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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 14, 2003 - 3B

Diamond talk

~The A~tid~loat Mad -vMVP

"There's no strategy. Just (take it)
one play at a time."
- Michigan coach Carol Hutchins Y
on her team's gameplan on the road th
against Wisconsin and Minnesota. d
th
of
ME ..
Pitchingke
25-8)
AB R iiBI

Marissa Young
(Michigan)
oung hurled a complete-game
'hree-hitter in the first game yester-
ay before belting a grand slam in
he second game - Michigan's only
ffense in the 4-1 win.

STEVE
JACKSON

I

YESTERDAY'S GAP
Michigan 4, Minnesota 1

What the world needs now
is one more stupid column

Minnesota (6-4, 29-131) Michig
Player AS R Hi BI Player
Ny ren3b 3 00 0 Haas
Roberts rf 3 0 10 Doe c
Nanchy 1b 2 00 0 Mouk
Thul c 3 0 10 Schoc
Wallace pr 0 1 0 0 Berc
Nichols 2b 3 0 0 0 Youn~
Smith dp 1 0 1 0 Leute
tPeyerp 2 0 0 0 Merch
ecknorp/dp 10 0 0 Tes&
Swardph 1 00 0 Motyc
Alston ph 1 0 1 1 Betley
Erickson cf 2 0 0 0 Elsne
Keenyfss 0 0 0 0
Total 24 1 4 1 Total

igan (7-1,
er

2b 3 0
denif 3 1
ck cf 3 1
cawp r 0 0
hantss 3 0
hler pr 0 0
y ka p/dp 3 0
,rpb 0 0

20
1 0
0 0
1 0
0 0
1 4
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
1 0
0 0
0 0

26 4 6 4

E - Keeney 3; MotYcka. LOB- Minnesota 5, Michigan
5. 26 - Schock. HR -Young (9).

Minnesota
Michigan

R H E
000 000 1 - 1 4 3
400 000 0- 4 61
IP H R ER BB

SO

MinnesotaDuJ
Recknor L (13-5) 0,1 3 4 3 0 0
Peyer 5.2 3 0 0 0 5
WMchlan
MotycaW, (10-6) 6.1 4 1 0 2 4
Young 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
Umpires - HP: Tim Topping, 18: Billy Patterson, 38:
Jay McGivern
At -Jane Sage Cowel Stadium, Minneapolis
Attendance - 341 Time -1:43

io

YESTERDAY'S GAME 1
Michigan 2, Minnesota 1

to Blue sweep
By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer
If Michigan's dynamic duo of pitchers, Marissa Young
and Nicole Motycka, continue to dominate the Big Ten,
then only Mother Nature can keep the Wolverines from
winning.
Michigan's last four games before its competition this
weekend had been cancelled, and while the layoff
slowed down the Wolverines' offense, their tag team on
the mound showed no signs of being rusty.
The duo dominated a pair of good hitting teams in
Minnesota and Wisconsin, allowing just one earned run
in four games this weekend.
Young started the weekend off right, tossing a one-hit,
complete-game gem Friday in Madison. Young struck
out 10 and walked just one, and she had a shutout until
she allowed a run in the sixth inning. On the other side
of the ball, Young herself supplied some of the run sup-
port she needed, belting a solo homer in the second
inning.
In Saturday's game, Young relieved Motycka in the
sixth inning and shut the door on the Badgers as the
Wolverines squeaked out a 2-1 win.
The first game of yesterday's doubleheader saw Young
throwing like her usual dominant self, striking out nine
and allowing just a solo homerun.
In the second game with Motycka on the mound, the
sophomore found herself cruising until the seventh
inning when she surrendered three hits and a run. With
just one out and the tying run at the plate, Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins put in Liz Elsner at first base to
allow Young to warm up in the bullpen. But Hutchins
kept Motycka in, and she retired the next two batters to
end the game.
"Nicole did really well," Young said. "Minnesota is a
really good hitting team. She just kept them off balance
and let the defense make plays."

Michigan (6-1, 24.8)
Player AB R H BI
Haas 2b 3 00 0
Doe cf 3 1 20
Moulden If 3 1 1 2
chock c 3 0 0 0
Young p 3 0 00
Mack dp 20 0 0
Motycka ph 1 0 0 0
Leutele 3b 3 0 0 0
Merchant ss 1 0 0 0
Betleyrf 3 0 0 0
Elsnerl1b 0 0 0 0

Minnesota (6-3, 29-12-1)
Plaryer AS R H Bi
Robertsrf 3 00 0
Nanchy 1b 3 0 1 0
Fisk pr 0 0 0 0
Thu c 2 00 0
Nichols 2b 3 0 0 0
Smith dp 2 00 0
Recknor ph 1 0 0 0
Erickson cf 3 0 0 0
Watti s 2000
Marten p 2 0 1 0
Keeney ss 0 0 0 0

These are the days of good-bye
columns. This sort of sentimental
crap allows seniors to find clo-
sure after spending untold hours toiling
over Quark Xpress at 420 Maynard.
This will be my last SportsMonday
column. But since I've decided to forgo
my last year of eligibility on this page
to pursue a career of killing puppies for
money in the Business School, I may
not be the most qualified person in the
world to pontificate about the glorious
lessons that can be learned at a daily
newspaper.
I am, however, perfectly capable of
writing one more random and stupid
column. And what better way to start
such a piece than with a quote from the
legendary Homer Simpson.
"If the Bible has taught us nothing
else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should
stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil
wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and
such."
I wonder how Homer would react
when confronted with the news that the
WNBA is on the verge of shutting
down because of a labor strike. I know I
laughed out loud.
Apparently making an average
$60,000 for just a few months of work
is not enough for the women with the
good fundamentals and the complete
lack of fan support.
Bobby Knight once said: "If the
NBA (Editors' Note: He meant the
WNBA) were on channel 5 and a bunch
of frogs making love were on channel 4,
I'd watch the frogs, even if they were
coming in fuzzy."
The sad fact is that the Discovery
Channel's frog specials might get better
ratings nationwide than the WNBA, but
then again the Detroit Tigers aren't
much better.
Tram and the gang finally put a win
on the board this weekend, but we all
know it is just a matter of time before
they are mathematically eliminated and
emergency fan promotions start pop-
ping up at the CoPa. In order to set its
product apart from the WNBA and the
frogs on the Discovery Channel, I think
the Tigers may want to duplicate the
"funny mating dogs night" promotion
that was recently on display at a soccer
match in Uganda.
According to The New Vision, Ugan-
da's leading English newspaper, specta-

tors "were treated to rib breaking laugh-
ter by the funny mating dogs during the
halftime break.
"As the dogs were mating, revelers
screamed in amusement while others
were seen shying away saying it was
bad luck to the home side."
Speaking of bad luck, how would
you like to be named Tony Suck?
According to my crack research staff,
this one man may actually be responsi-
ble for the negative, non-sexual mean-
ing of the word "suck."
Born Charles Anthony Suck in 1858,
he was one of the first professional
baseball players. Baseball is widely
regarded as a common influence on the
development of the modern American
lexicon, and after looking at Suck's
career statistics I'm sure you'll agree
that the term "awful" doesn't really do
him justice.
During his two-year career in the big
leagues, Suck hit .151 with just two
extra base hits. But what set him apart
from the other sad-sack men of his day
was his dreadful glove work. He com-
mitted 32 errors in 32 games at catcher,
16 errors in 15 games at shortstop, and
five errors in 13 games in the outfield.
Perhaps the trend that began with
Suck will continue with the Cleveland
Cavaliers. I can just imagine my grand-
son telling me how much his doing his
homework "really Cavs."
To prove this point, I submit to you
exhibit A: Someone took a $50 gift cer-
tificate for Cavaliers' game tickets and
tried to auction it on Ebay with a $4.50
price tag. The bidding ended earlier this
week without a single bid.
I'm starting to run out of space, so I
will leave you with a random piece of
mathematical information that just
needed to be mass produced.
If you took the $49,636 you would
spend on college tuition as an out-of--
state LSA student at the University and
instead spent it on condoms, you could
have sex 40 times a day or 1.7 times an
hour during your stay in college. If that
sounds a bit excessive, you could have
sex three times a day, and still have
$31.50 per day to spend on alcohol and
Taco Bell.

Total

25 2 3 2 Total

23 1 3 1

E - Nygren. LOB - Michigan 4; Minnesota 3. HR -
Moulden (5); Nygren (13). SH - Thul. SB - Doe.

Michigan
Minnesota
AkIchigan
Young W (13-1)
Minnesota
Marten L, (14-8)

R H E
000 002 0- 2 3 0
000 001 0 - 1 3 1
IP H R ER BB SO
7.0 3 1 1 1 9
7.0 3 2 2 2 8

SETH LOWER/Daily
Michigan sophomore Nicole Motycka kept Minnesota off-
balance in the second game of yesterday's doubleheader.
After mustering just 11 runs in the four games this
weekend, Michigan needed these stellar performances
on the mound.
During her team's nine-day layoff due to cancelled
games, Hutchins focused on keeping her two hurlers
ready, and the plan paid off. The team simulated games
indoors with Young and Motycka pitching.

Umpires - HP: Billy Peterson, 1B: Jay McGivern, 3B:
Tim Topping
At - Jane Sage Cowel Stadium, Minneapolis
Attendance - 731 Time - 1:42
SATURDAY'S GAME
Michigan 2, Wisconsin 1

Wisconsin (2-6, 13-18)
Player AS R H Bi
Zacher ss 3 00 0
Liles cf 3 0 0 0
eiss, M. 1b 3 11 0
Millerpr 0 00 0
Gillette c 2 0 1 0
Barnharst If 3 0 1 1
Friedman 2b 3 0 0 0
Kirchberg p 3 0 0 0
Padovan dp 3 0 0 0
Phillips rf 3 0 1 0
Reiss, K. 3b 0 0 0 0

Michigan (5-1, 23-8)
Player AB R N4 BI
Baas 2b 3 00 0
Doe cf 3000
Moulden If 2 1 2 1
Schock c 3 00 0
Young lb/p 1 1 1 1
Bercaw pr 0 00 0
Mackdp 3 0 00
Leutele 3b 3 0 0 0
Merchant ss 2 0 0 0
Betley rf 2 0 1 0
Motycka p 0 0 0 0
Elsner 1b 0 0 0 0

Total

26 1 4 1 Total

22 2 4 2

E - Zachar; Haas. LOB - Wisconsin 5, Michigan 7.
HR - Moulden (4), Young (8). SH - Betley. SB - Betley.

Michigan
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Kirchberg L, (11-13)
Michigan
Motycka W, (9-5)
Layne

R H E
000 100 0- 1 4 1
002 000 0- 2 4 1
IP H R ER BB SO
6.0 4 2 2 4 5
5.1 4 1 0 1 2
1.2 0 0 0 0 1

Steve Jackson can be reached at
sfjackso@umich.edu.

Umpires - HP: Steve Culp, 18: Tim Townsend, 3B: Sally
[Walker
At - Goodman Softball complex, Madison
Attendance - 293 Time - 1:30
FRIDAY'S GAME
Michigan 3, Wisconsin 0

Michigan (4.1, 22-8)
Player AB R
Haas 2b 4 0t
Doe cf 4 0
Moulden If 4 1
Schock c 1 1t
Bercaw pr 0 0
'Youngl1b 2 1
Prichard pr 0 0
Mack dp 3 0
Leutele 3b 3 0
Merchant ss 2 0
Betley rf 3 0 t
Eisner lb 0 0t

H Bi
0 0
2 0
1 0
0 0
00
2 2
00
2 1
00
00
00
0 0

Wisconsin (2-5, 13-17)
Player AS R H BI
Zacher ss 1 0 00
Liles cf 3 01 0
Gillette c 3 0 0 0
Reiss, M.1b 3 0 00
Kirchberg p 3 0 0 0
Friedman 2b 3 0 0 0
Consolmagno If 3 0 0 0
Padovandp 2 0 0 0
Phillips rf 2 0 0 0
Reiss, K. 3b 0 0 00

GOPHERS
Continued from Page 1B
a strong Minnesota offense.
The four early runs were all Michi-
gan needed.
"We have to hold them down until
you can get something going," Michi-
gan coach Carol Hutchins said.
"Sometimes it's the middle (of the
game), sometimes it's late, but the
goal is to keep them down."
Unfortunately for Michigan, game
one was a different story. Minnesota
brought the heat - starting pitcher
Piper Marten entered the weekend
No. 2 in the Big Ten in strikeouts -
and Michigan could not get anything
going early offensively.
"The first game was a pitchers'
duel," Young said. "(Marten) was
pitching well. Things were going
really quick: Three up, three down."
It wasn't until the sixth inning
when the Wolverines finally found
the spark they needed. Senior Melin-
da Moulden knocked a two-run
homer over the leftfield fence, her
fifth of the season.

"I knew it was going to come down
to one swing to win the game," Young
said. "We kept people off the bases,
and that ended up working for us."
The Gophers answered with a solo
shot by Jordanne Nygren, but Young
held off any other attempts to score
as she threw three more strikeouts to
end the game.
Michigan's other two victories ear-
lier this weekend came against Wis-
consin, 3-0 and 2-1 on Friday and
Saturday, respectively. The four-win
weekend put Michigan atop the Big
Ten with a half-game lead over Iowa
(7-2, 28-9). The Wolverines had their
only two games of the season against
Iowa cancelled last week due to
inclement weather.
But the Wolverines are not con-
cerned with the rankings. The only
thing Young and her team want is the
opportunity to play as much as possi-
ble - weather permitting, of course.
"We obviously can't control the
weather," Young said. "The games
we play count. At this point in the
season, we'd rather be playing than
practicing."

Total

26 3 7 3 Total

23 0 1 0

I E - Young; Kirchberg. LOB - Michigan 6; Wisconsin 5.
2B- Moulden, Young. HR - Young (7). HBP - Zacher,
Padovan. SH4 - Young. SS5- Doe, Merchant.

MIchigan
Wisconsin

R HE
010 002 0- 3 7 1
000 000 0- 0 1 1
IP H R ER BB SO

i

Michigan
Young W, (12-1) 7.0 1 0 0 1 10
Wisconsin
Kirchberg"L, (11-12) 7.0 7 3 3 3 6
Umpires- HP: Sally Walker 1B: Steve Culp 38: Tim
Townsend
At - Goodman Softball Complex, Madison.
Attendance - 401. Time - 1:36.

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