's had
cnce at second, he
feels confident that
he is an adequate
"I feel pretty
comfortable at sec-
ond," Scales said.
"Despite my error
Scales today, I feel that,
over time, I will
improve. Coach wants me to fill in at
second, and I will play there as long as
he needs me."
Scales' improvement can be attrib-
uted in part to his athletic abilities, but
his change in mindset this year has con-
tributed to his consistent and team-ori-
"During my freshman and sopho-
more years, I just wanted to prove to
everyone that I could play," Scales said.
"This year I realize that I do not need to
think that way. By thinking that way, I
only hurt my overall performance by
not focusing on the team's final goal."
While the Wokverines remiain four
games below .500. Scales has full con-
fidence in both the pitching staff and
offense. Ihe said he realizes that his per-
sonal performance on the field is far
from perfect, yet he feels that Michigan
is capable of putting a string of wins
"Today's game was very sloppy, and
my error didn't help -- but in this case
a win is a win,' Scales said. "I believe
that we can win most of our remainin
games, but we need to pick it up and be
a lot sharper. To win, we just need to
play fundamental baseball - Michigan MARGAR[T MYERS/Da y
baseball." Freshman Nick Alexander made his first career start in Michigan's 13-11 victory over
Bowling Green yesterday. Alexander allowed three runs on four hits in four innings.
Howard, Webber face assault inquiry
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first baseman Jeff Van Sickle. The
[~alcons wxould score three runs iii the
In the seventh, Nienet blasted a
solo home run off Michligan pitcher
Robbie Reid with two outs. Bowling
Green would score one more run in
the inning, cuttin Michiian's lead to
The Wolverines responded in the
bottom of the seventh, scoring three
runs off two errors by Bowling Green
third baseman Mike Muzi, pushing
their lead to 13-8.
The Wolverijies continue non-con-
ference action today, as they host
Oakland University at 3 p.m. The
Pioneers (4-11) will be the
Wolverines' last nonconference oppo-
nent before they resume Big Ten play
this weekend, hosting Minnesota for a
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WASHINGTON (AP)- Washington
Wizards forwards Juwan Howard and
Chris Webber, both former standouts at
Michigan, are being investigated for an
alleged sexual assault against a woman
during a party at Howard's Maryland
home, authorities said Monday.
Investigators at the Montgomery
County police department searched the
homes of the two teammates after a
woman detailed the allegations in a call
to authorities early Monday, police
spokesperson George Luddington said.
No charges were filed.
Police also are interviewing people at
the party who may have witnessed the
Billy Martin, an attorney for Howard,
said on WTTG-TV in Washington that
no warrants were pending for his client.
Howard described the allegation as "a
big distraction" and told the station "I'm
speechless about it."
Followin g a Monday morning prac-
tice, Webber told WUSA-TV in
Washington that "no police have con-
Both players, members of Michigan's
The rap sheets
As Michigan students, Chris Webber and Juwan Howard were known as
excitable - but classy - guys. Since leaving Ann Arbor, however, both have
had run-ins with the law, even this week. A brief history:
Years in NBA
Arrests All-Star game appearances
Fab Five teams that made consecutive
NCAA finals appearances, are in
Chicago, where the Wizards lost to the
Bulls last night. Luddington said author-
ities would probably wait for the players
to return to the Washington area before
Webber was arrested Jan. 20 in Prince
George's County, Md., a Washington
suburb, and charged with speeding,
assaulting a police officer and marijuana
possession. He is awaiting trial.
Howard was charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol in 1996
after his Mercedes was spotted speeding
away from a Washington nightclub. The
charges were dropped after he agreed to
enter an alcohol education program.
A Wizards spokesperson referred
calls for comment to general manager
Wes Unseld, who said in a statement that
lie was "angry" at the recent events.
Juwan Howard, above, and current Washington Wizards teammate Chris Webber are
under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. The fomer Wolverines deny the alle-
gatons and neither has been charged with a crime.
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