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ATIONAL
BASKETBALL
ASSOCIATION
PORTLAND 113,
L.A. Lakers 86
MIAMI 90,
Chicago 74
NEW YORK 91,
Philadelphia 72

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON 6,
Chicago 0
Tampa Bay 8,
TORONTO 5
NEW YORK 6,
Baltimore 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 8,
MONTREAL 4
St. Louis 4,
PITTSBURGH 2
Los Angeles at
ARIZONA, inc.
Houston at
SAN FRANCISCO, inc.

c'Ie Ot~9n Daig
SPORTS

Tracking 'M' teams
You can't go fishing at Fisher Stadium, but you can
see the Michigan baseball team in action tomorrow
against Oakland. The first pitch is at 3 p.m. and stu-
dent admission is free.
Wednesday
April 14, 1999

I

Parker
comnits to
T arhleels
The Michigan basketball team's
rts to recruit another solid front-line
ayer were damaged yesterday when 6-
8, 260 lb. power forward Jason Parker
committed to North Carolina, the
Charlotte Observer reported.
Parker had been a Michigan target for
quite a while, and was expected to
choose between the Wolverines, North
Carolina and North Carolina-Charlotte.
Although his favorite was never clear
until news of his decision came yester-
, he seemed to have been leaning
toward the Tarheels.
Parker took his official visit to
Chapel Hill this past weekend, and
Michigan knew it stood a good chance
of landing the blue-chip prospect if he
left campus without giving North
Carolina coach Bill Guthridge a com-
mitment.
But the high school senior did com-
mit, passing up the chance to play in
sler to play with his two friends -.
s Lang and Brian Bersticker, who
already wear Carolina blue.
Michigan is forced to solidify its
"recruiting class by signing La Vel
Blanchard of Pioneer High School. The
signing of Blanchard, a McDonald's
All-America, would probably give the
Wolverines a top-five class.
- By Chris Duprey, Sports Editor
o SPRING GAME
For the second time in three years,
the Michigan football team will not
t play a spring game, the University ath-
letic department confirmed yesterday,
opting instead to have its final practice
inMichigan Stadium.
The practice will be Saturday at I
p.m. and is open to the public.
In 1997, the season before
ichigan won the national champi-
ship, there was no intrasquad scrim-
mage, either.
This season, injuries to several key
players, have hit hard. The Wolverines
have only had one tailback, sopho-
more Walker Cross, healthy in prac-
tice. Sophomore fullback Demetrius
Smith was suspended Friday, for vio-
lating a team rule.
- By Rick Freeman, Sports Editor

Michigan survives Eastern scare, 10-8

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
After the first two innings of yesterday's
baseball game at Ray Fisher Stadium,
Eastern Michigan looked more like Big Ten
leader Ohio State than the team that
Michigan had man handled 12-3 last
Wednesday. The Eagles had I1 baserunners
in just two innings and led the Wolverines, 8-
4.
But sound relief pitching and timely hit-
ting enabled Michigan (6-6 Big Ten, 19-16
overall) to fight its way back into the game
and earn a 10-8 comeback victory, giving
Michigan coach Geoff Zahn his 100th victo-
ry with the Wolverines.
In the first inning, starter Bobby Korecky
struggled, giving up four runs on four hits.
His toils continued in the second, walking the
first batter and then giving up three extra-
base hits to the next four.
Korecky "is a real bulldog, and he comes
out and throws hard," Zahn said. "Today his
rhythm was off and he couldn't locate his
pitches. He's got a little work to do, but he is
going to be fine."
The slow start for the Wolverines forced
their relief pitchers to come into the game
and keep Eastern off the board, so that the
hitters could get the team back into the game.

The three relievers - Bryan Cranson, Jeff
Trzos, and Nick Alexander - did just that,
giving up just one hit and no runs over the
final 7.2 innings.
Trzos struckout three, walked none, and
gave up no hits, earning the freshman his
first victory as a Wolverine. Alexander also
earned his first save of the season for the
Wolverines.
"I was happy with the way I pitched,"
Trzos said. "I left the ball down the middle a
few times, but I got away with it."
After falling behind by four runs,
Michigan rallied back slowly, scoring three
runs in the fifth, two in the seventh, and one
in the eighth.
Senior Dan Sanborn was the key bat in the
Wolverines' lineup, going 3 for 4 with a
homerun and two singles. Sanborn also pro-
vided Michigan with a key insurance run in
the eighth.
After leading off the inning with a walk,
the left fielder moved to third base on a sac-
rifice bunt from centerfield Brian Bush,
when Eastern Michigan failed to cover third
after throwing Bush out at first. The senior
co-captain brought Sanborn home with a sac-
rifice fly to deep center field.
"It's always key to get that extra run when
you are only up by one," Zahn said. "That

was a great play by (Sanborn).
"We were pretty alert and aggressive as far
as our baserunning today, and that's what we
want to be."
Unfortunately for lead-off hitter Bobby
Scales, his career best hitting streak ended at
18 as he walked once but struck out in his
final two at bats.
Scales was more worried about how his
failure to reach base affected his team, than
how it affected the streak.
"I was frustrated because I need to have
better at bats to get on base," Scales said.
"I'm the lead-off hitter and that is what I'm
supposed to do.
"I swung at a number of pitches that were
out of the zone that would have been ball
three or ball four. I can't do that. I have to get
on base so that our big boys can knock me
in.
Tomorrow, Michigan hosts Oakland (4-6
Mid-Continent, 11-10 overall) at Fisher
Stadium at 3 p.m. The Wolverines are hoping
that they can carry a victory over to their
four-game weekend series at Big Ten co-
leader No. 21 Minnesota (7-1, 24-7).
"We are trying to build momentum for this
weekend against Minnesota," Scales said.
"The only way to build momentum is to win
the games during the middle of the week."

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Scott Tousa had two hits and three RBI yesterday in
Michigan's come-from-behind victory over Eastern Michigan.

Softball streak is 33 after twin victories

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
It was her game to save.
The Michigan softball team's 32-game
unbeaten streak was on the line yesterday
when sophomore Rebecca Tune stepped up
to the plate in the top of the eighth inning
of Michigan's second game.
The score tied 0-0 with Penn State, then
bases loaded and two outs, the game's hero-
ics were left up to Tune.
"I felt good about my hitting all day
long," Tune said. "I felt that if this was
going to be the time for me to do it, then I
was going to do it. I was more relaxed then
I was for the rest of the game."
Tune smacked a line-drive up the middle
clearing the bases and giving Michigan a
3-0 lead.
That score held up through the bottom of
the inning, thanks to an amazing grab in
right field by Michigan sophomore Melissa
Taylor.
With an outstretched arm, Taylor stole a
multiple-base hit from Penn State third-

baseman Leah Toth to get the first out of
the inning, stopping the Nittany Lions'
momentum.
This was followed by two more defensive
stops, and the Wolverines earned their 16th-
straight win.
With 10 strikeouts on the game, it was
Penn State pitcher Jaci Kalp who held off
the Wolverines for seven straight innings.
"I thought Kalp was outstanding,"
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. "She
was throwing smoke all game long. It was
tough for the hitters to pick it up coming off
her hand and she threw well."
Michigan also could not convert on the
seven hits that Kalp gave up.
"We didn't make things happen for our-
selves," Hutchins said.
"We didn't get our bunts down, we tried
stealing and it didn't work. But the bottom
line is that we played good defense and we
won the game."
But the first game of the afternoon was a
different story.
Michigan's bats were on fire as they pro-

duced 12 hits on the game and sealed a 10-
2 victory in five innings.
Led by the bats of Kelsey Kollen, Tami
Mika and Traci Conrad the Wolverines tal-
lied six hits and five runs in the first two
innings.
Penn State pitcher Tanis Ambelang was
pulled after Michigan went ahead 6-0 in the
bottom of the second. And new pitcher
Kelly McCann also could not hold off what
seemed to be "contagious" hitting from the
Wolverines.
Michigan kept shelling out the hits, as
they recorded another one in the third, and
three more in the fourth.
Conrad led the hit parade as she convert-
ed all four of her at bats, and continued the
streak to the second game of the series.
"One person started hitting and another
one did and then everyone started doing it,"
Conrad said.
Like the hitting, the defense also looked
unstoppable. Pitcher Marie Barda was look-
ing at a one-hitter until the top of the fifth
See SOFTBALL, Page 10

DANA INNANE/Daily
Rebecca Tune picked up the double play, and Michigan
picked up both sides of a doubleheader against Penn State.

El-Amin arrested for pot possession

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
Khalid El-Amin, who helped lead
Connecticut to its first national
championship just 15 days earlier,
was arrested yesterday and charged
ith possession of marijuana.
'Thesophomore was picked up on a
Hartford street and charged with pos-
session of less than four ounces of
marijuana, police said.
El-Amin was hustled out of a
police substation in the city's North
End, just after 6 p.m., and taken to
the.main police station to be booked.
About a dozen teenagers had gath-
red at the substation on news of the
Brest. They cheered as El-Amin
Tuded reporters and jumped into the
car.
Another Connecticut star, junior
Richard Hamilton, was with El-Amin
when he was arrested, police said.
Hamilton, a first-team All-America,
Was not charged.
Tim Tolokan, Connecticut's sports
information director, said the school
had no knowledge of the arrest, and
io further comment.
I-Amin, a 5-foot-10 point guard,

led the Huskies (36-2)to a 77-74 vic-
tory over top-ranked Duke in the
national championship game on
March 29. It was the school's first
trip to the Final Four.
El-Amin announced last week that
he would return to Connecticut for
his junior season rather than make
himself eligible for the NBA draft.
He has started 71 games and
became the third Connecticut player
to score 1,000 points as a sopho-
more.
For the past two seasons, he has
averaged 14.9 points and 4.1 assists.

He finished second in scoring this
season at 13.8 points and led the
team in assists with 140.
EI-Amin was voted to the Final
Four all-tournament team after scor-
ing 30 points and handing out 10
assists in the wins over Ohio State
and Duke.
EI-Amin's arrest came one day
after Minneapolis North High School
in Minnesota retired his jersey. El-
Amin graduated from North High
School in 1997 after leading the
Polars to three consecutive state high
school basketball championships.

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