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BASEBAL
Continued from page 20
runs in the seventh for a 15-2 final.
Chris Hesse (3-1), who relieved
Michigan starter Mark Temple in the
sixth inning, suffered his first loss.
First baseman Chad Chapman was 3-
for-5 with two doubles and four RBI.
Coston also had three hits for Michigan.
Bob Spears (6-3) took the mound
in the second inning to earn the win for
Ohio State.
In the nightcap, the Wolverines
again jumped out to an early lead, only
to be blown away, 18-7, by the Buck-
eyes. Michigan scored two runs in the
first inning and one more in the second
for a 3-0 lead.
But Ohio State scored in each of
the next five innings, including a
seven-run fifth, for an 18-3 lead.
Weaver hit two homers, his ninth
and 10th of the season, to lead Michi-
gan. Van Oeveren added his fifth home
run of the year.
Weaver finished his junior season
with a .500 Big Ten batting average.
The leftfielder has hit safely in 30 of
his last 32 games. He finished second
in the conference in batting to Michi-
gan State rightfielder Scott Ayote, who
went 9-for-16 this weekend against Il-
linois
Redshirt freshman Brian Steinbach
(2-3) took the loss for Michigan.
Andy Nofke (3-1) picked up the win.
Saturday, the Wolverines came out
cold, falling 7-1 to the Buckeyes.
Centerfielder Brian Simmons hit his
team-leading 13th homerun of the sea-
son in the fourth inning for Michigan's
only run. Weaver also had two hits.
Wolverine starter Matt Ferullo (3-
8) took the loss while Kevan Cannon
(8-4) went the distance for Ohio State.
In game two, Michigan squandered
1-0, 3-1, and 7-5 leads in an 18-8 set-
back. The Buckeyes scored eight runs
in the fourth inning off reliever Chuck
Winters (2-1).
Van Oeveren had three doubles and
Chapman cranked his fourth homer
and a double to lead the Wolverines.
Ron Nelson (5-0) earned the vic-
tory in relief.
Thursday, the Wolverines collected
two wins in one day for only the sec-
ond time all season, beating Detroit
Mercy, 4-3, and Dayton, 10-0, to win
the first annual Great Lakes Invita-
tional Baseball Tournamnet held in
Detroit's Tiger Stadium.
Simmons reached base six times in
seven plate appearances and was
named Most Valuable Player.
Simmons was 3-for-4 with a triple, a
homerun, three RBI, three runs and
three walks.
Van Oeveren was 2-for-4, with two
RBI and two runs scored in the cham-
pionship game against Dayton. All
three of Simmons RBI came in the sec-
ond game.
Hesse pitched four hitless innings
allowing just one walk to pick up the
win.
Dayton defeated Michigan State 4-
3 in 11-innings earlier in the day to ad-
vance to the final game.
In game one, Coston's sacrifice fly
in the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie.
Coston was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in the
game.
Winters allowed two runs on two
hits in just one inning of action, but got
the win for the Wolverines.

Wednesday, May 17, 1995 -The Michigan Daily - I7

SOFBALL
Continued from page 20
Earlier in the game, the Hawkeyes
opened up the scoring when sopho-
more Kari Knopf sent the ball sailing
over the leftfield foul pole for a solo
home run.
But Michigan responded in the
third inning when Michelle Silver,
having been advanced to second off
Cheryl Pearcy's slap bunt, scored on
Sara Griffin's RBI single.
In the next inning, sophomore Jes-
sica Lang hit a home run of her own
with nobody on base to up the score to
2-1.
Finally, Iowa capitalized on two
Wolverine errors in the fifth to score
one run, but Michigan promptly re-
covered and ended any further scoring.
Griffin picked up the win and Tate
hit 2-for-4 with the game winning
RBI. Tate also had the best batting av-
erage of any player in the tournament.
Friday the Wolverines defeated
Minnesota in a game that blazed with
the fire of Kovach's bat.
The senior hit her way to four RBI
with a three-run home run over the
left-center fence. She also knocked in
the game-winning run in the sixth in-
ning.
After Pearcy was safe at first,
when the Golden Gopher infield failed
to field her bunt, Kellyn Tate sacri-
ficed her to second. Grifffin followed
with a groundout before Kovach

singled up the middle to score Pearcy.
Tracy Taylor, pinchrunning for
Kovach, then scored on Kathryn
Gleason's single.
As the Golden Gophers triedt
rally from their 5-3 deficit in the last
inning, a Minnesota pinchrunner
walked off first base and took her hel-
met off after a teammate popped out in
the seventh inning - but there was
only one out.
That set the stage for the Wolverine
defense to make the double play and
complete the inning, shutting down
Minnesota's offensive surge. Griffin
pitched in the victory, recordings
strikeouts and surrendering just two
walks.
Saturday morning Michigan easily
beat Iowa. The Wolverines terrorized
starting pitcher Jennifer McMahon.
scoring for runs in the first inning.
Griffin's double scored Pearcy and
Griffin then crossed the plate on a
double steal.
Kovach singled and moved to sec-
ond, and Lang hit a two-run double to
score Kovach and Tate.
Kathryn Gleason also hit a solo in
the second inning and Iowa coach
Gayle Blevins removed McMahon af-
ter the pitcher had faced only nine bat-
ters.
Many Wolverines picked up Big
Ten awards for the season. Kovach
was named Big Ten Pitcher of the
Year, and Griffen was given the hon-
ors of both Big Ten Freshman of the
Year and Player of the Year.

The Wolverines celebrate their Big Ten title with commemorative hats.

REGIONALS
Continued from page 20
verines, 4-3, at the Arizona State Classic
in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 24.
No one, including the Wolverines,
know much about their soon-to-be
opponets.
"When I read the other teams off to
my players," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins said. "Sara Griffin is looking at
me like, 'Who are these people?"'
After trouncing Minnesota and Iowa
twice to win the Big Ten conference
tournament at Alumni Field this week-
end, the Wolverines will enter the
NCAA Regional tourney as the No. 1
seed.
Michigan also won the conference
regular season title.
The Wolverines and Notre Dame,
who won the Midwestern Collegiate
Conference, are the only two of the four
teams to earn automatic berths into the
NCAA's 32-team field.
Depaul, who plays in the Mid-Con-
tinent conference, defeated Tennesse
Tech (Ohio Valley Conference) in a
play-in game, where the winner got the
chance to come to Ann Arbor.
Illinois-Chicago received an at-large
bid.
Michigan faces Depaul at 4:30 Fri-
day afternoon. And the Blue Demons
may just suprise the Wolverines.
"To be honest, I know nothing about
Depaul," Hutchins said of her furst-
round opponet. "I know they are usually
a good hitting team."
Illinois-Chicago may be a bit of a
suprise as well. The Flames went to the
World Series last year after defeating
Big Ten champion Indianain the NCAA
Regional finals.
They also beat Michigan in both the
1992 and 1993 seasons.
"We don't take Illinois-Chicago for
granted," Hutchins said. "We lost the
last two games against them. I don't
dwell on losing, but I don't forget it ei-
ther."
The Regional Tournament is a
double-elimantion format that pits
Friday's losers aginst each other Satur-
day as well as Friday's winners.
The winner of the loser's bracket
and the winner's bracket will play in
Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m.

If one two teams are left with one loss, a
seventh game is scheduled for approxi-
mately 3:30 p.m., Sunday.
The Wolverines are making their
third Regional appearance in the last four
years. Southwestern Louisiana beat
Michigan, 2-1, in the 1993 Regional
Championship, which was also held in

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