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Crew
at Midwest Rowing Championship
Saturday
- at Madison
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Tuesday, April 23, 1991

Baseball
vs. Siena Heights
Sunday,1 p.m.
Fisher Stadium
Page 11

e3 < avn9~y %F'S yWOLVERINES START WEAK, FINISH STRONG
Sluggers salvage second game
by Josh Dubow

Daily Baseball Writer

Led by sophomore pitcher Eric
Heintschel, the Michigan baseball
team bounced back from a horrific
game one performance to earn a split
of yesterday's doubleheader with
Purdue.
Aided by three Wolverine errors
and multiple other miscues, the
Boilermakers (8-10 in the Big Ten,
26-14 overall) squeaked by
Michigan in the first game, 7-6.
Purdue starter Keith Flexsenhar
pitched five strong innings before
faltering in the sixth, but he never-
theless earned the victory to raise
his record to 6-4.
"The first game was one of the
worst games we have played all
year," Michigan coach Bill Freehan
said. "That is why our record is like
it is."
Dennis Konuszewski started for
Michigan (8-8, 23-18-1) and was lit-
erally knocked out of the game in

the top of the sixth inning. With
runners on first and third and no
outs, Craig Robertshaw lined a fast-
ball off Konuszewski's pitching
hand. Konuszewski maintained
enough composure to throw
Robertshaw out at first before be-
ing lifted from the game. However,
the injury is not thought to be seri-
ous.
The Boilermakers jumped out
early posting five runs in the top of
the second. With none out and the
bases loaded, catcher Eric Erb
stepped to the plate for Purdue.
Erb grounded to third baseman
Tim Flannelly, but Flannelly threw
the ball over first baseman Andy
Fairman's head. Mike Blitmier and
Phil Hollis scampered home for the
Boilermakers' initial two runs.
Konuszewski bore down and struck
out Dave Barrett and induced David
Omholt into an RBI groundout.
After David Scheitlin walked, it

appeared that Konuszewski would
escape without further damage.
Craig Robertshaw lofted a short fly
to left that shortstop Dave Everly
and left fielder Dan Ruff misplayed
into a two-run double.
The Wolverines drew within 5-2
in the home half of the third. Scott
Timmerman led off the inning with
a walk, and Steve Buerkel and
Flannelly followed with singles to
load the bases. Cleanup hitter Ruff
lofted a fly ball to short left to
score Timmerman, and Fairman
lined an RBI single.
Purdue rallied for lone runs in
both the fourth and sixth to extend
its lead to 7-2. However, the
Wolverines scored four runs in the
sixth, powered by a Nate Holdren
solo home run and a Winston three-
run shot over the 375-foot mark in
left center.
With one out, Buerkel and
Flannelly singled to place the tying

run in scoring position with Ruff at
the plate. However, Buerkel was
caught stealing and Ruff popped out
to end the threat.
In the second game, Heintschel
came out strong, retiring 14 of the
first 16 batters and coasting to a 6-2
victory.
The Wolverine offense was
sparked by a four-run fourth which
put them ahead, 6-1. Fairman reached
base on a two-base error to open the
inning, and scored on a Matheny
single to center.
Winston lined an RBI single td
right past a drawn-in Boilermaker
infield for the third run. Purdue
coach Dave Alexander visited his
starting pitcher, Jason Smith, and
before he could get comfortable in~
the dugout, Scott Winterlee blasted
a two-run homer to left.
Purdue added a run in the fifth to
draw within four, but could not get
any closer to the Wolverines.
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WWolverine hurler Jason Pfaff pitches against Purdue. The Michigan
Ditching staff had its complete-game streak broken yesterday at six.
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
H ein tsch el controls
Purdue for victory
by Josh Dubow
Daily Baseball Writer
Michigan pitcher Eric Heintschel's performance yesterday brought a
* mile to coach Bill Freehan's face.
"We needed a lift, and Eric provided it for us," Freehan said. "We were
loping he would come on, and his last three games, he has pitched outstand-
ng.
Heintschel was equally impressed with his own job as well as the
eam's.
"Everything came together for me," he said. "I was hitting the spots
today. I didn't throw well in the bullpen, but I just came out and threw
strikes."
In the first inning, Heintschel retired the side on six pitches - all
strikes. He maintained his sharp control throughout the contest as 59 of his
$5 pitches were strikes. Heintschel's lone walk came in the final inning,
And he reached a three-ball count on one other hitter.
Also, Heintschel worked ahead in the count almost all game long.
twenty of his 27 first pitches went for strikes, and he recorded five strike-
outs.
STREAKING WOLVERINES: Michigan's complete-game streak in Big
Ten play ended yesterday when Konuszewski was knocked out in the sixth
inning of the first game. Wolverine starting pitchers had posted six con-
$ecutive complete games in Big Ten play against Illinois and Purdue.
Senior co-captain Mike Matheny extended his hitting streak to 12 games
f esterday. The Wolverine catcher leads the team with seven home runs.
Also, team leading hitter Andy Fairman (.346) extended his hitting streak
p a team-leading 14 games.
SCHEDULE PROBLEMS: The Wolverines are scheduled to play a dou-
gleheader Wednesday at Michigan State, and a home game Thursday against
iillsdale. However, if Wednesday's twinbill is postponed, it will be re-
cheduled for Thursday afternoon and the Hillsdale contest will be can-
eled.
BIG TEN STANDINGS: Yesterday's doubleheader split with Purdue
kept the Wolverines in a three-way tie for fifth place with Iowa and
Michigan State. Indiana is leading the conference with an 11-4-1 mark, just
* ne-half game ahead of Ohio State.
Enjoy the Spring Sipping Sangria on
Dominick's Spacious Outdoor Balcony!
-P
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DO- IIN iS

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
Once again, the Michigan
women's water polo team whipped
all competition last weekend at the
Midwest Regional Championship
tournament held in Evanston. The
four-game sweep enhances the
Wolverines' probability of receiv-
ing a bid to the NCAA tournament.
As has become their habit
throughout the season, the
Wolverines pummelled their oppo-
nents. Michigan's victims were host
Northwestern and Ohio State. The
Wolverines had the opportunity- to
plaster each squad twice and did not
fall short, drubbing the Wildcats,
16-0 and 19-1, and crushing the
Buckeyes, 12-5 and 15-5.
The victories leave Michigan's
season record at an impressive 17-4
with a 10-0 Big Ten mark. The
Wolverines hope their outstanding
season totals will impress the
NCAA tournament selection com-
mittee, which will hand out bids
early next week. Michigan coach
Scott Russell feels the Wolverines
deserve the opportunity to strut
their stuff with the nation's best.
"There's no doubt that the con-
sistent high scores of our games

shows we deserve to play at the
next level," Russell said. "We've
proven that we're the top team in
the Midwest. We played a few
games against some established pro-
grams out east (Bucknell and
Slippery Rock) and a couple of top
club teams with non-collegiate
players, and we held our own
against them all."
The Wolverines' biggest obsta-
cle in receiving a bid will probably
be their lack of exposure that re-
sults from playing in the Midwest.
"We're at a disadvantage because
of our location," Russell noted.
"Midwestern teams haven't really
been around for very long and hence
we don't necessarily get the recog-
nition we deserve for being as good
as we are. The Eastern programs are
really well established,with
schools like Harvard and Bucknell
having teams for the last 20 years or
so. The West Coast schools get a lot
of the top players, and they are usu-
ally really strong. Because of that,
we might get undeservedly over-
looked in the (NCAA) selection
process."
While the team as a whole may

wallow in anonymity, its outstand-
ing individuals certainly do not.
Senior Candice Quinn and sopho-
more Lori Barnard were recently se-
lected to the 1991 United States
Olympic Festival women's water
polo team.
"This is a great honor for them,"
Russell noted. "What this says is
that they are recognized as being
two of the top 10 players in the
Northern section of the country."
Quinn also earned tournament
MVP honors last weekend by
notching 21 Wolverine goals.
Barnard added 15 and senior captain
Kathleen Gerzevitz chipped in with
14. All three made the tournament's
first team, as did standout goalie
Karen Gorny. Becky Luebke and club

ne'iII,
president Jennifer Ruskin pulledin
spots on the second team.
"It was great to see the players
chosen to the all-tournament teamT
Obviously our team handled every-
one with ease, and it's good to see
the individual players get some
recognition. Candice, for example, is
our defensive specialist," Russell~
said. "She just out-swam everyone-
else this weekend, got out on some
fast breaks, and got some great
goals. She made the difficult look
easy. Karen was far and away the
most outstanding goaltender there.
"I'd love to brag about each in-t
dividual's accomplishments, but
that's hard because there so great,.aS;
a team. They just blend togetheras
terrific unit."

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