vs. Michigan State
Today, 3 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, April 16,1991
at Central Michigan
Today, 3 p.m.
Spartans in towny
Michigan splits ugly
twinbill with Illinois
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team
wanted to play its doubleheader
against Western Michigan yester-
day. It really did. It even made the
one hour and 45 minute bus ride to
But Michigan coach Carol
Hutchins and her team have not
had the best of luck lately. After
dropping four games to Iowa last
weekend, the Wolverines (2-6 in
the Big Ten, 18-14 overall) were
looking to bounce back against the
Broncos. However, as they arrived
in the famed quad-syllabic town,
the skies opened, and a thunderous
downpour washed away any
thoughts of playing the games.
The Wolverines won't have to
wait long to try again, though.
They host Michigan State today in
a doubleheader. The Spartans (1-7
in the Big Ten, 8-22 overall) are
also coming off a rough weekend
in which they lost three of four to
"We can't afford many losses
if we are to maintain our regional
ranking," Hutchins said. "And
by Jeni Durst
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan State will be out to get
The Spartans are led by first
baseman Denise Barrios, who tops
the squad with a .276 batting av-
erageand 13 runs batted in.
Martha Wendt is the leading
pitcher with a 2.51 earned run av-
erage, although her 5-12 record re-
flects her team's overall lack of
support. Wendt has also driven in
Catcher Julie Cooper's .313
batting average leads Michigan
and rates fourth best in the Big
Ten. Outfielder Patti Benedict
also is among the league best; her
13 RBIs rank sixth. Pitchers Julie
Clarkson, Kelly Forbis, and
Andrea Nelson all have ERAs of
2.03 or lower.
Hutchins stresses that her
team must return to the basics.
"We've got to get back to the
fundamentals - trust, striving to
be excellent - that we concen-
trated on in the beginning of the
year. I think this past weekend we
were focusing on Iowa instead of
focusing on our game."
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by Josh Dubow
Daily Baseball Writer
If Ernie Banks were at Fisher
Stadium yesterday, he would not
have suggested "playing two."
However, the Michigan and Illinois
baseball teams had no choice but to
play a doubleheader during a cold,
damp, and windy afternoon.
The play of the teams matched
the weather - ugly. Nine of the 10
runs on the day were unearned, as the
teams combined for eight errors on
In the opener, the Wolverines (6-
6 in the Big Ten, 20-14-1 overall)
benefitted from three Illini errors
to score four unearned runs in their
Dennis Konuszewski was in con-
trol throughout the game, yielding
five hits and one unearned run over
his seven innings of work.
In the first, Tim Flannelly hit a
sacrifice fly to score Scott
Timmerman and give Michigan a 1-0
The Wolverines added to their
lead in the third on a Dan Ruff two-
run double and an Andy Fairman
Illinois (5-7, 13-22) rebounded
in the nightcap behind a three-hit
shutout from Kevin Toriani to win,
5-0. In the first inning, Toriani
struck out Todd Winston, who then
argued the call while returning to
the dugout and was ejected by the
"I am not happy with the ejec-
tion," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
said. "Umpires don't eject you; you
All of Illinois' scoring came in
the fourth against Eric Heintschel.
Bubba Smith led off the inning with
a sinking line drive to left that
bounced off Ruff's glove for a dou-
ble. Sean Mulligan followed by
bouncing a single past third baseman
After a run-scoring ground out,
right fielder Bubba Wyngarde
misplayed a fly ball for a two-base
error. Heintschel surrendered two
more runs and had runners on the
However, he appeared ready to
escape the inning when he threw-to-
Andy Fairman for an apparent pick-
off. Fairmap threw the ball away in
the ensuing rundown, though, and
the Illini scored twice more.
Michigan righthander Kelly Forbis pitches in the first game of a recent
doubleheader against Ohio. Today, Michigan hosts Michigan State.
Rugby takes two out of three
W The Michigan hockey program
accomplished some big things this
past season, including a record win-
ning streak, most wins in a season,
and the first NCAA tournament
berth in 15 years. But next year,
things will get even bigger.
In one aspect, at least.
Yesterday, Michigan announced
its six recruits who committed for
he 1991-92 season. All six top the
six-foot mark, with two, defense-
man Al Sinclair and rightwinger
Mike Knuble, both coming in at 6-
foot-3 and 210 pounds.
"This is a group who will give
us the size and depth we have lacked
in the past," Wolverine coach Red
Sinclair, who signed with the
Wolverines during the early period,
sails from Mississauga, Ontario,
and played for the Wexford Junior
Sinclair's Wexford teammate,
defenseman Tim Hogan (6-foot-2,
180) of Scarborough, Ontario, will
also sport the Maize and Blue for
the 1991-92 season. A third recruit,
Mark Sakala of Detroit, will join
Sinclair and Hogan along the blue-
line. Sakala played for St. Mike's
Junior B team of the Metro Toronto
Junior Hockey League and is one of
Knuble was a member of the
1991 Champion Kalamazoo Junior
K Wings and an all-star team selec-
tion. He previously played for East
Kentwood High School, who was
the 1990 Michigan Class A state
champions his senior season.
Leftwinger Rick Willis (6-foot,
190) of Lynn, Mass., will join
Knuble on the frontline. Willis,
who played for Northwood Prep in
Lake Placid, N.Y., was a 1990
fourth-round draft pick of the New
The second walk-on, Al Logis (6-
foot-2, 185), hails from Lake
Ronkonkoma, N.Y., but currently
plays for the Indianapolis Ice, a
*Junior B team in the North
American Hockey League. The goal-
tender was named Most Valuable
Player of the league all-star team.
The Michigan coaching staff is
also currently trying to secure the
blue-chip talent of two players
from Austria and the U.S.S.R.
by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
Although its seven-game win-
ning streak was snapped, the Michi-
gan men's rugby team still had a
successful weekend by capturing
two victories in three games on
Palmer Field last Saturday.
Suffering from the departure of
its top players to this weekend's
Midwest select camp, the squad's
overall experience level was wa-
tered down from its normal tier.
This was evident in the close nature
of the A and B side games. In the
previous two games against Michi-
gan State, for example, the Wolver-
ines outscored the Spartans, 105-3.
However, Michigan's B side
dropped its match Saturday to the
Windsor A side, 10-4, and the
Wolverine A side squeaked out a 10-
"(The B side) just wasn't work-
ing as a cohesive unit," co-captain
John Swis said. "They had different
players and that inexperience re-
sulted in this tough loss. We under-
estimated Windsor, and they played
just well enough to beatus.
While the B side match produced
few memorable plays, the A side's
victory was highlighted by the play
of Brian Howard.
"Our normal kicker was at the
Midwest camp," Swis said. "Brian
really came through for us in the
clutch. He performed under pres-
sure. It was really special for the
team. Everyone's eyes were fixed on
him and he just put both of his shots
In the final match of the day, the
Michigan C side walloped the
Akron B side 32-18. Jim Staples and
Shawn Knight led the team with 22
of the Wolverines' points.
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names from being released.
However, the outlook remains far
from optimistic that either will be-
come an addition to next year's
"It's not looking too good; there
is a lot of red tape to go through,"
assistant coach Mel Pearson said.
"At this point, I'd say it's about 90
percent no, 10 percent yes that those
two kids will come here."
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