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SPORTS

April 7, 2003

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nine loses 8-7 in extra innings

By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team had to wait two extra
days to see how it would stack up against the best of
the Big Ten. The result: Michi-
gan hung tough with Minnesota 1 iN
for a while but could not get a CGN
clutch hit to seal a victory.
After games were cancelled
on Friday and Saturday due to
inclement weather, the Wolverines (3-3 Big Ten, 12-
12 overall) and the Golden Gophers (6-0, 16-10)
finally got together for two seven-inning games at the
Fish yesterday.
Down 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning of
game two of the doubleheader, Michigan stormed
back by stringing together four hits in a row and

seven hits in eight at-bats. After three consecutive
singles by the bottom of the lineup to load the bases,
lead-off hitter Gino Lollio smacked a double down
the third-base line, bringing home two runs. After a
fielder's choice off the bat of Mike Sokol, Brock
Koman singled to center field chasing Minnesota
pitcher C.J. Woodrow from the game. Michigan took
a 6-4 lead into the fifth inning.
Minnesota did not wait long to get its runs back.
With Ben Pattee on third and one out, Scott Welch hit
a comebacker to reliever Drew Taylor, who threw to
Koman at third to catch Pattee in a rundown. Koman
chased Pattee down and dove to apply the tag, but
when Koman hit the ground, the ball came loose and
Pattee was ruled safe.
"It was a critical mistake," Michigan coach Rich
Maloney said. "We caught the guy off and had him,
See BASEBALL, Page 5B

OPPORTUNITIES LOST
Over the past two seasons, Michigan softball has seen
its share of cancellations due to bad weather. Over the
weekend, Michigan's cancelled games against Iowa
moved it from second to third in the Big Ten. Michigan
State was able to get a win over the Hawkeyes yester-
day, putting both teams at first place. Last season, the
Wolverines were in a similar situation when games
against Iowa and Illinois were cancelled, allowing Michi-
gan no room for error in the conference.

Photos by DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Top: Michigan's Brock Koman (10) and Drew Taylor can only-watch as Minnesota's Matt Fomasiere escapes the tag after getting out of a
. rundown in the secqndgam .eftraon Roberts (16) and Ni ddiecollide with the gropdafter bo going after a popup.
Weather prevents softball from gaining ground

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer

2003 Season cancellations
Date Opponent
2/26 Texas A&M
3/9 Troy State
3/9 Seminole Semifinal
4/4 Iowa
4/5 Iowa

2002 Season
Date Opponent
4/26 Iowa
4/27 Illonois

While April showers might bring
May flowers, they have brought the
Michigan softball team nothing but
frustration and disappointment.
So far this season, foul weather has
kept the Wolverines from several games,
including the playoff rounds of the Flori-
da State Seminole Invitational in early
March, a tournament in which Michigan
had a shot at the championship.
Over the weekend, the Wolverines
once again got fired up for a big week-
end matchup against Big Ten rival
Iowa - a team that has consistently
challenged the Wolverines for the top
spot in the conference.

But Mother Nature had other plans.
On Friday, she decided to bring back
March's chilly rain, and on Saturday,
she even managed to conjure up a few
snowflakes, reminding everyone of the
February weather that they presumed
to have passed.
Friday's opener against Iowa was first
set back an hour, and then moved to Sat-
urday along with the second game of the
series. But the weather did not improve
for the doubleheader, and Michigan was
once again left hanging with the games
completely cancelled as opposed to
rescheduled for later in the season.
"We were pretty upset," senior co-
captain Meghan Doe said. "These
were big games, and we were ready for
them. We really wanted to play, so

when we heard that we weren't going
to get to, we were disappointed."
These cancellations are not only sig-
nificant in that the Wolverines lost more
valuable playing time. They also missed
a game against a Big Ten team that
could make the hunt for the Big Ten
championship an even greater chal-
lenge.
Doe believes that Michigan needs to
focus on its upcoming games, rather
than concerning itself with rankings.
"I'm not sure how (the cancellation
of the Iowa games) will affect how
we're doing in the Big Ten," she said.
"We have to win the next four games,
and that's what we're worried about
right now. We'll have to see how the
other teams did this weekend, but

we're more concerned about how we
play this week."
Tomorrow should bring a double-
header at home against Central Michi-
gan, although weather reports indicate
that today might bring more snow to
Ann Arbor. Later in the week, the
Wolverines travel to Madison for games
Friday and Saturday against Wisconsin.
With Michigan's erratic schedule,
one might guess that the team's
momentum would be hindered. But
Doe has faith in the Wolverines'
progress thus far.
"I think that we'll be able to pick up
momentum again for this week," Doe
said. "We've had a few good practices
this weekend, and we've been hitting
pretty well, so it should be okay."

Offensive line Blue's
strongest unit 0nsrn

By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Editor
Nothing makes Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr come out of his shell more
than a chance to talk about his big
uglies.
"We're gonna have a line - a
Michigan line,"
said Carr, with
noted emphasis one
the word "Michi-
gan."

So what exactly
does it mean to

"''

Last season's group gave up just 22
sacks in 13 games, compared to 30 in
2001, benefiting from a more mobile
and experienced John Navarre behind
center. The Michigan running game
finished eighth in the Big Ten in
yardage, but except for a mid-year
slump against Purdue and Iowa, run-
ning backs Chris Perry and B.J. Askew
were able to find holes and move the
chains.
Carr already knows who will fill
four out of five starting spots, barring
any unforeseen circumstances: Sopho-
more Adam Stenavich at left tackle,
Baas at left guard, senior Dave Pearson
at center and Pape at right tackle.
Sophomore Matt Lentz, who alternat-
ed with Dave Petruziello last season
and is known as the strongest player on
the Michigan roster, is battling with
classmate Leo Henige for the starting
nod at right guard in spring drills.
"Both (Lentz and Henige) are going
to be good players, but Leo Henige has
really made some strides," Carr said.
"Henige is a guy that's got excellent
movement."
Carr couldn't control his excitement
when discussing Baas, who emerged

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? REALLY ...
Crossing over
Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards is known to
thousands every Saturday in the fall as Michigan's
go-to guy. What those fans in the Big House may not
know is that Edwards has become an integral mem-
ber of the men's track team during the winter and
soon-to-be spring season.
Consistently spectactular
Senior Janessa Grieco has been a leader on and off
the floor for the women's gymnastics team for her
entire career - one that may not have happened if
not for some playful, and destructive, fun with her
grandfather.
Page 4B
Polo, goes 2-1, makes
West Coast tip count

4 have a "Michigan line?" Judging by
Carr's sudden burst of enthusiasm, it
must be more than just five huge guys
wearing maize and blue.
"It's a strong, physical, powerful
line," Carr said. "I like it. I like it.
Now, I might not like them tomorrow.
But I like them today."
Falling out of Carr's favor should be
tough for this group, though. Six
Wolverines with significant playing
experience return to the fold, including
first-team All-Big Ten performers jun-
ior David Baas and senior Tony Pape,
making the 2003 line the most formi-

By Melanie Kebler
Daily Sports Writer

For the Michigan water polo team,
wins on the West Coast are the hardest
kind to come by. West Coast teams,
especially California teams, are among
the top-ranked in the country and ben-
efit from year-round sunshine.
But this weekend, the Wolverines
endured a tough trip to the Arizona
State Desert Challenge and came home
with a 2-1 record. Not bad for a team

head coach Matt Anderson said.
"Everybody was capable of beating
everybody at this tournament."
Michigan came out on top, though,
with wins over No. 19 Arizona State
on Saturday and No. 9 San Jose State
yesterday. The win over San Jose State
was the first time Michigan has beaten
a top 10 team since it topped Califor-
nia-San Diego back in 2001. Anderson
said the two wins helped make the
weekend one that exceeded his expec-
tations.

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