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OAKLAND 5 LEAGUE
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SEATTLE 3 Chicago, ppd.
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Milwaukee 107,
TORONTO 100
PHILADELPHIA 109,
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Tracking 'M' champions
Remember the Rose Bowl? Relive those memories in
the Daily as Michigan's football national champions
travel to the White House to meet with President
Clinton. Today's coverage begins on page 12A.
Thursday
April 9, 1998

Michigan rolls to 11 runs in shutout win

By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team did what was expect-
ed of it - played a near flawless game against an
overmatched Oakland University baseball team.
Yesterday, the Wolverines were once again threat-
ened by rain, but never were threatened by Oakland.
Michigan (12-15-1) defeated Oakland (4-13) 11-0
behind 14 hits, while allowing only four Pioneer hits.
The Wolverines seem to have the perfect formula
for nonconference games.
Against Detroit last week and Oakland yesterday,
the Wolverines put up big offensive numbers while
shutting out their opponents.
"Against teams like this, the team's confidence
improves," Michigan coach Geoff Zahn said. "We
certainly were the better team on the field,today, and
if we can carry over these types of performances into
the Big Ten, we should be able to win a lot more
games."
The first five innings belonged to starting pitcher
Mike Hribernik. Hribernik allowed one hit while set-
ting the season high for strikeouts, with nine.
Hribernik also struck out the last five batters he
faced.
Yesterday's pitching scenario was very similar to
Brian Cranson's outing against Detroit last week.
Both Cranson and Hribernik faced 16 batters, 4nd
while Cranson pitched five no-hit innings, Hribernik

only allowed one hit in the same span. Also, both
were pulled after the fifth to rest for an important
conference series.
Hribernik used yesterday's outing as a confidence
builder.
Last Friday, he was shelled by Ohio State and his
earned-run average ballooned to more than 10.
Against Oakland, he reached the .500 mark (3-3) and
took two runs off his ERA (8.29).
"Today, I really felt comfortable on the mound,"
Hribernik said. "I really just wanted to get my curve
back and throw the way I wanted to. I enjoyed play-
ing today, and that really helped me out."
Seth Greene pitched middle relief and allowed just
two hits. J.J. Putz closed the final two innings, giving
up one hit.
The run support was strong as well. Mike
Cervenak followed the same formula as the pitchers.
Cervenak put up exactly the same numbers as he did
against Detroit. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and
a 375-foot home run - about the same distance that
his longball traveled against Detroit.
"Mike is an extremely hard worker," Zahn said,
"He loves to hit, and he can't get enough of it, either.
If he could, he would spend 10 hours a day in the bat-
ting cage. He knows he can hit and just keeps on
proving it to opposing pitchers"
Cervenak attributes his improvement at the plate
to hard work, Zahn's assistance and last summer's

experience in the Alaskan league.
"Last summer in Alaska, I played with some of the
best college players in the country," Cervenak said.
"There. I really improved my swing by learning from
other players. But mainly, I gained confidence -
which I would have to say is one of the main reasons
for my improvement."
Every Michigan batter but one recorded a hit yes-
terday, and the Wolverines had a 5-0 lead by the time
Hribernik was replaced by Greene.
Cervenak wasn't the only one who supplied run
support. Designated hitter Dan Sanborn, who had
been batting .204 for the year, finally broke out of his
slump, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and triple.
Sanborn was not the only surprise for the
Wolverines.
Pinch hitters John Papp and Bill LaRosa led sev-
enth- and eighth-inning rallies during which the
Wolverines recorded six runs.
Nonconference opponents such as Detroit and
Oakland are mid-week confidence boosters, and
games against them provide invaluable practice for
some of the more inexperienced players.
"We're a good team that has a lot of veterans,"
Zahn said. "Against the Big Ten our pitching has
been erratic. We have had injuries and several guys
have been in slumps. We just need performances like
today against conference opponents, so we can put
together the type of winning streak we need:'

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Freshman Seth Greene pitched well in relief of Mike Hrlbernik yesterday and the
Michigan corps allowed visiting Oakland only four hits, enroute to an 11-4 victory.

Mvichigan coach Red Berenson called it 'heart-attack hockey' on numerous ocassions. After enduring 21 one-goal games, the 1997-98 national champions did it ...

The

hard way

By Sharat Raju
ily Sports Editor
Call them Cardiac Kids. Call it
heart-attack hockey. Or just call it
exciting.
The Michigan hockey season had
some of the closest shaves of any
team in any season. Michigan could
have easily lost any one of the 21 one-
goal games this season.
Fortunately for them, the
Wolverines took 16 of those 21 --
eluding the NCAA championship
me - and tied one other game.
Each of the last three games came
down to a single score.
Basically, the season could have
gone either way. Here's a breakdown
analysis of 21l not-so-easy ways to
win a national championship:
1. OCT. 10 - MICHIGAN 4,
MINNESOTA 3
in the season opener, the
lverines upset the Golden Gophers
Minneapolis after falling behind by
two goals.
Minnesota coach Doug Woog pre-
viewd the entire Michigan season:
"One play here, one play there, the
score could be a lot different."
2.OCT. 17- COLGATE 2, MICHIGAN 1
At Yost Ice Arena, Michigan's 36-
game unbeaten streak at home was
snapped.
3. Nov. 1 - MICHIGAN 4, ALASKA-
IRBANKS 3
After Michigan fired away to a 4-1
iead, the Nanooks surged back, only
to fall short in front of their home
crowd.
4. Nov. 8- NORTHERN MICHIGAN 1,
MICHIGAN 0
A scoreless game turned Northern
Michigan's way with about 4:30 left
to play in Marquette.
The Wildcats - picked to finish
thin the CCHA were surprising
everyone early, including the
Wolverines.
5. Nov. 15 - MICHIGAN 3, FERRIS
STATE 2 (OT)
Bill Muckalt's goal off a' faceoff,
gave Michigan the dramatic come-
from-behind overtime victory at Yost.
6. Nov. 16 - MICHIGAN 3, FERRIS
STATE 3
The very next day, the Bulldogs and
olverines tied at Van Andel Arena in
rand Rapids. Although outshot in
the extra period, 6-0, the Wolverines
held on and came away with a tie.
7. Nov. 22 - MICHIGAN 3, OHIO
STATE 2
Long before the Buckeyes started

their Cinderella run, they were
already giving the Wolverines fits.
After Geoff Koch's overtime goal
gave the Wolverines the victory in
Columbus, Berenson said: "We knew
we'd be a heart-attack team, and I
guess we proved that tonight."
8. Nov. 28 - MICHIGAN 4,
MINNESOTA 3
The Wolverines rallied from a 2-1
deficit and handed the Gophers
another loss in the first game of the
College Hockey Showcase at Yost.
9. Nov. 30 - MICHIGAN 3,
WISCONSIN 2
In the second game of the
Showcase, the Wolverines upset the
sixth-ranked Badgers at Yost.
Marty Turco made a crucial save
late in the final period with the
Wisconsin goalie pulled to give the
Wolverines a weekend sweep. It was
becoming clear that close games were
going to be a recurring theme,
"Heart-attack hockey - we're
playing it every week," Berenson
said.
10. DEC. 12 - MICHIGAN 2,
WESTERN MICHIGAN I
The Wolverines edged out the
Broncos at a neutral site - Grand
Rapids. The Wolverines found out
that it would be difficult to defeat the
lowly Broncos when not at Yost.
11. DEC. 27 - MICHIGAN 3, ST.
LAWRENCE 2
At Joe Louis Arena in the first
round of the Great Lakes Invitational,
the Wolverines outshot St. Lawrence,
47-17. They needed a late Josh
Langfeld goal for the victory.
12. JAN. 10 - MICHIGAN 4,
WESTERN MICHIGAN 3 (OT)
Bubba Berenzweig's overtime goal
propelled the Wolverines to victory
over the last-place Broncos.
Said Bercnzww about beating the
cellar-dwellers: "The thing is. this is
probably the most exciting goal I've
ever scored in my life."
13. JAN. 24 - MIAMIi(OHIO) 4,
MICHIGAN 3
The Wolverines were swept away
by the seventh-ranked RedHawks in
Oxford.
The Wolverines scored with 58 sec-
onds left in the game, but were unable
to muster a fourth goal.
14. JAN. 31 - MICHIGAN 5, NOTRE
DAME 4 (OT)
With the Wolverines leading 4-1 at
Yost, Berenson put in backup goalie
Gregg Malicke in the third. The
defense collapsed and Malicke

allowed three goals sending the game
into overtime. Fortunately for the
Wolverines, Greg Crozier recorded a
hat trick, including the game-winning
goal in overtime.
15. FEB. 27 - FERRIS STATE 2,
MICHIGAN 1
At Yost, the Bulldogs finally broke
through against the Wolverines with a
late third-period goal, virtually end-
ing Michigan's chance at a regular-
season conference title.
16. MARCH 7 - MICHIGAN 1, NOTRE
DAME 0
A first-period goal by Muckalt was
all Turco needed in the season finale.
17. MARCH 14 - MICHIGAN 2,
NORTE DAME 1 (OT)
Heart-attack hockey ? This was it --
Michigan was on the verge of climi-
nation in the first round of the CCHA
playoffs after losing Game I to the
Irish. The Wolverines were rescued by
a Bobby Hlayes goal with just a
minute left in the first overtime.
18. MARCH 15 - MICHIGAN 4,
NOTRE DAME 3
To cap off the weekend and win the
first round of the CCHA playoffs,
Michigan rallied from two goals
down to win on a Scott Matzka goal.
19. MARCH 27 - MICHIGAN 2,
PRINCETON I
In the first round of the NCAA
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West Regional at Yost, the Wolverines
needed a fluke goal by Mark Kosick
to hold off the upset-minded Tigers.
20. MARCH 28 - MICHIGAN 4,
NORTH DAKOTA 3
It this game wasn't at Yost,
Michigan might not have been able to
rally. But as it was, the Wolverines
rallied from two goals behind -
twice -- and upset the defending
national champion in the NCAA West
Regional finals.
21. APRIL 4 - MICHIGAN 3, BOSTON
COLLEGE 2 (0T)
At the FleetCenter with the NCAA
championship on the line, the
Wolverines trailed 2-1.
Fighting an antagonistic crowd of
more than 18,000 fans and a team that
hadn't won a national title since 1949,
Kosick scored to send the game into
overtime. Langfeld's overtime score
gave Michigan its second title in three
years.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Bobby Hayes and the rest of the Michigan hockey team played 21 one-goal games
this year - and won 16 of them, including the national championship game.

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