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Haunted by Demons
Two NCAA Tournament losses to DePaul end Michigan's dream

and finished off the season
As Kosanke
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Her demeano
emblematic
most of

By David Roth
Daily Sports Woterw
In two games against DePaul this
weekend in the NCAA Region 8
Championship, Michigan's 240-foot
trek around the softball diamond
might as well have been a mile.
In the double-elimination tourna-
ment, DePaul blanked the
Wolverines 8-0 on Friday, and then
finished off Michigan's season -
and its hopes of going to the
Women's College World Series -
by shutting them out again, 3-0, yes-
terday in-rhe regional championship
game.
DePaul's defense didn't just sizzle
against the Wolverines. The Blue
Demons shut out every team they
faced in the regional, and have only
given up two runs in their past eight
postseason games dating back to last
year.
"Even I can't screw up losing a

game when our pitchers don't give
up a run," DePaul coach Eugene
Lenti said.
Lenti will be leading the Blue
Demons to their second Women's
College World Series in as many
years.
Though they were seeded fifth out
of six teams, DePaul knocked off
No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 6 Central
Michigan, in addition to its pair of
victories over the second-seeded
Wolverines.
The Blue Demons also received
plenty of help, as the Chippewas and
the Wolverines ousted No. I seed
Stanford early in the tournament,
paving the way for DePaul to nab
the regional crown and the bid to the
Women's College World Series.
But the seeding did not tell the
whole story.
The 40-20 Blue Demons have won
31 of their last 37 games, compen-
sating for their early-season woes

that likely a, / Michigan
contributed to But, there
their low seed. few player
In its rematch against Yswere not dev
DePaul, Michigan realized that the by the seas
third time's a harm, as pitcher tng defeat.
Marissa Young couldn't tally her c e n t e r f i
third win in three days. Chrissy
Young, who came into the game appeared t
with an 18-3 record after blowing no regrets
away Stanford and Illinois- losing t
Chicago, gave up all three DePaul Blue Dei
runs in the first inning. "We I
The freshman, who often takes - good
a while to find her groove, gave she
up two bunt-singles, a wild
pitch and a walk to start the d i
game. With the bases loaded p
DePaul third baseman Julie MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily a
Luna unloaded a double to DePaul's Lindsay
left center on a 1-2 Chouinard, the
pitch to score two Regional MVP, threw
runs. three shutouts, two
Tami Bouck's sin- against Michigan.
gle brought in the
third and final run of
the game, as six scoreless l
innings followed.
"We were playing with
reckless abandon, just swinging our The thrill of victoi
bats, taking our cuts," DePaul pitch-
er Lindsay Chouinard said. "It DePaul's 3-0 victory over Mic
turned out good in the end." in the NCAA Regional
Michigan could find no answer to Championship game culminat
Depaul's three-run first. amazing three days for the Bli
"We certainly had our opportuni- Demons, who were the final a
ties," Michigan coach Carol large team selected for the NI
Hutchins said. "We just didn't come Tournament. Here is DePaul's
up with a timely hit. Defense can to the championship:
only do so much."
With the loss, the Wolverines Friday, May 19
must wave goodbye to departing No. 5 DePaul 8, No. 2 Michiga
seniors Pam Kosanke, Karmen (6 innN
Lappo, Jamie Gillies, and Melissa
Gentile. Saturday, May 20
"We played our hearts out," Kosanke DePaul 5, No. 6 Central Michiga
said. "I'm proud that we came back

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Men's golf
finishes ilti
By Rhonda Gilmer
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes close just isn't close
enough.
The Michigan men's golf team
was left just a few strokes short of
advancing out of the NCAA Central
Regional Championship Saturday at
the Victoria Country Club*
Victoria, Texas.
The Wolverines scored a four-
round 866 total - tying for 11th
place with Mississippi. The
University of Texas won the tourna-
ment scoring 847.
Michael Harris led the
Wolverines shooting 214 and round-
ed out the tournament is-2-st, Scott
Hayes followed close behind se
ing 218.
What might be hardest to bear for
the Wolverines was how close they
came to moving on to the final
round of the NCAA
Championships.
"Overall, we were disappointed
that we missed it by six strokes,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said.
While the Wolverines may have
felt unlucky after their close brush
with the NCAA Finals, they c°
still look back at their season a
success.
"We had a very good year,"
Carras said. "I'm proud of us com-
peting in the NCAA Regional tour-
nament, which is a prize in itself."
The top nine teams from the cen-
tral, east and west regional champi-
onships will meet in Opelika, Ala.
May 31st- June 3rd for the NCAA
Finals.
"We had a good chance going into
the tournament, and we hurt our-
selves during the first round,"
Carras said. "This makes the differ-
ence between going and not going
to the Finals."

Maast asoccna
MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
The dejected Michigan softball team heads off the field after losing to DePaul,
3-0, in the NCAA Region 8 championship game.

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