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Betsa throws no-no

By MAX BULTMAN
Daily Sports Writer
Detroit kept swinging, and it
kept sitting down.
The in-state rival Titans
(2-21) had just about 24 hours
to prepare
for their DETROIT 0
contest in MICHIGAN 10
Ann Arbor
on Wednesday, and it looked like
they could have used a few more.
Freshman right-hander
Megan Betsa recorded a
no-hitter and sophomore third
baseman Kelsey Susalla went
3-for-3 with two RBI, pacing
Michigan to a 10-0 mercy-rule
victory at Alumni Field.
Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins had been frustrated
with rained-out games, so late
Tuesday afternoon she invited
Detroit to fill one of the five
open game slots.
It got ugly fast.
The Wolverines jumped out
to an early lead, scoring four
runs in the first inning - two
of them courtesy of a line-drive
double by outfielder Sierra
Lawrence. The sophomore has
been a force to be reckoned with
when the bases are loaded this
season, and her two-run double
bumped her average to .833
when the bases are juiced.

One inning later, sophomore
shortstop Sierra Romero got a
turn with the bases full, and she
wasted little time in clearing
them. Romero smoked a pitch
from Detroit's Kat Hoffman
to deep right center, her third
grand slam of the season.
"I really just focus on pitch
selection," Romero said. "I don't
want to try to do more than I
can do."
That doesn't leave much out.
The preseason All-American
shortstop entered the day
fourth in the nation in batting,
and boasts 40 RBI.
After two innings, with the
score already a lopsided 9-0,
Hutchins began subbing in new
players. Seldom-used senior
outfielders Katie Luetkens and
Brandi Virgil entered the game
in the top of the third inning,
and sophomore outfielder Mary
Sbonek took her first career
at-bat.
"We're always messing
around in practice, coming up
with hand signals and little
jokes," Romero said. "Once
they get out there, it's really fun
seeing the look on their faces.
You can just tell they're on
cloud nine."
Still, the star of the game was
Betsa.
The freshman has struggled

this season to maintain her
composure after walks, a
problem Hutchins has chalked
up to shaky confidence.
Wednesday, there were no
such problems. After each of
the two walks Betsa issued,
she struck out the next batter
swinging. Infact, alleightbatters
the freshman fanned went down
swinging, a testament to the
attack-the-batter mindset she's
been working on.
"You could say I was in a little
bit of a rut," Betsa said. "(Today)
I was just kind of telling myself
that if somebody gets on base, I
need to come back stronger. So
I just work on getting ahead on
the next better."
Hutchins said the
opportunity to get Betsa a
chance to pitch in a game
setting in the middle of the
week was an important reason
in scheduling Detroit.
The Wednesday night contest
delivered that and more. Betsa
looked much more collected
with runners on base than
she had earlier this spring,
something she credits to a self-
run practice session she held
Monday on her day off.
There were no hitters at
that session. Wednesday, with
batters in the box, she got the
same result..

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
Michigan Stadium is expected to be the venue for Real Madrid vs. Manchester United in August, sources told the Daily.
"
Sources: Madrid vs. Man.
U to be announced Friday

By ALEJANDRO ZUNIGA
Daily Sports Editor
A press conference to be held
on Friday is expected to confirm
international club soccer at
Michigan
Stadium, Michigan Daily
multiple EXCLUSIVE
sources told
the Daily.
Per the sources, the
International Champions Cup is
expected to announce that Real
Madrid and Manchester United
will play Aug. 2, 2014, at the Big
House.
Wednesday afternoon, an
Athletic Department e-mail
invited media members to a
"special event announcement,"
to be held Friday.
The e-mail stated that
Athletic Director Dave

Brandon and members from the
organizing committee will be
present to discuss the "historic
event to be held at Michigan
Stadium."
Associate Athletic Director
David Ablauf told the Daily that
he was not allowed to comment
on the nature of the press
conference.
The International Champions
Cup pits some of the world's
top club teams in elimination
rounds. Currently, the Real
Madrid-Manchester United
game is the only contest without
a venue on the tournament's
website.
Real Madrid, which won the
inaugural ICC last year, boasts
32 La Liga titles. Manchester
United has finished atop the
English Premier League 13
times since the EPL's foundation

in 1992.
The two clubs feature some
of the world's top players,
including Cristiano Ronaldo
and Gareth Bale of Los Blancos,
and Robin van Persie and Wayne
Rooney of The Red Devils.
An ICC spokesperson
previously told the Daily that
the host city would be revealed
in early March.
Feb. 20, the International
Champions Cup sent an e-mail
promoting "the Gods of soccer"
visiting Ann Arbor, among 11
other North American cities.
The following day, a
tournament spokesperson
confirmed to the Daily that
the ICC had been in serious
discussion with the University
to host the game at Michigan
Stadium, but that no plan had
been finalized.

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Junior left fielder Kyle Jusick went 2-far-4 and scored a pair of runs as Michigan won its third game in a row Wednesday.
'M' rallies to best Central

By BRAD WHIPPLE
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan baseball coach Erik
Bakich stood in the corner of the
dugout with his players huddled
around him, emphasizing how
Central Michigan's pitcher
lacked
command. CMU 3
He clapped MICHIGAN 6
his hands
twice and the players nodded
and then dispersed with their
eyes on teammate Harrison
Wenson at the plate.
With the Wolverines down
2-1 in the sixth inning, the
freshman catcher hit a line
drive to right field that dropped
too fast for the right fielder to
make a sliding catch, scoring
junior left fielder Kyle Jusick.
The ball rolled to the wall and
Wenson sprinted past second
and slid into third for his first
career triple, which started a
three-run rally. The Wolverines
never looked back in a 6-3 win
over the Chippewas Wednesday
evening.
"Hitting is contagious, both
positive and negative," Bakich
said. "It's something where
guys start stringing quality
at-bats together and get a big hit
like Harrison's. It's just being
aggressive and continuing to
stick with our plan all along."
Added Jusick: "It's definitely

nice to get a nice midweek
win and carry it on into the
weekend."
Following Wenson's triple,
junior designated hitter Kendall
Patrick then drove a single up
the middle to score Wenson, and
eventually scored on a throwing
error to first base.
Michigan extended its lead
by two in the seventh when
freshman right fielder Carmen
Benedetti launched a shot
to center field that took one
hop and hit the wall, scoring
Jusick and junior center fielder
Jackson Glines.
"That separated the game
in that moment to give us a
four-run lead," Bakich said.
"We needed that cushion, and
Carmen did a good job of laying
off some borderline pitches
down in the zone where maybe
a month ago we were swinging
at those."
The Wolverines had a tough
first inning with senior right-
hander Logan McAnallen at the
mound. He tried drawing the
opposing batters from the zone
with outside pitches, but they
weren't biting, and McAnallen
was forced to bring it inside
or throw down the middle.
But McAnallen couldn't find a
groove and gave up an early run.
Michigan's relief pitching
struggled further. Junior right-
hander Donnie Eaton started

the fourth inning by walking
the first batter and hitting the
next in the head, enough to have
him pulled for junior right-
hander James Bourque.
There were moments when
Bourque seemed to be losing his
touch. It seemed like he would
get pulled in the sixth when
freshman right-hander Mac
Lozer began warming up in the
bullpen.
But Bourque found a rhythm
with an arsenal of pitches - a
low 90s fastball, a deep curveball
and a changeup - that he
hammered down in the zone to
strike out five batters in his four-
inning performance.
"He's tough to hit, because
he has so many moving parts
coming at the hitter," Bakich said.
"When he's on and he's throwing
competitive strikes in the bottom
of the zone, he's tough to hit. He's
been doing a good job of forcing
contact and throwing - three
pitches for strikes."
Sophomoreright-hander Jacob
Cronenworth finished off the
game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning
and extended the Wolverines'
winningstreak to three.
"Bottom line: We have alot of
work to do," Bakich said. "Even
if we were 29-0, I'd still tell
you that we have improvement
to make and work to do - it's
sticking with the process of
getting better every day."

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