The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 19, 2004 - 5B
Line of the week
Saturday vs. Illinois (Game 1)
Players of the Series
IP H R ER BB
7.0 5 2 1 2
Illinois Fighting Illini 3
LP: Joe Ziemba (1-5)
Michigan Wolverines 6
WP: Jim Brauer (2-2)
"'Frustrating' is an
- Michigan coach Rich Maloney
on watching a potential win slip away
from the Wolverines twice yesterday.
SATURDAY, GAME 1
Illinois Fighting Illini 2
LP: Joe Ziemba (1-5)
Michigan Wolverines 5
WP: Derek Feldkamp (4-3)
Davidson slugged two over the
wall during the series. This was
an impressive achievement for
the junior, who bats just .252.
Bohm improved his average to .417
thanks to his double home run perform-
ance Saturday, as well as his 3-for-5
performance during the series finale.
SATURDAY, GAME 2
Illinois Fighting Illini 5
WP: Tim Gorski (3-0)
Michigan Wolverines 4
LP: Michael Penn (3-2)
Illinois Fighting Illini 9
WP: James Morris (2-0)
Michigan Wolverines 7
LP: Michael McCormick (1-1)
Illinois salvages split
with win over Blue
Illinois 9, Michigan 8 (11)
By Ryan Sosin
Daily Sports Writer
It was over - Michigan had the game in
the bag. The ball was floating through the air
and the Wolverines were going to put the win-
ning run across. It happened twice during yes-
terday's game, but when all was said and
done, the Wolverines found themselves at the
short end of a 9-8 contest with Illinois.
In the bottom of the 11th, Michigan needed
a run to tie the game. With lulNOLs 9
replacement catcher Matt
Rademacher in scoring
position and one out, Brad Roblin dropped a
single into right-centerfield. It should have
scored Rademacher, but when he tried to stop
halfway, he fell on his back. He made it to
third despite the fall, but was stranded.
"I feel really bad that we couldn't get it done
there," Michigan coach Rich Maloney said.
Michigan had a chance to put Illinois away
earlier in the extra-inning affair. With the
bases full in the 10th, outfielder Matt Butler
hit a fly ball that had sacrifice fly written all
over it. Leif Mahler broke for home and Illi-
nois outfielder Ryan Rogowski fired a ball to
the first base side of home plate. The catcher,
Chris Robinson, reached across and put the
tag down on Mahler.
"It (was) very frustrating," Maloney said.
"Especially on a bang-bang play."
Mahler got the starting nod at shortstop
after Jeremy Goldschmeding went down with
an ankle injury during warm-ups. It was just
his third start of the year, and he turned in a
good showing. The freshman walked twice
and reached on an error that resulted from a
hard hit ball up the middle. In the fourth,
Mahler flashed the leather when he dove and
snagged a Robinson line drive.
"It got everybody going. Obviously with a
backup-type guy you have to see what he's
got," Mahler said. "It gave me more confi-
dence the rest of the game."
The Wolverines seemed to have Illinois'
number on the basepaths. Catcher Jeff
Kunkel, who started every game during the
weekend, threw out two consecutive runners
"A couple times there I looked like a
genius," Maloney said. "And then other times
you want to hide your head in the dugout."
Control problems plagued Wolverine pitch-
ers all of Sunday. Bobby Garza - who started
for Michigan - Phil Tognetti, Ali Husain,
Andrew Hess and Dan Lentz each walked at
least one batter apiece and combined for three
hit batsmen. Mike McCormick was the only
Wolverine without a walk as he pitched one
and two-thirds innings of work. But he suffered
"I was disappointed today with the pitching,"
Maloney said. "But Mike McCormick did a
decent job and Dan Lentz did a good job."
Michigan could consider itself lucky to have a
chance in extra innings. First baseman Kyle Bohm,
who drilled two home runs during Saturday's 5-4
twilight game loss, stepped into the box during the
eighth and down by two runs. Maloney flashed the
signs to the three runners on base and then looked
in at his hitter at the plate.
Maloney felt "a lot of confidence" as his
best hitter stared back at him.
Bohm delivered a sharp single that drove in
the two runs needed to tie the game at eight.
Player AB R H
Getz 2b 4 1 2
Butler rf 5 1 2
Bohm b 5 03
Scheidt 3b 6 0 0
Kunkel c 5 1 0
Schmidt pr 0 0 0
Rademacher c 1 0 0
Roberts dh 3 2 2
Rudden dh 2 1 1
Roblin If 6 1 3
Mahler ss 4 0 0
Rose cf 4 1 1
Garzap 0 0 0
Tognetti p 0 0 0
Husain p 0 0 0
Hessp 0 0 0
McCormick p 0 0 0
Lentz4p 0 0 0
Total 45 81,4
BI Player a
1 Huisinga of
0 DiMaria rf
0 Eymann ss
0 Frederickson lb
0 Rowe pr
0 Davidson If
0 Sharwarko dh
0 Roof lb
3 Robinson c
0 Raymond 3b
1 Bensko p
0 Saving p
0 Morris p
40 9 13 7
LOB- Michigan 12, Illinois 13. E - Michigan 1, Illinois
6. DP - Minnesota 3- Michigan 1, HR - Michigan 0:
Illinois 1: Davidson (). HBPo- Michigan; None, Illinois
3: Eymann, Rogowski, Raymond. SB-Michigan: None,
Illinois: None. S -Michigan: None, Illinois 2: Eymann
(5). Rogowski (1).
004 110 01 9 13 6
220 030 00 8 14 1
H R ER BB SO
Bensko 5.0 9
Saving 2.0 1
Morris (W, 2-0) 4.0
Garza 3.1 4
Tognetti 2.1 5
Husain 1.2 2
McCormick (L, 1-1) 1.2
Lentz 0.2 0
Umpires.-HP: Mike Conlin, 1B
At - The Fish
Attendance - 917 Time - 4:15
42 2 3
5 4 4 2
2 2 1 1
1.0 0 1
1~ 1 1 0
0 0 0 1
I: Dennis Varwig,
Redshirt sophomore pitcher All Husain shows frustration during Sunday's extra-inning loss to Illinois. He
allowed two runs, one earned, in an inning and two-thirds of work.
SATURDAY, GAME 2
Illinois 5, Michigan 4
But Illinois took the lead for the good in the
top of the eleventh when Ted Rowe scored
from third after a ball popped between
Rademacher's legs. By the time he got to the
ball, the damage was done.
The loss marked the second series split in
three weeks of Big Ten play for Michigan. With
Jim Brauer's fastball touching 91 miles per hour,
the Wolverines took Friday's game 6-3.
Derek Feldkamp turned in his second
straight complete game, earning the win in
Saturday's early 5-2 contest.
"He kept the ball down and got a lot of
ground balls," pitching coach John Lowery said.
The Wolverines are tied for second place in
the Big Ten heading into next weeks matchup
in Columbus against Ohio State, who sits atop
the standings with an 8-4 record.
Player AB R
Getz 2b 4 1
Butler rf 4 1
Bohml1b 3 2
Scheidt 3b 4 0
Kunkel c 2 0
Roberts dh 3 0
Mahlerss 0 0
Roblin If 3 0
Rose cf 3 0
Penn p 0 0
Hammond p 0 0
Total 29 4
Player AB R
Huisinga cf 4 1
Hastings 2b 3 1:
Frks3b 4 1
Rogowski rf 4 0
Roofib 0 0
Frederickson 1b3 0
DiMaria ph/rf 0 0
Eymann ss 4 1:
Sharwarko dh 2 0
Keys ph/dh 1 0
Robinson c 3 0
Davidson If 2 1
Total 30 5
at his new position
LOB - Michigan 6, Illinois 7. E - Michigan 5, Illinois 4.
DP - Minnesota 1; Michigan 3 HR - Michigan 2: Bohm
2 (6), Illinois 2: Davidson (5)Eymann (1). HBP -
Michigan 1: Kunkel, Illinois: None. SB - Michigan:
None, Illinois 2: Frk (4), Rogowski (7). CS - Michigan:
None, Illinois: None.
R H E
Illinoisn310 100 0 5 9 0
Michigan 100 020 1 4 9 3
Penn (W 3-1)
IP H R ER BB SQ
3.1 6 5 3 1 0
Gorski(L, 1-4) 5.0
Umpires - HP: Mike Wallace,
Attendance - 867 Time - 2:16
8 3 3 1 0
1 1 1 0 0
1B: Mike Conlin, 3B:
By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
During the early weeks of the season,
sophomore A.J. Scheidt was the poster
child for walk-on players everywhere.
Before going into Big Ten play, Scheidt
was batting a solid .394, and was tied
for the team lead in
home runs, with
Sophomore shortstop Jeremy Goldschmeding is riding a seven-game hitting streak thanks to a hit in each of the two
games Saturday. He didn't play Sunday, after injuring his right ankle during a pre-game warm up drill.
injury holds shortstop's hit streak
By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
It was a roller-coaster type of week-
end for Michigan shortstop Jeremy
Goldschmeding. After going 4-for-9
from the plate with three RBI in the
first three games against Illinois from
Friday to Saturday, Goldschmeding
rolled his right ankle in a freak accident
during a fielding drill just 20 minutes
before yesterday's final game, leaving
his future availability in doubt.
In the top of the third inning of Sat-
urday's early game, Goldschmeding
flashed his potential.
It didn't come in the form of a
powerful home run. After all, he
hasn't hit one since last season.
Rather, the sophomore displayed
what he is capable of on defense.
Illinois outfielder Ryan Rogowski
hit a sharp line drive up the middle,
but the rangy Goldschmeding leapt
up to make a spectacular grab for
the second out of the inning, draw-
ing raucous cheers from the crowd.
"Any time a great play is made, it
gives the team a little bit of a lift,"
Goldschmeding said. "If I can make
learning on the job after starting only
25 games at his position last year.
"Jeremy is still fighting consis-
tency," Maloney said after Satur-
day's games. "Right now, he's better
than he was last year, but he's still
not where he needs to be to be a
championship shortstop. But he has
definitely made tremendous strides
from last year. He makes some plays
that are major league (caliber)."
Still, Goldschmeding is taking his
defensive maturation day by day.
"I was sitting back on the ball and
not really going to get it," he said of
his early-season difficulties. "Now
I've started going to get (the ball)
and (the errors) have gone down a
All the attention being paid to
Goldschmeding's erratic defense
should not obscure what he has
been able to accomplish at the plate
this year. His .359 batting average is
the second best on the team, up
from a .231 mark in his freshman
season. His hit in Saturday's later
contest extended his hitting streak
to seven games.
Unfortunately, the ankle injury
won't be fully known until X-rays
are taken. Maloney is optimistic
about Goldschmeding's recovery.
"Hopefully it's just a sprained
ankle," Maloney said. "We'll do
everything we can to get him back
as soon as possible."
In the meantime, Goldschmeding
attributes his hitting improvement to
making adjustments in his approach
and gaining valuable experience in
"I think experience is the biggest
thing," he said. "(But) I've also
changed my stance a little bit, and
I've shortened my swing. I had a
real long swing (in high school) that
wasn't that conducive to hitting in
college, (but) now I'm swinging at
better pitches. I think summer ball
made the biggest difference."
Goldschmeding spent the summer
on the Baseball Academy Red team in
Bradenton, Fla., where he was able to
get more at-bats under his belt.
"I saw more pitches at the college
level," Goldschmeding said of play-
ing in the Florida Collegiate
Instructional League. "It helped me
have a better approach when I'm
But lately, his
game just doesn't
have the same kick
that it did in the
This weekend brought more trouble
for Scheidt. His batting average has
slipped to .320 and his fielding percent-
age is down to .888, one of the lowest in
the starting lineup. Scheidt stranded
seven runners in yesterday's game.
Part of Scheidt's difficulties might
have been due to switching positions,
moving from second to third base.
Although this transition proved chal-
lenging, Scheidt believes he is growing
more accustomed to his new role.
"I feel very comfortable at third,"
Scheidt said. "That's something that
I've tried to do better at is to really bring
defense to the field every single day.
Because there are days that I'm not
going to hit, but every day I need to
play good defense."
One might also think that hitting
behind Kyle Bohm, one of the strongest
batters on the team, might make step-
ping up to the plate even more psycho-
logically stressful. For Scheidt, however,
this is not the case.
"Hitting behind Kyle is a great thing,
because usually it'll take the pressure
off me," Scheidt said. "He'll drive the
runs in, he'll get on base, he'll allow me
to drive him in - so whatever the case,
it's great batting behind him."
Scheidt does not feel that focus-
ing too much on the adjustment is
what led to his lackluster hitting.
"There are two heads to the game,"
the sophomore said. "When I'm in the
dugout, I'm thinking about hitting, and
when I'm in the field, I'm thinking
Inconsistency has not only plagued
Scheidt in recent weeks - it has been a
problem for the entire team. This was
evidenced by this weekend's series split
against Illinois, a squad that was sitting
at the bottom of the Big Ten and one
that, statistically, Michigan should have
been able to sweep.
"I think it just takes consistency in all
aspects of the game," Scheidt said of the
how he thinks the Wolverines can turn
their play around. "I myself got left on
base (yesterday), and other guys picked
me up, but I think we just need a consis-
tency throughout the lineup. We just
need everyone to show up."
OucH: A number of mid-season
injuries also create challenges for the
Wolverines. Not only are pitcher Drew
Taylor and shortstop Jeremy Gold-
schmeding out with injuries, but pitch-
er Jim Brauer has also been playing
Brauer startled the crowd on Friday
when he requested additional warm-up
pitches. He went on to throw 7.2
innings with just eight hits.
"I think it was just cramps," pitching
coach John Lowery said of the extra
pitches. "He was still throwing 91 or 92
(miles per hour). I think it was one of
his best games."
ON THE RECORD: With his double yes-
terday, junior Kyle Bohm is on pace to
get 23 doubles by the end of the season.
Bryan Besco set Michigan's current
record in 1997, when he pounded out
Bohm's two long balls on Saturday
also put him on pace to make an
appearance on the single-season home
run list. With his six, he needs to slug
four more over the wall this season to
join a tie for ninth with the likes of for-
mer Wolverines and Cincinnati Reds
Chris Sabo and Hal Morris, among oth-
ers who wore the maize and blue.
Illinois 9, MICHIGAN 8 (11)
Penn State 4, MINNESOTA 3
INDIANA 25, Iowa 9
Ohio State 12, MICHIGAN STATE 10
Purdue 11, NORTHWESTERN 4
MIcHIGAN 5, Illinois 2
INDIANA 5, Iowa 4
Ohio State 8, MICHIGAN STATE 7
MINNESOTA 6, Penn State 3
NORTHWESTERN 3, Purdue 1
Illinois 5, MICHIGAN 4
Iowa 12, INDIANA 7
Ohio State 19, MICHIGAN STATE 2
Penn State 8, MINNESOTA 4
Purdue 9, NORTHWESTERN 3
Iowa 7, INDIANA 3
MICHIGAN STATE 10, Ohio State 7
MINNESOTA 7, Penn State 2
MICHIGAN 6, Illinois 3
NORTHWESTERN 7, Purdue 6
The Cleveland State Vikings (5-3
Horizon League, 7-17 overall) will
travel to Ann Arbor for a midweek
showdown with the Wolverines.
Cleveland State is fresh off a four-
game split with Wright State, win-
ning the first and last games of the
series last weekend. The Vikings are
in a second-place tie in their confer-
ence behind just Illinois-Chicago.
s r C~-~'A r
Ohio State 8
Penn State 7
Michigan State 7
BIG TEN STANDINGS
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