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Monday, April 22, 2013


Defense shines in MSU spring game Associated Press

EAST LANSING — Michigan State began spring football with serious questions on offense and supreme confidence on defense. After Saturday’s Green-White Game, not much has changed. The defense scored two touchdowns and Andrew Maxwell hit A.J. Troup for a 46-yard score as the White team beat the Green 24-17 in the spring’s final scrimmage. But for every plus, there was a potential problem to be addressed. Mark Dantonio’s Spartans, a disappointing 7-6 last season, came in with concerns at quarterback, running back and receiver. Despite a few flashes amid sunshine and snow flurries, many of those battles for starting spots and backup roles will continue in August. “I think you always like to have things set and say, ‘Here are my guys at all these positions,’” co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said. “But at the same time, it’s going to provide a lot of competition through the summer and drive guys to prepare a little harder for August, when jobs will be won.” Maxwell was 9-for-20 for 110 yards to cap his second spring as the probable starter. Those numbers would have been better without five of the game’s nine drops. Meanwhile, backup Connor Cook was 10-for-26 for 217 yards and a score for the Green, and Tyler O’Connor was 3-for-6 for 59 yards with two interceptions. Aaron Burbridge caught


the save, striking out two in 1 1⁄3 innings. Scholle was 2-for-4 with her two RBIs to lead Lake Erie. Dawn Ondercin took the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits and striking out one. Hillsdale plated the first six runs of the nightcap. Hoop's RBI single plated Grunert in the second inning, then Schulty doubled home Ellison in the third, making it 2-0. After Hoop scored on Klopfer's

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runs. Martin Truex Jr. came home in fourth and Clint Bowyer was fifth. ''Matt's good. He always has been,'' Johnson said. ''He impresses me in his ability to lead the team, make adjustments on the car, and his knowledge of the car, but most importantly, inside the car, and finding a little bit more. The guy can do it.'' So can Brad Keselowski, who put a positive spin on an ugly week for Penske Racing. Keselowski picked up some minor damage to the rear of his car early in the race, and fell a lap down when he was slow getting off pit road under caution. The damage kept getting worse as the laps ticked along, and eventually a huge piece of his rear end ripped off. The No. 2 team managed to get it fixed up enough, and Keselowski slowly picked off positions in the waning laps to finish a heartening sixth after a frustrating week. Penske Racing is appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR after an unapproved rear-end housing was found on its two cars last week at Texas. The penalties include six-race suspensions for

Hillsdale College sophomore quarterback Gabe Starkey lets a pass fly while Charger head coach Keith Otterbein looks on during the team’s annual Spring Game, held Sunday at Frank “Muddy” Waters Stadium. JIM DREWS PHOTO Michigan State Green team’s Nick Hill (20) rushes for a touchdown against the White team’s Taiwan Jones during Saturday’s spring game. The White team won 24-17. AL GOLDIS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

five of the Green’s throws for 113 yards. Bennie Fowler had four grabs for 84 yards, including a pickup of 63. And DeAnthony Arnett had a 22-yard touchdown catch in traffic. But the play of the day was Troup’s simple hitch-and-run that helped the White scored the final 10 points. “The one I was really sick over was when I overthrew Keith Mumphery on the deep post,” Maxwell said. “But I thought we did a good job of battling back. Coach D always says, ‘Weather the storm.’ You’ve got to ride it out. That’s what we did. And I feel I’ve done everything I could do to make my case to be ‘The Guy.’” There wasn’t a clear-cut winner in the fight to replace workhorse running back Le’Veon Bell, an early entrant in the NFL draft. Converted linebacker Riley Bullough carried 11 times for 48 yards for the Green, while Nick Hill rushed nine times for 21 yards, including

a 7-yard touchdown run, and had a 44-yard reception. Nick Tompkins ran for 43 yards, including a 30-yard pickup, and Jeremy Langford gained 31 yards on 10 tries for the White. “My mom is the one who always wanted me to play offense,” Bullough said of a move in the last week of spring ball. “When I told her I was going to play some tailback, she was really excited. My uncle (Bobby Morse) played fullback here. But I plan on having a meeting with the coaches in the next couple of weeks. Offense is definitely a lot of fun for me.” In a “Bullough Brothers” package installed a couple of hours before the game, Riley hit middle linebacker Max on a 12-yard crossing route they had thrown hundreds of times in high school. But Max said he isn’t switching to tight end. He’s determined to lead a defense that is even better than last year’s elite unit.

RBI single in the fourth inning, Hillsdale took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Grunert's twoRBI single scored McKay and Danielle Garceau. Jessica Day scored on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth. Lake Erie didn't go away quietly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Hawk scored on Jeniffer Gratz's single, then Scholle's two-RBI single plated Gratz and Quinn. But Klopfer and the Chargers shut down the Storm in the seventh to complete the sweep. Klopfer went the

distance for the win, scattering four hits while striking out seven. Hoop finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored, while Grunert was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Scholle finished 1-for-3 with her two RBIs, while Hawk, Quinn and Gratz had the other hits for Lake Erie. Katarina Davis took the pitching loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while going the distance. The Chargers are scheduled to host Urbana University for a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday.

seven-crew members, including both crew chiefs, $200,000 in fines and 25-point penalties. The date of the appeal hasn't been set, allowing both teams to arrive in full at Kansas. ''Usually you're not happy unless you win,'' Keselowski said, ''but you know, a day where you can fight through adversity like we did today and get a solid finish, that's kind of is a win.'' Joey Logano didn't have the same chipper feeling. He was struggling to find speed when Busch got in trouble along the wall, shot down to the apron of the track and smacked into his No. 22 Ford in a devastating head-to-head collision. The wreck knocked both cars out of the race and left debris scattered all over the asphalt. ''What was going through my mind? 'This is going to hurt,''' Logano said. ''I was committed to going by him on the bottom at that point and as soon as a committed to it he started heading down the race track. At that point I was just kind of screwed.'' Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spent most of the afternoon running at the front, with Kenseth chasing the No. 17 Ford that he drove to victory last year at the newly resurfaced Kansas Speedway. But Stenhouse was among several leading

drivers, including Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, who were forced to pit under green with about 50 laps to go. They were just getting back onto the track when the rear-bumper on Keselowski's car that had been hanging on by a thread finally came loose. The metal chattered across the track and brought out a caution. Kenseth beat Truex in the race off pit road - critical at Kansas, where a second groove didn't start to round into shape until late in the race. Kahne had them both in his sights, but by the time he moved into second place, Kenseth had more than a full second on the field. ''I felt like restarting fourth, I needed to get to third, to second and to first as quickly as I possibly could,'' Kahne said. ''I got by Jimmie and when I got to Truex, I just went around him before he could block the move, but by then, Kenseth was already gone.'' Kahne, trying for his first win at Kansas, took advantage of some lapped cars to pull within a car-length with about seven laps left, only to slip backward when the traffic thinned out. He made one last charge with two laps remaining, pulling door-to-door in Turn 4. But he couldn't make the move stick, and Kenseth pulled away over the final lap for the win.


Michigan’s Mikulak adds two more titles By Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Olympian Sam Mikulak didn’t miss a beat Sunday, even after capping a busy weekend with two more NCAA men’s gymnastics titles. The Michigan standout won individual crowns on the parallel bars and high bar — scoring an impressive 16.1 points on the latter apparatus — a day after taking the all-around competition to help the Wolverines claim the team title. Mikulak wore a path to the top of the award stand. On his last trip, he celebrated by pumping his fist in harmony to the Michigan fight song that echoed through Rec Hall after he was conferred the trophy for the high bar win. “It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine,” exclaimed coach Kurt Golder. “It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.” And they celebrated on the home floor of Big Ten rival Penn State, which


innings. Lucas Hamelink started the game, allowing four runs (none earned) on eight hits in 5 1⁄3 innings. Blake Schmenk went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Findlay, while Sickler finished 2-for-5. Alex Williams pitched the final 1 1⁄3 innings and recorded the win. On Saturday, the Oilers plated the lone run of the opener in the bottom of the fifth inning has Sickler scored on Reid Rothenbuhler's RBI flyout.

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at second base on Austin Jackson’s attempted sacrifice bunt to reliever Ernesto Frieri. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the ninth, the third time in the game they failed to capitalize in that situation. They stranded 13 runners altogether, and the Angels left 10 on base. Hunter, who spent the previous five seasons with the Angels was 3 for 12 with three walks and no RBIs in his first series against his former teammates. Fister allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The righthander also hit three batters, two of them during a three-run third that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead. The first two runs scored on Pujols’ double off the glove of third

hosted the meet. The favored Nittany Lions finished a disappointing fourth in the team competition, but did get an individual event winner after Trevor Howard claimed the floor exercise title. He beat out Stanford standout Eddie Penev and Mikulak, who took third in that event. “Today, I was seeking revenge,” a giddy Howard said afterward. “I was ready to get back at the Wolverines for what happened. It was good to go out there and rock out.” Ohio State’s Michael Newburger took the pommel horse title to set up an unusual scene in State College. The Buckeyes are a fierce football rival to Penn State, so it’s rare to hear an Ohio State song being played in Happy Valley without being drowned out by boos. That never happened Sunday, and a few hearty Ohio State teammates and fans even joined in on the fun by clapping along to the song while Newburger

soaked up the spotlight on the podium after picking up his first-place trophy. Also, Oklahoma senior Michael Squires won on the rings, while Illinois’ Fred Hartville took the vault title. However, the weekend belonged to Mikulak, who competed in five of the six individual events Sunday, sitting out only the rings. He said he didn’t feel tired considering the workload he had Saturday night too. Michigan teammates yelled a chorus of “Let’s Go Blue!” while Mikulak dusted off his hands in the chalk bowl before taking the high bar. He finished the routine with a perfect landing and slapped his hands together immediately as if knowing he had just clinched another crown. “No honestly, I don’t think I have,” Mikulak said when asked if had experienced a better weekend in his career. “Overall for this entire weekend, I didn’t miss a single routine ... It kind of felt easy going with the flow.”

Both teams were held to four hits in the game. Mike Vanchieri went 2-for-3 to lead the Chargers, while Luke Ortel and Bennett each had a hit. Kris Morris took the hard luck loss on the mound, striking out three while going the distance. Preston Zachrich struck out 10 and scattered four hits to earn the win for Findlay. The teams exchanged runs in the first inning of the second game before the Oilers scored runs in the fourth and fifth, then added two more in the sixth for a 5-1 lead. Hillsdale plated a run in the top of the seventh, but

was unable to complete the rally. Northrup went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Hillsdale, while Bartlett was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Shane Armstrong took the pitching loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking six in four innings. Tommy Roush was 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Oilers. Ethan James earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out eight in six innings. The Chargers host Notre Dame College for a non-conference single game today.

baseman Cabrera. Fister then plunked Hamilton, and Trumbo hit a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to Cabrera. But the relay to first by second baseman Infante was low and bounced off Fielder’s glove, allowing Pujols to score. The Tigers, who beat the Mariners in 14 innings on Wednesday at Seattle, got on the board in the second after a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta and a one-out single by Omar Infante. Wilson had his foot on the rubber, waiting for Jackson to get back in the batter’s box, when the ball fell out of his glove and he was charged with a balk. Jackson then hit a fielder’s choice grounder that scored Peralta. NOTES: Detroit’s pitching staff has hit seven batters through the first 18 games — six by Fister, who plunked seven last season in 161 2⁄3 innings. ... Only two pitchers in Tigers history have

hit four batters in a game — Frank Lary in 1960 and Earl Whitehill in 1924. ... Peralta was hitless in three at-bats against Wilson, and is 1-for-20 lifetime against him. ... Leyland was planning to start Ramon Santiago at SS on Sunday, but Santiago went to see a doctor after Saturday’s game because of dehydration, back issues and stomach problems. ... Fister has pitched 32 1⁄3 innings since his franchise-record nine consecutive strikeouts against Kansas City last Sept. 27, and has fanned no more than two in a row at any time during that stretch. ... Fister was trying to become the first Tigers pitcher to win his first four starts of a season since 1988, when Frank Tanana won his first five. ... Detroit RHP Al Albuquerque struck out the side on 11 pitches in the eighth and fanned two more in the ninth, giving him 16 strikeouts in nine innings so far.

Hillsdale College Spring Game April 22 2013  

Hillsdale College Spring Game April 22 2013