2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 25, 2004
Red Sox go to St. Louis up 2
BOSTON (AP) - The oozing red
sock is now the very symbol of these
Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a
stitched-up right ankle.
Pitching again through pain and seep-
ing blood, Curt Schilling helped Boston
move halfway to snaring its most elusive
prize: a first World Series championship
Backed by another big hit from sur-
prising Mark Bellhorn and unfazed by
a defense that still had trouble getting a
grip, the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Car-
dinals 6-2 last night to take a command-
ing 2-0 lead.
Jason Varitek's rare triple, Orlando
Cabrera's single off the Green Monster
and a booming double by Game 1 star
Bellhorn drove in all of Boston's runs
- enough to offset four errors, including
a Series record-tying three by third base-
man Bill Mueller.
Schilling showed no ill effects of a
bum ankle for six strong innings. Doc-
tors once again used sutures to keep a
tendon in place, as they did before he
won Game 6 of the AL championship
series at Yankee Stadium, and he looked
even better this time.
He combined with three relievers on a
five-hitter, and kept focused on the main
job of shutting down the St. Louis sluggers.
Despite Albert Pujols getting three hits, the
trio of Larry Walker, Scott Rolen and Jim
Edmonds went a combined 0-for-ll.
Schilling improved to 8-2 lifetime in
the postseason and became the first start-
ing pitcher to win in the Series for three
different teams, having also pitched for
Arizona and Philadelphia.
Now Pedro Martinez will try to make
it a 3-0 lead tomorrow night when he
faces Jeff Suppan in Game 3 at St. Louis.
The Cardinals are a perfect 6-0 at Busch
Stadium in this postseason, and Suppan
outpitched Roger Clemens there in Game
7 of the NLCS.
Red Sox fans might be happy if they
did not see their team play again in per-
son this year. Of the 33 teams to open
the Series with two victories at home, 28
have gone on to win the championship.
Then again, Boston led 2-0 in its
last appearance, winning twice at Shea
Stadium in 1986 before losing in seven
games to the New York Mets.
Somehow, the Red Sox have won
twice despite a pair of four-error perfor-
mances - the most ever in the opening
two games of the Series.
The Cardinals were flawless in the
field on a misty, 48-degree evening, yet
their baserunning was shaky. A misstep
by Reggie Sanders - he stepped over
second and had to retreat - cost them a
chance to score early.
Matt Morris lost on three days' rest
and the Cardinals lost their eighth straight
Series game on the road.
Varitek has hit exactly one triple in
each of the last five regular seasons. He
picked a good time for a bonus three-
Morris retired his first two batters
before walking Manny Ramirez and
David Ortiz on full-count pitches. Vari-
tek then launched a drive to the deepest
part of the park, out toward the dirt tri-
angle at the 420-foot mark, and tore his
round of 16 in doubles, but were stopped
in their tracks by Illinois' Macall Harkins
and Brianna Knue.
Yaftali, freshman Allie Shafner and
junior Debra Streifler all threw in their
cards in the first round. Sophomore Kara
Delicata and senior Leanne Ruther-
ford were both eliminated in the second
Senior Michelle DaCosta, ranked No.
32 nationally in singles, was upset in the
third round by Iowa's unranked Hillary
Mintz. DaCosta's hard luck continued in
her No. 8 doubles combination with Deli-
cata, where the duo fell in the semifinals
to Cristelle Grier and Audra Cohen of
Northwestern. Exon represents the final
hope for Michigan, having advanced to
the singles quarterfinals after four hard-
fought matches. Exon will try to continue
her success today at 11 a.m., and if all
goes well, she will be back on the court at
1 p.m. for a semifinal match.
pants with a slide into third.
For the Cardinals, it was a familiar
and unfortunate pattern. In their 11-9 loss
in the opener, four runners scored after
reaching on walks.
Bellhorn made it 4-1 in the fourth.
Kevin Millar was nicked by a pitch,
Mueller doubled and Bellhorn hit a drive
off the base of the wall in dead center.
Ortiz thought he'd added two more
runs in the fifth when he hit a shot at
Pesky's Pole in right field. A day earlier,
his drive towered above the marker for a
This time, it looked foul to most every-
one except Ortiz. He walked halfway to
first base, spreading his arms wide and
gesturing, showing how the ball hooked
around the pole. First-base coach Lynn
Jones made sure Ortiz didn't get too
angry and manager Terry Francona talk-
ed to the umpires, who huddled briefly
before correctly saying it was indeed a
Pujols hit his second double of the
game and scored in the fourth when
Sanders' two-hopper bounced off Muel-
Cabrera's two-run single made it 6-1
in the sixth. Rolen had a sacrifice fly in
the eighth at a time when St. Louis need-
ed a big hit.
The Cardinals threatened in the sec-
ond when Sanders drew a one-out walk
and was running on Tony Womack's
single to right-center. Sanders missed
the bag, however, and scrambled back to
Manager Tony La Russa called for a
double steal, and both runners got a good
jump. Only one problem: Mike Matheny
hit a line drive right at Mueller, who
tagged Sanders for an easy double play.
Athlete of the Week
Name: Jessica Blake Team: Field hockey
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia Class: Senior
Why: Blake scored Michigan's lone goal in a 1-0
win over Ohio State on Saturday. The game was
Michigan's home finale at Ocker Field. Blake
tipped in a Katie Morris shot at 29:49, beating
Buckeye goalie Lindsay Williams. The team
closes out its season against Penn State.
M Tennis at Midwest Regionals
W Tennis at Midwest Regionals
M Golf at Big Ten/Pac-1O Challenge
Brandon Dunes, Ore.
10/26 M Golf at Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Brandon Dunes, Ore.
10/27 W Swim/Diving at Michigan State East Lansing
10/27 Volleyball at Michigan State East Lansing
10/28 W Soccer vs. Notre Dame
M Soccer vs. Akron
M Swim/Diving at Eastern Michigan
Ice Hockey vs. Ferris State
M Golf at Landfall Tradition Wi
M Basketball Maize and Blue Intrasquad Ann Arbor
Field Hockey at Penn State State College
W Soccer at Western Michigan Kalamazoo
Football vs. Michigan State Ann Arbor
Volleyball vs. Illinois Ann Arbor
Ice Hockey at Ferris State Big Rapids
W Rowing vs. Head of the Elk
W Cross Country at Big Tens
M Cross Country at Big Tens
M Soccer vs. Penn State
The Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-2 last night to take a 2-0 lead Into St. Louis.
Hung is lone Wolverine
to advance in Regional
Sophomore Brian Hung advanced
to the quarterfinals in the main
draw singles bracket of the 2004
Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional
Championships at the Varsity Ten-
nis Center yesterday. Both Hung
and sophomore Ryan Heller moved
on to the quarterfinals of the dou-
Hung beat Barry King of Notre
Dame, 6-2, 6-4, in the third round
of the tournament to move on to
today's match against Indiana's
Jakub Praibis, the No. 1 seed. Hung
is seeded ninth.
Hung and Heller won two match-
es yesterday in doubles competition.
Adam Monich and Michael Flowers
of Michigan State fell in the round
of 32 by a score of 8-3, while Ryan
Recht and John Stone - repre-
senting Indiana - lost in the third
round, 8-6, to allow the Michigan
duo to move on.
Ohio State's Drew Eberly and
Ross Wilson will face Hung and
- Gabe Edelson
Exon moves on to
play in quarterfinals
Sometimes you don't get the luck of
This weekend at the Wilson/ITA Mid-
west Regional Championships at the
Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis,
all but one Wolverine folded their hand
early. Sophomore Elizabeth Exon and
junior transfer Nina Yaftali made it to the
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ritory, and redirected a Lori Hillman
pass into the Golden Bears' goal.
Michigan eventually took the lead on
a penalty stroke by Adrienne Hortillo-
sa just before the end of the first half.
Michigan closed out the victory
with its third goal in the second half.
Sophomore Mary Fox found herself in
front of the California goal, and redi-
rected a pass from freshman Lucia
The Wolverines will close out the
regular season this coming week-
end against Penn State at State Col-
lege. With a win, Michigan will earn
at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Knowing that her players handled the
pressure of a rivalry matchup this past
weekend, Pankratz is confident that
they can succeed against the Nittany
Lions, as well.
"There is a lot of pressure on them,"
"We are competing for a Big"Ten
Championship and we have to win
these games. They handled the pres-
sure well and held on to a good vic-
Senior Jessica Blake plays here against California. She scored the only goal in this
weekend's 1-0 win over Ohio State.
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