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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 8, 2002


Dugout Shout
"Yeah, not iving up those two
home runs (Friday). That would
have een better,"
- Marissa Young, after striking out 25 in 11
innings this weekend, commenting how she
could have pitched better against Indiana.

9 Michigan 9
Indiana 2

Indiana 3
Michigan 4

Key play
Saturday, fifth inning
Down 3-1 with two outs and Meghan
Doe on first base, third baseman Ste-
fanie Volpe hit a game-tying home
run. The long ball was just Michigan's
second hit of the day.


'What's left

Home games in Bold
Date Opponent


Young baffels Hoosiers
with career-high in K's


Loyola-Marymount 7-1
Pacific 1-7
Cal. Santa Barbara 8-1
Utah State 9-0
Pittsburgh 9-0
Connecticut 9-1
Mississippi State 2-3
Arizona State 4-6
Oklahoma 1-0
Arizona State 5-1
Oregon State 3-2
South Florida 8-0
South Florida 6-2
South Carolina 5-0
Ohio 6-3
Central Michigan 1-0
Missouri 1-2
Pittsburgh 3-2
Winthrop 8-0
Missouri-Kansas City 6-3
Ball State 4-5
Florida State 1-0
Minnesota 0-7
Saint Louis 8-1
Saint Louis 3-2
Louisville 1-0
Louisville 3-0
Penn State 0-1
Penn State 3-0
Ohio State 5-4
Ohio State 8-2
Bowling Green 4-1
Indiana 9-2
Indiana 4-3
Central Michigan (DH) 2 p.m.
Minnesota 4 p.m.
Minnesota 2 p.m.
Wisconsin (DH) 12 p.m.
WestemMichigan(DH) 2 p.m.
Northwestern 4 p.m.
Northwestern 12 p.m.
Iowa (DH) 12 p.m.
Illinois 6 p.m.
Illinois 12 p.m.
Purdue (DH) 12 p.m.

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer

walked off the field on Friday after-
noon, they thought they had seen
the last of MarissaYoung.
The Hoosiers were mistaken.
After striking out a career-best 15
Hoosiers in Friday's 9-2 win, Young
came in to relieve Nicole Motycka
to start the fourth inning on Satur-
day and continued her dominance.
Young struck out 10 of the 14 bat-
ters she faced to earn her 15th win
of the season.
Indiana's only scoring opportunity
was in the sixth, when a single
through the hole on the left side and
a dribbler that just went under
Young's glove for an infield single
left runners on first and second with
just one out.
But with the game on the line,
Young struck out the final five bat-
ters to finish the Wolverines' sweep
of the Hoosiers.
"(Catcher Monica Schock) calls
my game, and we just did a really
good job of setting them up," Young
said. "They're there to swing their
bats, and that's what they were
Young's appearance on the mound
changed the momentum of Satur-
day's game. The Wolverines were
hitless when Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins made the switch from
Motycka to Young. But after Young
did not surrender a baserunner in
two innings of work, the Wolverines
came back and scored three runs
taking the game.
That was after baffling the
Hoosiers the day before, when she
went the distance and allowed just
five baserunners. Other than the two
home runs she surrendered on Fri-
day, Young's weekend was almost

"She's been pitching very, very
well for us," Hutchins said. "We're
glad she's on our team."
But performances such as the one
here this weekend are nothing new
for Young. Since she was a fresh-
man, her performances have been
far from ordinary.
Two seasons ago a 0.38 ERA in
Big Ten games to lead the confer-
ence and was named to the All-Big
Ten second team. After last season
Young was in the top 10 in 13
Michigan season and career pitching
Since Michigan ac'e Marie Barda
graduated last spring, Young has
flourished as the staff ace. Her 25
strikeouts in 11 innings pitched this
weekend gave her 182 for the sea-
son, just two fewer than the Michi-
gan single-season mark she set last
season. She is also on pace to break
the program's career strikeout
record of 602 by the end of her jun-
ior season.
Young pitched the third perfect
game in Michigan softball history
on Feb. 16 against Utah State, and
she has appeared on the mound in
24 of the Wolverines' 33 games. Not
only has Young started every other
contest, but she has also relieved
Motycka on seven occasions.
"You want your pitcher to be in
good control of the game," Hutchins
said. "With Marissa, we certainly
have that. And that helps everything
on the field - whether we're on
offense or defense."
Young has also taken Motycka
under her wing. When the freshman
has had any troubles on or off the
field, Young has been there for
assistance on everything from pitch-
ing to just adjusting to college life
in general.
For the Wolverines to get back to


Eastern Michigan (PH)
Michigan State
Michigan State

2 p.m.
2 p.m.
1 p.m.

Marissa Young has been the workhorse for the Michigan softball team this season appearing in 24 of the Wolverines 33
games, compiling a 15-5 record and striking out 182.

Michigan 4, Indiana 3

Penn State (0-6, 9-17-1)
Player AB R H BI
Hanson ss 4 0 0 0
White dh 4 00 0
Monroe 3b 3 0 2 0
Stillians 1b 2 1 0 0
Stark If/rf 3 2 3 2
Griffiths rf 1 0 1 1
Bullock If 1 0 0 0
Suca 2b 3 0 0 0
Dugan ss 2 0 1 0
Ramynke ph 1 0 0 0
Joycf 3 00 0
Cookep 0000
Total 27 3 7 3

Michigan (5-1, 27-7)
Player AB R H BI
Kolen 2b 3 10 0
Doe cf 3 1 1 0
Volpe 3b 2 1 1 2
Schock c 2 0 0 0
Young 1b/p 2 0 1 1
Teschler pr 0 1 0 0
Moulden If/lb 3 0 1 1
Merchant ss 3 0 0 0
Mack dh 3 00 0
Connerrf 3 00 0
Motyckap 0 000
Betley4f 0 000
Total 24 44 4

the Women's College World Series, accounted for all but three of the
the two are going to have to contin- 221.2 innings of Michigan pitching
ue to complement each other. this season. Sophomore Meghan
Young and Motycka have Ritter has pitched the other three.

"I've been there as her support,
and been there to help her if she has
any questions, or just as a friend,"
Young said.

E -Indiana 2: Stillians, Dugan; Michigan 1: Young.
DP - none. LOB -Indiana 5; Michigan 5. 2B - Indiana
3: Monroe 2, Stark; Michigan 2: Young, Moulden.
3B - none. HR - Indiana: Stark; Michigan: Volpe (4).
BB - Indiana 1: Stillians; Michigan 3: Volpe, Schock,
Young. HBP - none. SB - Indiana none; Michigan 1:
Kollen. CS - Indiana none; Michigan none.

Continued from Page 1B
though she got off to a rough start. Michigan took an
early 1-0 lead when Cooke walked three consecutive bat-
ters in the first inning to score leadoff hitter Kelsey
Kollen, who had reached based on a Indiana error.
But then the Hoosiers took over, tying the game in the
second inning when Abby Stark dropped an RBI single
into shallow right field. Then Ashley Griffiths drove a
Nicole Motycka pitch out of the park to put Indiana up 3-
Michigan (5-1 Big Ten, 27-7 overall) was coming off a
9-2 win over Indiana (0-6, 9-17-1) the day before, and
Hutchins admitted the Wolverines might have been too
relaxed after taking a first-inning lead.
"Sometimes, it's hard to come out when it's not a big
rival or you've handled them easily," Hutchins said. "It's
hard to get as up for the games. But you know what, we
were up by about the fourth inning, I think."
Hutchins replaced Motycka with Young in the fourth,
and Young struck out the first batter in three pitches. The
next two Hoosiers struck out and flew out, and another 1-
2-3 inning in the fifth returned the momentum to Michi-

Motycka has had trouble controlling her pitches in her
last two games, and Hutchins made the pitching change
when Motycka appeared unsettled after yielding five hits.
"I think she does get frustrated, and I told her at one
point early in the game, 'You have to walk on the mound
and show the other team, both by your garge command
- having command of your pitches - and by your
demeanor that you're in charge.' If you show them you're
frustrated, they're going to eat that up," Hutchins said.
"So she has to certainly get better in that area."
Young took charge, using her velocity and tight control
to goad the Hoosiers into chasing pitches high and out-
side. She struck out 10 of the 14 batters she faced, and
that performance gave the Wolverines an offensive boost
as well.
"I hope it gives us momentum, not letting people on
base for them. We get in and get right back on offense,"
Young said.
Young was equally impressive on Friday, striking out
15 and holding Indiana to four hits. Volpe led Michigan
on the offensive side, driving Kollen home to start the
scoring in the top of the first. Volpe added a second RBI
and crossed the plate twice herself.


Cooke, L (0-6)
Young, W (15-5)

012 000 0 -- 3 7 2
100 021 X- 4 41
6.0 4 4 3 3 2
3.0 5 B 3 1 2
4.0 2 0 0 0 10


At- lU Softball field, Bloomington
iAttendance - 246 Time - :38
Michigan 9, Indiana 2

Melinda Moulden and Monica Schock both had two singles and drove in two runs
in the Wolverines' 9-2 win over Indiana on Friday.

Michigan (4-1, 26-7)
Payer AB R H BI
Kolen 2b 4 2 3 0
Churchhill 2b 0 0 0 0
Doe cf 5 11 2
Volpe3b 4 2 2 2
Schock c 5 1 0 2
Young p 3 00 0
Moulden 1b 3 1 2 2
Merchant ss 4 0 0 0
Mack dh 4 0 0 1
Bentley If 2 1 1 0
Holland If 0 0 0 0
Teschler ph/rf2 1 1 0
Conner rf/If 0 0 0 0
Total 36 913 7

Indiana (0-5, 9-16-1)
Player AB RI
Hanson 3b 2 0
Suca 2b 2 0
Ochoa 2b 1 0
Monroec 3 0
Stillans 1b 2 1
Ramynke 1b 0 0
Jolly ph 1 0
Stark If 3 0
White dh 3 0:
Griffiths rf 3 1
Ray rf 0 0
Dugan ss 3 0
Joyc 10
Bullock cf 0 0
Witham p 0 0

0 0
0 0
0 0
1 1
0 0
0 0
1 0
1 0
1 1
0 0
0 0

oach Hutchins knows best on how tolump start Blue


25 2 4 2'

E - Michigan none; Indiana 3: Hanson 2, Dugan. OP-
none. LOB - Michigan 10; Hooisers 3. 2B - none. 3B -
none. HR - Michigan none; Indiana: Stillans (2), Grif-
fiths (1). BB- Michigan 3: Churchill, Volpe, Young;
Indiana 1: Hanson HBP - none. SB - none. CS- none

Young, W (15-5)
Witham, L (4-4)

221 300 1-9 130
001 100 0E-2 4 3

7.0 4 2 2 1


7.0 13 9 5 3 2

At - U Softball Field, Bloomington
Attendance -329 Time -1:39

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - Michigan's offense
couldn't seem to find a way to get a hit off of
Indiana's Alison Cooke for more than four
innings in Saturday's contest.
Making contact off her wasn't a problem, but
being able to make solid hits
was. It seemed that many of SOFTBALL
the batters were getting
jammed, allowing Indiana's Notebook
third baseman Brooke Mon-
roe - who led the Hoosiers with four assists
-to have a field day with the easily-hit
Then, before the Wolverines batted in the
fourth inning, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins
got the team together, pulled out a bat and
began to point at every part of the piece of alu-
"(Hutchins) was just talking to us about turn-
ing on the inside pitch," Michigan's Marissa
Young said. "(Cooke) was coming in on us, and
we weren't really getting our bat head ou. So
(Hutchins) wanted us to choke up and hit the
ball on the fat part of the bat."
The Wolverines responded to Hutchins'
advice with four hits and three runs in the final
three innings of the game to give the Wolver-
ines a 4-3 win.
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Michigan has capitalized
on other teams' mistakes all season, so no one
should have expected Michigan to show Indi-
ana any mercy in Saturday's win.
The Wolverines put three of their four runs
on the board due to Indiana miscues. This was

wondering how she got there.
"She never went back to the base," Hutchins
said of Kollen after the error. Kollen "was
looking to take that base - that was a called
Thanks to the awareness of Kollen, and Indi-
ana right fielder Ashley Griffiths' failure to
pay attention to her, Michigan had a runner in
scoring position. After three straight walks,
Kollen scored, giving Michigan a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, after Indiana had taken the
momentum and much of the life out of Michi-
gan with three unanswered runs, it gave the
game right back to the Wolverines. Michigan,
which had been held hitless for four-and*two-
thirds innings, earned its first hit on the legs of
Doe, who outran a groundout in what would
have been the third out of the fifth. Instead, she
reached base, setting up Stefanie Volpe's game-
tying two-run homer.
COMEDY OF ERRORS: Indiana also added to its
league-worst ranking in errors with five in the
two-game series. The Hoosiers' three errors on
Friday put them at 44 for the season, twice as
many as the Wolverines.
Michigan did commit one error on Saturday,
giving the Wolverines 23 on the season. The
Wolverines became the best in the Big Ten in
fielding after Illinois committed three against
Iowa this weekend to put the Illini at 25.
"You can't give teams extra outs," Hutchins
said. "I'm pleased because our team does a
really good job of (limiting their errors).
Defensively, we're not perfect, but we don't
give (opposing teams) a lot."
Michigan has allowed just 19 unearned runs
while opposing teams have given the Wolver-
-__ ')-7

casters realized Michigan had made a pitching
change from the third inning.
The pronouncing of names weren't much
better as Michigan pitcher Nicole Motycka had
three different pronunciations before they got it
right. And there is reason to believe that there

were X-Files fans in the booth as Michigan's
Melinda Moulden was referred to as Mulder on
multiple occasions, even with correct spelling
in front of them.
On Friday the broadcast team didn't arrive
until the third inning.

Penn State
Michigan State
Ohio State

Conference Overall
6 0 23 12
5 1 12 9
5 1 27 7
4 4 21 13
4 4 16 15
3 3 20 10
3 3 16 21
2 4 20 15
2 4 24 11
0 6 27 15
0 8 9 19

Yesterday's results:
Northwestern 2, Illinois 0
Illinois 5, Northwestern 4
Michigan State 8, Indiana 0


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