Indians advance to the World Series
The Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-0, last night to earn
their first berth in the World Series since 1954. Pitcher Orel Hershiser was
named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship
Series! he indians will face the Atlanta Braves Saturday at Fulton-County
Stadium. ABC will televise the contest beginning at 7 p.m.
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Mrle sff\ yere 1~rN 'd rx ...d Baston pro-style inside game.
By Barry Solenberger
Daily Sports Editor
The Big Ten normally has its share of solid big
men - Rashard Griffith, Alan Henderson and
Juwan Howard, to name a few recent ones.
But it's a safe bet that Michigan's Maceo Baston
(6-foot-9, 210 pounds) won't face anyone this
season as tough as the guy he went up against
during the summer.
"I played against Larry
Johnson and worked on my
skills againsthim,"Bastonsaid. $ eS1
"He's strong and tough."
So what did he learn from the Notebook
Charlotte Hornets' star?
"Be quick with your moves
and go to the hole strong and
finish it," Baston said. "If you
don't, those NBA guys will
put a body on you and throw you out of the
Baston averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds a
year ago and is part of a Michigan front line that
includes Maurice Taylor (6-9, 250) and Robert
Traylor (6-8, 300).
THE TRAYLOR WATCH: The Detroit native was
the Wolverines' top recruit this season and a
consensus pick as one of the nation's top five high
school players a year ago.
His weight is a source of concern for Michigan
coach Steve Fisher, though.
"All of you are going to look at him and say he's
overweight and out of shape," Fisher said. "And
he is carrying too much weight. But he's signifi-
cantly better than he was when he walked through
the door. He's worked very hard in preseason
conditioning to get himself in the best possible
Traylor said he thought he'd be in the best shape
of his career by the end of the month.
He also said the key to keeping his weight down,
is limitinghis fast food consumption. But he stopped
short of endorsing the West Quad cafeteria.
"Up here, you really don't have much of a
choice," Traylor said. "It's between fast food and
"Most of the time, it's going to be fast food."
A STARTING LINEUP?: For the first time since the
1991-92 season, Michigan does not return at least
three starters. The only Wolverine probably as-
sured of a spot is Taylor, who started 29 of 31
games a year ago. After that, it's wide open.
Fisher could go big with Taylor, Traylor, Baston
and Jerod Ward (6-9, 215), plus a point guard.
Or Fisher could go small with Dugan Fife (6-3,
185), Louis Bullock (6-2,165) and Travis Conlan
(6-5, 190), plus a couple of big guys.
Or he could choose from about 790 other combi-
"If I had to gaze into the crystal ball, I would
say that this might be a group where you'd see us
tinker with the starting lineup through the Christ-
mas tournament," Fisher said. "You might see a
combination of all of those things in the pre-
LENGTHY SHORTS: The Fab Five is generally
credited with making baggy shorts popular in col-
lege basketball. Now that those five are gone, how
long will Michigan's shorts be this season?
"They'll be shorter than Arkansas'," Fisher said,
"but longer than Indiana's."
Fisher must be assuming that Hoosiers' coach
Bobby Knight did not become a radical liberal
during the off-season.
TALENT SCOUTING: Assistant coach Brian
Dutcher held walk-on tryouts from 7:30 to 9:30
p.m. Monday at Crisler Arena.
See BASKETBALL, Page 10
en soccer team
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By ChamN Hymau
Today, the Michigan men's club soccer team is looking
Forward to going to Oakland. It's not because the rivalry
3etween the two teams is enjoyable for Michigan, since the
Wolverines (10-3-3) have never been able to defeat Oakland.
It's because the Wolverines are looking forward to getting
iway from Elbel Field.
In addition to being the home for the Michigan men's
soccer team, Elbel simultaneously serves as the practice area
For the Michigan Marching Band and on any given day hosts
numerous amateur football and frisbee games. Many area
Y ogs also consider the field to be their home.
"Elbel is not a suitable field," sophomore Eric Frickel said.
'It's harder than cement, and half of it doesn't have grass."
Michigan sees Oakland's field as a marked improvement.
"They've got a nice field, and we're always looking to get
iway from Elbel," senior Robert Sirrine said.
"Oakland's field is worldclass comparedto Elbel," Frickel
Aside from the improved playing ground, Michigan is also
earing up for what it hopes will be its first win over Oakland.
The rivalry goesbackto when Wolverines coach Steve Burns
played at Michigan.
"They're one of the best teams in the state," Sirrine said.
'We've never beaten them, but we think we have a good
chance this year."
The game, which was supposed to open the Michigan
season, waspostponed until today. Forsome Wolverines, the
match could not come at a better time.
"They've been having a very down year," Frickel said.
'We think they're definitely beatable from what we've heard
-One team not experiencing a down year is Michigan. With
two recent, disappointing ties against Indiana and Illinois, the
Wolverines continue to be unbeaten in their last eight games.
In fact, many on the team believe they needed the tie scores.
See SOCCER, Page 10
Michigan sophomore Maceo Baston hopes his summer workout with Larry
Johnson will help his play in the paint against the big men of the Big Ten.
Struggling Wolverines look for first conference victory
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan women's soccer team
were a ship, it would be sailing on choppy
Just when the Wolverines (0-5 Big Ten,
4-9-1 overall) had smooth waters finally in
sight, the tide turned and Michigan's boat
After two straight wins the team was in
high spirits, but last Friday's heartbreaking
overtime loss to Big Ten powerhouse Wis-
consin took the wind out of the Wolver-
ines' sails. Penn State delivered another
The Wolverines are still treading water,
though, and by winning their remaining
five games, they can finish the regular
season at .500.
For the Wolverines, the road to recovery
will have to start today in East Lansing,
against Michigan State (1-1-2, 7-5-2). The
Spartans, last year's Big Ten regular season
champions, are coming off a weekend in
which they beat Penn State and tied Wiscon-
Michigan State promises to be tough com-
petition for visiting Michigan. The Spartans
are 5-0-2 at home this season.
"They're a strong team," forward Jessica
Limauro said. "We'll have to be well-pre-
pared both mentally and physically. It'll be a
Last season, Michigan State edged out the
Wolverines, 1-0, in Ann Arbor. This year, the
Spartans won their first four games, but have
struggled in the past couple weeks. Now,
after an impressive weekend showing, they
hope to gain some momentum heading into
November's conference tournament.
The Spartans have bitter memories of last
year's Big Ten tourney. A heavy favorite,
Michigan State was upset by Minnesota in the
semifinals, abruptly ending its season.
Returning from last year's Spartan squad is
junior Kristin Lester, who leads the team with
17 points. Senior Sue Gibson and junior Jen
Moore are tied for second with 14 points
Michigan's players are struggling to keep
their spirits up despite the team's disappoint-
ing record. According to Limauro, morale is
"We've been dominating every game," said
Limauro, who is tied for third on the team with
eight points. "We're just not scoring goals."
Although the Wolverines have been
game& We're just not
- Jessica Limauro
Michigan freshman forward
outshooting their opponents by nearly six
shots per game, the only statistic that really
counts is the one that shows up in the win-loss
After today's match with Michigan State,
Michigan comes home to face Butler (Sun-
day) and Eastern Michigan (Tuesday) at the
Michigan Soccer Field.
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