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Tracking 'M' Turcos
Former Michigan goalie Marty Turco was called up
from the Michigan K-Wings to the Dallas Stars
yesterday to replace injured backup goalie Roman
April 15, 1999
Baseball bitten by
About as bad as I've seen us play,' Zahn says
'M' softball streak
over at 33 games
By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
For the second straight day, the
Wolverines fell behind early at Ray
Fisher 'Stadium. And once again,
Michigan was able to come back and
tie the game.
But unlike in Tuesday's 10-8 victory
over Eastern Michigan, yesterday the
Wolverines did not prevail in the end
and fell to Oakland University, 12-4.
Michigan (6-6 Big Ten, 19-18
overall) started slowly and never
teally got into the game. The
Wolverines only had back-to-back
sits once and registered just six hits
or the whole game.
"This was about as bad as I've
een us play," Michigan coach Geoff
Zahn said. "The guys played a little
wired today, but that's no excuse.
)akland was the better team today."
Besides struggling at the plate,
Michigan also had trouble in the
field, committing three errors.
Two of the errors led to multi-run
nnings for the Grizzlies. In contrast,
)akland was the model of consisten-
:y, fielding balls cleanly and making
ill of its throws.
"Defensively we played really
'ell," Oakland University coach
dark Avery said. "It was the first
game all year that we didn't make an
error, and that was the difference."
Michigan fell behind 4-1 after the
first three innings but managed a
comeback in the fourth, tying the
game at four.
Then, Oakland scored a run in the
fifth to take a 5-4 lead, the score
going into the final inning.
In the top of the ninth, the
Grizzlies scored seven runs, jumping
ahead to the 12-4 lead.
Oakland led off the inning with a
double and a single, placing men at
first and second with no outs. An
errant throw to first on the next at-
bat by pitcher Robbie Reid allowed
one runner to score and put runners
on the corners with no outs.
Reid struck out the next batter, but
then gave up a walk to load the
After a sacrifice fly brought one
run home and advanced two other
runners, Reid gave up another walk
and then consecutive two-RBI hits
before being replaced by freshman
The final inning put the game out
of reach for the Wolverines, and left
them with their first non-conference
loss since they dropped an 8-2 game
See GRIZZLIES, Page 15A
By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team had
been knocking down its opponents
like ducks in a shooting gallery.
One by one, their foes fell, unable
to handle the Wolverines' brutal
Yesterday though, Michigan mis-
Central Michigan took down No. 6
Michigan in the first game of the dou-
bleheader, 7-4. That loss broke
Michigan's 33-game unbeaten streak.
Michigan then came back in the
nightcap, defeating the Chippewas, 7-
4. The Wolverines' record now stands
at 38-6-1, and they remain undefeated
at 10-0 in the Big Ten.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins,
although disappointed with the loss,
expressed relief that the streak was
"The streak was not what it was all
about," Hutchins said. "If you had
told me when we were 5-5 that we
were going to be 37-5 - I don't think
The Wolverines jumped on top in
the first game, taking a 3-0 lead into
the fifth inning behind left-fielder
Catherine Davie's third inning solo
homerun. The homerun was Davie's
career-high sixth of the season.
Pitcher Kate Eiland couldn't hold
the lead, as she gave up four runs in
the top of the fifth before being
relieved by Jamie Gillies. The
Chippewas added three more runs off
Central Michigan pounded out 13
hits en route to the victory.
Hutchins said that the Wolverines'
pitchers, coming off a doubleheade
against Penn State on Tuesday, weri
affected by fatigue.
"I don't think our pitching was very
stellar today," Hutchins said.
"They've got to suck it up when they
pitch back to back days."
In contrast, Central Michigan's
Tina Kinney proved to be a formida-
ble foe on the mound.
Kinney struck out seven Michigan
batters while pitching a complete
Hutchins gave the Chippewas plen
ty of credit for finally ending the
"Central is a quality team,"
Hutchins said. "They came in and
Any momentum the Chippewas
gained in the first game was stopped
by Marie Barda.
She came in to the game 2-0
against Central Michigan. 0
Barda scattered three runs over
seven innings while picking up her
16th win against the Chippewas.
More importantly, the complete game
See SOFTBALL, Page 14A
Jason Alcaraz and the Michigan baseball team suffered at the plate yesterday, man-
aging just six hits in an embarrassing 12-4 loss to Oakland yesterday at The Fish.
Weary tennis ends road
swing with 6-1 loss to Irish
y Raphael Goodstein
)aily Sports Writer
If you play with fire, you might get burned.
The Michigan men's tennis team had won its
st 11 meets and had won the first three meets
n its four-meet road trip when the team
rrived in South Bend to meet Notre Dame.
The team's last two meets had been 4-3
cares from conference foes Indiana and
But the team was confident it could beat No.
3 Notre Dame, and traveled to South Bend
itent on doing exactly that.
-But the Fighting Irish pulled the upset, won
- and improved their record to 14-7. It was
msthe Wolverines' second loss on the season,
ropping them to 14-2.
"If we had to have a flat match, it's good that
came against Notre Dame," junior Brad
IcFarlane said. "This brings us back down to
arth. This shows us that we still have a lot of
,ork if we want to win the Big Ten champi-
The Wolverines, who have been successful at
Ettling adversity all year, did not have enough
get through this tough string of matches.
Notre Dame was the team's sixth opponent
"0 days, and fatigue played a part in the lop-
But Michigan still views the road trip as a
access, even after the tough loss.
"It was tough," McFarlane said. "It was good
iough, especially the win against Purdue,"
IcFarlane said. "We're a little disappointed,
but a lot of today had to do with playing six
matches in 10 days."
McFarlane acknowledged that fresh legs
might have benefited the Wolverines.
"Our practices were good, but we were
fatigued," McFarlane said. "Not so much phys-
ically as mentally. It's one thing to say that you
won't get let it (fatigue) get to you, but it's
another to actually go out there and do it every
The lone Michigan victor was freshman Ben
Cox, who maintained his impressive undefeat-
ed record in the dual-match portion of the sea-
son with a straight set victory over Andy
Warford at the No. 6 singles spot. The fresh-
man is now 16-0 on the season.
The Wolverines will now have three days off
before they face their next opponent,
Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat Notre
Dame earlier in the season, and have been
ranked as high as No. 22 in the country this
The Gophers will come to the Varsity Tennis
Center Sunday. The Wolverines need to beat
Minnesota if they are to stay on pace with No.
2 Illinois atop the Big Ten and keep alive their
goal of finishing the season in the top 20.
"We expect a tough match," McFarlane said.
They beat Notre Dame and have been ranked
as high as No. 22 this year. The doubles point
will be huge.
"It's definitely a winnable match. I won't be
surprised if it's a 4-3 match. Hopefully, we'll
Michigan basketball recruit Kevin Gaines received a
passing score on his college entrance exam, The Detroit
News reported. Gaines, one of four players that have
already committed to play for the Wolverines, is now eli-
gible to play next season.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe was out of town and
unavailable for comment yesterday.
There is no word as to whether or not Gaines' qualifi-
cation will affect Michigan's pursuit of 6-2 Marlon
Parmer, a point guard out of Los Angeles.
The Wolverines joined the race for Parmer late in the
game - most likely as an insurance policy in case Gaines
didn't qualify - but are still making a surge to land the
high school senior. Parmer has scheduled an official cam-
pus visit to Ann Arbor for today, sources said.
Gaines, a 6-4 point guard from Las Vegas, is one of
three guards the Wolverines nabbed in the early signin4
period. Gavin Groninger of Plainfield, Ind., and Jamal
Crawford of Seattle are the others. With Gaines eligible,
offering a scholarship to Parmer could crowd the
Michigan backcourt, as well as use another scholarship
that the Wolverines may need for next season.
The last piece of the recruiting puzzle, wing forward
LaVell Blanchard, has yet to decide between Michigan,
Virginia, California and Penn State and hasn't set a date
to announce his decision. Blanchard, a 6-7 forward from
nearby Pioneer High, was named to the McDonald's All-
American Team and is considered the top player in the'
nation by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons of All Star
- By Chris Duprey, Dailv Sports Editor
Matt Wright was unable to pull out a singles victory yesterday as the Michigan
men's tennis team fell, 6-1, to Notre Dame. After playing six meets in 10 days, the
Wolverines now have a three-day hiatus before they face Minnesota.
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