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other venture funds is that we
also quantify the social impact the
businesses are having," Greenberg
said. "We find it to be particu-
venture fund to consider that as a
key criterion for making an invest-
Greenberg said the company's
use of technology to work with
lesson plans made LearnZillion an
"(The videos) are going to be
a really effective tool, just to use
and be able to combine teacher
Greenberg said. expand its videos to other subjects
The Washington, D.C.-based in the near future, according to
company was founded last sum- Guerrier.
mer by Eric Westendorf and Alix "Going into the next school year,
Guerrier. LearnZillion develops it will be math and literacy, which
video lessons for students grades we're very excited about because
3-10 and also collects data, which actually there are many fewer liter-
aims to help teachers across the acy resources online than there are
country improve their lessons. math (resources)," Guerrier said,
LearnZillion, which primarily adding he hopes the new additions
provides math lessons, plans to will please customers.
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ing LearnZillion means overcom-
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"It's more that the structure
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hard to effectively use technology.
Sometimes there's bad connec-
tivity, sometimes there's crappy
and old hardware, but also there
are rules about it," Guerrier said.
"There are rules about using stuff
in class, and rules about where you
can use it, and then from our per-
spective, there are a lot of educa-
tion products that are more built
with a school district in mind
rather than an individual teacher,
if that makes sense."
Guerrier said LearnZillion
appreciates the SvF investment
and connection to the University
the investment brings.
"Being introduced to and hav-
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great," Guerrier said. "We have an
intern, in fact maybe two coming
from Michigan ... that's awesome."
Guerrier added that LearnZil-
lion continues to improve with
help from professors and students
in the School of Education at the
"One of the things that's impor-
tant for us as an education organi-
zation, providing an (education)
service directed at teachers and
students, is being able to measure
the impact that we have on learn-
ing for our users," Guerrier said.
"Basically access to that academic
mind at the Ed. School helped
guide that research, and that's a
relationship that's continuing."
Business Prof. Gautam Kaul
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year program with an application
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By LIZ NAGLE work on Friday, Sinnery gave up
Daily Sports Writer seven earned runs. Though he was
plenty capable of finding the strike
After the series loss on Sunday, zone, the Indiana batters worked
Michigan baseball coach Rich off the momentum - meanwhile,
Maloney looked defeated, and his the Michigan pitching staff con-
voice trailed off close to a whisper. tinued to fall.
"I don't Due to frigid weather on Sat-
really know INDIANA 8 urday, the Wolverines faced Indi-
what to say." MICHIGAN 1 ana in a doubleheader on Sunday.
The Wol- Starting on the mound for Michi-
verines (4-11 -----_ gan was junior right-hander Ben
Big Ten, 17-27 MICHIGAN 1 Ballantine, who only lasted three
overall) were -innings, giving up five hits, six
swept by _----_. .earned runs and four walks. He
Indiana (8-6, INDIANA 11 came in with a 3.44 ERA and
22-23) this IMICHIGAN 5 walked off the mound with a 4.19
and all hopes for the playoffs are "In general, we just didn't get it
slowly disappearing. done. We didn't get the job done,"
It seemed as though Michi- Maloney said. "Too many free-
gan's pitching staff was caught bies."
off guard whenever the Hoosiers In all three games, Indiana
entered the batter's box. Time and scored early and often, taking
time again Indiana took advantage advantage of Michigan's defensive
of the downtrodden Wolverine downfalls. But glimmers of hope
hurlers, crushing them 8-1, 11-8 appeared on the field throughout
and 11-5. the weekend of disappointment.
The consistent mound problems After the Hoosiers scored first
overwhelmed all offensive efforts, on Sunday with first baseman Sam
starting with senior right-hander Travis' solo home run, the Wol-
Brandon Sinnery on Friday and verines retaliated in the second
trickling through the bullpen. inning. Recovering from Friday
Unfortunately for the Wolver- night's poor performance, when
ines, the eight pitchers after him he went 0-for-4 on three consecu-
were letdowns - they served the tive strikeouts, sophomore first
Hoosiers three wins on silver plat- baseman Brett Winger smacked
ters. one over the left field wall.
In the first three innings of Following Winger's solo home
run, Michigan put runners in
scoring positions, but failed to
With two outs, sophomore
catcher Cole Martin singled on
a near perfect bunt that stayed
fair down the third base line, and
freshman second baseman Eric
Jacobson found the hole in right
field for a single. Martin advanced
to third on a fielding error, and
with runners on the corners,
freshman shortstop Dylan Del-
aney struck out swinging. That
was the recurring theme through-
out the back-to-back stints.
"We would shoot ourselves in
the foot," Maloney said. "Unfortu-
nately, the way it worked was just
a dink there, a dink here."
Though Indiana posts the low-
est defensive ranks in the confer-
ence, Michigan slipped up and
gave the Hoosiers a series win on
13 walks and six errors.
The Wolverines claimed a nar-
row 3-1 lead over the Hoosiers in
the first game on Sunday. But in
the fourth inning, Ballantine and
junior right-hander Kyle Clark
gave them seven runs.
"A big part of them scoring so
many runs was giving up a lot of
walks," Lorenz said. "They got
some key hits. ... That was a big
It was apparent that Indiana
didn't need the insurance runs
and went scoreless in the final
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Pitching problems leave Michigan without a win
three innings. But Michigan tried
to make a comeback in its last
In the bottom of the ninth, the
Wolverines were down by seven
runs, but freshman Kevin White
hit his first career bomb, driving in
three runs to tighten the gap. With
two outs, Maloney called on the
semi-healthy freshman left fielder
Will Drake. In his first at-bat since
April 11, Drake came in as a pinch
hitter, but struck out to finalize
the series loss.
"Every little thing is magnified
for us," Maloney said. "We haven't
been able to play over it, pitch over
it or make the next play."
In the final contest, freshman
left-hander Trent Szkutnik gave
up five earned runs in 2.2 innings.
The defensive woes settled in the
third inning when sophomore
right-hander Alex Lakatos stepped
up with a 5-1 deficit to work with.
In his 4.1 innings of action,
Lakatos struck out six batters,
giving up no earned runs and just
two walks. But he couldn't recover
from a few mental mistakes.
"Lakatos was (good) today, for
a while," Maloney said. "Then he
kind of hit a blunder.... But outside
of that, he was sharp."
The Wolverines belted what
would seem like a successful num-
ber of hits - they tallied 35, but
stranded 26 base runners. It had
a multitude of opportunities to
score, but Michigan just couldn't
find the timely hit.
Though the Wolverines strug-
gled in crucial moments, there
were a handful of players that
encouraged Maloney at the plate.
Senior third baseman John
Lorenz extended his six game hit-
ting streak - four of which were
multi-hit outings. He manned
the hot corner with experienced
defensive plays and consistently
made contact at the plate.
Lorenz posted solid numbers,
going 5-for-11 with four runs on
four singles, a double and three
Equally impressive was White,
in his rookie campaign, who
cleared the bases with two con-
secutive-game home runs in oppo-
"We've had guys, especially
right now, like ... Lorenz that are
playing really well and it's nice to
finally get in there and contribute
to their success," White said. "It
Though a number of players are
satisfied with their own efforts,
they're unhappy with the way the
team pieces it together. To them,
nothing really matters when
Michigan sits at the bottom of the
Big Ten and gets swept by Indiana.
"I feel okay," Lorenz said. "It's
good to start helping out the team
a little more. ... But it just doesn't
feel good losing."
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Wolverines come up short against Purdue in tournament
By SCOTT FREEDMAN
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team came up short in the final
match of the Big Ten Tournament
against Purdue on Sunday.
Losing the dual match, 4-3, the
No. 15 Wolverines failed to cap off
the weekend in Columbus success-
fully, despite having captured a
share of the Big Ten regular season
championship a week ago.
Michigan entered the tourna-
ment as the second seed, earning
a first-round bye. The team went
on to trounce Indiana and Illinois
on its way to the final showdown
Friday's match against Indiana
marked the fifth-straight match
in which Michigan claimed the
coveted doubles point. The Wol-
verines, strengthened by the
ninth-straight victory from the
No. 10 duo of freshman Emina
Bektas and sophomore Brooke
Bolender, used the momentum of
the doubles victories to surge past
the Hoosiers, taking the overall
Saturday was the high point of
the weekend, as Michigan blanked
Illinois with a final score of 4-0.
Bektas and Bolender, who secured
the doubles win yet again, locked
up individual victories as well.
Also performing impressively was
No. 121 junior Mimi Nguyen, who
coasted to a straight-set victory,
despite trailing 4-0 in the first set.
When the dust settled on Sat-
urday, Michigan had taken every
single match from No. 20 Illinois,
cementing the Wolverines' domi-
nance over the Illini this season.
Sunday was where the Wolver-
ines seemed to run out of magic.
Despite jumping out to an early
advantage, nabbing the doubles
point, Michigan could not capital-
ize on the solid start and ended up
falling just short in the final sin-
The weekend marks yet another
disappointing finish for the Wol-
verines in the Big Ten Tourna-
ment. Historically, in each of the
past eight seasons, Michigan has
advanced to the final match of
the weekend. Despite constant
appearances, Michigan has lost all
eight-consecutive Big Ten Cham-
pionship matches. The Wolverines
have only won the title once in the
team's history, grabbing the cham-
pionship in 1997.
Michigan coach Ronni Bern-
stein, while dissatisfied with the
tough loss, asserts the importance
of moving on, especially with
the NCAA Tournament rapidly
"We've had a good year, and we
have to look at the big picture,"
Bernstein said. "This is definitely
disappointing, but it's also some-
thing that we can hopefully learn
from. I want to see them go after
it and play to win rather than be
scared to lose.
"We still have the postseason,
and that's what we're looking
forward to now. You want to play
matches like this, win or lose,
because it makes you better just to
compete like this. This definitely
hurts, but once we get back home
and start practicing, we'll really
focus in on the NCAAs."
The Wolverines will return to
Ann Arbor to await their selection
for the NCAA Tournament. The
selection show will take place on
By Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel
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