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48 -The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 15, 2002

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YESTERDAY'S GAME 2

Michigan , Wisconsin 0

Michigan (8-2, 32-8) '
Player AB R H BI
Kolen 2b 4 00 01
Doecof 4 01 01
Volpe 3b 4 1 2 0
Shock c 4 1 10
Young 1b 3 01 0
Teschler pr 0 0 0 0
Moulden If 3 1 2 11
Merchant ss 2 0 0 0
Mack dh 3 1 1 1
Conner rf 1 0 0 0
Motycka p/ph 1 0 0 01

Wisconsin (7-5, 24-14)
Player AB R N BI
Hagen cf 2 0 00
Liles rf 3 0 0 0
Zacherss 3 0 1 0
Jlones 2b 1 0 0 0
Gillette c/3b 3 0 0 0
Reissi1b 3 00 0
Padovan If 3 0 0 0
Starry dh/c 3 0 1 0
Barnharst pr 0 0 0 0
Ox8I nro3/ch 2 0 0 0
Kirchberg p 0 0 0 0
Layne p 0 00 0

YESTERDAY'S GAME 2
Michigan 4
Wisconsin 0

YESTERDAY'S GAME 1
Wisconsin 2
Michigan 0

SATURDAY'S GAME
5
% Michigan 5
All- Minnesota 3

FRIDAY'S GAME
Minnesota
Michigan 11

0

Total

29 4 8 2 Total

230 201

E - Wisconsin 2: Consolmagno, Kirchberg. DP -
none. LOB - Michigan 7; Wisconsin 5. 28 - Michigan
2: Moulden, Mack. 386- none. HR - none. BB- Wis-
consin 3: Jones 2, Hagan. SB - Michigan 1: Kollen.
CS- Indiana none; Michigan none.

Confident Motycka
rebounds in shutout

Michigan 000
Wisconsin 000
iP
Michigan
Motycka W, (14-2) 7.0
Michigan
Kirchberg L, (16-11) 5.0
Layne 2.0

R H E
K 022 0-- 4 8 0
0 000 0- 0 2 2'
H R ER BB SO
2 0 0 3 7

6 4 2 0
2 00 0

1
0

Umpires - HP: Doug Keller, 1B: Vic Sena. 3B: Rick
Wynn
At - Alumni Field, Ann Arbor
Attendance - 731 Time -"1:42

YESTERDAY'S GAME 1

Wisconsin 2, Michigan I
Wisconsin (7-4, 24-13) Michigan (7-2,
player AB R H 81Player
Hagan cf 4 1 1 0 Kolen2b
Liles rf 3 0 1 2 Doe cf
Zacher ss 4 1 2 0 Volpe-3b
Reiss 1b 3 0 0 0 Schock c
Jones 2b 3 0 1 0 Prichard pr
Gdette c 2 0 1 0 Young p
S rry dh 2 0 0 0 Moulenib
Padovan If 3 0 1 0 Merchant ss
C lmagrxY30 00 Mackdh
Kirchberg p 0 0 0 0 Bentley If
Conner rf

t31-8)
AS R
4 0
3 0
2 0
3 0
0 0
2 0
2 0
3 0
2 0
20
00

H B
0 0
1 0
0 0
1 0
S0
1 0
1 0
00
0 0
0 0
0 0

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
When pitcher Nicole Motycka
walked the first batter she faced on four
pitches in Michigan's second game
against Wisconsin yesterday, it looked
as if her struggles from the day before
would continue. Against Minnesota on
Saturday, Motycka gave up four runs on
three hits, got frustrated and left the
game in the third inning.
Motycka looked tight on the mound,
straight-faced and emotionless. After-
ward, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins
expressed concern about the pitcher's
mindset.
"1 don't believe she is believing,
whether it's in herself or in the pitch
she's throwing," Hutchins said. "So
she's having some confidence problems
in herself and maybe the system, I don't
know."
But yesterday, Motycka shook off the
leadoff walk and struck out the next
batter, and then she went on to fan six
more Badgers in the game en route to a
4-0 shutout,
Motycka seemed like a different
pitcher, loose and full of laughter on the
mound as she held the Badgers off until
the Michigan offense came alive in the
fifth inning. Motycka's problem with
control on Saturday seemed to disap-
pear yesterday along with her grim
expression, but she said the difference
wasn't anything technical.
"This morning I talked to coach

Hutch about my approach on the
mound, and she basically told me that I
need to lighten up," Motycka said. "So I
went out there and felt more relaxed
then I did yesterday."
Assistant coach Jennifer Brundage,
who works with the pitchers, said atti-
tude can have a big effect on a pitcher's
game.
"When you're smiling and laughing
everything's a lot more relaxed, every-
thing's a lot more fluid," Brundage said.
"That's something we would like to see
more of from her, but it's tough. She's
got a lot thrown on her all at once, and
she's doing the best she can to cope
with it:"
Motycka admitted that she is often
too hard on herself on the mound, and
after Saturday's outing and Michigan's
2-0 loss to Wisconsin in the first game
yesterday, she could have felt even more
pressure. But instead, she took an opti-
mistic approach.
"You kind of hit a point where you're
like, 'well, it can't get any worse,"'"
Motycka said. "You only have one place
to go and that's up."
Motycka pitched well early in the
season, but has had trouble recently
against tough Big Ten opponents, espe-
cially when Michigan has faced early
deficits. She tends to throw well when
she gets ahead in the count, but falters
when pitching from behind.
Hutchins believes Motycka's problem
is not physical.
"She is her own worst enemy and she

Tota

27 2 7 2 Total

23 0 4 ®1

E - none. OP - none. LOB - Wisconsin 7; Michigan 7.
28 -Wisconsin: Padovan; Michigan: Schock. 38 -
none. HR -Wisconsin: Zacher (4). 88 -Wisconsin 2:
Liles, Gillette; Michigan 2: Moulden, Mack. SB - Wis-
consin: Liles; Michigan: Volpe. CS - none

W6sconsIn
M wirh4gan

R H E
002 0000- 2 7 0
000 000 X - 0 40
IP H R ERS88SO

With seven strikeouts against Wisconsin yesterday, Nicole Motycka won her 14th
game this season. The freshman rebounded from a rough Saturday outing.
gets frustrated, and we talked about it Brundage also pointed out that most
before the game," Hutchins said yester- softball players don't peak until after
day. "I just encouraged her to really give their college careers.
to her teammates and be more focused "The average age of the (U.S.)
on them, don't get too caught up in Olympic team was like 30 because it
yourself." takes that long to develop the maturity
Brundage said Motycka's mental and to have the different experiences to
struggles are part of being a freshman. learn what mental approach works the
"The mental game in softball and best for each individual."
baseball is the hardest thing to master, Motycka's rebound yesterday was
and it's the main difference between a one more experience that should help
good softball player and a great softball her reach that maturity.
player," Brundage said. "Part of it is just "I just think that it is big," Hutchins
going to be learning through experi- said. "She got her confidence going,
ences, good and bad, for her." and she needs to build on this."

BADGERS
Continued from Page 1B
that was the key because once they
start hitting they start scoring.
They're a good hitting team."
While Kirchberg was dominating,
Nicole Motycka was throwing a
gem of her own. After being taken
out in the third inning of Saturday's
game, Motycka came out with more
confidence and pitched a two-hitter,
recording her second shutout of the
season.
"She lightened up on herself a lit-
tle bit," Hutchins said.
Motycka (14-2) allowed just three
runners into scoring position and
two base runners in the game's final
five innings.
The freshman struck out seven,
including five in the first three
innings.
"I came out a little more confi-
dent because I knew I would do a
little better than I did (Saturday),"
Motycka said.
Motycka's performance was huge
considering all the innings Young
had on the mound over the weekend.
While Michigan's ace did not rival
Kirchberg's 24.2 innings, Young did
put in five innings of work on Fri-
day and Saturday, striking out 16
and allowing just one hit.
Young then came out again in
yesterday's opener and went the
distance.
On Saturday, the Wolverines came'
back against Minnesota after Motyc-
ka gave up three runs in the first
three innings.
After scoring two hits in the
game's first four innings, Michigan's
bats finally came alive in the fifth.
A Jessica Merchant single and an
error on Mary Conner bunt set the
table for Kelsey Kollen, who hit a
shot off of pitcher Piper Marten's
glove to the second baseman Shelly
Nichols, but Nichols's throw was not
in time.
Then Volpe ripped a double of the
left field wall scoring Conner. The
rally was capped off by a Monica
Schock single up the middle, which
scored Kollen and Volpe on a play
at the plate.
"(Saturday) was such an emotion-
al day," Hutchins said following yes-
terday's doubleheader. "We were so
excited. You never want to get too
high and you never want to get too
low, and we got too low. It's was an
emotional hangover."

0

Minnesota
Kirchberg W (16 10)7.0 4 0 0

I
I

0 2 5

Michigan
Young, L (18-6)

7.0 7 2 2 2 8

At -Alumni field, Ann Arbor
Umpires -iP. Vic Sena, 18: Rick Wynn, 3B: Doug
Keller
Attendance - 4,30 Time-1:21
SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Halfway home
After this weekend's games, Michgan is now halfway finished with their Big Ten schedule. The Wolverines have played well, going 8-1 after losing to Penn State on
back on March 30, but Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern are right in the hunt. Here is a look at this year's Big Ten contenders.

Michigan (7-1, 31-7) Minni
Player AB R H O nPlaye
Kollen 2b 4 2 3 1 Swar
Doe cf 3 0 1 0 Haysi
Volpe3b 2 1 1 2 Nchcl
Schock dh/c 3 0 2 2 Nygrer
Young lb/p 2 0 0 0 Fisk1
Moulen fi/b 2 0 0 0 Thul
Merchant ss 2 0 1 0 Recki
Teschler pr 0 0 0 0 Rober
Mack c/dh 2 1 0 0 Nanch
Conner rf 2 0 1 0 Marti
Churchill ph 1 0 0 0 Walla
Motycka p 0 1 0 0
Bentley If 0 0 0 0
Total 27 5 9 6 Total

esota (3-5, 26-15)

d rf/If
If/cf
Its 2b
n 3b
kpr
lb/dh
nor dh/p
rts cf/rf
,y lb
en p/dh
ce ss

AB R B I
4 0 0 1
3 1 0 o0
4 0
3100
0 1 0 0
23 0 0 0
3 0 1 0
0 1 0 o0
423 s2
100 52

Michigan
Wolverines
Big Ten Record: 8-2
Overall Record: 31-7
Best win: 1-0 vs. No.
9 Oklahoma in Columbus, Ga. on
Feb. 23rd
Worst loss: 5-4 vs. Ball 'tate in Tal-
lahassee, Fla. on March
Hutchins: "(A, Minnesota coach)
walked up to me after (Satur'ay's)
game and she said, 'Your teaii is
awesome.' And all I could o was
agree with her, to be honest."

Iowa
Hawkeyes
Big Ten Record: 8-2
Overall Record: 25-13
Best win: 1-0 vs. No. 2
UCLA in San Jose on March 9
Worst loss: 5-1 vs. Illinois State on
March 27
Hutchins: "They're a very balanced
team. They have good pitching, they
have good offense, they have good
defense and they have great coach-
ing. So they get an edge."

Northwestern
Wildcats
Big Ten Record: 6-4
Overall Record: 15-12-1

gad

Ohio State
Buckeyes
Big Ten Record: 9-3
Overall Record: 38-9

'.. Vi'e';: .

E - Minnesota 1: Nygren. DP - none. LOB - Michigan
5: Minnesota 6. 2B - Michigan 2: Kollen, Volpe; Mir-
nesota 1: Nichols. 3B - none. HR - none. BB- Michi-
gin.: Doe, Volpe, Mack; Minnesota 4: Nygren 2.
Hays, Thul. HBP - none.kSBR- Michigan 2: Kollen,
Doe: Minnesota 1: Wallace. CS - Michigan 1: Mack.

Best win: 1-0 vs. No. 8
California in Honolulu on March 23
Worst loss: 11-10 vs. Utah St. in San
Diego on Feb. 15
Hutchins: "They're a scary team,
because they swing from the heels,
they're very offensive, and they can
beat you."

Best win: 6-2 vs. No. 17 Pacific in
Fullerton, Calif. on March 3
Worst loss: 2-1 at Tenn-Chattanooga
on March 25
Hutchins: "From top to bottom, Ohio
State in the best team in the Big
Ten"

Mctilga
Minnesota

000 040-: 5 9 0
021 000 0 - 3 5 1

I

IP, H R ER BB SO
Michigan
Motycka 2.0 4 3 3 2 2
Young W (18-5) 5.0 1 0 0 2 10
Minnesota
MartenL(16-9) 6.1 9 5 5 3 5
Recknor 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
A-Alumni Field
mps HP: Rick Wynn, IB: Vic Sena, 3B: Kevin Ryan
Attendance - 861 Time - 208
FRIDAY'S GAME

Wisconsin ace starts three of four games on the weekend

Michigan 11, Minnesota 1

Minnesota (3-4,26-14,) MIchI
Player AB R H Bl Playe
;.tiard rf/If 3 0 0 0 HKollei
Haysj If/cf 1 1 1 0 Chur
icis2b 1 0 2 0 Doe c
Nyren 3b 1 1 0 0 Volpe
C isk pr 0 2 30 Schc
R ec rnror p/lb1 2 0 1 0 Young
T-hul 1c{/ih 2 0 0 0 Moulk
Roberts cf rf 2 0 0 0 Merck
Nanchy dh/lb 1 0 1 0 Mack
EL.indberg ph 1 0 0 0 Bentit
W lace ss 2 0 0 0 Conn
srit c 0 0 0 0
P eyr p 0 00 0
Total 16 1 1 0 Total

gan (6-1, 30-7)

r
m 2b
rchill 2b
E3b
ck c
19
den lb
hant ss
k dh
ley If
)er rI

AB R
3 0
0 0
2 2
23
3 2
3 1
3 2
3 1
2 0
1 0
0 0

H Bi
0 0
0 0
1 0
2 0
1 1
1 3
3 3
2 4
00
1 0
0 0

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
This year's Energizer Bunny award definitely goes to Wisconsin
pitcher Andrea Kirchberg. Because just when it looks like she can't
pitch another inning, she keeps going and going and going ...
And at 16-11 this season, she holds the key to whether the
Badgers will make their second straight NCAA tournament
appearance.
Against Michigan State on Friday and Satur-
day and against Michigan in a doubleheader SOFTBALL
yesterday, Kirchberg pitched 25 and two-thirds Notebook
innings out of a possible 28.
This type of weekend is not new to Kirchberg, as she leads the
Big Ten with 176 innings pitched and 25 starts, including three this
weekend. She started both games of the doubleheader and Friday's
tilt against the Spartans.
For the weekend she was 3-1, beating Michigan State twice (1-0,
2-1) and Michigan in the first game of the doubleheader (2-0).
Kirchberg gave up four runs to the Wolverines in the second game
in a 4-0 loss.
"(Kirchberg's) really good, and I don't think we were as ready as
we could have been for her," Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said.
"We've seen her before, and she's struck us out before.
"We just have to try to wear down a pitcher like that, but you
have to give her a lot of credit. I'm telling you that these pitchers
can throw and throw and throw. Kirchberg is top notch, she's one of
the top pitchers in the country. Without a doubt she's top three, top
four in the country. She had a great weekend, and if we see (Wis-
consin) again, I won't look forward to see her again."
Wisconsin's next best pitcher is freshman Katie Layne, who
faced just 15 batters the entire weekend. On the season, Layne has-

n't pitched half of the innings that Kirchberg has.
One might wonder why Layne hasn't pitched more, but
unlike baseball pitchers, softball pitchers have better stamina
on the mound.
And when a team has a competitor like Kirchberg, who is not
intimidated by tougher opponents, it only makes sense to start her
as much as possible.
"Michigan's a great team, but that's what I look forward to,"
Kirchberg said. "Teams like Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma and all
those big teams. If you can't get up for them, you shouldn't play.
One win (against Michigan) is absolutely wonderful."
STRAIGHTENING IT OUT: Last Wednesday, Michigan freshman
Jessica Merchant sent four Central Michigan pitches over the
outfield fence.
Unfortunately all of them were foul. In Friday's 11-1 mercy-rule
win over Minnesota, though, Merchant would not be denied as she
hit a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the first inning.
"I was pretty frustrated with the Central Michigan game," Mer-
chant said Friday. "T workek' hard in practice (Thursday) and got a
little extra batting .actice. I figured some things out and -it paid
off today."
ROAD FIELD ADVANTAGE: For the fourth time in its past six tries,
Wisconsin has defeated Michigan at Alumni Field.
But the Badgers are accustomed to doing well on the road, with a
combined record.of 21-13 away from The Goodman Brothers Soft-
ball Complex.
"Honestly I think we play better on the road," Kirchberg said.
"When we stay on our own field, we freak out. I don't know what it
is, but we play a lot better when we're away."
Kirchberg went on to comment on how the turf at their home
facility isn't as good the grass they find at other stadiums, which
could explain some of their problems.

22111111

E - Michigan 1: Doe. DP - Mifnesot a 1. LOB - Min-
ist 3; Michigan 3. 26- Michigan 2: Young,
rMooden 38- none. HR - Michigan: Merchant (3).
88- Miniesota 2: Hays. Nygren; Michigan 2: Doe,
Volpe. SB- Minnesota 2: Hays, Fisk; Michigan 2:
Doe Moulden. CS - Indiana none; Michigan none.
R H E
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MIchIgan
Young. W (17-5)
At - Alumni Field

1.2 5
2.1 6

7 7 2 2
4 4 0 0

5.0 1 1 0 2 6

HP: Kevin Ryan,.13: Rick Wynn,38: Vic Sena
Attendance - 430 Tlime -1:21
BIG TEN STANDINGS

DANNY MOLOSHO /Daily
Wisconsin's Andrea Kirchberg pitched 25 and two-thirds innings in
four games this weekend against Michigan State and Michigan.

0I

Team
Iowa
Michigan
Ohio State
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Ilirnois
Penn State
Michigan State
Purdue
Indiana

Conference Overall
W L W L
8 2 25 14
8 2 30 8
9 3 38 9
6 4 15 10
6 6 23 15
5 5 28 15
5 5 23 18
5 7 18 20
3 7 16 25
2 6 29 15
0 12 9 23

Stacking up with the Best
The USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25.
Rankings and records as of April 7. First-place votes in parentheses.
Team Record Pts. LW
1. Arizona (22) 35-5 670 2
2. UCLA (5) 34-6 651 1
3. Stanford 33-5 623 3
4. Nebraska 34-7 582 4
5. Louisana State 32-8 568 5
6. Arizona State 33-9 522 8
7. Cal-State Fullerton 38-9 520 7
8. California 37-12 497 6
9. Oklahoma 34-8 454 9
10. Washington 32-12 413 10
11. Florida Atlantic 44-7 410 11
12. Fresno State 32-13 357 12
(tie) Michigan 27-7 357 13
14. Oregon State 31-11 320 14
15. Alabama 33-13 288 15
16. DePaul 21-6 259 16
_- 4- . n 17040

'M' stats
Stats are through April 13th

Batting
Player
Volpe
Schock
Kollen
Moulden
Young
Doe
Merchant
Holland
Churchill
Betley
Mack
Teschler
Conner
Motycka
Fsnir

GP-GS
38-38
38-38
38-38
36-36
38-38
38-37
38-38
4-0
14-4
31-25
22-18
27-7
37-35
7-6
7-0

Avg
.409
.392
.367
.324
.305
.304
.210
.500
.333
.292
.217
.192
.152
.118
non

R
36
15
36
21
11
27
9
0
1
5
5
4
10
2
0

HR
4
0
3
2
3
0.
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0

RBI
22
31
12
26
29
0
14
2
3
5
15
1
1
1
0

SB-ATT
13-16
0-0
9-9
3-5
0-0
11-12
1-2
0-0
1-1
3-5
0-1
2-2
1-1
0-0
0-0

SLG%
.602
.485
.492
.448
.474
.304
.352
.500
.400
.308
.348.
.192
.152
.118
.000

OB%
.558
.468
.407
.387
.400
.331
.265
.500
.444
.324
.288
.300
.188
.250
.000

FLD'Yo
.922
1.00
.963
.978
.995
.920
.943
.000
.909
.929
.990
.778
1.00
1.00
1.00

Ysterdav's results:
No. 12 MICHIGAN 4, WISCONsIN 0
WiscoNSIN 2, No. 12 MICHIGAN 0
No. 20 IOWA 5, PENN STATE 0
No. 20 IOWA 2, PENN STATE 0
No. 25 Ohio State 12, Northwestern 4
No. 25 Ohio State 3, Northwestern 1
Purdue 7, Indiana 4
Purdue 6, Indiana 3

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