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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 9, 2001

Quote of the weekend
"They don't stop a baseball game they
don t stop football when we re a head
40 to nothing."
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins on the mercy rule in
NCAA softball.

SATURDAY'S GAME
Indiana 0
Michigan 2

YESTERDAY'S GAME
Indiana 3
Michigan 15

Player of the Weekend
Kelsey Kollen
Kollen provided the Wolverines with strong
leadoffhitting and RBIs in crucial situations.
In four games, she went 10-for-I7 with S RBIs
and 5 runs scored.

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TEAM STATISTICS
Through April 9, 2001
Player G BA AB RBI HR
Taylor 31 .480 100 6 0
Kollen 33 .360 111 16 0
Moulden 33 .310 100 23 4
Doe 29 .273 77 4 0
Volpe 31 .275 80 21. 2
Tune 33 .296 98 10 1
Mack 21 .200 5 0 0
Young 30 .253 79 8 2
Bugel 20 .273 34 2 0
Schoc k 29 .229 70 1. 0
Betley 16 .156 32 3 0
Churchill 17 .176 17 4 1
Garza 24 .174 46 4 0
Elsner 6 .100 10 3 0
Conner 18 .000 8 0 0
Murdock 5 .000 2 0 0
Prichard 5 .000 0 0 0
ERA leader (12 innings pitched)
Young 1.20
Strikeout leader
Young 111
Save leader
Young 1

Pitching staff a two-headed monster.

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer

On Friday, sophomore Marissa Young
pitched nine of 14 innings in Michigan's
doubleheader against Purdue. The next day
she pitched a complete game shutout
against Indiana. This has become the life
for Young and senior Marie Barda, now
that the Big Ten season has begun.
"It is a little tougher just because you are
" -."sore from pitching the night before,"
Young said. "But I kind of anticipated that,
.:{ :} " " so you get our mindset to get ready for
a today."
Barda and Young have pitched every
game of Michigan's current nine-game win
streak with the only exception being Kate
Eiland's brief appearance yesterday against
":d"::::J In iana.
In past seasons, the Wolverines have
used a three-pitcher rotation for the confer-
ence season. But as Eiland recovers from a
hip injury, Michigan has been forced to use
just Barda and Young. Neither pitcher has
a problem with pitching on little rest.
"For me, I can keep sharp with my
pitching - I don't have to sit out a couple
BRAD QUINN/Daily days before I get to pitch again," Young
Sophomore Marissa Young has shouldered much of the pitching load for said.
Michigan in addition to playing first base in her non-pitching games. "Our arms don't really get sore," Barda
Wolverines have coach to
thank for winnn streak

said. "We ice (our arms) after the game
and the next day we feel fine."
Barda and Young have been the only
two pitchers during the season but now
have to pitch nearly every-other day --
sometimes even more. They have respond-
ed well to the pressure of playing many
games in a short stretch. The nine-game
win streak has included three shutouts, and
the two pitchers have allowed just 12 runs,
nine earned during the streak.
"I think they are doing an excellent job.
You really couldn't ask for anything
more," Eiland said.
Yet early in the season, the two pitchers'
confidence was shaken with unexpected
losses. After going 18-4 last year, Young
lost six of her first 12 games, before win-
ning the past five. Barda also had struggled
in the beginning, losing her first three starts
of the season. Since then, she has gone 8-1.
Despite this, Hutchins knows that her
pitchers' confidence is still shaky.
"Marissa struggled a little bit on Friday
with her confidence, Barda struggled a lit-
tle bit today with her confidence- not
throwing like I think they can," Hutchins
said. "We're still a work in progress."
On the entire Michigan roster, there are
only five pitchers and only Barda and
Young have seen much action. Sophomore

Melinda Moulden has gotten one start but
has started every game at either first base
or in the outfield.:Freshman Meghan Ritter
also has just one start.
This has put the pitchers in a position to
rely on each other as much as possible.
"We are comfortable with each other,
and we play well together," Barda said
"She helps me out, and I help her out."
Hutchins is bringing Eiland along slo
ly as she recovers from injury and has bee
giving her time whenever she can -
Eiland pitched against DePaul and an
inning against Indiana.
"I am definitely trying to work my way
(into the rotation)," Eiland said.
Eiland knows that as Michigan makes a
push toward the postseason, her opportuni-
ties to play will be fewer.
"It is hard to get time during the Big T
season," she said. "I haven't proven that
can get it done myself - you don't want
to risk it in Big Ten games."
Michigan's schedule doesn't get any..
easier and the Wolverines will need Bardax
and Young to continue their strong pitch-..
ing leading into the Big Ten and NCANAl
Tournaments.
"I think Barda and I have done a really
good job with it - it has worked for us,"
Young said.

MICHIGAN 15, INDIANA 3
MICHIGAN INDIANA
Player AS R H BI Player
Kolen 2b 4 2 3 2 Suca 2b
Taylorrf 2 1 1 0 Mattkess
Elsner ph 1 0 0 0 Monroe c
Volpe 3b 3 3 3 3 Hanson
Churchill ph/3b 1 0 0 0 White dh
Schock dh 2 2 1 1 Narewski
Moulden If 3 1 1 2 Stark pr/
Betley ph/If 1 0 0 0 Cook If/rl
Tune ss 4 2 3 1 Stillians:1
Young b 4 0s0 1 Bullock
Murdock pr/1b0 1 0 0 Ramynke0
Bugel c 3 12 2
Doe cf 2 1 0 0
Garza ph/cf 1 1 0 1
Totals 31151413 Totals

cirf
r(if
rf
1b
cf
iph

AB R H BI
3 0 0 0
3 0 1 0
3 1 0 0
2 0 0 0
2 0 2
0102
2 00 0
20 120

21 3 6 3

E - Tune 2. Mattke 2, Hanson, cook. DP - None.
LOB - Michigan 9, Indiana 5. 2B5- Kolen, Volpe,
Tune, Bugel. HR - Ramynke. KSO iKllen. SH - Taylor
2, Mattke, White.

By Nathan Linsley
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan
Banda
Eiland
Indiana
Cooke
Smith

IP H R ER BB so
4.0 5 3 2 0 4
1.0 1 0 0 0 1
3.1 9 8 5 3 1
1.2 5 7 4 3. 0

At: Alumni Field
Attendance: 507
Start: 1:00 p.M.
Time: 1:47
WEEKEND LEADERS
Hits - Kelsey Kollen, 10
Runs - Stefanie Volpe, 6
RBIs - Kollen, Volpe, Melinda
Moulden, 5
Walks - Volpe, 5
Atibats - Kollen, 17
Extra-base hits - Volpe, Kollen, 2
Sacrifices - Melissa Taylor, 5 j
Stolen bases - Kim Bugel, Rebec-j
ca Tune, 2
Pitching
Innings - Marissa Young, 15.1
StrIkeouts- Young, 20
Wins - Young, Marie Barda, 2
BIG TEN STANDINGS

"There's a little softball etiquette that we all need
to learn. In the middle of the game, when it's a no-
hitter, nobody says, 'hey, it's a no-hitter.' You
don't talk about a streak
when you're on it," Michi- SOF-TBALL
gan softball coach Carol
Hutchins said when asked Commentary
about the Wolverines' cur-
rent nine-game winning streak. "Softball supersti-
tion is huge."
With apologies to Hutchins, the Wolverines'
streak is newsworthy not because of the number of
games they have won, but because of the way they
have won them.
In nine games, the Wolverines have outscored
their opponents 53-12 while collecting 88 hits.
Michigan scored only 78 runs in its first 24 games.
After an embarrassing tie against Western Michi-
gan and then two disappointing losses against then-
No. 10 DePaul, the Wolverines found themselves at
12-11-1 entering Big Ten play.
While only the team and coach Hutchins know
what was said on the bus ride from Chicago to
Champaign, something sparked the Wolverines
before last Saturday's game against Illinois.
Michigan dominated that game, evoking the
mercy rule in a 10-2 victory. The next afternoon, it
came back and won a close game, 2-0, and the streak
had begun.
While Hutchins would likely point to the
increased confidence of her team, one of the biggest
reasons for the Wolverines' turn-around has been the
lineup change that the coaching staff decided on
before the Illinois game.
Stefanie Volpe, who had been the DH for most of
the season, was moved to third base and freshman
Monica Schock was inserted as the new DH.
Schock, a left-handed hitter, was placed in the
fourth position in the order, creating a stretch of five
consecutive left-handed Wolverines - Meghan
Doe, Kelsey Kollen, Melissa Taylor, Volpe and then
Schock.
Melinda Moulden, Michigan's power threat, was
moved to the fifth slot.

"It's tough for any pitcher to face five lefties in a
row. We switched it like that last week in Illinois,"
Hutchins said. "It puts Moulden in the biggest RBI
slot of all, and she's been our best RBI hitter. And
it's worked pretty well."
The increased offense has lightened some of the
load for the Michigan pitching staff, which currently
consists of only two regular pitchers. Marissa Young
and Marie Barda, who have been tough all year, no
longer have the pressure of holding the opposition to
one or two runs every game.
One of the reasons for the increased success at the
plate has been a more aggressive approach, especial-
ly by Doe, Kollen and Taylor - "The three stooges"
according to Hutchins.
The "Stooges" had been prone to bunting or slap-
ping at each at-bat, but now they are swinging away
more often, keeping the defense on its heels. During
the streak, Kollen has turned herself into a legitimate
RBI threat, and Taylor had a rare triple against
Bowling Green.
Volpe, who might be the Wolverines' best all-
around hitter, has become more patient at the plate
and has been a threat to start rallies and drive in runs.
Hutchins still dismisses the idea that her team is
playing up to its potential.
"We're still a work in progress but I'm really
pleased and I think we've gotten better every week,
and that's important right now," Hutchins said. "A
good time to get going and playing good ball is in
April."
The Wolverines' schedule has also played a part in
the team's recent success. Early in the season, Michi-
gan found itself taking the field against a ranked
team on 10 occasions -- games that prepared the
Wolverines for the grind of the Big Ten schedule.
"We had a really tough preseason and now it is
starting to pay off," senior Rebecca Tune said.
"We're playing well, we are coming together as a
team, and more than anything, now that we are win-
ning and putting everything together, we have confi-
dence in ourselves and each other."
Carol Hutchins would dismiss her role in her
team's streak, but the Wolverines would not be
where they are today - 21-11-1 and leading the Big
Ten - without her coaching moves and her desire to
play the best competition early in the season.

Conference
Team W L
Michigan 6 0
Iowa 7 1
Wisconsin 4 4 221
Northwestern 4 4
Ohio State 3 3
Penn State 3 3
Illinois 3 5
Purdue 3 5
Michigan State 2 4
Minnesota 2 6
Indiana 2 6

Overall
W L
21 11
30 7
22 16
13 15
29 12
21 15
33 17
26 15
15 26
23 15
12 25

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REMAINING SCHEDULE
Date Oponent Time
April 11 Central Michigan 2 p.m.
April13 at Minnesota 2 p.m.
April 14 at Wisconsin 2 p.m.
April 15 at Wisconsin 1 p.m.
April 20 at Penn State (2) 2 p.m.
April 21 at Ohio State 2 p.m.
April 22 at Ohio State 1 p.m.
April 27 Northwestern (2) 2 p.m.
April 28 Iowa 2 p.m.
April 29 Iowa 1 p.m.
May 2 at Eastern Mich. (2) 3 p.m.
May 5 at Mich. State 2 p.m.
May 6 Michigan State 1 p.m.
May 10-12 Big Ten Toum. TBA
May 17-20 NCAA Regional TBA
May 24-28 World Series TBA
NFCA TOP 25
As of April 4, 2001
first-place votes in parentheses
Team Record Pts Pvs
1. UCLA (27) 37-1 672 1
2. Arizona 38-2 646 2
3. Alabama 341 609 4
3. tinabama7

BRAD QUINN/Daily
Junior Stefanie Volpe has benefitted from her increase patience at the plate. Yesterday against Indi-
ana, Volpe notched two hits on a full-count.

I

Blowin' Up
The Michigan softball team had a slow start
to its season, but since then has seen a
tremendous improvement in its hitting, espe-
cially when the Wolverines need it most -
during the Big Ten season.
On March 31, the Wolverines mercied Illinois
10-2 in Champaign. Michigan pounded out 14
hits, including two home runs - one each for
Stefanie Volpe and Marissa Young - and four
doubles.The Wolverines won the second
game, 2-0.
Four days later, Michigan returned home to
victimize Oakland, 7-0. The Wolverines were
consistent, pounding out nine singles. Again,
the follow-up was not as spectacular, but got
the job done.
Since then, Michigan has not had fewer than
nine hits in each of the past five games. The
streaktculminated this weekend with a 15-3
thrashing of Indiana.

HOOSIERS
Continued from Page 1B
"I think I was upset at myself
because I let the ball play me
rather than coming and getting it,"
Tune said.
"Once I saw it was rough on the
other shortstop as well, I made the
decision that I had to come in and
get it - I couldn't be timid."
On Saturday, Indiana was a dif-
ferent team, with solid defense and
pitching that held Michigan score-
less for the first five innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Michi-
gan loaded the bases with nobody
out only to see pinch hitters Court-
ney Betley and Chrissy Garza hit
hard line drives right at Indiana
fielders.
"We came through with some
good cuts, and Betley had a great
cut at the ball - I mean, what else
can you do," Hutchins said.

Michigan pitcher Marissa Young
had one of her best outings of the
season on Saturday, allowing only
four hits and striking out 11 in the
shutout.
"Marissa was awesome today. I
told her, 'You're the durable one,"'
said Hutchins of her All-America
who also pitched a total of 8.1
innings on Friday night.
Purdue presented more of a chal-
lenge on Friday evening, especially
in the first game.
Sophomore pitcher Leighann
Burke allowed only one earned run
in over four-and-two-thirds
innings. Burke uses an unorthodox
angled delivery and grunts o
every pitch, providing an extra dis-
traction for the hitters she faces.
Yet Hutchins was happy with the
way her team handled Burke, who
likes to throw a lot of pitches out
of the strike zone and force hitters
to chase balls.

BRAD QUINN/Daily
Monica Schock and Michigan struggled early in the season...

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