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Baseball
vs. Purdue
Tomorrow and Sunday, 1p.m. (DH)
Fisher Stadium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow, 11 a.m.
Huron Valley Tennis Club

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Friday, April 19, 1991

Page 10

Sluggers hope
for stability
by Jason Bank
Daily Sports Writer
For many Michigan teams, a trip to Evanston has
been the needed cure for the sickness of inconsistency
coaches despise.
Such is the case for the Michigan softball team,
which faces Northwestern (1-7 in the Big Ten, 11-21
overall) in a pair of doubleheaders Friday and
Saturday. The Wolverines (4-6, 21-15) hope to attain
a winning record in the conference by the end of the
weekend.
Though remote, Michigan head coach Carol
Hutchins will not yet concede the Big Ten Title. She
is also confident the Wolverines can earn a postsea-
son tournament berth.
"We're a little concerned about (a lack of consis-
tency)," she said. "We're still in the thick of things.
We're by no means out of it."
Hutchins believes strong pitching is an essential
ingredient for a Wolverine victory; Michigan
hurlers have tended to allow early runs. "Our pitch-
ing has got to come on the mound ready in the first
inning," she said.
A lack of experience and depth has plagued
Northwestern, comprised of only 12 players.
"We're a team that has been hurt with injuries,"
Wildcat coach Sharon Drysdale said. "We have a
small team, and we've had many people playing out
of position."
Drysdale believes Michigan's fifth-place, 4-6 Big
Ten record is deceiving.
"Michigan is a solid team. They have great hit-
ting, pitching, and defense," Drysdale said. "They've
played a good schedule. We know we'll be up against
one of the best teams in the Big Ten."
The Wildcats' only victory this season was a 2-1
triumph over Ohio State, the current Big Ten leader.

'M' prospects await fate
NFL draft begins Sunday; eight seek pro bid)

by David Hyman
Daily Sports Writer
The college careers of eight
Michigan football players ended in
a 35-3 Gator Bowl triumph over
Mississippi Jan. 1. Their pro careers
will soon be decided when the NFL
holds its annual draft Sunday and
Monday.
Eight Wolverines have declared
themselves eligible for the draft,
which begins Sunday at noon
(ESPN): fullback Jarrod Bunch;
tailbacks Tony Boles, Allen
Jefferson and Jon Vaughn; offensive
linemen Dean Dingman and Tom
Dohring; and defensive backs David
Key and Tripp Welborne.

Bunch, Dingman, Dohring,
Jefferson and Key participated in the
NFL Scouting Combines in
Indianapolis February 6-11. The
NFL Scouting Combine Office,
Blesto Scouting, and three NFL
teams that do not use the scouting
services - the Denver Broncos, Los
Angeles Raiders and San Francisco
49ers -- determined the top players
at each position.
"We just take so many of the top
kids after sitting down and deciding
who are the best pro prospects,"
said Tom Healion, Event
Coordinator for the NFL Scouting
Invitation Camp. "We pool our five

grading systems together and take
so many of the top kids for the
numbers we want at each position,'
Earning the highest grade at his
position, Bunch emerged from th
workouts as the top available fuRi
back this season. He is also the
draft's highest-rated Wolverine.
"He had a great workout and;js
the the No. I-rated fullback," ESP1
draft analyst Mel Kiper said. "He
was not utilized as a runner, but as4
blocker, and he did what he was
asked to do.
"He has the size and quicknessAot
be a great complementary fullbad
See DRAFT, Page 2

Former Michigan star Jarrod Bunch is the top
fullback prospect in this Sunday's NFL draft.

Michigan runners face top fields at Kansas, MSU

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by Chris Carr
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, the men's track team will
face some of its toughest competition at the
Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. Twenty-five
to 30 schools, including host Kansas, Kansas
State, Loyola-Chicago, Missouri, Iowa, and
Kentucky. will comnete in the meet.

In the running events, Jerry Douglas
(hurdles), Rudy Redmond (hurdles), Brian
Bozo (400 meters), Van Cowan (400 meters),
and Michael Eccleston (200 meters) should
compete. For the first time this season, the
Wolverines will enter a 4-mile relay team,
consisting of Neal Newman, Sean Mackay,
Jeff Barnett, and Brad Barquist.
The pole vault promises to be one of the
meet's most competitive events. Top amateur
vaulters, both collegiate and non-collegiate,
will be in the event. Michigan will enter Brad
Darr and Toby Van Pelt; Van Pelt vaulted a
personal best last weekend, and Darr is look-
ing to surpass the 18 foot barrier.
"Kansas is one of the better places to
vault," Darr said. "It is one of the more com-
petitive fields, and the conditions are great.
There is always a tail wind."

by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer
After a season filled with in-
juries and poor performances, the
Michigan women's track team hopes
to face a less competitive field in
which it can excel this weekend.
To maximize the number of

"One of our reasons for going is to race
against some top competition," Michigan as-
sistant coach Ron Warhurst said. "When you
compete against good people, there is extra in-
centive to perform well."

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events its atnietes can compete in,
Michigan will split. its squad;
thrower Julie Victor and the dis-
tance runners will travel to
Lawrence, Kan., for the Kansas
Relays, while the rest of the team
competes in the Michigan State
Invitational.
Because the Invitational is not a
qualifying meet, Michigan can enter
its runners in more events than at
Kansas.
The Wolverines wanted to by-
pass the Kansas Relays completely,
but the decision to drop out was
made too late.
"We did not want to make a four
or five hundred-mile trip when

we're not performing like y
should be," coach James Henry said.
"We can get the competition Wp
need driving an hour and a half jQ
Lansing.".-t.
The Wolverines expect the
strongest performances from Laura
Jerman and Lisa Adams in the 400-
meter hurdles. Julie Brown wil
probably run the 100 hurdles, after
missing last week's meet with an in-
jury.
The injuries that have hampered
the Wolverines 4x100 relay team
have likewise begun to heaf.
Richelle Webb and Suzi Thweatt aIr
on the mend from leg injuries whif
have slowed them down for several
weeks.M
"With 50 percent of them iii
jured we haven't been pushing their
practice too much," Henry saidt
"Their times are a long way frofs
where they should, or could be, lut
with all four healthy they'll be
there."
Junior Megan Nortz and sophr
more Amy Buchholz lead the di$
tance team into Kansas.

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