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May 19, 1993 - Image 15

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1993-05-19

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Wednesday, May 19, 1993 - The Michian Daify Summer Weekly-15

Hitters can't come
Sthrough vs. State
EALY BASEBALL WRTER the finale. The "battle of the long ball"
The Michigan baseball team's sea- was won by the Spartans, as they put
son came to a close over the weekend, three into orbit to Michigan's one.
but not before the Wolverines gave Michigan State held a 5-1 advan-
their fans one final thrill. tage going into the bottom of the third,
Michigan (13-14 Big Ten, 25-30 but the Wolverines struck for two in
overall) split two doubleheaders with the third and three in the fourth to take
Michigan State (12-16, 31-22) to fm- a one-un lead. Scott Weaver's three-
ish its season in seventh place in the run homer off Steve Hirschman in the
Big Ten.The Wolverinesfinished two fourth gave Michigan a 6-5 lead.
u games out of a playoff spot. The lead lasted briefly, however.
The Wolverines were eliminated Dave Veres lead off the next inning
from playoff contention after a 10-1 with a single to center and came all the
loss Saturday in East Lansing. The way around to score when Simmons
Wolverines came back to win 7-6 in mishandled the ball.
the nightcap and took Sunday's first A two-run homer by Todd Menard
game, 4-2, at Fisher Stadium, before off loser Eric Heintschel (5-7) and a
losing the finale, 12-8. three-run homer in the sixth by Eric
Michigan needed to win all four SumpteroffBryanSantocementedthe
games to have a shot at qualifying for victory for the Spartans.
the Big Ten toumament. Weaver and Scott Timmerman
"Even though we had our backs up were the hitting stars for Michigan.
HE Da against the wall, the guys played hard," Weaver's four-for-four with three runs
tseso hpes Mcgan coah BltFhay sad"e btedialong with Timmerman's
swung thebatspretty welanddidalot three-for-four and two RBI's, led the
of things right." Wolverines in game two.
ife rs In the two Michigan victoriesthe "I'm glad (my career) ended on a
Wolverines came from behind to over- goodpersonalnote,"Timmermansaid.
take the Spartans. In Saturday's sec- "Unfortunately we didn't make the
and-place Ohio State ond game, Michigan trailed, 6-3, en- Big Ten tournament like we would
s and left them well tering the final inning. Four runs, in- have wanted. We gave it our best shot
ng champ Iowa, who cluding Scott Weaver's three-run and didbetterthanmostpeoplethought
t 10th. While peren- homer, gave the Wolverines the win. we would."
ver Ohio Staterranked In Sunday's first game, Michigan After starting the season 6-24 -
eading in, Carras was State scored two runs in the third, only including 0-9 in the Big Ten - the
the Badger's triumph. to see the Wolverines score three times Wolverines fought back and won 200f
ition level has gotten in their half of the inning. A sacrifice theirlast27 games. Michiganfinished
rong," Carras said. fly scored the first run, and with two five gamesunder.500, only one under
, outs and runners on first and third, in the Big Ten.
believably Brian Simmons drove in the pair with "It's unfortunate that wehad tolose
a triple to left. the fmal game," Weaver said. "I think
Meanwhile, Heath Murray (5-4) overall as a team that we came together
Jim Carras stifled the Spartan hitters. Murray the second half of the season. The
Men's golf coach earnedthecomplete-gamevictory,giv- future for Michigan baseball looks
ing up only three hits. great. We've got a lot of guys return-
parity in the Big Ten. Michigan's bid for a third straight ing. I think we should be one of the
teams that could have come-from-behind victory fellshortin favorites for the Big Ten next year."

Michigan's Scott Weaver receives the adulation of his teammates after belting a t
The Wolverines split a pair of doubleheaders with the Spartans, dashing their pos
Lack of balance dooms g

Weak play from the four and five
positions plagued the Michigan men's
golf team all year, and the Wolverines'
seventh-place finish in the Big Ten
championships proved no different.
Michigan's Bob Henighan and
James Carson turned in fine perfor-
mances, finishing 11th and 14th re-
the Wolverines' three, four and five
players. Coach Jim Carras has grown
accustommed to the Wolverines' in-
consistent performances.
"Very frankly, this is very close to
what I anticipated," Camas said. "Bob
Henighan and James Carson played
well. We didn't have the balance we
needed to be a better team."
Henighan's rounds of 73, 76, 71
and 71 put him at 291, five strokes
behind medalist Jamie Fairbanks of
Illinois, while Carson's (74-73-73-72)
292 left him 6 strokes out of first.

Anthony Dietz's 298 earnedhim29th,
while teammates Bill Lyle (302) and
David Hall (314) finished in 39th and
52nd, respectively.
Michigan's team total of 1182 left
them sandwiched between Illinois
(1179) and Penn State (1183). It also
left Michigan seven strokes out of the
fifth-place position that Carras had

1159 bested seo
by seven stroke
ahead of defendi
finished a distan
nial Big Ten pow
as the favorite hi
not surprised by t
"The compet
unbelievably st

The competiion level hsW gotten un
strong (in the Big Ten)."

hoped for heading into Big Tens.
"If we would have played better we
couldhavefinished five or even four,"
Caras said. "Four would have been a
very good finish for this team."
Wisconsin led the tournament from
wire-to-wire, shooting ateamroundof
283 on the first day and never looking
back. The Badgers' 72-hole score of

"There's a lot of
There were fivet

won this thing going in."
Minnesota (1168), Northwestern
(1173)andIndiana(1175)rounded out
the top five in Bloomington.
The Big Ten Championships
marked the last collegiate meet for
seniors Dietz, Carson and Hall.


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