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SPORTS
The Michigan Daily Friday, May 20, 1988 Page 10
Blue blows title chance

BY MIKE GREIFENBERG
Entering the final weekend of Big
Ten play with a two-and-a-half game
lead over Minnesota, the Michigan
women's softball team's hopes of a
conference championship were
bright. Following the weekend, the
team found themselves with its sec-
ond consecutive Big Ten second-
place finish.
Three one-run losses at fourth-
place Indiana along with a four game
sweep by Minnesota over Michigan
State abruptly ended the Wolverines
season.
"Sometimes you finish just a lit-
Al la r d tle bit short and that was the case,"
...disappointed sophomore third basewoman Jenny
Allard said. "I'm disappointed."
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"We had the opportunity in front
of us but it just didn't happen," said
junior catcher MaryAnn Daviera.
On Friday, Michigan started
quickly, jumping on Indiana in the
first inning, as Daviera doubled with
the bases loaded, scoring two runs.
The Hoosiers, however, followed
with two runs in their half of the
inning to even the score.
Indiana added another run in the
third while Christy Brown shut
down the Wolverines for the
remainder of the contest to preserve
the 3-2 Hoosier triumph.
In the day's second game, Michi-
gan woke up in the sixth inning,
scoring four unearned runs to erase a
2-0 deficit on the way to a 5-2 vic-
tory. First-year pitcher Andrea Nel-
son tossed a four-hitter in winning
her ninth Big Ten contest.
Heading into Saturday, the
Wolverines had to win just one
game in order to clinch their first-
ever conference title. The victory
celebration never transpired.
The opener featured a pitching
duel between Indiana's Jill Jenson
and the Wolverines Michelle Bolster.
The game ended in the tenth inning
when the Hoosiers manufactured the
game's only run. Michigan threat-
ened only once in the game, when
Bolster doubled and was left stranded
in the fifth. Her hit was one of only
three allowed by Jenson.

Michigan continued its offensive
futility into the second game, get-
ting only two hits in the 2-0 loss.
One was an Allard home run in the
fourth that provided the Wolverines
with their only run of the day.
One could feel the tension as
Michigan put a runner on base in
each of the final three innings, des-
perately trying to salvage the season,
only to end the game, the weekend,
and the year unfulfilled.
"It just wasn't meant to be," said
Daviera. "We never gave up. We
couldn't make the breaks. They all
went their (Indiana's) way."

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rackers to host
ra stelc Big Ten title meet
BY ADAM BENSON Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as
The Michigan's men's and the teams to beat.
women's track teams will host the "We could finish any where be-
Big Ten Track and Field champi- tween fourth and sixth. Those spots
onships at Ferry Field tomorrow and will be separated by only a few
Sunday. Both the men's and points," Harvey said.
women's squads are hoping to im- Harvey can expect great races from
prove on performances from the in- 3,000-meter runners Jon Scherrer and
door track season. Brad Barquist, the only Michigan
Men's coach Jack Harvey is seek- runners to qualify for the N C A A
ing a strong showing from the championship race.
Wolverines, even though he sees Saturday's meet could produce
other qualifiers, like sprinter Phil
nid Youth Fares to Ferguson. Ferguson enters the week-
end with the conference-leading time
in the 200-meter at 20.89, and has
the best shot of any other Wolverine
to qualify for the national tourna-
nenL
cheduled Airlines Women's head coach James Henry
ow RT feels confident that the Wolverines
>m $300 $399 will be competitive, but injuries
235 449 have hampered the chances for his
320 590 team's sprinters.
350 669 Gilliand Osburn, the top women's
250 525 sprinter all season, is hurt and has
325 625 not practiced in two weeks. With
DW IDE Osburn and Sophia Dubreuil both
OW RT out, the sprint relay teams will have
m $580 $1070 little chance to challenge.
390 739 "We may lose 15-20 points with-
375 715 out Gilliand," said Henry. "We could
540 980 end uD missing out on two spots be-
U.S. cities are available. We have cause of three points. This meet will
all major worldwide destinations. be that close."
ternational Student I.D. Cards.
OPY OF THE STUDENT TRAVEL Defending Big Ten champ Sonya
ATION INFORMATION TO: Payne and Strarry Hodge will com-
pete in the shot-put, and Kristen En-
1AVEL NETWORK glebrecht will try to defend her Big
Ten title in the javelin.
Distance runners Mindy Rowland,
Melissa Thompson and Cheri Sly
should gain points for Michigan.
STA TRAVEL Thompson is the second seed in the
3,000-meters, Rowland, the fourth
seed in the 5,000-meters:

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