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Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Michigan is coming back

Nebraska ends
baseball's season

Weekly Summer Edition MichiganDaily.com

Ann Arbor, MI


Thursday, May 29, 2014

myOone team gets to end
season ZACH
on top, so for all SHAW
but one team,
the saying On Baseball
"Wait'til next
year" is little more than a cushion
to the blow of defeat.
But after a second season under
coach Erik Bakich, Michigan
baseball has something brewing
for 2015.
The team lost in every way
possible, failingto get above .500
until May. But bythe time the
Wolverines finished behind only
No. 9 Indiana and No. 23 Nebraska
in the Big Ten Tournament, the
youth that had lost so many early
games became the team's greatest
Now, with up to 27 of 32 players
returning next season and another
top recruiting class coming in,
Bakich has the pieces necessary
for his vision of success to become
The 2014 season began with
nothing but agony for the Wolver-
ines. On Feb. 14, Michigan opened
its season by blowing late-game
leads of three and four runs in
consecutive extra-inning losses
to Texas State and Washington.
The next week was no better: The
Wolverines dropped three one-run
games to Houston.
Freshman right-hander Keith
Lehmann and freshman left-
hander Brett Adcock were 0-2
with a 12.70 earned-run average in
bullpen work in the team's opening


Offense sluggish
in Big Ten
Tournament loss
Daily Sports Writer
The atmosphere of TD Ameri-
trade Park replicated that of
an MLB game, and it was as if
Nebraska was the stadium's ten-
Among the sea of red, there
were glimpses of maize, though
the color was more prevalent on
security guards wandering the
aisles than Michigan fans.
Saturday morning, the fifth-
seeded Wolverines couldn't
force a second

Cornhuskers' sixth run before
endingthe 36-minute inning.
The damage had been done,
and Michigan couldn't revive
"You can't give free passes to
good teams," Bakich said. "It's
the difference of getting strike
one and strike two on a hitter ver-
sus ball one and ball two. ... We
got behind a lot of hitters there in
the middle."
Nebraska (18-6,40-18) couldn't
pile on any more runs before the
slaughter ended. But each swing
of the bat brought the Wolver-
ines' season closer to its end.
The Cornhuskers, who accu-
mulated five two-out RBIs, struck
first in the fourth inning, when
Lehmann -

Erik Bakich's vision for Michigan baseball is finally starting to come to fruition.

eight games. But over the c
of the season, the pair rose
ranks to become late-seasi
ers and combined to go 11-
a 2.82 ERA with 93 strikeo
their first seasons.
The rest of the team foll
suit, finishing12-5 with an
classmen core leading the<
The improve-
ments weren't
enough for a "T
title. Not yet. abli
But through the
up and down seat
season, the evi-
dence of Bakich's
vision was clear.
It was clear followingSa
season-ending loss to Nebr
when a reflection of the se,
quickly turned into an ana
things tocome.
It was clear after a 7-1 w
Central Michigan on Mayf
for many teams would hav
little more than a meaning
non-conference win.
"There will come a time
these games will be just as
the conference games," Ba
said. "Our team will be pla
for at-large bids and the op
nity to host regionals, and;
across the country will be]1
at how we do in every onec
It was clear after a 5-1 w
against Ohio State on May
as many ofthe 2,064 fansv
attended the game - the la
crowd since 2010-- lined u
autographs following the g
The vision was always a
the future. But as the seaso
cluded Saturday, it seemed
future is closer than before
Next year's team will ret
least three of four pitchers
started in last weekend's B

ourse Tournament. Its top nine pitchers
up the in earned-run average will be back.
on start- Additionally, the Wolverines
5 with return roughly 80 percent of their
uts in offense, includingsophomore
shortstop Travis Maezes, a.308
owed career hitter who was named to
under- the Big Ten All-Tournament team
charge. with a conference-best .706 on-
base percentage.
That's why
rhey won't be last weekend's
build these tournament - in
to which 23 of the
:s fast enough." Wolverines' 28
hits and every
single extra-base
hit came from
aturday's players who will return next year
aska, - proved tobe a promisingsign.
ason In his introductory press con-
lysis of ference in 2012, Bakich used the
word "championship" 18 times,
in at making his goal clear from day
6, which one.
e been With his second straight highly
'less ranked recruiting class and the
majority of his team's core coming
where back next year, Bakich is looking
big as to rebuild the pillar of success that
kich had crumbled upon his arrival.
ying After the home finale against
portu- Ohio State, as the line for auto-
people graphs stretched from left field to
looking behind home plate, it became clear
of our that fans are buying into the future
too. Knowing this, Bakich smiled
in and looked at the infield shimmer-
10, ing in the sun, envisioning the even
rho brighter future ahead.
rgest "We're looking to have a big
p for crowd on every occasion," Bakich
ame. said. "We want our team to be suc-
imed at cessful enough to which we can
n con- get 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 in here
like the watching us play. It's like what I
tell the guys, 'They won't be able to
turn at build these seats fast enough.' "
who Think it sounds ambitious now?
ig Ten Just wait'til next year.

game in the Big in his second
Ten Tourna- start of the sea-
ment semifi- "You can't give son - walked
nals and ended two batters
their season free passes to and allowed
with a 6-1 loss t , catcher Tanner
to No. 2 seed good teams. Lubach to line
Nebraska. an RBI single
Michigan up the middle.
(13-11 Big Ten, Michigan,
30-29-1 overall) took a dagger in meanwhile, couldn't do anything
the sixth inning, when the 20th- on offense, with its only run com-
ranked Cornhuskers batted around ing by a stroke of luck. The Wol-
and scored five runs, including verines finished the game with
three on bases-loaded walks. a paltry three hits, two from
Nebraska ousted Michigan Cronenworth and one from soph-
freshman right-hander Keith omore shortstop Travis Maezes,
Lehmann when second baseman all singles.
Pat Kelly doubled to the right- Left-hander Kyle Kubat
field corner with one out. pitched a near-complete game for
Michigan coach Erik Bakich Nebraska, and more than half of
put in junior right-hander James his pitches were strikes. But the
Bourque for relief and during the Wolverines couldn't make con-
transition said "he'd rather be tact on the barrel.
one batter too early than a batter "We gotta do a better job off a
too late." But the situation didn't guy like that," Bakich said. "The
play out that way, as the first bat- best contact we had was when we
ter Bourque faced hit a blooper stayed in the middle of the field
to shallow left field, and the next and went the other way - he just
singled over second base to bring had us off balance all day."
in the Cornhuskers' second run. Utilizing his change-up, Kubat
With two runners in scoring posted six strikeouts and retired
position, Bourque got the second eight of nine batters after the
out but hit the next batter and sixth-inning Nebraska onslaught.
walked two more, putting Nebras- For Michigan, there is no at-
ka up 4-0. Bourque's 29th pitch large bid to the NCAA Tourna-
was his last, and in came fresh- ment. It's the end of the line for
man right-hander Mac Lozer, but a roller-coaster season filled with
things didn't get any better. many disparities.
Michigan third baseman Jake Friday morning in Omaha, the
Placzek singled down the third- disparities were on display, and
base line, and Lozer walked in the they hurt more than ever.

Minimum wage
Michigan lawmakers raised
the state's minimum wage
to $9.25 per hour Tuesday
T-rays research
New technology could
have major health and
security implications
City budget
From the Daily: Views on
amendments to the city
council budget
The season two finale is
sure to terrify, and possibly
delight, the shows fans
Baseball's end
Nebraska may have ended
the Wolverine's season,
but they'll be back this fall
>> SEE PAGE 12
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Ora Pescovitz addresses colleagwues in the Kahn Auditorium at the Taubman Research Institute on Wednesday.
Outgoing UH E
del ivers final address

awarded for
'U' president made
official visits to India,
Brazil, Africa and
China during tenure
Daily StaffReporter
As her tenure comes to a close,
University President Mary Sue
Coleman traveled to California to
receive recognition for her efforts
in international engagement.
Tuesday, Coleman was honored
with the Cassandra Pyle Award
for Leadership and Collaboration
in International Education and
Exchange from NAFSA: Associa-
tion of International Educators at a
ceremony in San Diego.
NAFSA is a nonprofit organiza-
tion that works to promote inter-
national exchange and global
education. Apart from serving as
NAFSA president from 1978 to
1979, Cassandra Pyle - the award's
namesake - held positions at simi-
lar organizations like the Coun-
cil for International Exchange of
Scholars, American Council on
Education and the Institute of
International Education.
The previous Pyle recipients
include Julia Chang Bloch, founder
and president of the US-China Edu-
cation Trust and the first Asian-
American U.S. ambassador, and
Zuhair A.G. Humadi, who assists
Iraqi students in studying at for-
eign institutions as the executive
director of Iraq's Higher Commit-
tee for Education Development.
"For a great public university to
thrive in a rapidly evolving envi-
ronment, we must absolutely for-
age in the connections of mutual
understanding that can allow our
See COLEMAN, Page 3


Pescovitz named
one of the most
powerful women in
Summer News Editor
All audience members in the
near-full Kahn Auditorium in the
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical
Science Research Building were
engaged as the University's Exec-
utive Vice President for Medi-
cal Affairs gave her final speech
Wednesday evening.
The institute held a presenta-
tion and farewell reception for
Ora Pescovitz, University execu-
tive vice president for medical
affairs for the last five years. She
titled her presentation, "UMH-
Story: Strength, Strategy &
Success" in honor of the charac-
teristics she believed made the
University of Michigan Health

System one of the top medical
institutions in the country.
As CEO of the University
Health System and EVPMA,
Pescovitz was responsible for the
leadership of the University hos-
pitals and health centers, medical
school, services of the School of
Nursing and the Michigan Health
During her tenure, she
helped develop the North Cam-
pus Research Complex into a
renowned institution and helped
build the C.S. Mott Children's and
Von Voigtlander Women's Hospi-
tal. The medical center received
its highest-ever patient satisfac-
tion scores, the research endeav-
ors earned $61 million in royalties
and the medical school created
the Office for Health Equity and
Inclusion all under Pescovitz's
After receiving her M.D. from
Northwestern University, Pesco-
vitz became a distinguished pedi-
atric endocrinologist, later being
recognized as one of Modern

Healthcare's 2009 Top 25 Women
in Healthcare and a nominee for
their list of the "100 Most Power-
ful People in Healthcare."
Pescovitz also worked as a
researcher, with a portfolio of
170 published scientific papers
on human growth and over 175
manuscripts on growth disorder.
Pescovitz's presentation
praised the doctors, students and
patients she believed to exemplify
UMHS' excellence. She included
videos of patients, researchers
and medical residents to show-
case their own work and laud
their respective achievements.
"You drive our tripartite mis-
sion, and your potential to impact
and influence the world is simply
limitless," she told the audience.
"What I admire so much about
this place is that we are never
satisfied and we are never con-
tent. In fact, a desire to constantly
improve is built into our DNA."
Following her lecture, six of
her close coworkers gave speech-

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