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The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 12, 2003 - 15
'M' Nine assisted by senior hurler -

By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
It was fitting that on Senior Day the only
senior on the Wolverine pitching staff
recorded the final outs at Ray Fisher Stadi-
um. With the bases loaded and only one out,
Tim Leveque got Northwestern's Josh
Lieberman to groundout into a game-end-
ing doubleplay to clinch a 3-1 win for
Michigan (15-11 Big Ten, 28-21 overall)
over Northwestern.
"Those are the types of situations I've
been brought into recently," Leveque said. "I
just wanted to try to get a doubleplay. I
missed my first slider up, and then I was able
to throw two fastballs for strikes, and then I
got him to groundout with a slider down."
With the doubleplay, Leveque recorded his
team-leading fourth save.
"Over the last two weeks Timmy has
done a marvelous job," coach Rich Mal-
oney said. "It's especially pleasing because
he's worked so hard. He doesn't throw that
fast but he's making it work by locating his
pitches'

Phil Tognetti started the game and kept the
Wildcats (14-12, 24-20) scoreless for the
first eight innings. He scattered seven hits in
those first eight innings but got through
unscathed with the help of Mother Nature
and the defense behind him.
"I'm not going to lie - the weather
helped," Tognetti said. "When they got the
ball in the air, it didn't travel well because of
the strong wind blowing in."
The doubleplay combination of short-
stop Nick Rudden and second baseman
A.J. Scheidt aided Tognetti all game long.
The duo was involved in four doubleplays
on the day.
"Those up-the-middle-guys were huge
today," Tognetti said. "They made everything
easier."
Michigan's runs came on timely hitting. In
the third inning, Brock Koman singled in
Gino Lollio after a sacrifice bunt by Nick
Rudden.
"The wind definitely changed the way the
game had to be played today," Maloney said.
"I thought it would be low scoring, so any
time we got a runner on we wanted to get

him over toscoring position."
to the fourth inning the Wolverines pushed}ta
across two more runs on a Mike Sokol walk
and singles from Jordan Cantalamessa and
Brandon Roberts. The three runs held up the
rest of the way.
With the win yesterday, Michigan took
the series from Northwestern three games
to one.
Michigan also stormed past Northwestern
in the Big Ten standings, taking sole position
of third place.
"We're getting real close to the playoffs,
which is one of our goals," Maloney said.
"We're also moving towards our goals of 30
wins and a better-than-.500 season."
The teams that finish in the top-six spots
in the Big Ten qualify for the Big Ten
Tournament.
Leveque's outing is not something he will
soon forget.
"It's special because it's my last home
game here, and I feel it's fitting a senior
pitcher gets to close the game out on the EUSE BERGMAN/Daily
mound," Leveque said. "I feel blessed and Junior catcher Jake Fox celebrates one of his two trips home
happy - it couldn't come at a hetter time" in Fridays 9-3 win over Northwestern.

Softball's tournament ends with another loss to State

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
It was a dark day in Iowa City for
Michigan's softball team on Friday, as it
fell for the third time this season to rival
Michigan State in the second round of
the Big Ten Tournament. The loss
dashed any hopes the Wolverines had at
advancing to yesterday's championship
game. Apart from its final loss to the
Spartans, Michigan (13-5 Big Ten, 40-
14 overall) lost its first game of the
tournament to Northwestern 8-6 in
extra innings, but defeated Minnesota in
game two, 3-2. This was the first time
the Wolverines have appeared in the
tournament and not advanced to the
final round of competition.
Though Michigan out-hit the Spar-
tans nine to four, the Wolverines had
trouble capitalizing on their opportuni-
ties. In contrast, Michigan State was
able to make the most of its few hits.
The Spartans scored their only two runs
in the first inning, when Michigan
State's Natalie Furrow hit a double,
bringing Sandy Lewis home. Furrow
then advanced to third when leftfielder
Melinda Moulden bobbled the ball, and
scored when Janette Hurtado hit a sin-
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gle to left field.
Although Michigan spotted the Spar-
tans two runs, the Wolverines attempted
to fight back. Michigan outfielder
Meghan Doe went 4-4, while others
including freshman Tiffany Haas, soph-
omore Nicole Motycka and junior Mon-
ica Schock got hits at critical points.
In the third inning, Motycka came in
to replace starting pitcher Marissa
Young, and kept the Spartans from scor-
ing for the remaining innings. Her
efforts were in vain, however, and the
Wolverines spent the day playing an
unsuccessful game of catch-up.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins,
though not thrilled with the weekend's
results, expressed admiration for her

intrepid Wolverines.
"They were all great games," she
said. "We didn't focus on the negative,
or play badly; we just didn't come out
on the winning end."
Instead of focusing on all of the nega-
tive factors from this weekend, Hutchins
chose to help her team move past a dis-
appointing weekend and focus on the
upcoming NCAA Regional Tournament
at Alumni Field.
"We're a pretty tired team right now,"
Hutchins said. "It's been an intense cou-
ple of weeks. We're going to go back to
fundamentals, and try to get to a good
place mentally. The girls need to give up
their fears, and it's my job to help them
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On a higher note, several Wolverines Hutchins said. "She contributed in
were honored as All-Big Ten perform- every aspect of play, and it's a tremen-
ers. Young and Schock received first- dous honor for her."
team honors. Sophomore shortstop Hutchins is looking forward to the
Jessica Merchant was named to the Regional Championships, which begin
second team, while Doe and Motycka later this week. Michigan will face
earned third-team honors. Young was Western Michigan in the first round on
also awarded Big Ten Player of the Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Year, chosen by a vote including every "We're very excited about Ann
Big Ten coach. Arbor hosting one of the regional
"Marissa certainly got my vote," sites," she said.
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