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Women's Tennis
vs. Minnesota
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Huron Valley Tennis Club
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Purdue
Saturday, 1 p.m. (DH) L
Fisher Stadium

ThIursdav, April 18,1991

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Sluggers split two

by David Kraft
Daily Sports Writer
If there was ever a team that created its own
destiny, it was the Michigan softball squad in
their doubleheader outing Tuesday afternoon
against Toledo at Varsity Diamond.
In the first game of the twinbill, the No. 14
Wolverines' (4-6 in the Big Ten, 21-15 overall)
shaky defense in the early innings and lack of
clutch hitting down the stretch allowed Toledo
(7-5 MAC, 19-19) to walk away with a 4-1 vic-
tory.
To avoid a repeat performance of game one,
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins must have given
a Bo Schembechler-like halftime speech at the
end of game one.
In the second game, the Wolverines thwarted
two early offensive threats by the Rockets,
while pounding out several key hits in the late
innings that guided Michigan to an easy 7-1 tri-
umph.
Actually, Hutchins' between-game message
was quite simple.
"All she told us was to come in (to game
two) and be ready to play ball," rookie second

baseman Mary Campana said.
In the first game, the Wolverines
did not come ready to play.
Toledo took a quick 2-0 lead aft
nings by virtue of a Dawn Calnen RB
the first and a Julie Michalski d
scored Jennifer Klose in the second inn
Despite numerous opportun
Michigan could muster on the scorebc
fifth inning unearned run in wh
Campana scored from second base ona
the shortstop Klose.
While Wolverine Julie Clarkson'
was inconsistent through five innings
ally killed the Wolverines was their
come through in the clutch.
In both the fourth and fifth
Michigan had runners on first and se
with no outs, but could only cross
once.
"(Toledo) capatilized when they h
we didn't," Campana said.
When the Rockets drew first bloc
first inning of game two, it appe
Michigan would fall into their latel

with Rockets.
habit of not being able to come back from an
apparently early deficit.
All it took was their first at bat for the
er two in- Wolverines to erase any doubt that their habit
3I single in would resurface once again.
ouble that After Julie Cooper sacrificed Bonnie Thoh
ling . to second base, Stacey Heams, the squad's second
ities, all leading hitter, smashed a triple into centerfield,
oard was a easily scoring Tholl. Kari Kunnen followed a
ich Mary Patti Benedict fly out with a RBI single that
an error by brought in Heams.
The score remained 2-1 in Michigan's favor
s pitching until the fourth, when the Wolverines tagged
s, what re- Rocket starter Rhoda Hurr for four base hits, ac-
failure to counting for two runs, and took a commanding
4-1 lead.
innings, The onslaught continued in the fifth when
cond base the Wolverines banged four more hits off Hurr,@
the plate this time scoring three runs to put the game out
of Toledo's reach, 7-1. R
had to and While Michigan hurler Kelly Forbis yielded
eight hits, she constantly baffled the Toledo hit-
od in the ters in clutch situations.
ared that "Kelly was a little shaky at first, but came
y chronic through when she had to," Hutchins said.

'Michigan pitcher Andrea Nelson relieved Julie Clarkson in the
Wolverines' doubleheader with Toledo yesterday. Michigan dropped the
first game, 4-1, and then trounced the Rockets in the second, 7-1.
Men golfers seek
stability in Akron

Blue hitters

by Adam Lutz
Daily Sports Writer
If it is Thursday, then it must be
time for the Michigan men's golf
team to pile in their cars and hit the
Toad. For the fourth straight week-
end, the team is travelling away
from home, as they head down to
Ohio for the Firestone Inter-
collegiate Invitational in Akron.
The team will have its work cut
out for itself, as the Par-72 course,
located at the renown Firestone
Country Club, is known for its dif-
ficulty. The course is always a stop
on either the PGA or Senior Golf
Tours.
The 36-team field will be one of
the hardest that the team will face
this season.
"This is the strongest field that
we'll face all year because of the
depth involved," coach Jim Carras
said.
Besides all the Big Ten teams,
with the exception of Ohio State,

the field will include many strong
Midwestern schools. The more
prominent teams include Kent State,
Iowa State, Louisville, Witchita
State, and Miami (Ohio).
The Invitational will take place
on two of the 18-hole courses. After
two rounds of competition on
Saturday, the top 18 teams will play
on the North course, and the weaker
18 teams will play on the West.
The practice rounds this week
were extremely tense as the entire
team squared off in order to deter-
mine whom would fill the final
three remaining travel slots. The
only players who were exempt
from the competition were
Anthony Dietz and Dean Kobane,
who had impressive showings in
last weekend's Marshall Invita-
tional:
t aThe three spots were filled by
Denny Sikkila, Bob Henighan, and
Carl Condon. The three have all
previously competed this season,
though they have all experienced a
series of inconsistency. Carras ex-
pects the Invitational to provide an
opportunity for each player to dis-
play much needed stability.
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Wolverine catcher Todd Winston makes contact with a pitch Saturday versus Illinois-.
Michigan crushed Ferris State yesterday at Fisher Stadium, 13-6.
'M' Water polo looks to
take Mi~dwest Regionals

pound Ferris
by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Baseball Writer
Five Bulldog pitchers weren't enough to stop the
Wolverines yesterday, as the Michigan baseball teamn
(6-6 in the Big Ten, 21-15-1 overall) trounced Ferris
State (15-13) at home, 13-6.
The fireworks started early as Michigan's leadoff 0
hitter Dave Everly smacked the fourth pitch of the
game over the center field wall for his fourth home rvn
of the year. The Wolverines continued their first inning
barrage by pouncing on losing pitcher Brad Ryan (0-2)
for another four runs.
The Wolverines pounded out 18 hits for the game,
with Tim Flannelly snatching three of those during six
at-bats. The third baseman had a pair of triples and a
single while tallying two RBI. Andy Fairman had an
even bigger day, going 3 for 4 while knocking in three
RBI.
Bubba Wyngarden was one of the few Wolverines
who was disappointed with his hitting yesterday. sI
could be hitting better," the first-year outfielder said
after going 1 for 3 while hitting into two fielder's
choices. "But we won, that's what matters."
Ferris coach Jude Folske was less than satisfied
with Ryan's and the rest of his staff's showing. "Our
pitchers fell behind the count too many times," Folsce
said. "Ryan just didn't have his best stuff today."
In the fifth inning Ryan got into trouble again. Co
captain Dan Ruff singled to start the inning and
Fairman followed with another single. Catcher Mike
Matheny then belted a homer to left to clear the bases
and put Michigan up, 8-0. With no outs Folske then
brought in pitcher Jeff Stroble. The righthander gavie
up a walk and a single, but retired the side to leave the
inning with no further damage.
Recording the victory, Jeff Tanderys (2-1) went
seven full innings for the Wolverines. "He threw
strikes, that's what made him effective today"
Michigan coach Bill Freehan said. "He was one of m y
starters at the beginning of the season, but because fle
struggled early in the season and then had a sore arm,he
lost his position." According to Freehan, the senior
pitched his most impressive game yesterday.
Tanderys yielded three runs on nine hits while only
walking one, the first batter of the game on four
straight balls. "He throws hard," Folske said. "We
chased him early and I thought we had him, but he hung
in there."
Southpaw Bryan Santos went to the mound for the0
eighth and ninth. He cruised through the eighth and
then got touched for three runs in the ninth. However,
the runs were inconsequential as the Wolverines easily
defeated the Bulldogs by seven runs.
"This is the type of game where you cross your fio-
gers and hope you don't deplete your pitching staff af-
ter using three on Monday and facing a game tomorro)v
and two doubleheaders this weekend," Freehan said.
Today's game pits Michigan against Notre Dame
under the lights in Battle Creek. The game will be the
100th in a series that started with a 6-4 Irish victory in0
1892. Freehan has not determined who will start, beat
indicated that it would definitely not be ace Jason
Pfaff who he would like to save for the weekend.

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by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
Coming off one of its biggest weekends of
the season, a sweep of the Big Ten tournament,
the Michigan women's water polo team must
scale an even larger mountain in this week-
end's Midwest Regional Championships at
Northwestern.
The Midwest tournament (consisting of
five Big Ten teams and Findley, Ohio) is the
squad's final hurdle in its quest for an NCAA
tournament bid. In years past, one of the three
automatic bids given out by the NCAA selec-
tion committee accompanied the tournament's
title. An automatic bid is virtually essential
for any midwestern team to make the tourna-
ment, because all of the individual invitations
are traditionally given to Californian schools.
However, as a result of Michigan's com-
plete dominance in all Big Ten competition
this year, the other schools participating in the
Midwest tournament have decided to let non-
collegiate players compete. This attempt to
break the Wolverines' stranglehold has caused
the NCAA to strip the automatic bid from
the tournament.
"The NCAA doesn't view this as a colle-
giate tournament anymore," Wolverine coach
Scott Russell said.
The team which looks to benefit the most

from the non-collegiate players is Illinois.
The Wolverines crushed the Illini 13-3 in the
Big Ten tournament, but the Illini plan to
bring in a few players who have played for the
national team in recent years.
"Illinois is getting some tough players,"
senior captain Kathleen Gerzevitz said. "They
should be greatly improved and that could
cause us some problems."
The Wolverines do not plan to add any non-
collegiate players to their roster for the
weekend. Russell feels that if they can sweep
through the tournament without any outside
help, the NCAA selection committee will
have a hard time overlooking the Wolverines
in the invitation process.
"If we win all four games, that would
leave our overall season record at 17-4," he
said. "The selection committee would really
have to think twice before it took a Cal-
ifornian team with a record near .500 over us."
Michigan plans to rely on its trademark
defensive pressure and its superior condition-
ing to carry it through the tournament.
"Our strong swimmers and new 'drop de-
fense' should give us a considerable edge,"
Gerzevitz said. "Hopefully, the (NCAA
selection) committee will recognize us as a
very strong team and give us an invitation."

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