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Men's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Tommorrow, 3 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Friday, March 8, 1991

Ice Hockey
vs. Ferris State
Tonight, 8:10 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Sluggers
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yJosh Dubow
aaily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team
returns south this weekend to con-
tinue its early season schedule.
The Wolverines opened their sea-
son in Florida, winning their first
six before ending with two losses.
Michigan (6-2) will participate
in the South Alabama Tournament
this weekend. The Wolverines will
Pegin by facing South Alabama
(10-5) today. Auburn (4-6) is on
tap Saturday, followed by either
Notre Dame (7-2) or South
Alabama on Sunday. Both the
Wolverines and the Fighting Irish
are ranked in Baseball America's
latest Top 25 poll, with Michigan
ranked 12th, and Notre Dame 14th.
Michigan coach Bill Freehan
lans to start juniors Jason Pfaff
nd Russell Brock and sophomore
Dennis Konuszewski in this
weekend's contests. Pfaff, the
Wolverines' ace, hurled two com-
plete game victories last week.
These games take on great
importance for the squad as the
Wolverines are ineligible for the
postseason, and can only play for
national rankings.
"Because we aren't able to be
ig Ten champs, these games
mean even more to us," Freehan
said. "We set goals for ourselves
at these tournaments, and we want
to come back as champions."
After Michigan's impressive
start, the team suffered pitching
and defensive lapses at the
conclusion of its trip. Freehan
hopes his squad will overcome
hese lapses this weekend.
"We want to continue to
improve," Freehan said. "I am
happy with certain aspects of the
team, but we have to assess cer-
tain breakdowns we had."
Most of those breakdowns were
committed by the Wolverines'
pitching and defense.
"I expected the pitchers to be,
*head of the hitters, but in Florida'
the hitters actually were ahead of
the pitchers. Pitching was one of
my key questions entering the sea-
son, and hopefully this weekend
will start to answer some of those."
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SZCZECHOWSKI SCORES 21 IN LAST GAME
Spartans take state title, 71-62

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
After the Michigan women's
basketball team lost its final game
of the season, the first memory of
the last four years that came to
graduating captain Carol Szcze-
chowski's mind was of throwing up.
No, the game wasn't that bad -
Szczechowski was recalling a a road
trip earlier this year where almost
the entire team became ill.
The Wolverines fell to rival
Michigan State, 71-62, in another
game in which Michigan (11-17
overall, 4-14 Big Ten) could could
not get over the hump. The Spartans
(21-7, 13-5), however, did not have
an easy time of it.
"Playing Michigan, you know
that we were really going to have to
struggle, to scrap for any loose ball,
and we did," Spartan Dana Walker

said. "In the second half, we came
out more intense, more focused on
getting a big lead. We just kept our
heads focused and in the game, and
we came out with a great victory."
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
pointed to two instances in the
second half where a key conversion
may have given the Wolverines the
momentum they needed to get back
into the game.
A Trish Andrew jumper capped a
Michigan run by pulling the squad
to within four points, 62-58. But
Spartan Marline Ferguson drilled a
backbreaking three-pointer from the
left wing to put the Spartans up by
seven. After the teams traded
baskets, Szczechowski had an open
lay-in, which was blocked, and the
Wolverines could get no closer.
Earlier in the half, Szczechow-
ski's back-to-back layups brought
the Wolverines to within 49-46,
Michigan's smallest deficit in the se-
cond stanza. Then Walker, who

scored 14 of her 22 points after inter-
mission, answered the Wolverines'
8-2 streak by scoring State's next
six points.
Szczechowski will carry a
"bittersweet" memory of yesterday's
game as she hangs up the sneakers.
"I hate the thought of not playing
again - that part of it really upsets
me - but the sweet part of it is I
really have a good memory of all the
last four years," she said.
Michigan has played its best
basketball in the last three weeks,
and with Szczechowski the only
senior who had significant playing
time this year, next year's squad
looks to bounce back strong.
"We do leave the season with the
satisfaction that we did not fold up.
We stayed tough," VanDeWege said.
"That's important when you have
everybody coming back. Nobody
quit. Believe me, you have to have
some satisfaction in that because it's
important coming back next year."

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Senior Carol Szczechowski and coach Bud VanDeWege share a farewell
hug last night at the end of Michigan's 71-62 loss to the Spartans.

Students to get priority seats at NIT

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
In a concerted effort to raise the
decibel level in Crisler Arena, the
athletic department announced
yesterday its plans for an improved
student section if Michigan is se-
lected to host an NIT game. NIT
bids will be awarded Sunday night.
The revised seating area will
include 1300 blue seats along the
east side of the court, and more
will be made available if neces-
sary. Tickets, which go on sale
Monday at 8 p.m., will cost $5
with student identification, and
will be sold on a first-come, first-
served basis at the Union and Ath-
letic Ticket Offices.
"We are going to give the stu-
dents a chance to see what they
can do," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "We want to put the
students in an area where they will
have an opportunity to give us a
vocal home court."
Athletic Director Jack Weiden-
bach said the department could
make changes because of postsea-
son scheduling.
"We don't have a commitment

to season ticket holders, so we can
do this," Weidenbach said. "We'll
protect the Victors Club, but we'll
give students first choice. We want
to give them the best seats possi-
ble."
He added that if the change
proves effective, permanent mea-
sures will be made to improve stu-
dent seating.
"I don't know how the students
are going to respond," Weiden-
bach said. "It'll give us an idea of
what we should be doing. We have
to take a look at the whole seating
issue - you can logically consider
the first three or five rows of the
gold seats as premium seats,
somewhere to move the alumni
and still give them high priority."
Weidenbach said non-student
season ticket holders have sup-
ported efforts to improve the
Crisler crowds halfheartedly.
"They say 'You ought to do that
to all the other people, but not
me,"' he said. "My seat moves for

the NIT - they kicked me out and
that's fine. I'll be in section 46
with the rest of the staff."
L AST GAME OF THE
SEASON: Michigan (7-10 in the
Big Ten, 14-13 overall) should
earn an NIT bid whether it wins or
loses to Michigan State tomorrow
at 3 p.m. Likewise, the Spartans
(10-7, 17-10) should earn an
NCAA bid win or lose.
But because of the traditional
bragging rights, the game still
remains important for each team.
"I don't care what sport it is,"
forward Freddie Hunter said. "You
always get up for Michigan State."

Correction: The Michigan men's tennis team match Saturday against
Northwestern has been changed from 3 p.m. at the Liberty Sports
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