Today, 3 p.m. (DH)
Wednesday, April 17, 1991
vs. Ferris State
Today, 3 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
W~OLVERINES SWEEP SPARTANS, 2-0, 3-0
softball stifles MSU
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
Going into yesterday's double-
header against Michigan State,
Michigan softball coach Carol
Hutchins stressed her team's need to
go back to the basics. Her players
were obviously paying attention, as
they executed two flawless shutout
victories, 2-0 and 3-0.
Andrea Nelson and Julie
Clarkson pitched practically identi-
cal games as each captured her sev-
enth victory. Each hurler held the
Spartans (1-9 in the Big Ten, 8-24
overall) to six hits, struck out
three, and walked one. The
Wolverines' fielding was even more
impressive; not a single error was
"We were confident and played
within ourselves, and when we play
well we usually win," Hutchins
It really did seem that simple.
Michigan (4-6, 20-14) scored one
run in each of the first two frames
in the opener.
Shortstop Bonnie Tholl led off
the first inning with a base hit and
was sacrificed to second by catcher
Julie Cooper. After moving to third
on an error by left fielder Shelly
Hendricks, Tholl was forced home
when Wolverine right fielder Stacy
Heams was hit by pitcher Martha
Wendt. In the second inning, Cooper
drove in the game's final run with a
The only tense moment came in
the seventh, as Michigan State put
runners on first and second with
two outs. Hutchins came out to
calm Nelson down, and Nelson
promptly struck out right fielder
Julie Buda to end the game.
"I wasn't concerned," Hutchins
explained. "I just told her to stop
the momentum and get out of it (the
The Wolverines' offensive per-
formance in the second game mir-
rored its predecessor. Second base-
man Mary Campana, who went 3 for
3, led off the third with a bunt sin-
gle and scored on a base hit by Kari
Kunnen. Two more runs crossed the
plate in the next inning via a
Campana single and a sacrifice fly
by first baseman Heather Lyke.
The game was marked by a signif-
icant number of hard-hit balls by
the Wolverines right at Spartan
players. The shots could not be con-
trolled, though, and Michigan bene-
In addition, the Wolverines'
ability to get out of tough situa-
tions added to the frustration for
Spartan coach Gloria Becksford.
"We had lots of opportunities,
but we couldn't get the key hit," she
said. "It's been like that all year."
Today, the Wolverines continue
their busy schedule when they host
Toledo. Michigan fell, 5-3, to the
Rockets (7-5 in the MAC, 17-17
overall) earlier this season in the
New Mexico State Roadrunner
Invite. Hutchins described the con-
test as one of the Wolverines' lesser
For Michigan, all games, even
the non-conference ones, hold great
importance as the Wolverines shoot
for an NCAA tournament bid.
Michigan's Elly Vitacco slides safely into first base during a pick-off attempt by the Spartans in yesterday's
Big Ten doubleheader. The Wolverines swept both games, 2-0 and 3-0, improving their conference record to 4-6.
Chippewas win slugfest, 14-9
by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Baseball Writer
After bowing to Michigan last
week in Ann Arbor, 11-4, the
Central Michigan baseball team re-
paid its debt at home yesterday,
crushing the Wolverines, 14-9.
At first, Michigan coach Bill
Freehan must have thought that the
two hour jaunt to Mount Pleasant
was worth the trip. His batters
knocked in two runs in the first,
second, and third innings to jump
out to an early 6-0 lead. First-year
DH Nate Holdren was responsible
for two of those runs with a third-
But then the Chippewas struck
back with six runs in the bottom of
the third to tie the game, 6-6. The
comeback was just the start of a
long and tiring afternoon for
Freehan. During Central's third in-
ning, Michigan pitcher Brent
Cymbalski (1-1) yielded a two-run
homer to Scott MacGregor and a
two-run triple to Dan Bergman en
route to his first loss on the season.
With Michigan (6-6 in the Big
Ten, 20-14-1 overall) down by a
pair, 9-7, in the bottom of the
eighth, stopper Todd Marion gave
up five runs to boost Central's lead
to 14-7. The Wolverines hammered
out two of their own in the ninth on
hits by Tim Flannelly, Dan Ruff,
and Holdren. However, it was not
enough, as the five runs proved to be
Central's margin of victory, 14-9.
Michigan got the hits yesterday,
but its pitching fell short. Third
baseman Flannelly went 3 for 5
with a double. Right fielder Scott
Winston also went 3 for 5; he hit a
pair of doubles and knocked in two
RBI. Joining the doubles club, with
two of his own, was co-captain
Central pounded out 15 hits, al-
lowing pitcher Tom Paskievitch (4-
1) to get the victory, while Pat
Bojson recorded his second save of
the season. Starting Chippewa
pitcher Matt Bauer got knocked out
early, but he stuck around as
Central's DH. He compensated for
his ills on the mound by going 3 for
5 and driving in five RBI.
Wolverine center fielder Steve
Buerkel was unable to make yester-
day's trip after suffering a deep con-
tusion when he was hit by a pitch
last week against Western Mich-
igan. The junior doesn't know when
he'll be back in action. "I'm really
taking it day to day," Buerkel said.
Today, the Wolverines will con-
tinue playing against intra-state op-
ponents when Ferris State comes to
Phil Parker, 40, the MSU wre-
tling coach was arraigned Monday
on a charge of'third-degree crimi
nael sexual conduct.. Parker is ac-
use~dof raping a 20-year-old
woimn: March' 22, a search
warrant was: issued ordering
Parker,to submit blood, saliva'and
hairsamples. He omplied with the
" Michigan State University bas-
ketball player Parish Hickman; ac-
cused of arrarging'to -ell cocaine
to an undercover agent, has been
indicted by a fedeoral grand jury.
The indictment charges Hickman
with one count of conspiracyto sell,
and possession with intent to sell
cocaine from April 1 though April 8.
Michigan shortstop Dave Everly rounds third during the Wolverines'
doubleheader Saturday vs. Illinois. Yesterday afternoon, they lost in
Mount Pleasant to CMU, 14-9.
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