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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

11

DRAFT
From Page 10
following Tom Harmon in 1941.
Other Wolverines selected in this
year's draft include quarterback
Chad Henne (2nd round, Miami),
wide receivers Mario Manningham
(3rd round, New York Giants) and
Adrian Arrington (7th round, New,
Orleans), outside linebacker Shawn
Crable (3rd round, New England)
and running back Mike Hart (6th
round, Indianapolis).
For Long's mother, Denise, the
moment represented the culmina-
tion of years of anticipation. Long's
SOFTBALL
From Page 10
With two strikes, the Wol-
verines' all-time home run and
RBI leader hita line drive to left
field.
The crowd rose to its feet
as sophomore Kristin Larsen
scored and sophomore Molly
Bausher sprinted home from
second base to make a diving
slide as her left hand touched
the plate to give Michigan the 3-
2 victory.
"I saw Sam roped the ball to
left field and there was no stop-
ping me - I was going home all
the way," Bausher said. "I had
a great path towards home and
her throw wasn't great, but even
if it was, I think I still would
have been safe."
Northwestern stifled the usu-
ally potent Wolverine offense
for much of the afternoon. After
claiming two five-inning mercy-
rule wins against Michigan State
on Friday and Saturday (10-0
and 11-3), Michigan had just four
runs against Wildcat pitcher
Lauren Delaney. The sophomore
ace had 18 strikeouts in two com-
plete games and had shut out the
Wolverines in game two until
the bottom of the seventh.
"They just need to work on
understanding a one-pitch
focus," Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins said. "I don't think we
were as focused as we needed to
be on competing. What did we
think? 'They were going to come
in and let us win?"'
Freshman pitcher Jordan
Taylor (24-2) kept the Wolver-
ines alive in the second game,
giving up just three hits and
striking out six batters. Taylor
replaced sophomore pitcher
Nikki Nemitz (20-3) in the final
inning of game one after Nemitz
gave up nine hits and two earned
runs.

family saw his potential to play pro-
fessionally as far back as high school,
but seeing him make the jump to the
NFL in the most prestigious way
still conjured up great emotion.
"We were a little nervous, but
we're enjoying it," Denise Long said.
"It's real now."
For Jake Long, the moment also
brought a sense of relief that the
draft process is over.
Since Michigan's season-ending
victory over Florida in the Capi-
tal One Bowl, Long has endured
months of workouts, evaluations
and interviews, all leadingup to one
day. Now that the draft has passed,
he can get back to doing what he

loves most: playing football.
Long deflected questions about
his sudden wealth, a potential bud-
ding rivalry with former Ohio State
linebacker Vernon Gholston (picked
sixth overall by the New York Jets)
and calls from Florida realtors.
But he eagerly spoke about being
excited to meet his new Dolphins
teammates and familiarize himself
with the coaches and playbook.
"I want to go in there and work
hard every day," Long said. "I want
to show my leadership that I have
in college with the great work ethic,
lead by example, and go out there
and keep doing the same thing I've
been doing."

Offensive tackle Jake Long was selected first overall in this year's NFL.Draft.

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