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Weather can't stop
Blue in pair of wins


By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer

Baseball in March is usually played
in sunny states like Arizona and Flori-
da - not Duane Banks Field in Iowa
City, the place where the Michigan
baseball team opened its Big Ten sea-
son against Iowa. The environment
didn't bother the Wolverines, though,
as they took two of the first three
games in a four-game series against
the Hawkeyes.
Michigan and Iowa played two
seven-inning games yesterday to
make up the game postponed due to
weather on Friday. While the Wolver-
ines went about it in different ways
each game, the result was the same.
The doubleheader sweep yesterday
moved Michigan (2-1 Big Ten, 10-10)
back to a .500 record in the young
Michigan 9, Iowa 5
Michigan (10.1) Iowa (7S)
Player AB R H BI Player AS R H BI
Lollio cf 2 2 1 1 Thousand cf 4 1 2 1
Rudden ss 3 0 2 0 Lytle2b 4 000
Koman 3b 4 1 2 1 Yoho rf 4 0 1 0
Fox dh 3 1 1 1 Steel dh 4 1 1 0
Sokol If 3 2 22 GuyerlIf 2 10 0
Cantalamessa 4 1 2 3 Best lb 2 1 2 1
Wright 1b 3 0 1 1 Gremley ss 3 0 1 2
Kunkel c 3 0 0 0 Andrulonis 3b 0 0 0 0
Burhans rf 4 2 2 0 Bucklin ph 1 0 0 0
Total 299139 Cox3b 1 00 0
Bruckner c 1 0 0 0
Maitland ph 1 0 0 0
Husz c 0 1 0 0
Total 33 6 6 6
LOB - Michigan 6; Iowa 5: E - Michigan 2: Koman 2
(9) DP- Michigan 2; Iowa 1 2B- Michigan 3: Koman
(11)y Sokol (8), Cantalamessa (6); Iowa 2; Thousand
(4), Gremley (5) HBP - Fox, Kunkel, Andrulonis.
Michigan 420 012 0 9 13 2
Iowa 000 310 1 5 7 0
Garza 7.0 7 5 5 3 4
Hollenhorst 1.0 8 6 6 1 0
Hasz 3.1 2 1 1 1 2
Hansen 2.2 3 2 2 1 2
At- Duane Banks Field, Iowa City
Time -2:09

"We're going to play games in
inclement weather," Michigan coach
Rich Maloney said. "We just have to
tough it out. You know the other team
is going through the same thing."
Michigan's bats struck early in the
second game of the double-dip, scor-
ing six runs in the first two innings of
its 9-5 victory.
Senior second baseman Jordan
Cantalmessa had a big day, going 2-
for-4 with three RBIs. His first inning
triple scored two runs and came sand-
wiched in between RBI singles by
senior left fielder Mike Sokol and
senior first baseman Nate Wright,
Sokol went 2-for-3 on the day with
two RBI, his last one coming on a sac
fly in the top of the second.
A run in the fifth inning on a Can-
talamessa double followed by two
more runs in the sixth gave junior
pitcher Bobby Garza enough breath-
ing room to go the complete game,
allowing seven hits and five runs.
An RBI single in the sixth by jun-
ior catcher Jake Fox pushed his hit-
ting streak to 16 games, currently the
longest on the team.
"Jake is one of the best hitters
around and truly a joy to watch," Mal-
oney said. "I think he's one of the
most prolific power hitters in college
right now."
In the first game, Michigan got just
what it's been missing all season.
Sophomore Michael Penn pitched a
gem, tallying eight strikeouts and
allowing just four hits in the complete
game, 4-0 shutout.
Penn (1-3) was rarely even threat-
ened in his first win on the season.
The closest Iowa came to scoring was
off of left fielder Lance Guyer's triple
in the second inning. He was thrown
out at home trying to score on a
passed ball.
"It was great to finally get my first
win;" Penn said. "It was great to final-
ly get the monkey off my back. I got
good support throughout the whole

Guevara may be in better
place than her old team.

Michigan's Gino Lollio gets ready to haul in a fly ball in the Wolverines' home
opener last week. The Wolverines took two of three games from Iowa this week.

Penn got all his help in the first two
innings. Fox singled home sophomore
shortstop Nick Rudden in the first
inning to start the scoring. In the top
of the second, senior center fielder
Gino Lollio doubled down the right
field line to score two runs. Lollio
later scored on a Nick Rudden single
to right.
The Wolverines dropped their first
game of the Big Ten season in Satur-
day's 9-6 loss to the Hawkeyes. The
cold Midwestern weather that post-
poned Friday's game matched the sec-
ond inning for Michigan: ugly.
Sophomore pitcher Drew Taylor
struck out the side in his first inning
of work, but wasn't so lucky the rest
of his short day. After loading the
bases with one out, a fielding error by
Koman allowed a run to score. The
Hawkeyes capitalized on the miscue,
knocking out two singles on first-
pitch deliveries from Taylor.

Taylor proceeded to surrender a
bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly
before designated hitter Chris Steele
ended Taylor's short day with a two-
RBI double to right center.
Iowa's 7-0 lead was enough to put
down Michigan for good. Pitcher Reed
Pawelk allowed only one extra base hit
to the volatile Wolverine offense in his
seven innings of work.
Michigan did chip away at the lead,
aided by Sokol's two RBI. Koman,
however, had his 17-game hitting
streak snapped, going 0-for-4 in the
Sophomore pitcher Phil Tognetti
will get his first start of the year today
against the Hawkeyes following a
great relief performance against Cen-
tral Michigan last week.
"We're hoping he can keep them
down," Maloney said. "But the reality
is that the fourth game of a series is
usually a high scoring affair, so we'll
see what happens."

Sue Guevara may have lost con-
trol of her team, but the
recently departed women's
basketball coach is still the best
thing ever to happen to the Michi-
gan program. In fact, I'd much
rather buy stock in her future than
the team that she left.
The athletic department claims
that Guevara resigned a week ago
today, but her actions immediately
around the time of the announce-
ment make it clear that this isn't
how she wanted her time at Michi-
gan to end.
But then again, endings haven't
exactly been Guevara's forte in
recent years. After strong noncon-
ference showings the past two sea-
sons, the Wolverines have fallen
apart with back-to-back finishes at
or near the bottom of the Big Ten
But if Guevara's only crimes were
a couple of sub-par showings in the
conference season, she would still
have a job.
Regardless of whether or not
Guevara was forced to resign, she
did admit that the program needed a
change. Why?
A group of current and former
players and assistant coaches lashed
out in this newspaper two weeks
ago, bringing problems they had to
the forefront.
The most damning evidence came
from an anonymous current player
that said the team would "tune out"
the coach because of a variety of
issues that people had with Guevara.
Elsewhere in the article, Guevara
was accused of being impersonal,
overly demanding, and outright
mean to her players. Word of this
team-wide discontent was also
spreading outside of Crisler Arena.
One of the state's top AAU coaches,
Pat Battani, acknowledged after the
resignation that he had heard Michi-
gan had become an unpleasant place
to play.
It's clear to me Guevara crossed a
line with her players at some point,
and consequently lost their support
and respect. For that, she also lost
her job.
But the biggest thing that gets lost
among all this finger pointing is the
simple fact that Guevara was a win-
ner. She was fired after a 13-16 sea-
son. Before Guevara arrived, 13
wins would have been grounds for a

three-year contract extension. Her
123 wins are the most ever by a
Michigan coach, and her teams
advanced to the postseason in five
of her seven years. On top of that,
she was named Big Ten Coach of
the Year twice.
Did Guevara demand a great deal
from her players? Of course she did,
but that helped her win games.
Did Guevara make mistakes? Of
course she did, but she still graduat-
ed players and maintained a clean
program off the court.
Those facts earned her a glowing
recommendation from Michigan
Athletic Director Bill Martin just a
few weeks before she was out of the
But no recommendation could
change the fact that Guevara needed
to leave Michigan because she
couldn't lead a team that was "tun-
ing her out."
Reconciliation and progress in
that environment was going to be
difficult, if not impossible.
No matter where Guevara goes,
her long-standing formula for win-
ning will follow her. Plus, she will
have learned her lesson about how
to deal with her players. The women
on her next team won't run any less,
but I suspect that she will make a
more conscious effort to keep their
support and, more importantly, their
Meanwhile, the Wolverines have a
host of problems to solve in her
absence - not the least of which is
who will succeed her as head
Michigan still has major issues at
point guard, and it's competing with
subpar facilities in one of the tough-
est conferences in the country. Then
there is the sad, but undeniable fact
that the lady Wolverines don't have
strong support from the campus or
the city community.
Forget about the coaching situa-
tion for a second, and ask yourself
where was the on-court leadership
when lowly Northwestern went on a
31-0 run against Michigan this year.
With a little self-reflection, Gue-
vara can easily overcome her prob-
lems, but it won't be nearly that
easy for the Wolverines.
Steve Jackson can be reached at

Pitchers finally deliver in complete games

By Waldemar Centeno'
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan baseball team (2-1 Big Ten, 10-10
overall) put on a pitching clinic in Iowa this past
weekend with two strong performances from soph-
omore Michael Penn (1-3) and junior Bobby Garza
In Iowa, Penn pitched a complete game shutout
and only allowed four hits in the entire game. His
eight strikeout performance gave him his first win
of the season.
"Michael (Penn) did a great job," first-year
Michigan coach Rich Maloney said. "Iowa really
lost their balance. It was the first time all year that

(Penn) held a team under five runs, so we have to
feel good about that."
Penn is a 6-foot-4 right-handed transfer from
Ball State. At Ball State, Penn pitched 30.1 innings.
In comparison to last year's Michigan's squad, only
junior Jim Brauer pitched more innings.
Garza also pitched a complete game in Iowa City
to capture a victory for the Wolverines. This was
the third win of the season for Garza, placing him
as one of the top pitchers on the team.
"Bobby (Garza) was solid," Maloney said. "He
actually had the best breaking ball we've seen all
year from him. We got two complete games from
our pitchers, which is what we needed."
Garza allowed seven hits and walked three in his

performance against the Hawkeyes. Despite allow-
ing five earned runs, Garza was able to survive
thanks to the comfort of a nine-run cushion pre-
sented by the Michigan batters.
The victories by both Penn and Garza helped
Michigan pull ahead in the series with Iowa. The two
wins also allowed Michigan to gain a few important
Big Ten victories, which will be essential for the
Wolverines' success in the Big Ten conference.
"It is extremely important to us to get these vic-
tories," Penn said. "We are taking each game one
game at a time. During the Big Ten matchups, we
try to put our best foot forward and hopefully play
well in those games. We are looking for good
things against our Big Ten opponents."

'Carebear' working hard to get into lineup

By Gina Adduci
Daily Sports Writer

Netters 'bust butt' in
tough road defeats

Don't be fooled by freshman Carey
Rubin's shy demeanor. Underneath
his quiet exterior lies an incredibly
focused and driven athlete.
Amazingly, Rubin's devotion to
tennis runs so deep that he often
takes it upon himself to practice out-
side of the organized team practices.
"I come a lot on my own before
practice, and then I like to hit after
practice," said Rubin, who did not
play this weekend in the Wolverines'
losses to Iowa and Minnesota.
On Wednesday morning, while the
rest of the University was either
sleeping or at class, Rubin was hitting
rounds with Michigan men's tennis
coach Mark Mees. Rubin has been
working hard to improve the speed
and accuracy of his serves, as well as
his skills along the baseline, which he
prefers instead of always having to
come to the net.
"I feel that I have improved just in

past two months," Rubin said. "I've
improved my serve a lot as far as
pace and consistency."
This kind of commitment is remi-
niscent of something out the movie
"Rudy." Rubin lives and breathes ten-
nis. He has decided on what he wants
to achieve and is willing to go to any
length to realize these goals.
"I like to play a lot, its fun for me,"
Rubin said.
Rubin says he puts every effort
into tennis, with hopes of joining the
pro tour after college.
"I think I owe to myself to at.least
try it for a couple of years and see
how it goes," Rubin said.
Throughout the past few weeks,
Rubin has gotten a taste of the skill
level the pro tour requires. Mike
Kosta, who is an alum of the Univer-
sity of Illinois and now a part of the
pro tour, has been lent his expertise
to Rubin by hitting with him a few
days each week before team prac-
"It's good for me to practice with

guys like him because I learn a lot,"
Rubin said. "He has played at the top
level in college and knows what it
takes to win."
As the youngest member of the
team, Rubin holds a very special
place. He is the little brother of soph-
omore Mike Rubin, and also the
team's kid brother. Carey has eight
older "brothers" to encourage him
and teach him.
On a team with absurd nicknames,
Carey's nickname explains it all. The
team lovingly refers to Carey as
"Carebear," which he received from
seniorbco-captain Chris Shaya. Shaya
started this nickname in the first
weeks of practice because Carey is
so laid back.
"I just like to hit tennis balls,"
Carey said. "Shaya told me he was
gonna take me under his wing and
show me the ropes."
With his fierce work ethic and
teammates rallied in support of him,
Carey has nothing but success in his

By Brad Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
The road was not kind to the
Michigan men's tennis team this
Following a three-match losing
streak, a change of scenery did little
to improve the Wolverines' for-
tunes, as they were swept Friday by
the No. 13 Minnesota Golden
Gophers. Yesterday, the team fell 4-
3 to Iowa in a closely contested
match that ran Michigan's losing
streak to five matches.
"Everybody is disappointed
today, and that's because they want
to win and do well," said coach
Mark Mees. "We are not gonna let
them stay down."
Friday's match saw improved
doubles play for the Wolverines (0-
4 Big Ten, 5-9 overall) with sopho-
mores David Anving and Vinny
Gossain winning at the No. 3 spot
in a reshuffled lineup. The top two
doubles teams lost tight matches,
however, and the team surrendered
the doubles point 2-1 as a result.
On the singles side, the Gophers
won all six matches in straight sets,
reinforcing their reputation as one of
the top-tier teams in the conference.
"(Minnesota) is one of the better

the coach.
"We came out and got the dou-
bles point, which was real positive,"
Mees said. "(But) we have to learn
to relax a little bit and perform
when it gets tight and close."
Although Mees admits that youth
is a factor in the team's difficulties
when it comes to executing during
crunch time, the coach feels that the
team is far enough along in the sea-
son to overcome the problem with-
out difficulty.
"We are getting toward the end
of our season, and at some point we
have got to get over (nerves)," Mees
said. "There are seven teams in the
Big Ten that are real close and the
difference between winning and
losing is executing."
Despite the fact that the team had
to fly from Minnesota to Iowa fol-
lowing Friday's match, Mees feels
that the increased travel was no
excuse for his team's performance
this weekend.
"We had a day in between, and
had a chance to hit on the courts
here (in Iowa)," Mees said. "Travel
is a part of any sport. We have to
start playing better tennis whether
it's home, away, or out in the alley."
The Wolverines will have very little
time to harp on the weekend's losses,

Michael Rubin affectionately refers to
his little brother as "Carebear."

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