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0 The Michigan Daily I michigandailycom I April 2, 2012

Gophers sweep
Michigan as Big

Lane knocks in four runs,
'M' takes series from IU


Ten pay begins
By ISABELLA ACHENBACH teams. Redshirt junior left-hander
Daily Sports Writer Bobby Brosnahan started on the
mound for Michigan, but didn't
Michigan baseball coach Rich even make it through two complete
Maloney was right - the game innings before he was taken out.
of baseball relies heavily on good In 1.1 innings of work, Brosna-
pitching. Opening Big Ten play at han gave up 10 hits, eight earned
Minnesota this weekend did not runs and only struck out one Gold-
end in the en Gopher.
Wolverines' MICHIGAN 3 "That came out of nowhere,"
favor, as MINN. 6 Maloney said. "You can't, against
they lost all good pitching, end up giving up
three games, MICHIGAN 4 that many runs early in the game
6-3, 9-4, 4-3, MINN. 9 and putyourselfin a bind."
and all were Sophomore right-hander Alex
tagged to MICHIGAN 3 Lakatos and redshirt freshman
the starting MINN. 4 right-hander Jay Perry allowed
pitching. a combined three hits and one
Senior right-hander Brandon unearned run in a total of 6.2
Sinnery started off the weekend innings in relief.
for Michigan (0-3 Big Ten, 12-16 But Minnesota's quick lead was
overall) on Friday. He pitched the too much for the Wolverines to
first six innings but was taken out overcome.
after giving up nine hits and six Sunday's game proved that
runs - four in the third inning and Michigan was still hanging in. By
two in the fifth. Junior right-hand- the end of the ninth inning, the
er Kyle Clark replaced him for the game was tied, 3-3, and went into
final two innings. an extra inning.
Minnesota (3-0, 16-13) opted The Wolverines failed to score
to start the weekend series with in the top half of the 10th and the
its best pitcher, T.J. Oakes. In his Golden Gophers quickly ended the
seven innings pitched, he gave up game with a home run by Matt
just five hits and one unearned run, Halloran.
scored by junior outfielder Patrick Once again, Michigan's start-
Biondi. ing pitcher was a let down. Junior
Biondi - Maloney's hottest play- right-hander Ben Ballantine only
er - played another solid game on lasted two innings after allowing
Friday. This was the fifth-consec- four hits and three runs.
utive game in which he got more "Our starting pitching has been
hits than any other Wolverine. outstanding throughout the year,"
But Biondi can't carry the entire Maloney said. "I don't think (this
offense for Michigan. weekend) was a reflection of who
"We have too many guys that those three guys truly are. I'm
are in the heart of the lineup that expecting that our guys rebound
are not producing run-scoring and pitch a lot better next week."
hits," Maloney said. "All of them Freshman left-hander Trent
have had success before, it's just a Szkutnik came in as relief and
matter of putting it together." pitched a solid six innings. He
Added Biondi: "I think we just allowed just two hits and no runs.
have to drive in runs when we get Freshman right-hander Matt
the opportunity." Ogden then pitched the remaining
The next day brought a fresh 1.1 innings.

Daily Sports Writer
One loss didn't faze the
Michigan softball team.
After splitting the dou-
bleheader with Indiana on
Saturday, the 20th-ranked
(5-1 Big MICHIGAN 3
overall) MICHIGAN 2
came INDIANA 7
back with
a 7-2 win MICHIGAN 7
on Sun- INDIANA 2
day to
take two games of the three-
game series against Indiana
Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins emphasized the
importance of bouncing back
from a tough loss, especial-
ly since it's hard to sweep a
three-game series. Hutchins
was pleased that her team
came back Sunday and won in
convincing fashion.
And so was junior second
baseman Ashley Lane, whose
2-for-4, 4-RBI performance
was a significant boost to the
offense on Sunday.
"It feels great (to come back
and win)," Lane said. "We just
played as a team (Sunday),
we kind of felt off (Saturday).
Things weren't quite working
for us, and (Sunday), we came
with a fresh look and we got
the job done."
The Wolverines got on the
board early in Sunday's match-
up with an RBI single by Lane
in the first inning. And in the
third, the Escondido, Calif.
native hit a three-run homer to
right field to put Michigan up,
Along with Lane, sophomore
right fielder Lyndsay Doyle
highlighted the afternoon,
going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Senior first baseman Amanda
Chidester added a solo shot in
the sixth, and one more run in

the seventh to round out the
scoring for Michigan.
Hutchins noted that
Chidester's leadership was out-
standing over the weekend, and
Doyle said Chidester and Lane
were integral in the Wolverine
offense in the third game of the
"I think this weekend, both
of them together, they just did
awesome," Doyle said. "Any
time we were in scoring posi-
tion, the majority of the time
they batted us in, and that's
really key for us to win games."
While the Wolverine offense
was getting back in stride,
freshman lefty Haylie Wagner
stalled the Hoosier offense with
her performance in the circle.
With Sunday's victory, Wagner
moved to 17-4 on the season,
giving up one earned run on six
hits in a full seven innings.
Though Wagner's efforts
may have helped the Wolver-
ines pull out the series win,

she struggled in Saturday's
second game when she came
in as relief for fellow fresh-
man Sara Driesenga. Indiana
loaded the bases with two outs
in the third, and two straight
walks by Driesenga forced
Hutchins to put in Wagner.
But Wagner walked one more,
giving the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead
heading into the fourth inning.
And in the fifth inning,
Wagner gave up two singles
before facing Indiana junior
infielder Amanda Wagner,
who crushed a three-run shot
to force Hutchins to make yet
another pitching change. She
brought in senior lefty Hil-
ary Payne, whose 1.1 innings of
work was the most she's seen
all season.
But the lack of offensive
production ultimately spelled
defeat for Michigan.
"It was a little bit of every-
thing," Lane said. "We just
didn't have our A-game. We

were off on both sides of the
field, (and) everything wasn't
clicking for us."
Hutchins wasn't impressed
with Wagner's performance in
Saturday's loss but was satis-
fied with how she came back on
Lane understands the pres-
sure Wagner has faced all sea-
"(Wagner is) a very strong
girl," Lane said. "She keeps her
composure, (but) she needs
situations like (Saturday's loss)
when things aren't going her
way just to make her stronger
and build up her toughness."
Wagner had an easier time
in Saturday's first game, giving
up two runs in 5.1 innings, and
her teammates helped her out
on offense. Senior shortstop
Stephanie Kirkpatrick and Lane
hit solo home runs, and Doyle
scored on an Indiana error to
give the Wolverines a 3-2 vic-

start, and fresh pitchers for both

See GOPHERS, Page 3B

Ailing Bernstein boosts Wolverines

Daily Sports Writer
Rarely are two matches in one
weekend alike. But this week-
end, the Michigan men's tennis
team played two dual matches
that could've been replays of each
On Saturday, the Wolverines
stormed from behind in doubles
to win the point before claiming
four singles matches against Pur-
due (1-3 Big Ten, 7-9 overall). The
next day against No. 23 Indiana,
Michigan (4-1, 11-5) rallied again
in doubles to take the point. In
singles, four Wolverines clinched
to win another dual, 5-2.
it wasn't looking good for Michi-
gan. On Saturday, No. 2 doubles
sophomores Barrett Franks
and Alex Buzzi were down two
breaks late in the pro-set, and the
No.1 pair of junior Ryan King and
sophomore Shaun Bernstein was
down 5-1. In addition, Michigan's,
early lead at No. 3 doubles started
to disappear.
But then, things started to look
up. Though Franks and Buzzi lost
their pro-set, 8-3, No. 1 and No.
3 started playing better. Down
5-1, King and Bernstein broke
the Boilermakers' serve right
after Bernstein held serve. After

Final period dooms
Blue against Indiana
Michigan drops the back of the cage to tie it up.
The match remained even until
pivotol matchup sophomore attacker Kelsey
Nolan drove the ball into the
against rivals on corner of the net to give Michi-
.eirgan the one-goal lead with 27
senior night seconds left in the first.
The second period continued
By JEREMY SUMMITT much like the first, with teams
For the Daily exchanging goals one after the
A pink-out to support breast Halfway through the second,
cancer awareness, senior day, Nolan struck again, tacking on
and a pivotal College Water Polo her 23rd goal of the season
Association Western Division and putting the Wolverines up
matchup against Indiana were 3-1. Indiana would come back,
all head- though, as the CWPA's leading
lines INDIANA 8 goal scorer, sophomore attack-
at the MICHIGAN 7 er Shae Fournier, recorded
Canham her 81st goal of the season on
Natatorium on Saturday. The a strike from the center of the
14th-ranked Hoosiers (5-i pool.
CWPA,24-7 overall)shanded When asked how difficult it
the Michigan water polo team was to contain Fournier, Michi-
(4-1, 16-10) its first loss in divi- gan coach Matt Anderson said
sional play by a score of 8-7, "she's a hell of a player."
spoiling senior day in Ann The Wolverines limited her
Arbor. opportunities, but she capi-
The match began with Wol- talized on "simple defensive
verine junior attacker Hatha- breakdowns," Anderson said.
way Moore scoring 35 seconds Both Michigan and Indiana
in. recorded a goal to end the first
A minute later, Indiana hit See INDIANA, Page 3B

Sophomore Shaun Bernstein had to resort to an untraditional, underhand serve at times, but still managed a

suffering a shoulder injury last
week, Bernstein was forced to
serve underhand - something
he'd been working on all week in
With the score knotted at five
games apiece, it was Bernstein's
turn to serve again. Like the last
game, Bernstein held his serve,
giving the pair its first lead of the

"You feel like you should be
able to hit a winner on (that
underhanded serve), but it's
tricky because it stays so low,"
said Michigan coach Bruce Ber-
que. "The ball is moving slow and
it stays low, so it gives (Bernstein)
time to get to the net. It's not as
easy as it looks to handle it."

After breaking Purdue's serve
for the third time in a row, King
had the opportunity to serve for
the set. The hungry Wolverines
didn't hesitate, and Bernstein fin-
ished the set off with a volley that
hit the Purdue player on the foot.
The crowd erupted in response.
So did freshmen Alex Petrone

Taylor Lewan said he carpools his
friends around campus on his "twosie"
bike, which was built for two but has a
much deeper history. Page 2B

Harvard handed the lacrosse team its
fourth-straight loss on Saturday as the
Crimson's top scorer matched Michigan's
goal total. Page 4B

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