6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 11, 2004
Former Padre, MVP
Caminiti, dead at 41
By Matt Venegoni
Daily Sports Writer
On the strength of its defense,
the Michigan field hockey team has
coasted through a seven-game win-
ning streak, but
yesterday it had
a taste of its own
medicine. Michigan (2-1 Big Ten, 10-4
overall) fell to Iowa 4-3 in an overtime
thriller - Michigan's first loss since
The Wolverines came out strong,
looking to put the Hawkeyes (3-0, 7-5)
away early. Sophomore Katie Morris
extended her goal-scoring streak with
the game's first tally at the 1:32 mark
off a pass from senior captain Adri-
"I think we played a really great first
half, but Iowa really took it to us in the
second half," Michigan coach Marcia
Just five minutes after the first goal,
sophomore Kara Lentz registered her
first collegiate goal as the Wolverines
continued to dominate the early stages
of the game. Sophomore Mary Fox
added to the Wolverines' lead, scoring
the third marker of the frame at 21:31
with another assist from Hortillosa.
Iowa played like a different team in
the second half, dominating possession
of the ball and keeping Michigan from
controlling the tempo. Iowa got its first
goal at 51:00 when Iowa midfielder
Debbie Birrell deflected in a shot off a
pass from defender Lauren Stiver.
Three-and-a-half minutes later, Iowa
midfielder Heather Schnepf drilled a
shot that beat Michigan goalkeeper
Molly Moloney to cut the Wolverine
lead to 3-2. Birrell scored once again
on a deflection off a penalty corner to
tie the game 57 minutes in.
"They just scored some nice goals
when we couldn't get our passing
going," Pankratz said.
Michigan earned a penalty corner
with one second remaining in regula-
tion and had four penalty corners in the
second half, but the Hawkeye defense
was strong and sent the game to over-
Iowa's aggressive offense was the
difference and Kadi Sickel slipped in a
pass from Schnepf on a penalty corner
to give the Hawkeyes the upset.
The loss ended Michigan's winning
NEW YORK (AP) - Ken Caminiti,
the 1996 National League MVP who
later admitted using steroids during his
major league career, died yesterday. He
Caminiti died of a heart attack in the
Bronx, said his agent-lawyer Rick Licht.
The city medical examiner's office said
an autopsy would be performed today,
spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.
"I'm still in shock," San Diego Padres
general manager Kevin Towers said.
"He was one of my favorite all-time
The three-time All-Star third base-
man often was in trouble the last few
years. His 15-year big league career
ended in 2001, five seasons after he led
the Padres to a division title and was a
unanimous pick for MVP.
Just last Tuesday, he admitted in a
Houston court that he violated his pro-
bation by testing positive for cocaine
last month, and was sentenced to 180
days in jail.
But state District Judge William
Harmon gave Caminiti credit for the
189 days he already served in jail and
a treatment facility since he was sen-
tenced to three years probation for a
cocaine arrest in March 2001.
In May 2002, Caminiti told Sports
Michigan's Katie Morris (14) scored the first goal yesterday against Iowa, but it
wasn't enough, as the Wolverines lost in overtime, 4-3.
streak, but Pankratz does not feel major
changes are needed.
Whatever adjustments need to be
made must be done before next week's
game when Michigan State - the
favorite for the Big Ten title - comes
"We were really starting to pass
well and keep possession well," Pan-
kratz said of the team's play during the
win streak. think we will approach
(Saturday's Michigan State game) as
normal, but we know it's going to be a
great rivalry game."
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Illustrated that he used steroids during
his MVP season, when he hit a career-
high .326 with 40 home runs and 130
RBIs. He estimated half the players in
the big leagues were also using them.
Licht said Caminiti hoped to get back
into the game, possibly in a position that
would allow him to mentor younger
players about avoiding the mistakes he
made. Caminiti did return to baseball
this year, serving as a spring training
instructor with San Diego.
"He didn't look good," Towers said.
"I'm not surprised.
"The best way to describe him is that
he was a warrior in every sense of the
word. I can't tell you how many times I
remember him hobbling into the man-
ager's office, barely able to walk, and
saying, 'Put me in the lineup."'
Licht said Caminiti was in New York
this past weekend to help a friend, but
did not go into detail.
"Man, that's just a tough one. I played
with him for eight years," Dodgers
outfielder Steve Finley said last night,
learning of Caminiti's death after St
Louis eliminated Los Angeles from the
"He was a great player, but he got
mixed up in the wrong things - taking
drugs. It's a sad reminder of how bad
drugs are and what they can do to your
body. It's a loss all of us will feel."
Caminiti batted .272 with 239 homes
and 983 RBIs with Houston, San Diego,
Texas and Atlanta.
Caminiti's defining moment during
his MVP season came on Aug. 18, 1996
in the oppressive heat of Monterrey;
Mexico, as the Padres prepared to face
the New York Mets in the finale of the
first regular-season series played outside
the United States and Canada.
Battling dehydration and an upset
stomach, Caminiti took two liters of
intravenous fluid, then hit two home
runs for four RBIs in an 8-0 victory.
"I didn't think I was going to play that
day," he recalled after the season. "I'd
have to thank the training staff for get.
ting me on the field that day. They made
a bigger deal than I thought it was."
Towers and Licht both recalled the
enormous ovation Caminiti received
during a 2003 ceremony marking the
Padres' farewell at Qualcomm Stadium.
The team moved into a new ballpark
Licht said he had to go to Houston to
persuade Caminiti to make an appear-
ance, and Towers remembered the for-
mer star was nervous.
"He didn't know what kind of reac-
tion he would get," Towers said.
After being showered with cheers,.
Caminiti told Licht it was his greatest
day in baseball.
"It's a shame for his family as mucl,
as it is for his friends," former Padre
teammate Andy Ashby said. "He's got
three daughters who are going to miss
having dad around. It's a shame. It's a
Caminiti teamed with Tony Gwynn
and Greg Vaughn in the middle of ther
Padres' 1998 lineup, leading them to the
World Series, where they got swept byC
the New York Yankees.
Male harriers place
fourth in 4K race
Sophomore James Reichardt led
Michigan to a fourth-place finish at the
Michigan Intercollegiate on Friday. Hist
time of 12:05 in the 4K race was good
enough for eighth place overall.
Sophomore Sebastien Lounis made
his Michigan debut with a 22nd-place
finish, and sophomore Brian Les and
junior Joe Schramski placed 11th and
13th, respectively. Les and Schramski
ran together across the line, finishing
just three seconds apart at 12:12 and
12:15. Seth Thibodeau and Ryan Galt
rounded out the Michigan field.
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