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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 11, 2002
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Wolverines clutch in
'grand' opportunities

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins spoke yesterday
of a problem that has plagued the
Wolverines all season: Leaving runners
on base with less than two outs.
"We've had bases loaded opportuni-
ties a lot this year without clearing
them or maybe getting one run out of
them."
Yesterday, though, it seemed as if the
No. 12 Wolverines had found the
answer to their woes against Central
Michigan.
In the two-game sweep of the
Chippewas - 8-0, 7-3 - Michigan
had five different opportunities to score
with the bases loaded and one out, and
just once did the Wolverines fail to
score. Twice the bases were cleared
entirely with grand slams.
YESTERDAY'S GAME 1

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Michigan 8, Central Michigan 0
Michigan (28-7) Central Michlgan (19-12)
Player AB R H Bi Player AB R H 81
Kollen 2b 5 0 1 0 Manson ss 3 0 0 0
Doe cf 4 1 3 0 McCormack1b 3 00 0
Volpe 3b 3 1 1 0 Brander 3b 2 0 0 0
Schock c 3 1 20 Luplow 3b 1 00 0
Prichard pr 0 0 0 0 Skutalbf 3 0 0 0
Young p 2 2 1 2 Hamilton cf 3 0 1 0
Mouldeni1b 2 2 00 Horvath c 2 00 0
Merchant ss 4 0 0 0 Stephens rf 2 0 0 0
Mack dh 4 1 2 6 White dh 2 0 0 0
BetleylI 4 0 1 0 delaVega 2b 2 00 0
Conner rf/pr 0 0 0 0 Rasmussen p 0 0 0 0

The second game yesterday had the
more dramatic of the two bases-clear-
ing blasts. In the bottom of the fourth
inning, the Chippewas scored three
runs to tie the game. After a quick out
in the top of the fifth inning, Michi-
gan's Stefanie Volpe walked, Monica
Schock took a pitch off the top of her
helmet and Marissa Young singled to
load the bases for junior Melinda
Moulden. Moulden, who already was
2-for-2 with two RBIs, belted a fastball
off of Central Michigan's ace Wendy
Stephens over the center-field wall to
give the Wolverines a 7-3 lead that they
would not let slip away.
"I think the beauty of (the grand
slam) was that Central had just gotten
back in the game," Hutchins said. "It's
tough to stay up ... I'm sure the oppo-
nent probably got down a little bit. I
thought Stephens pitched well against
us. She's a nice pitcher with a great off-
speed pitch. (But Moulden) has had
really good at bats, and she waited until
she could get one that she could get a
good piece of. I thought it was a really
good at bat."1
The other grand slam came in the ;
first game from junior Lisa Mack, who
has been providing a punch recently to
the bottom of the lineup, which hasI
struggled for the past few weeks.
"Lisa swung a good, consistent bat,"
Hutchins said. "And I'm pleased with
that, and we'll stick with that (lineup)1
while it's working. She's really giving
our team a lift."
The No. 8 spot in the lineup doesn't
see the bases loaded too often, but
Mack saw it four times yesterday. Three
times in the first game (first, fifth and;
seventh innings), and once in the sec-1
ond (second inning).l
In her first at bat with the bases
juiced - her first appearance of the
opener - she singled, knocking in two
of Michigan's four first-inning runs.
On the next trip up, Mack had to
endure some questionable calls from
the home-plate umpire, and she struck

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Total

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DANNY MOLOSHOK/D
Michigan didn't need bunts to score runs yesterday. The Wolverines made use of
two grand slams - one in each game - to sweep their doubleheader.

out. But in the final inning of the first
game, she wasn't going to let the
opportunity pass her by twice.
"The first time I was a little mad
because the first pitch was way outside
and he called it a strike," Mack said.
"Then I swung at a bad pitch on the
second one, and I thought the third
pitch was going to hit me, and (the
umpire) hosed me.
"And then on the next at bat, I just
wanted to turn on the inside pitch
because I knew (Central Michigan's
Amber Pulchalski) was going to put it
there again. Luckily she did, and I did-
n't know it was going out, then I got
really excited."
Mack did have one opportunity to
get her second grand slam of the day in
the second game. The ball appeared to
have a chance to go out, but it was
caught by Central Michigan's center
fielder Sarah Hamilton.
Stephens "didn't throw it fast enough
for me to hit it that far," Mack said.
"But I was just trying to hit the ball.
Luckily it popped up, and we got the
sacrifice fly."

Michigan (29-7)4
Player AB R H BII
Kolen 2b 4 0 0 0 1
Doe f 4 1 1 0
Volpe3b 3 2 0 0
Schock c 1 0 0 01
Prichard pr/dhl 1 0 0
Young p 3 2 1 21
Churchhill ph 1 0 1 0
Moulden If 3 1 3 6
Elsner ph 1 0 0 0
Merchant ss 4 0 2 0I
Mackrc 30 1 1
Teschler rf 2 0 0 0

Central Mlchlgan (1-943)
Player AB R H Bl
Manson ss 4 02 0
McCormack lb 3 0 0 0
Luplow pr 0 0 0 0
Brander c 3 1 1 0
SkutalIf 3 00 0
Hamilton cf 3 1 1 0
Stephensdh/p 3 0 1 0
White pr 0 00 0
Sobeck rf 3 1 1 0
AuIt3b 3 01 0
de la Vega 2b 2 0 0 0
Krilich ph 1 0 0 0
Rasmussen p 0 0 0 0

YESTERDAY'S GAME 2
Michigan 7, Central Michigan 3

Total

30 7 7 7 Total

28 3 7 3

E - Michigan 1: Betley; Central Michigan 2: Luplow,
Horvath. DP-none. LOB- Michigan 8; CMU 3. 2B -
Michigan 1: Bentley. 3B5- none. HR - Michigan 1:
Mack (1). BB-Michigan 5: Volpe, Young 2, Moulden
2; Central Michigan 1: Horvath. HBP -none. SB -
none. CS - Michigan 1: Volpe; Central Michigan none.
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E - Michigan 3: Kollen, Volpe, Mack; Central Michi-
gan 5: Sobeck, Ault 2, de ia Vega 2. DP - Michigan
1. LOB - Michigan 7; CMU 5. 2B5- Michigan 1:
Moulden; Central Michigan 1: Stephens. 3B- none.
HR - Michigan 1: Moulden (2). BB - Michigan 2:
Volpe, Teschler; Central Michigan 1: McCormack. SB
- none. CS - none

Michigan 400
Central Michigan 000
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Michigan
Young, W (16-5) 6.0
Central Michigan
Rasmussen, L (7-4) 0.2
Puchalski 6.1

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Merriman doubles
up his alma mater

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer

There's nothing better than teams that
loathe each other going at it. It makes
for an intense setting - just ask Michi-
gan pitching coach Steve Merriman.
Merriman graduated from Central
Michigan in 1992 with a bachelor's
degree in educa-_
tion. When the BASEBALL
Chippewas came to Notebook
Ann Arbor yester-
day, Merriman was
extra hungry for the win.
"I told our guys, they know how I
feel. I wanted to kick their rear ends,"
Merriman said. "That's what you want
to do. I'm at Michigan now, and I love it
here. It's like a player getting traded,
when you play against (your former
team), you want to beat them up and
have a great day."
The Wolverines knew how much the
win would mean to Merriman, and they
took the field with an added desire to
beat the Chippewas.
"Merriman went to Central, so he
really wanted it bad. So we went after
them, but that's baseball," sophomore
pitcher Chad Garson said.
Garson earned the win for the
Wolverines and improved his record to
1-0, thanks in part to the way Merriman
called the game; He harassed his alma
mater all afternoon with his pitch call-
ing. Players and coaches alike com-
mended Merriman's ability to scout
batters before a game, and his scouting
paid off yesterday. Trying to force hitters
USE SELF STORAGE!
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into double plays is a skill Merriman has
been trying to teach his pitchers all year.
It worked as Michigan converted three
double plays against Central Michigan.
"We got a couple of ground-ball dou-
ble plays," Merriman said. "We're
throwing specific pitches to certain loca-
tions, trying to induce ground-ball dou-
ble plays."
But for Merriman, this win is more
important than the personal satisfaction
of beating his alma mater, because his
team needs to build confidence before
this weekend's series at Illinois.
"Every win we have now is a good
win," Merriman said. "Because it is
something that's going to help us build
down the road."
BROCK'S BOMBERS: Michigan junior
Brock Koman recorded the 100th and
101st RBIs of his career yesterday. In
the third inning, Koman blasted a double
into deep center to bring home freshman
Matt Butler for the second run of the
inning and Koman's 100th RBI.
So engrossed in the game, Koman did
not even know that he had reached the
milestone until the inning was over.
"I had no idea, I didn't even realize I
was close," Koman said. "I found that
out after I came in the dugout for the
next inning."
At his first at bat, Koman was not
able to drive in any runs, so he took
advantage of the opportunity his next
time at bat.
"The first chance today I didn't get
the job done, (but) the second chance I
got the job done," Koman said with a
smile.
YESTERDAY'S GAME
Central Michigan 7, Michigan 9
Michgan (9.16) Central Mdcgan (J6")
Player AB R H BI Player AR H BI
Butler cf 3 1 1 0 Bullinger 3b 4 2 1 1
Rutkowski cf 0 0 0 0 Grubb rf/If 5 2 2 1
Sokol dh 4 2 1 1 Gibbons dh/rf 4 1 2 1
Koman 4 2 2 3 Gates 1b 3 1 1 1
Robertsf 30 0 0 Sampsell3c 4 0 0 1
Lollo rf 5 0 2 0 Griesbaum Jr. If3 0 0 0
Wright lb 4 1 2 1 Grzywacz ph 1 0 0 0
Coleman c 4 1 2 1 Johnson p 0 00 0
Jominy 3b 4 0 1 0OKrueger cf 2 0 2 2
Rudden 2b 3 1 1 0OGeldhof 2b 2 0 0 0
Augustine 2b 1 1 1 0 Latour 2b 2 0 0 0
Hammond p0 0 0 0 OSanfilippo ss 3 1 1 0
Garza p 0 0 00 Osborn ph 1 00 0
Garson p 0 0 0 0 Cremeans p 0 0 0 0
Tognettip 0 000 LeMieuxp 0 000
Collinsp 0 000 Zastrowp 0 000
Fahndrich p 0 0 0 0
Naplin p 0 00 0

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den (5); D. Augustine (5). Howard (11), Beaulieu
(31; Michigan 2: Butler 2 (2), DP- CMU 1; Michigan
3. LOS - CMU 7; Michigan 11. 2B6- M. Gates (5); B.
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