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Sports Monday Trivia
Name the first team to beat
'a Bo Schembechler-led
Wolverine squad at
Michigan Stadium.
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports MN da'y
'M' Sports Calendar 2
Athlete of the Week 2
Baseball Top 25 2
Gill Again .3
Q&A 3
Baseball 4
Crew 4
Softball 5
Men's Swimming 5
Track 6
Golf 7

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The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday

April 15, 1991

'M' baseball



by David Schechter
Daily Baseball Writer

Michigan's hopes of sweeping
four straight baseball games from
Illinois lay dormant under the tarp
at Fisher Stadium yesterday.
After pummelling the Illini
Saturday in the first of two sched-
uled weekend doubleheaders, 6-2
and 12-1, the Wolverines were ex-
cited for an opportunity to add two
more victories to their 5-5 Big Ten
record. Unfortunately, yesterday's
rain never gave them a chance.
The games have been resched-
uled for today at Fisher Stadium.
The Wolverines (19-13-1) were
guided to victory with impressive
complete-game pitching perfor-
mances from Jason Pfaff in the
first game and Russell Brock in the
second. Pfaff, the staff ace, lifted
his record to 6-1 after falling be-
hind the Illini, 2-0, early in the
game. But as the game unfolded, he
silenced Illinois' scoring attack on
only four hits.
Brock was equally effective in
the second game, allowing only one
run. His record now stands at 4-5.
The Wolverines' first double-
header sweep this year was pow-
ered by their bats. Belting out 20
hits and 18 runs, Michigan picked
apart the Illini pitching staff. In
the second game, Illinois pitcher
Bubba Smith looked like he was
throwing batting practice.
Smith got only one Wolverine
out in the second inning while giv-
ing up seven runs. Both Todd Win-
ston and Andy Fairman hit three-
run doubles and Dave Everly hit an
RBI single.
Michigan's hitting dominance
first appeared in the fourth inning

Wolverine catcher Mike Matheny slides home against Illinois Saturday. He scored Michigan's fourth run in the
squad's 6-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

Michigan sophomore Scott Cuppett fires a cross-court backhand
Saturday against nationally-ranked Indiana Hoosier Gunnar Salumaa.
Men's tennis S i pts
with H
wi oosiers,

of the first game. Winston led off
the inning against Illinois starter
Rich Hyde by hammering a triple.
Fairman continued the assault, as
he nailed a two-run double to tie
the score, 2-2.
The Wolverines continued to
skin Hyde in the sixth with three
more runs. The sixth-inning scor-

Everly who knocked in Bubba
Nate Holdren and Pat Maloney
worked overtime this weekend.
After playing in Saturday's spring
football scrimage, the two pulled
off their shoulder pads and pulled
on their baseball gloves for the sec-
ond game of the doubleheader.

tion this week, with nine games in
six days. Today's doubleheader
against Illinois gives the Wolver-
ines the opportunity to carry out
their domination of the Illini.
Earlier in the season, the
Wolverines set a goal to finish
first in the Big Ten. With six Big
Ten games this week, the Wolver-
ines have the chance to make up


ing included an RBI double from Michigan faces heavy competi- some ground.. I

Hawkeyes shut down Wolverine offense


by Jason Gomberg+
Daily Sports Writer

The theme for this weekend's
men's tennis matches was come-
backs. Michigan's doubles teams
rallied Sunday to salvage a 5-4
Wolverine victory over Ohio State
one day after Michigan fell to
Indiana by the same margin.
On a weekend where the
Wolverines' top two singles play-
ers went 0-4, No. 3 singles player
Scott Cuppett (14-5) and No. 5
Mitch Rubenstein (15-5) anchored
the team, combining for six points.
"The one big bright spot for us
this weekend," coach Brian Eisner
said, "was the play of Cuppett and
Rubenstein. They dug themselves in
some holes, but they have the ability
to turn a match around and did so
Indiana came to the Liberty
Sports Complex ranked No. 12 na-
tionally, and the Hoosiers' ability
to throw the Michigan netters off
their games proved to be the differ-

ence. In the top-seeded matchup,
Michigan junior David Kass (18-7),
No. 6 nationally, was unable to put
away No. 63 David McCallum.
McCallum never allowed Kass to
get his game untracked and won in
an upset, 6-3, 6-0.
The two teams split the two- and
three-seeded contests, as Hoosier
Nigel Russell outlasted Wolverine
frosh Dan Brakus (17-9), 4-6, 6-4,6-
4, in a grueling three-hour match,
and Wolverine sophomore Scott
Cuppett defeated No. 72 Gunnar
Salumaa, 6-4, 7-5.
Against Michigan's No. 4 seed,
senior John Karzen (16-6), Indiana's
Chris Decker took advantage of
Karzen's sloppy footwork and weak
backhand to prevail, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
"My footwork has always been a
problem for me," Karzen said, "I'm
not that quick. He did a good job of
keeping me back. I was a little flat
Indiana's David Held, nicknamed
See SPLIT, Page 8

by Ryan Herrington
and David Kraft
Daily Sports Writers
While the Michigan softball
team has shown much improvement
from its mediocre 1990 season, this
weekend's performance against
Iowa at Varsity Diamond proved it
still has a long way to go before it
can capture a Big Ten Championship.
Friday and Saturday, the No. 14
Wolverines (2-6 Big Ten, 18-14
overall) were swept by the No. 6
Hawkeyes (6-2, 33-6) in two
doubleheaders by scores of 3-0, 2-1
and 3-0, 1-0 respectively.
In this key series between the
two pre-season Big Ten favorites,
it was evident that Michigan did not
come out as focused as the defending
Big Ten champions.
"(Iowa) didn't let the big game
get to them like we did," Michigan
coach Carol Hutchins said. "They
came to play and did everything they

needed to do."
In the first game of Friday's
doubleheader, the Wolverines
quickly fell behind in the second in-
ning when Hawkeye designated
player Amy Hartsock drove home
first baseman Christa Davis on a
ground out to second.
Matters only became worse for
Michigan in the third when
Hawkeye Kim Davis hit a shot to
deep left center field that eluded the
reach of diving Wolverine left
fielder Patti Benedict. As Davis
rounded second base, center fielder
Kari Kunnen bobbled the ball, al-
lowing the runner to advance for a-
rare inside-the-park home run.
Facing the strong pitching of
Iowa's Terri McFarland, last sea-.
son's Big Ten Player of the Year, the
Wolverines' offense was never able
to get on track. McFarland com-
pleted the game yielding only five
hits while posting four strikeouts.

"I felt like we came out quick in
game one," Iowa coach Gayle
Blevins said. "Michigan hit a lot of
shots but our players just came up
with them."
The Wolverines' woes continued

Michigan returned the favor in
their half of the inning when
Benedict slammed a two-out triple
into the left field corner scoring
Kari Kunnen from first base.
The game remained deadlocked
until the fifth inning when
Hawkeye Jenny Roe sacrificed Sarah
Anderson home on a fly out for
what was the game winning run.
The Wolverines forged one final
threat in the last half of the seventh,
only to strand Stacey Heams at
third after Sue Sieler struck out to
end the game.
Little changed Saturday as Iowa
shelled Michigan starter Kelly
Forbis early, scoring two runs in the
first inning. Forbis received little
support from her defense, as it com-
mitted four errors, including one
that allowed an additional run to
score in the second.
"Errors bring the whole team
See HAWKEYES, Page 5

early in game two as Iowa jumped
to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when
all-American catcher Diane Pohl
scored from third on a Davis single.

Elvis' thumb " ,
all, sh Ookuli
by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Maybe the NCAA should have forced Michigana
to skip spring practice altogether, rather than just
cutting the time down from 20 days to 15. In what
has been three weeks of misfortunes, things only got
worse during Saturday's scrimmage at the
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse when quarterback Elvis F
Grbac dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand.
Coach Gary Moeller only had three plays to
watch his offensive leader in action before Grbac's
hand struck his helmet on a pass. Trainer Paul
Schmidt said the junior suffered a slight crack at the
tip. of his thumb. Minor surgery was performed
Saturday afternoon to correct the problem. It is un- t.
known when Grbac will be throwing again.
"Even if he's out six weeks, that isn't bad," r
M oeller said.'ss
The reason it doesn't matter now is because spring

Womensnetters see
both sides of blowouts

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
The word for the day is
A mismatch is Michigan vs.
Northwestern football. The Port-
land Trail Blazers vs. the Orlando
Magic in the NBA. The Edmonton
Oilers vs. the Quebec Nordiques in
the NHL.
Or, if you prefer, this weekend's
two Michigan women's tennis
Let's start Saturday morning at
Indiana. The Hoosiers (5-0 in the Big
Ten, 18-6 overall entering yester-
day's competition) are No. 12 in the
nation and the Big Ten champions
two years running. Their top two
players, Deborah Edelman and
Stephanie Reece, are ranked No. 21

her opponent, Gretchen Doninger, to
three sets, winning the first set, 6-2,
but dropping the next two, 6-0, 7-6.
Lev also teamed with senior co-
captain Stacy Berg for a straight set
victory at No. 2 doubles, dropping
Indiana's Jody Yin and Brenda
Hacker, 7-5, 6-4.
Michigan's other victory came at
No. 3 doubles, where co-captain
Freddy Adam and Amy Malik
trounced the Hoosiers' Doninger
and Danielle Paradine 6-3,6-2.
Yesterday's trip to Columbus
brought another mismatch, only
this time the tables were turned.
In preseason Big Ten rankings,
the only conference standings re-
leased until the end of the season,
Michigan was picked fourth, while
Ohio State was predicted to finish

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