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16 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 16, 2003

'M' nine hits early.
to handle Hillsdale

Softball slugs 25 hits
to dominate Eastern

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer

By Josh Holman
and Gennaro Fillce
Daily Sports Writers
The Michigan baseball team plays in
Division I. The Hillsdale nine compete
in Division II. In this Big Ten Confer-
ence-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath-
letics Conference matchup, one team
entered the game as a heavy favorite,
and here's a hint, it wasn't the Chargers.
A late addition to the Michigan
schedule, Hills-
dale never had a
chance against theM1 HGN 9
Wolverines, who
came out and took care of business
against a lesser opponent.
"In baseball anything can happen,"
senior third baseman Brock Koman
said. "(When favored) you have to
come out and take control right away,
and that's what we did today."
Michigan scored early and often,
notching seven runs in the first two
innings en route to the 9-1 win. The
Wolverines played well defensively
and received a fine outing from sopho-
more pitcher Phil Tognetti, who hurled
five innings of four-hit ball, allowing
just one run.

TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM: For Koman,
his final campaign in the maize and
blue will push him further up the
Michigan record books in categories
like hits, RBIs and doubles. But the
senior already owns one school record
that many would like to avoid.
In the second inning yesterday,
Koman was hit by a pitch for the 10th
time this season and the 40th time in
his career.
"This year, Coach (Maloney) has
emphasized not getting out of the way
and taking one for the team," Koman
said. "I've been doing that this year, I
guess, maybe more than I have in the
past."
There's no doubt that fearlessness at
the plate has spread throughout the
whole team. In last weekend's series
against Illinois, senior second baseman
Jordan Cantalamessa took a pitch off
the head and a bean-ball broke senior
first baseman Nate Wright's wrist.
"We emphasize real hard that if we
get hit, we sprint down to first and
don't show any emotion, and these
guys do it," Maloney said. "We've got
some guys with some guts. That's the
kind of attitude we're trying to groom
here for the future."

In her 19 seasons coaching at Michi-
gan, Carol Hutchins had never seen a
more beautiful day.EZs
- especially for a
doubleheader. And
as the sun began to set after the first
game, the Wolver-ER N H.2
ines kept shining,
routing Eastern
Michigan, 7-1 and 10-2.
"This is one of the most beautiful
days and evenings that I can remember
playing in Michigan softball," Hutchins
said. "It just couldn't have been better.
"I told the players this is the first
Michigan team in history to play under
the lights. It's exciting."
The lights weren't needed until about
midway through the second game, but
Michigan had already lit up the field.
Already with a 1-0 lead after the first
inning, Michigan pounded the Eagles in
the second.
Jessica Merchant was the catalyst
with a lead-off double off the fence in
left-center. Merchant had already belted
a two-run homerun in the first game.
Grace Leutele fired a single up the
middle, advancing Merchant to third.

But junior Jessica Olds sent them
around as she slammed a homerun into
deep leftfield, stretching the lead to four.
Michelle Teschler then dropped in a
single and freshman Tiffany Haas
struck the top of the wall in left center.
After a single by Meghan Doe, the
score was 5-0 - still with no outs.
Melinda Moulden followed with a
sacrifice fly, and then Marissa Young
cleared the bases with a three-run
homerun into left-centerfield.
"We had a lot of good at bats, and we
hit the ball well," Hutchins said.
The seven-run second inning was
enough for the Wolverines. The game
ended early because of the mercy rule
in the sixth after a Moulden homerun.
The 'M' tandem of Merchant and
Moulden was joined by Lisa Mack as
she contributed to the offensive show in
the first game with two singles and four
RBI's. Moulden had three hits, includ-
ing a double to lead off the fifth and a
single to lead off the sixth.
"I try to get on base. Other people
can hit me in," Moulden said.
Merchant hit a two-run homerun in
the fifth, only her second of the year.
The Wolverines produced 25 hits and
four homeruns, proving it to be the most
efficient day of the season.

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DANNY MOLOHSHOK/Daffy
Michigan senior Brock Koman fields a groundball at third base. Koman was hit by a
pitch for his 10th time this season yesterday against Hillsdale.

MAIZE SUBMARINE: Freshman relief
pitcher Ali Husain entered in the top
of the ninth yesterday, allowing no
runs on zero hits and one strikeout.
The stat line may be generic for any
relief pitcher, but his style is far
from average.
Husain is one of the rare oddities
found in baseball, delivering his pitch-
es with a sidearm, nearly underhand
motion.

"The way Ali was throwing, it would
have been difficult for him to survive
in that form, so he had to have some
kind of niche," Maloney said. "He
might have found it"
With a little more work, Husain may
be looking forward to entering more
games in the top of the ninth.
"Now I feel really comfortable with
it," Husain said. "Usually, I feel like I
can throw strikes when I want."

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