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AMMICAN LEAGUE Oakland at
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CLEVELAND 5, NEW YORK 8.
Kansas City 2 (10) Florida 1
Anaheim 13, Cincinnati 7,
TEXAS 5 CHICAGO 2

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COLORADO 5 (11)
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Tracking 'M' teams
Haven't had a chance to catch the Michigan men's
tennis team's undefeated Big Ten season? Head down
to the Varsity Tennis Center this Saturday at 1 p.m. to
catch all the action.

Tuesday
April 13, 1999

9

.M' baseball looks to soar past Eagles

CHRIS CAMPERNEL/Daily
The softball team caps off a stretch of nine games in just
seven days with a doubleheader against Central today.
Softball finishes
§tretch of nine
By Michael Shafri
Daily Sports Writer
Nine games in seven days is a tall order for anyone.
But for the Michigan softball team, it's business as usual.
Coming off a weekend sweep of Big Ten rival
Minnesota, Michigan (8-0 Big Ten, 35-5-1 overall) heads
into the final four games of this nine-game stretch with
the No. 6 ranking in the national polls, riding a 31 game
unbeaten streak.
SPenn State (4-2, 21-13) invades Alumni Field today for
afternoon doubleheader. If the Wolverines are to
nintain their spot at the top of the conference, they
need to get by third-place Penn State unscathed.
.Michigan coach Carol Hutchins doesn't think that the
grueling schedule will have much of an effect on her
team.
"We've played seven games in a weekend before, so
we're used to it Hutchins said. "Sure you get tired, but
it's part of the deal - you get used to it and expect it."
The Nittany Lions will bring two familiar faces with
em, as former Michigan players Kelly Kovach and
tiyn Tate are now assistant coaches for Penn State.
Both were All-Americas at Michigan in the '40s.
Penn State got its conference play started with a bang
when the Nittany Lions swept a three game series with
Iowa, Apr. 3-4.
But if history is any indication, the Wolverines should
be able to counter whatever the Nittany Lions throw at
them. Michigan is 21- all-time against Penn State,
including an Il-game win streak.
If Michigan has any weakness, its on defense.
tchins spent most of practice yesterday working on
fensive drills with her players.
"I1'm not real pleased with our defense. We've been
putting two errors on the board pretty regularly,"
Hutchins said. "We've been making the big plays but
have had some trouble with the routine ones."
As a bookend to Michigan's nine-game marathon,
Central Michigan comes to Ann Arbor for a doublehead-
er on Wednesday, providing the Wolverines with a break
from their conference schedule. Michigan has already
beaten the Chippewas once this season, an 8-0 victory on
March 28.
Hutchins feels that her team will not lose focus during
last game of the stretch.
'It's a game no matter how you look at it, whether it's
in the Big Ten or not," Hutchins said. "We're used to
playing 60 or 70 games in a season, so you've got to get
your games in sometime."
If Hutchins had any concern about her defense, she
should be able to relax with Marie Barda on the mound.
Barda has a pair of one-hit shutouts against Central
Michigan in her career - the most recent of which was
on the March 28 game.
Nine games in seven days - it will all be over on
ednesday evening. Chances are the Wolverines are
going to go home on Wednesday, put their feet up and
take a much deserved nap.

By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Writer
As Michigan coach Geoff Zahn headed for the Michigan
4 y.: clubhouseafter Sunday's disappointing 13-10 loss t Big Ten
:..<,.~., . < front-runner Ohio State, he watched as his team pulled a bat-
7 ~ .,,.. tered tarp over the field at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The rain-soaked squad, looking as beaten as the field they
sought to save from the drizzle, seemed to be laying a week-
yend of frustration to rest with the gesture.
6And as Zahn and company take to "The Fish" this after-
noon to host Eastern Michigan, they'll be hoping to turn a
pivotal corner in resurrecting a season of promise after this
weekend's setbacks.
The Wolverines (6-6 Big Ten, 18-16) look to rebound after
seeing their Big Ten stock drop on the heelsaof three losses to
teBuckeyes. Despite coming up short in an attempt to dis-
mantle Ohio State, Zahn said his team is anxious to use this
week's non-conference matchups with Eastern Michigan and
Oakland to get back on pace before battling Minnesota this
weekend.
"Our approach is the same in the midweek games," Zahn
said. "We want to win them. We've got two midweek games,
and it'll give us a chance to see some other pitchers and then
hopefully get ready to face Minnesota this weekend"
Eastern Michigan enters today's game after dropping three
of four Mid-American Conference contests to open its con-
ference season before a 12-3 loss to Michigan last week.
Despite the state of the stumbling Eagles, the Wolverines
know they can't afford to take their Washtenaw County
neighbors lightly.
"Eastern is going to come out fighting," senior Bobby
y t. Scales said. "We don't expect them to lay down for anybody,
,s,,f.that's just how they are."
And in an unpredictable spring in which every game
counts for the Wolverines, Scales says his squad is confident
they know what they have to do.
"We have to take care of our business this week;' Scales
said "We know we have to play them hard because that's
'.baseball. You can get blown out one day and then blow some-
body else out the very next day, so you have to go hard every-
day"
N -Luke Bonner, who fell to 3-4 on the season on Sunday, and
w '- ~' freshman Bobby Korecky, nursing a 6.84 ERA, will be
among those thankful to earn a bit of rest this week after four
grueling games in two days this weekend.
Despite seeing his pitching staff shelled by the Buckeyes
who tallied 13 runs on 16 hits in Sunday's series finale, Zahn
says there's no need to question the strength of the Michigan
hurlers.
"Luke Bonner started to get behind in the count for us,
and as soon as he did, they started to hit him pretty well,'
Zahn said. "And with Bobby Korecky, it was just one of those
3 things that happen as a freshman. The adrenaline was flow-
ing, but he'll be alright. Korecky's going to be a key for us."
.~ ~ Keying things for the Wolverines from the plate, Mike
FILE PHOTO Cervenak, Jason Alcaraz and Scales, among others, will be
Senior cocaptain Mike Cervenak and the Michigan baseball team square off today in a rematch with cross-county rivals, looked upon to shoulder Michigan's offensive burden.
Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines won the first contest at Ray Fisher Stadium, 12-3. Scales will also be looking to extend his 18-game hitting
streak. His .364 batting average leads the team.

Track conquers west coast

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By Ron barber
Daily Sports Writer
For the first time this outdoor season, it was a vic-
torious Saturday for the Michigan men's track and
field team.
The Wolverines dominated the distance and field
events en route to an upset of Washington and a
demolition of New Mexico in the San Diego State
Quad Meet.
"It was a real good meet for us," Michigan coach
Jack Harvey said. "We had quite a few big perfor-
mances."
For one of the first times this year, the big per-
formances came mainly from Michigan's upper-
classmen. The Wolverines got three first-place fin-
ishes from their elder statesmen, including wins in
the 5,000 meters and 4x400 relay that allowed the
team to eke out a seven-point victory.
"We were in a dogfight right until the end of the
meet;' assistant coach Ron Warhurst said.
Although the sprinters did not fare as well as the
rest of the squad, it was a special weekend for fresh-

man sprinter Ike Okenwa.
Okenwa competed for the first time as a
Wolverine in his hometown since graduating from
Morse High School in San Diego.
"It was great;' Okenwa said. "The whole
entourage came out for the meet. It was good to see
everyone again."
Although the team didn't win any sprint events,
they put together some encouraging performances,
especially in the hurdles. Sophomore Jon Cohen
and Freshman Derek Applewhite finished second
and fourth in the 110 hurdles, respectively.
"My times were pretty vast improvements over
last time," Applewhite said. "Next week I just want
to do better, you know, take baby steps."
All American Jay Cantin, the reigning Big Ten
indoor mile champion, was victorious in the 1,500
and 800, important events that set up Steve
Lawrence's dramatic victory in the 5,000.
Lawrence, drained after finishing second in the
1,500, came back and won the 5,000, an event that
along with the 4x400 put Michigan over the hump.

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