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Women's Rugby
vs. Dayton
Saturday, noon
Mitchell Field
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Eastern Michigan (DH)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Fisher Stadium

Friday, March 22, 1991

Page 9

*M' looks
for right
pitch
y David Schechter
waily Baseball Writer
Michigan baseball coach Bill
Freehan stared intently at the score-
board in Fisher Stadium after Wed-
nesday's victory over Bowling
Green. He realized that a few things
had to be better in tomorrow's one
o'clock home doubleheader against
Eastern Michigan.
Like pitching.
* Freehan is not worried about
Jason Pfaff, the staff's No. 1 pitch-
er, who will be starting against
Eastern. With closer Todd Marion
throwing effectively, he isn't con-
cerned about finishing the game
either. He is worried about who
will throw in between the two
players in the middle innings of the
game. Middle-relief pitching is the
Sarkest spot on the Wolverines
orizon of early season baseball
games.
"We've been working on pitch-
ing since the first week of the sea-
son. Am I bringing anybody up from
Toledo (Detroit Tigers AAA
affiliate)? Not that I know of,"
Freehan said.
The coach says he won't have to
search the minors for assistance
*cause he.is not finished looking
through his own ranks for the help
he needs. Saturday against Eastern,
who trails the Wolverines in the
all-time series 84-35-2, Freehan
will take another opportunity to
discover a mid-inning reliever from
his own bullpen.
Pfaff's health had been in ques-
tion recently due to a sore pitching
4&m. However, Freehan thinks the
junior will perform just fine.
HOCKEY
Continued from page 1
"It's important for us to take their
crowd out of the game."
Another factor is that since the
Terriers received a first-round bye,
they have not played for two weeks.
"There's different ways to look
at that," Berenson said. "We could
be fresh, and they could be rusty; or
we could be tired, and they could be
fresh. The only thing we can control
is how we play."
Also a mystery is who will start
between the pipes for the Maize and
Blue. Rookie Steve Shields seemed
to have a firm grasp on the starting
.job, until fellow rookie Chris Gor-
don starred in the decisive 9-3 vic-
tory over Cornell.
"That reassures us that we have
some depth at that position," Beren-
son said. "I felt Steve was fighting
the puck. He's played a lot of games
for us this season. Chris came in and
gave us the kind of game we
needed."

Spring football kicks off
Moeller whips squad into shape as practice time is cut

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer
If the best way to get to
Carnegie Hall is practice, then Gary
Moeller must think Carnegie is
located in Pasadena. His football
team opens its spring practice
tomorrow in its quest to return to
the Rose Bowl next January.
After commencing 1991 with a
35-3 rout of Ole Miss in the Gator
Bowl, Michigan established itself
as a national contender for the up-
coming season. But the only way to
fulfill such expectations, as Moel-
ler insists, is to begin working
early.
"We're trying to fill holes and
improve the techniques of the guys
who return," Moeller said. "Our
biggest question marks are in the
secondary, at the fullback position,
and in the offensive line."
The Wolverines return a strong

corps at the skill positions, but
Moeller said he wants to develop a
great tackling team on defense.
Because of recent NCAA legisla-
tion limiting practice time, his
plans must be altered slightly.
Last season, teams could practice
20 days in the spring. However, in an
effort to reduce an athlete's time
away from academics, the NCAA
cut the period to 15 days, 10 with
full contact. Michigan will practice
without pads tomorrow.
"With no contact, the best skills
to work on are passing, but I don't

want our guys to get the wrong idea
that this is a non-contact game,"
Moeller joked.
The decreased practice time
forces players to make an adjust-
ment as well as coaches.
"The key is practicing well
without pads," Moeller said.
"We're trying to figure out ways to
make it as realistic as possible with-
out hurting anybody."
The Wolverines will play their
annual intrasquad Blue/White game
April 13 at Ann Arbor-Pioneer
High School.

Ricky Powers and his teammates will begin spring practice on Saturday.

Men tumblers roll into Big Tens

by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
It all has come down to this.
A year full of pushing their bodies to the brink of
exhaustion. Of repeating routines over and over again
for the sake of perfection. A year of romping across the
country, traveling to distant cities that are only a faded
memory now. Indeed, the Big Ten Championships are
finally upon the Michigan men's gymnastics team.
East Lansing's Jenison Fieldhouse will be the site,
six other Big Ten teams will be the competition. Now
it is up to the Wolverines to realize the destiny that
they've been clutching for all year long.
"The Big Ten meet will be the closest it's been in
many, many, many years," assistant coach Mike Mili-
donis said.
Only one year ago, Michigan finished last in the Big
Ten, but then came back with a vengeance in regional
competition to beat both Michigan State and Wiscon-
sin. The Wolverines also ended up ranked 17th in the
nation. That turn of events attests to the highly com-
petitive nature of Big Ten gymnastics, where many of

the nation's powerhouse squads reside, and to how one
exceptional day can change a whole team's fortunes.
Though Michigan definitely doesn't plan on finish-
ing in the basement this time around, it is doubtful the
Wolverines will be able to knock off Big Ten favorites
Minnesota and Ohio State for the conference crown.
But no matter where Michigan finishes in the final
team standings, it will be looking toward the individ-
ual finals held Saturday evening with special fervor.
The Wolverines have yellow jerseys they reserve
solely for finals.
Michigan's Jorge Camacho and Ben Verrall should
have a great shot at finals in the floor exercise, along
with Jim Round and Royce Toni on the still rings. A
big question mark will be if injuries to seasoned veter-
ans Glenn Hill and Ruben Ceballos will hamper them
this weekend. Of extreme concern is the wrist injury to
Hill - Michigan's ace on the pommel horse. The ju-
nior has been receiving extensive treatment to give him
every chance to compete at Big Tens, and even with the
injury, his coaches like his chances.

Adding to the quandary is the
fact that in the teams' previous
matchup, it was Gordon who shut
down the Terriers after Shields gave
up the first five goals. Nonetheless,
should the series last three games,
both goaltenders will likely see ac-
tion.
On the other side of the ledger,
the Wolverines' offense appears to
be peaking after scoring 19 goals in
the three games with Cornell. Ju-
nior Mike Helber has been on a scor-
ing rampage, with 17 points in his

last eight games. He currently leads
all CCHA playoff scorers with 14
points (3 goals, 11 assists).
Hobey Baker candidate Denny
Felsner has his eye on the Michigan
single-season goal record. Felsner
scored his 39th and 40th goals last
Saturday against Cornell. That
leaves him a hat trick away from the
record 43, held by none other than
Gordon "Red" Berenson.
One thing that can be counted on
this weekend is that Berenson will
not weep if his record is broken.

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