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Tracking 'M' teams
Watch the Michigan softball team rise in the polls. The
Wolverines are now sixth in the nation, after this
week's poll was released yesterday.
April 8, 1999
Cold bats, but
softball stays hot
By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
There's an excitement from close calls. Cutting it close
and nearly losing it all can make for a very good game.
The No. 6 Michigan softball team had a few of those
games yesterday as they swept Purdue (2-3 Big Ten, 20-
1 overall) in West Lafayette, 2-0 and 3-2.
With the teams tied at two runs apiece in extra innings,
Stefanie Volpe hit a single to left field with the bases
loaded. Traci Conrad scored from third base to break the
tie for the win 3-2.
"We've been in every game recently and we've gone to
extra innings twice," Purdue coach Carol Bruggeman
said. "We've fought hard and we're right up there with
the top 20 teams in the country."
It was Michigan's (4-0, 32-5-1) first extra-innings
game since they tied Iowa at the Capitol City Classic on
March 21. The win extended the Wolverines' record
eaten streak to 29 games, leaving the team unbeaten
i*he months of March and April so far.
After singling to center field, Karmen Lappo advanced
to second on an error and then onto third on the throw.
Conrad singled to centerfield to score Lappo for the first
rui of the game in the third inning.
The fourth inning was similar to the third for
Michigan. Catherine Davie reached first on an infield
single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by
Volpe. Pam Kosanke knocked in Michigan's second run
with a centerfield single that allowed Davie to beat the
"ate Eiland pitched the first six innings of the contest,
allowing an average of one hit and inning. Eiland didn't
have enough to finish off the Boilermakers, though, as
she was shelled in the seventh inning for the tying two
Coming to the rescue, Jaime Gillies relieved Eiland
and pitched the final four innings for the win. Gillies
allowed six hits, but prevented the winning run from
The first game of the doubleheader was a pitchers'
l, as Marie Barda shut out the Boilermakers all seven
ungs. She allowed three hits and had two strikeouts.
See PURDUE, Page 12A
Blue uses power
to spank Eastern
By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team continued to put their
smack on the MAC yesterday, with a 12-3 spanking of
Eastern Michigan at Fisher Stadium.
The win pushed the Wolverines record (5-3 Big Ten,
17-13 overall) to 4-0 this season against the Mid-
American Conference teams, with wins against Western
Michigan, Central Michigan and Bowling Green already
under their belt.
The Wolverines were lead by the pitching of senior
Ryan Kelley (3-0). Kelley
shut out the Eagles over five MICHIGAN 12
innings, while allowing just
two hits and striking out EASTERN MICHIGAN 3
three. Kelley's performance
put the game out of reach for the Eagles, who trailed 10-
0 when he left the game.
Kelley seems to have saved his best stuff for his senior
season. The right-hander already has more wins this sea-
son than in his previous three campaigns.
Yesterday's moved him into a tie for second place on
the team in wins this season, pretty impressive consider-
ing his pitching was not at its best.
"My off speed pitch was really working today," Kelly
said. "It was good that it was, too, because I wasn't
pitching my best stuff. Today was a real team effort. The
guys did a good job of getting runs on the board for us."
Michigan coach Geoff Zahn was pleased not just with
Kelley, but with the entire staff. Kelley's replacements,
Kirk Taylor, and Robbie Reid - who started in left field
- allowed just one earned run on six hits.
"I. was pleased with the pitching today," Zahn said.
"Really the only runs we gave up today were on error."
The Michigan bats were hot all day, too, as the
Wolverines brought home 12 men on 12 hits.
At the plate, Michigan was led by centerfielder Brian
Bush. Bush's afternoon included a team-high three hits
as well as two RBI, a stolen base and a run.
Bobby Scales and Mike Cervenak did their share of
:NCK/Daiiydamage as well. Cervenak's three-run double in the third ,
:an inning was the game's biggest blow, and was part of a six-
See EASTERN, Page 12A'
Rob Bobeda and the Michigan baseball team used their hitting prowess to gamer a fourth victory against a Mid-Americ
Conference opponent yesterday, defeating Eastern Michigan 12-3. This weekend, the Wolverines hope to continue their
success against Big Ten leader Ohio State in a four-game series.
By David Moss.
Daily Sports Writer
This season has been filled with spe-
cial moments for freshman Ike
Okenwa. But Saturday may to prove to
be the ultimate, as Okenwa heads back
to his home town to compete for the
The competition comes on the heels
of the announcement that Ron Warhurst
will be the new head coach, replacing
Jack Harvey at the end of the season.
Okenwa and the entire Michigan
track and field squad travel to the west
coast to take part in the San Diego
Quad. The competition marks the
Wolverines' first scored meet of the
outdoor season, as Michigan will be
joined by Washington, New Mexico,
and San Diego State.
In addition to running in front of
family and friends, Okenwa will also
see his first significant action of the
outdoor season. Two weeks ago, at the
Castillo Invitational, Okenwa limited
himself to the 4x100-nieter relay. On
The San Diego Quad
Michigan vs. Washington, New
Mexico and San Diego State
San Diego State
The Latest: Ron Warhust was
recently named head coach of the
Michigan men's track team. This
weekend's head coach will still be
Jack Harvey, who doesn't officially
retire until Jan. 1, 2000.
Saturday, Okenwa will compete in the
100 and 200 meters.
"Ike hasn't run in the 100 and 200
yet," Michigan assistant coach Fred
LaPlante said. "Running in an open
race is a different feeling."
San Diego may also prove to be the
setting for freshman Oded Padan to
snap out of his recent slump. Padan, a
triple jump specialist, faded in the lat-
ter part of the indoor season and strug-
gled two weeks ago in his outdoor
debut. This week, he is poised for a
"Oded has had some time to train,"
Michigan coach Jack Harvey said. "I
expect him to turn things around."
For the time of being, Warhurst will
See TRACK, Page 12
Despite splash, dash,
netters crash Sparty
By Raphy Goodstein
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - The Michigan
men's tennis team can sum up its trip to
Michigan State with one statement. It
came, it saw, and yes, it conquered.
The Wolverines came to the land of
milk and riots and managed to avoid a
letdown and improved their record to 12-
I with a 5-2 victory.
"We knew we were going to come
here and have a battle," freshman Ben
Cox said after his 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over
Mark Jacobson. "Everybody just came
in here, fought really hard, and we came
away with a victory."
The Wolverines remain undefeated in
the Big Ten and are now 5-0. They had to
be wary of not letting the flash of the
Spartans throw them off their game.
The Spartans (7-8) introduced their
lineup by forming two lines and having
an anouncer call off their names basket-
"I was expecting Mateen Cleaves to
come running out after that," freshman
Henry Beam said. "You would have
thought that they were the three-time
defending national champions in basket-
Beam's match was big-time too,
because he recently ended a three-match
losing streak on Sunday. He seemed to
have regained the winning ways he had
when he entered the Big Ten season with
one loss after beating Francisco Trinidad
"The captains, Jake Raiton and Will
Farah, have been a really big help for
me," Beam said. "Jake pulled me aside
and just told me not to get too high or too
low, and that has really made a big dif-
ference for me."
In the end, though, no amount of scare
tactics would work on these Wolverines.
Each match was a battle, but they fought
hard when necessary. Four of the six
singles matches went three sets, and all
three doubles matches were determined
by a break of the opponents' serve.
Ad Snyder and the Michigan men's track team head west to the San Diego PHOTO
Quadrangular to take on San Diego State, Washington, and New Mexico. The
Wolverines will be joined by the Michigan women's track team who will be running
in the meet, as well.
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