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Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Softball travels to FSU

The Big Ten
proved us wrong

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ii i- )ope nssuper the Michigan softball team will
Regional Thursday have to come down from its high
and face a Florida State team that
vs. Seminoles went 3-0in its own regional.
The Wolverines (18-5 Big Ten,
By KELLY HALL 46-13 overall) will hit the road to
Daily Sports Writer Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Semi-
noles in a best-of-three series that
Fewer than 96 hours will have opens on Thursday evening. The
passed since the biggest moment of matchup marks Michigan's third
the Michigan softball team's season straight Super Regional and Flori-
when the Wolverines open Super da State's second.
Regional play at Florida " State. Though the Wolverines have
After back-to-back home runs in plenty of weapons, including soph-
the top of the seventh put Michigan omore shortstop Sierra Romero,
ahead of No. 9 seed Arizona State, who leads the nation in batting
senior center fielder Lyndsay Doyle average, and junior left-hander
robbed a potential game-winning Haylie Wagner, who boasts a 1.62
homer that would've concluded earned run average and a 24-4
- Michigan's season. record, the Seminoles (24-3 ACC,
It was the catch that was seen 53-6 overall) have two of their own
all over the country - it topped NCAA Player of the Year candi-
SportsCenter's Top 10 that night. dates.
After Doyle's heroics, the Wol- Right-hander Lacey Waldrop
verines erupted, while Michigan dominates Florida State's pitching
coach Carol Hutchins mouthed corps with an ERA of 0.90 and a
"Oh my god" with her eyes wide 36-4 record.
open. Waldrop led the team past Ford-
Rnt at - :n innrisl c -nra- nm ad a-,n i Vn e i l ,, Pal

lahassee Regional. Friday, Waldrop
retired the first eight Fordham bat-
ters she saw and allowed just one
to reach base in five innings. After
shutting out the Bulls for 11 innings
in the first half of a doubleheader
Saturday, Waldrop allowed just
seven hits over seven innings in the
following game in order to advance
to the Super Regionals.
The other Seminole Player of the
Year finalist is shortstop Maddie
O'Brien. The redshirt junior sports
a batting average of .441 to go along
with 23 home runs and a nation-
best 74 RBI.
In order to combat O'Brien,
senior outfielders Doyle and Nicole
Sappingfield will have to play each
game like it's their last - and it
might be.
Last weekend, though, they
collectively scored nine runs and
broke out of any sort of slump they
could have been in before.
Also breaking out of a small
slump over the weekend was soph-
omore left fielder Sierra Lawrence.
In the second half of the double-
header on Sunday, Lawrence hit
two home runs - her first career
multiple-homer game.
After Wagner stood in the circle
for 13.2 innings this past Sunday,
it's likely that she'll receive the
nod Thursday against a team that
none of her teammates have played
before.
If every Wolverine shows up
on Thursday like they did on Sun-
day - except for Romero and Sap-
pingfield, who were both ill on
Sunday but still managed to put
up runs - then Michigan will be
in shape to play the No. 3 team in
the nation.

f two is company, and three
is a
crowd, MAX
then a crowd BULTMAN
of Big Ten
teams will On Softball
start NCAA
Super Regionals this weekend.
And if you had said that two
months ago, we all would have
said you were crazy.
Sure, Michigan was a pre-
season favorite to make the Wom-
en's College World Series, but
three Big Ten teams in the Super
Regionals? No way.
Yet, here we are, with Min-
nesota, Nebraska and the Wolver-
ines all gearing up for the softball
equivalent of the Sweet 16.
All year long we heard about
how Michigan's biggest weakness
was its schedule. How it wouldn't
be ready to face the powerhouse
Pac-12 and SEC teams come tour-
nament time, and that every loss
to a conference opponent was one
more whack to the nail that was
inevitably waiting in the Wolver-
ines' coffin.
And all season, we accepted
that, even agreed with it, because
outside of Ann Arbor, the Big Ten
looked mediocre.
Now, though, we have to eat
our words, because the Big Ten
proved us wrong last weekend -
at least partially.
No one will argue that the
Big Ten is the Pac-12 or the SEC.
Each of those conferences has
four teams - all seeded - in the
Super Regionals.
To be fair, those losses to weak
conference foes like Illinois and
Purdue did hurt Michigan. The
Wolverines, once ranked as high
as No. 3 in the nation, entered the
tournament unseeded, setting up
a regional at No. 9 seed Arizona
State.
Facing hard-throwing Sun
Devil right-hander Dallas Esc-
obedo - a significant step up
from the Big Ten's best in the cir-
cle - conventional wisdom told
us the Wolverines had a better
than even chance of being elimi-
nated in the regional final.
Michigan had already dropped
a game to the Arizona State earli-
er in the double-elimination tour-
nament and, with the Wolverines
needing to win two straight

against Escobedo to advance, that
conventional wisdom appeared
to be right. But then, even despite
flu-like symptoms from its two
best hitters, Michigan stole the
first game, setting up a winner-
take-all game.
With sophomore shortstop
Sierra Romero going O-for-4, and
the score sitting 4-3 in favor of
the Sun Devils with one out in
the seventh inning, it looked like
our mid-season guesswork would
prove accurate after all. Then,
sophomore outfielder Sierra
Lawrence and senior designated
player Taylor Hasselbach pound-
ed back-to-back solo shots. Then,
senior outfielder Lyndsay.Doyle
robbed a walk-off home run.
Then, suddenly, the Wolverines
had won.
No one saw it coming, but
maybe someone should have.
For the last four series of the
regular season, the Wolverines
dropped every opener. And each'
time except one, they came back
to sweep the rest of the series.
This is a Michigan team that
found itself trailing in every
series it played since mid-April.
That was the case because the Big
Ten, even if not up to par with the
SEC or Pac-12, had enough com-
petition to at least challenge the
Wolverines.
So when Michigan needed
to come back to oust Pac-12 foe
Arizona State, it did so without
breaking any more of a sweat
than the Arizona heat warranted,
because it was used to doing just
that.
Now the Big Ten has three
teams in the Super Regionals, just
one less than the power confer-
ences, and it boasts the only two
unseeded teams, Michigan and
Nebraska. To get there, those
three teams had to go a combined
6-3 against teams from the Pac-12
and SEC. Sure, Auburn, Missouri
and Arizona State weren't neces-
sarily the class of their respec-
tive conferences, but they are all
ranked in the top 20 nationally.
In the next round, Minnesota
and Nebraska will face Oregon
and Alabama, the No.1 and No.
2 overall seeds from the Pac-12
and SEC, respectively. We can all
agree the road probably ends here
for both of them.

Preview: Exhibit to
mix arts and sciences
Event aims to cancer's spread throughout the
body is similar to that of natu-
finance research ral cell regeneration - the only
exception being that the cancer's
lab for early-career genetic code doesn't have a signal
to stop. Kahana said figuring out
physicians where that stop signal comes from
could open new avenues to restor-
By PAULA FRIEDRICH ing damaged tissue in humans.
Daily StaffReporter Kahana splits his time between
his patients as an ophthalmic
A fundraiser for the A. Alfred surgeon and his lab zebrafish as
Taubman Medical Research Insti- a researcher. Zebrafish regularly
tute hopes to tease out the con- regenerate complex tissues and
nection between the left and right offer a genetic blueprint that is
brain. surprisingly similar to that of a
Organizers for the "An Evening human.
of Art and Science" event asked It was that similarity that stuck
eleven artists to create an art out to DeSousa as she toured the
piece inspired by one of the Taub- lab -' walls of bubbling tanks
man scholar's research. A ticketed filled with the tiny fish, some with
gala event at the Museum of Con- transparent skin that reveal even
temporary Art Detroit will display tinier beating hearts.
the work Thursday evening. The DeSousa said her art usually
art will then be put on auction to starts with an unformed feel-
support the Taubman Emerging ing that eventually coalesces into
Scholars program. a concept she mulis over before
The program funds the cre- she begins sketching. She said
ation of a laboratory to aid early- after visiting Kahana's lab she
career physicians who want to was struck by the depth of the
take on research endeavors. Assis- research. For her, "art is a point of
tant Medical Prof. Alon Kahana, entry into the human possibility,"
who is currently one of the cen- and scientific research is a similar
ter's emerging scholars, said help investigation into the unknown.
like this is essential for medical "Pure research and fine art are
researchers as funding for public- very similar in that way because
sector grants continue to shrink. there is no immediate expecta-
Artists and physicians were tion, or function yet," DeSousa
paired earlier in the year to dis- said. "It's like this real space, this
cuss the intersection of their work. real exploration."
Kahana was paired with Detroit- She said her final piece cen-
based artist Simone DeSousa. He ters where everything connects-
said their collaboration started zebrafish and humans, art and
after DeSousa visited his labora- science-before more of the layers
tory at the top of the Kellogg Eye of life are peeled back.
Center. "This whole program, it's kind
Kahana's research interest lies of bringing two things that are
in the ambiguous space between usually seen as opposites and
cell regeneration and cancerous showing their common ground,"
growth. The mechanism behind she said.

LSA senior Audrey Sharpe tutors English through the Palma Program at the Ann Arbor District Library Tuesday.

CURRENTS
From Page 1
Rip Current Awareness Week,
which begins June 1.
Elizabeth LaPorte, an investi-
gator who has been working with
the team of researchers for the last
eight years, said the project was
initiated after it was determined
just how dangerous the Great
Lakes were for swimmers. Among
all states, Michigan accounted for
half of swimmer fatalities and the
data suggested that such occur-
rences were becoming more com-
mon each year.
"Previously, folks didn'trealize
that there were dangerous cur-
rents in the Great Lakes," LaPorte
said.
Unlike ocean beaches, a large
number of Michigan beaches do
not have professional lifeguards
on duty, even during peak summer
months. LaPorte said she did not
understand this decision because
it puts less experienced swimmers
in serious danger.
"It's interesting that we have
lifeguards at the pools, but we
don't along the Great Lakes," she
said. "The fact is that swimmers in
the Great Lakes are at a huge dis-
advantage than swimmers would
be in Florida or other areas, but
that doesn't mean people aren't
dying from rip currents in other

areas."
She said the increase in fatali-
ties and rescues is largely unex-
plained at this point, but said
there are several current theories.
"The low water levels might be
a factor ... but there are also more
people swimming for a longer
period of time during the swim
season," she said.
Though the project highlights
the effects of rip currents, which
tend to pull swimmers away the
shore into deeper water, LaPorte
said the study covered several dif-
ferent types of currents, several of
which are relatively unknown to
the public. One such type of cur-
rent, known as a structural cur-
rent, can form as water flows near
a pier or breakwater, and presents.
a serious - usually unidentified -
hazard to swimmers.
Young men are one of the high-
est at-risk groups for drowning,
according to LaPorte. She said
drowning in this demographic
usually occurs when individuals
swim in dangerous areas affected
by structural currents.
"We are finding more and more
young men are jumping off of
these piers and breakwaters, and
we want to warn them that it's
probably the most unsafe place to
be," LaPorte said.
In addition to providing data
to the public, Michigan Sea Grant
will work to promote swimmer

safety through the installation of
"beach safety kits" at various loca-
tions around the state. These kits
will include a life-ring and throw-
bag, both of which could poten-
tially be used in a rescue attempt.
LaPorte said families traveling
to beaches this summer can stay
safe by following simple safety
guidelines, such as checking the
weather report ahead of time
and obeying all posted warnings
and advisories. Many beaches in
the state use a colored-flag warn-
ing system to indicate the level
of danger on a given day. Yellow
flags indicate a rip current may be
present, while red flags indicate
there are active rip currents in the
area and swimmers should avoid
entering the water.
While colder water tempera-
tures may keep some beachgoers
on the shore this Memorial Day
weekend, the approaching sum-
mer weather will likely bring
warmer water temperatures,
which could linger as late as Octo-
ber.
LaPorte said it's important
all beachgoers exercise caution
whenever they venture into the
water, given that swimmers in
trouble may not be able to attract
attention or call for help.
"It's really important to pay
attention to what's going on
around you,"-she said. "Drowning
is a really silent event."

Carol Hutchins' team continues its postseason run this weekend at Florida State.

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BUDGET
From Page 2
Anglin and Kailasapathy all voted
against the amendment, but it was
ultimately passed.
While three of the candidates in
the upcoming mayoral election -
Petersen, Briere and Taylor - spon-

sored at least one amendment to
the city administrator's proposed
budget, Kunselman did not.
He warned against the "unin-
tended consequences of overex-
tending" within the city budget
and said they are why he chose not
to "tinker" with the proposed bud-
get.

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