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Kevin Sullivan's victory in the 1,500-
meters Friday with a Ferry Field record
time of 3:36.62 qualified him for the
NCAA's and is a 1998 American best.


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men's tennis
By Stephanie Offen
Raily Sports Writer
Purdue has been the Michigan men's tennis team's nemesis
for the last part of its season. Now, after losing two matches in
a row to the feared Boilermakers, the Wolverines' season has
The venue was different, but the match played out pretty
much the same. At the NCAA Regionals in Notre Dame last
weekend, the Wolverines fell just short once again. T
Boilermakers, the No. 4 seed, were able to send the fifth-see -
ed Wolverines home after the first round, defeating them 4-2.
This was a familiar outcome for Michigan. The Wolverines
had lost to Purdue, 4-3, in both the third place match ofthe Big
Ten Tournament and in the last game of the season.
Purdue had some injuries in the Big Ten Tournament, but was
able to play with its full line-up at the regionals. For the third
straight time Purdue took the doubles point easily, defeating
Matt Wright and Jake Raiton at No. 2 doubles, 8-4. Miki
Pusztai and Brad McFarlane also lost at No. 3 doubles, 8-5. This
suspended the doubles point and gave Purdue the 1-0 advan-

Sara Griffin (15), Cathy Davie (with bat), and Kellyn Tate (behind Griffin) cheer one of Davie's homers in a vie l' yesterday's game.
tory over DePaul on Saturday.Griffin homered later in the game, and Tate did yesterday as Michigan won,3-0.
Michigan tennis player Dave Paradzik, like the rest of his
Softball advances to W orld Series team, lost this past weekend at the NCAA Regionals.
By Rick Freeman outs, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins had waited, swinging the bat in the on-deck cir- B a g r d o v*
Daily Sports Editor Lisa Kelley fake a slap-hit attempt, which cle. In her third at-bat, Davie was grazed by a
It was one of those smiles that can't be allowed Melissa Taylor to steal second. Then, Brown pitch. The umpire had to ask Davie if
stopped. Michigan's Kellyn Tate wasn't about needing more than a bunt to advance Taylor, the pitch hit her.
to stop hers, as she stepped on home plate she sent in Mika to pinch hit. "I wanted to say 'no,' but I had to tell the f

yesterday after hitting her first home run of
the mear.
The timing couldn't have been better for
her. The Kellyn tater turned out to be the
tournament winner as Michigan advanced to
the Women's College World Series by beating
DePaul for the second time this weekend, 3-
Tate's first-pitch home run put Michigan
up 1-0 early in the first inning. Tate also
added a single to deep right field in the third
to move first baseman Traci Conrad to third
Conrad would later score on an error by
DePaul second baseman Yvette Healy.
Michigan pitcher Sara Griffin held the
Blue Demons at bay, limiting them to two
hitsrthrough the first five innings until
Tammy Mika essentially put the Demons out
of reach.
In the top of the sixth inning, with two

"I told her if they put it close to go for it,"
Hutchins said.
Mika sent the first pitch she saw down the
first-base line to score Taylor, and the
Alumni Field-record crowd of 1,452 broke
into an a capella version of 'The Victors'.
Apparently, the fans felt that three runs
would be enough, as it had been the day
In Saturday's game, Griffin allowed six
hits and a run as Michigan beat DePaul, 3-1.
She made up for the run before she gave up
the run, launching her third of the year in the
sixth inning.
Griffin's blast came on the heels of Cathy
Davie's two first-pitch round-trippers - nei-
ther of which came on a particularly hittable
"She hita really good pitch," DePaul pitch-
er Liza Brown said.
Davie said she "felt a lot of energy," as she

truth," Davie said.
Davie clearly was having fun. But all the
Wolverines had fun in their first game Friday.
A nine-run second inning, Michigan's
most incendiary this season, torched Ball
State and brought most of the Michigan
bench into the game to close out the 12-1 vic-
Yesterday, a Pam Kosanke closed her glove
on Dana Jakusz's pop foul to end the game,
her teammates came sprinting out of the
They had advanced, just as they had in
each of the past four years. And there was no
stopping those smiles, either.
"I can't explain the feeling.... It was just a
dream to hit my first this year," Tate said of
her right-time, right-place, right-field shot. "I
can't control my emotions really well."
Not that anyone asked her to. Timely
homers will have to do.

By Drew Beaver
Daily Sports Writer
After a season of ups and downs, the Michigan women's
tennis team headed into the NCAA Midwest Regional
Championships in Champaign this past weekend on an appar-
ent upswing.
Although the Wolverines had lost to Indiana in the Big Ten
Tournament finals, it was quite an accomplishment for the
Wolverines to even get that far. To get there, they had to go
through top-seed and host Wisconsin, a team which beat
Michigan 7-0 during the regular season.
The up-and-down cycle endured by Michigan was to come
full circle again, however, and the Wolverines, in their third
match against the Badgers this season, fell, 5-2.
"We knew it would be a challenging match," Michigan
senior Sora Moon said. "But we were psyched to play them."
The loss ended the Wolverines' 1998 campaign and th@
hopes at a second straight NCAA championship appearance.
"Wisconsin was really up for the match," Michigan sopho-
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