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Wolverines fall in Big Ten Tournament opener
By JEREMY SUMMITT
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team
wasn't supposed to make the Big
Ten Tournament this season. After
all, it was a rebuilding year.
But the Wolverines are in Min-
neapolis this week, the site of the
tournament, and even more unex-
pected circumstances came to light
at Target field Wednesday in Mich-
igan's 11-2 loss to Nebraska.
It was quite a surprise to watch
the Wolverines' offense go ice-cold
just four days after posting their
highest single-game run total, 19,
against the Cornhuskers to clinch a
spot in this very tournament.
Nebraska jumped out to a 4-0
lead after three innings, and
wouldn't concede a run until the
ninth. Throughout the game,
Michigan struggled to play sound
defense and the Wolverine hurlers
could hardly find the strike zone.
"We didn't take care of the base-
ball defensively, we didn't have
very many quality at-bats (and)
we gave up eight free passes," said
Michigan coach Erik Bakich. "We
have ourselves to blame today."
Senior right-hander James
Bourque got the start for Michi-
gan, but underperformed in com-
parison to his recent successful
outings, allowing five earned runs
off six hits in 4.1 innings.
"For me, I just didn't make the
big pitches when I needed to,"
Bourque said. "That cost me when
I put guys on. I think they saw
things a little hit better the second
and third time through the order."
Behind Bourque, the Wolver-
ines' defense had one of its worst
games this season as it committed
four crucial errors. Those errors
led to three unearned Nebraska
runs, and with the cold bats, it
wasn't likely that Michigan could
muster a comeback.
Meanwhile, Nebraska's sopho-
more left-hander Kyle Kubat did
quite the opposite of Bourque in
his time on the mound. Michigan
saw Kubat in the first game of last
weekend's series, but the Wolver-
ines managed three runs off him
that time around. On Wednesday,
Kubat completely stymied Michi-
gan's bats, giving up only one hit
and striking out six in seven shut-
"He's just one of those guys that
has really good command down in
the zone," Bakich said. "Me spots
his fastball. He certainly had a
Junior center fielder Michael
O'Neill had been on a tear heading
into the Big Ten Tournament, but
Kubat silenced him. O'Neill bat-
ted 0-for-4 Wednesday after going
5-for-14 with 6 RBI last week-
end. Senior second baseman Pat-
rick Biondi fared the best against
Kubat, but still, he couldn't manage
a hit while being walked twice.
After a paltry offensive and
defensive performance, the Wol-
verines will need to get back to
fundamentals if they hope to last
another day in the tournament.
Michigan will start either fresh-
man left-hander Evan Hill or
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Junior left-hander Logan McAnallen and the Wolverines look to rebound Thursday.
junior left-hander Logan McAnal- plenty of adversity this season and
len against Illinois in tomorrow's Bakich hopes that it will translate
elimination game. into positive results tomorrow.
Behind whomever Bakich gives "Nothing's been easy for this
the starting nod to, the defense group. It's been an absolute battle
must adjust appropriately to yet for this group. They're battle-
another high-pressure situation. tested and they're resilient. And I
The Wolverines, with their 21 do feel confident that this group is
underclassmen, have been through going to respond to the challenge."
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University officials hold an open meeting for residents to voice concerns at the Kellogg Eye Center on Wednesday.
Ann Arbor residents
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$1.5 million worth
of renovations to
increase safety and
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily Staff Reporter
The Power Center for the Per-
forming Arts opened during former
president Richard Nixon's adminis-
tration, and since the performance
space raised its curtains 42 years ago,
it hasn't had a major renovation since.
However, that's about to change
as a $1.5 million renovation will
update the Power Center's life
safety and aesthetic features.
Barry LaRue, the senior perfor-
mance hall operations manager,
said the Power Center was the
premier theatrical venue for the
School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
"There was a general feeling
that the theatre had slipped a bit in
terms of its finishes," LaRue said.
The renovations include an
array of safety updates: additional
handrails and lighting, back-of-
house safety features and increased
LaRue said there are currently
handrails on only one side of the
steep aisles in the Power Center.
Lighting on the steps in the lobby's
spiral staircase, he added, is not as
strong as it ought to be.
See UPGRADES, Page 7
new structure to
begin June 13th
By LEWAA BAHMAD
For the Daily
Residents of Ann Arbor's Wall
Street neighborhood met with
University officials Wednesday
to discuss the controversial con-
struction of a new parking struc-
ture in the neighborhood.
The planned brick and concrete
structure aims to add 500 more
parking spaces as well as spaces
for motorcycles and bicycles to
accommodate for the growth of
the University Health System.
Residents are upset with the
project and argue the expansion
would pollute the neighborhood,
increase traffic and threaten the
safety of pedestrians.
University Planner Sue Gott,
and James Kosteva, the Univer-
sity's director of community rela-
tions, led the meeting and spoke
on behalf of the University at the
community meeting held at the
Brehm Center on Wall Street.
"This is agroup we've met with
for a number of years," Gott said
before the meeting. "I'm sure it
will be constructive."
The parkingstructure is meant
to serve as a satellite structure to
the University Hospital. Hospital
employees will have to park in
the structure and take a shuttle
to the hospital, which requires
the construction of a waiting
station for the bus service. Con-
struction will begin June 13th
and the structure will be com-
pleted in the spring of 2014.
The plans for the parking
structure were initially proposed
in 2008 but were postponed after
the city of Ann Arbor agreed to
a joint effort with the University
to construct a parking structure
on Fuller Road instead. Since
then, the University dropped the
Fuller Road plans in favor of the
Wall Street parking structure as
a result of the city's inability to
hold up its portion of the fund-
While the University has said
the construction of the struc-
ture is definite, residents are
adamant about expressing their
contentions with it. The residents
expressed positive comments
about the increased level of com-
munication and claimed the Uni-
versity has been more open about
the project than it was in 2008.
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