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10 - Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Forget Digger's picks - try these

Senior's voice as big as her bat

Findlay boosts team
with encouragement
on the basepaths
Daily Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior
Samantha Findlay didn't need to
record a hit in the Michigan soft-
ball team's5-2 win over Louisville
to make her presence felt.
Her vocal leadership was what
No. 9 Michi- NOTEBOOK
gan needed to N
ignite a stag-
nant offense Sunday at Ulmer
In the top of the fifth, with
the bases loaded and Michigan
down by one run, Findlay was on
first after being walked. When
sophomore Maggie Viefhaus was
down 0-2 in the count, Findlay
got loud.
The second baseman yelled
words of encouragement to Vief-
haus loud enough to be heard in
the stands.
The spark worked. Viefhaus hit
a double to drive in two runs and
give the Wolverines a lead they

never relinquished.
"People are going to minimize
Sam Findlay," Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said. "But her
energy, her consistent leadership
- she didn't cave in and swing at
some of the pitches they threw.
Sam has just
been an out-
standing lead-
er for us."
As senior
Findlay and
Giampaolo led S. FINDLAY
verines to two
come-from-behind wins over the
weekend. There was a noticeable
change in Michigan's demeanor
as it rallied and shut down Louis-
ville late in both victories.
"They really stepped up this
weekend, and I don't mean
just because they hit the ball,"
Hutchins said. "They both are
leading this team right now the
way I want it led - by example."
Pitcher Jordan Taylor showed
maturity beyond her limited
experience on the mound in the
tournament. The freshman's stel-

lar weekend included her first
career no-hitter in Saturday's 12-
0 stomping of Miami (Ohio).
"I wasn't expecting to do that
at all this year," Taylor said. "It's
really cool to have that notch on
my belt."
In Sunday's win, Taylor got hot
early. She had seven strikeouts by
the third inning and ended the
game with 12.
"It's really awesome to see a
freshman step up and not even act
like a freshman," Giampaolo said.
"She's acting like she's been there
for years."
ing a 14-game win streak, the
Wolverines have rolled through
five weekend tournaments with a
21-2 record.
This weekend was Michigan's
first competition after a two-week
hiatus. With one more tourna-
ment before Big Ten play begins
in two weeks, the Wolverines
needed a solid showing in Lou-
isville against three unranked
"This just shows that we can
come back after a break and pick
up right where we left off," Vief-
haus said."We just have to keep it
going, to build from here."

From TOURNEY, Page 9
That being said, I'm going to
give you some advice on pick-
ing this year's first-round action.
There are instances where teams
are ripe for an early exit.
My attention first turns towards
two No. 10 seeds that have a great
chance of moving on to the second
round because they have quasi-
home games in the opening week-
end. South Alabama plays No. 7
seed Butler in Birmingham, Ala.,
just three hours away from the
Jaguars' campus.
Davidson is another No. 10 seed
with a chance to make some noise.
The Wildcats enter this year's
tournament with the longest cur-
rent winning streak in the nation
at 22 games.

They will face mid-major power
Gonzaga in Raleigh, N.C. The Zags
have to travel across the country
and essentially compete in a road
game to advance.
Both South Alabama and David-
son could win their opening round
games, but I'd play it safe and
pick one or the other. I'm going
with Davidson because it nearly
knocked out Maryland in last
year's tourney.
There are plenty more mouth-
watering upsets that Digger would
never dream of picking.
I like No. 14 seed Georgia to
take out a suspect Xavier squad.
And don't forget about No. 11 seed
Saint Joseph's. If it gets good play
from star Pat Calathes, it could give
grossly-overrated Oklahoma a run
for its money.
My gut tells me to go with

another No. 11 seed, Baylor, mak-
ing a run to the Sweet 16. They
play Purdue, and a win would give
credence to my theory of pick-
ing against anyone who beat the
Michigan men's basketball team
by less than 15 points.
Am I going to pick all five of
these upsets? Maybe, but I won't
have more than five upset picks in
the first round.
It's easy to forget - going out
on a limb is what the idiots on
television get paid a lot of money
to do.
North Carolina, Washington State,
Tennessee, Louisville, Kansas, Van-
derbilt, Kansas State, Georgetown,
Memphis, Michigan State, Stanford,
Texas, UCLA, Connecticut, Baylor,

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