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About that softball thing...

By mrasor Published: February 15, 2006

Softball


Senior Megan MacKenzie is a good pitcher. She can bring the cheese.


Still, I hope those of you in the front sections realized that my bat was rigged to fail during the halftime show last night.



It had four huge slits along the side that made it about as effective as swinging a rope at the ball.


Still, I'll send out this challenge to Mike Waddell: I'd be more than willing to take on another female athlete in her sport. It was really fun. Just think, Jessie Crooks vs. Mike Rasor, one on one.


Above is a picture taken by the Buchtelite's Paul Ferrer. You can click on the thumbnail to enlarge it.



Men's basketball


Oh yeah, and the Zips beat Bowling Green, 77-62.


  • Romeo Travis, Dru Joyce, Nick Dials and Cedrick Middleton each scored in double figures.

  • Terry Pluto wrote about why he loves the Zips.

  • Akron will play Nevada on Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • If you want to watch the game, go to Panini's, across the street from Canal Park.

  • I'll be there, but I don't want to hear a thing about the softball strikeout.

  • In Elton Alexander's PD story, coach Keith Dambrot says the Zips (19-5, 12-2) should be guaranteed a postseason game if they win 20.

Miscellaneous


Since I looked so ridiculous in that photo, here is one of me speaking with Mack Rhoades. This photo is courtesy of the Buchtelite's Gary Krueger. Once again, click the thumbnail to enlarge.


Rifle


The Zips shot the best they had all year in Saturday's NCAA Qualifier. They even won the event, beating Ohio State, Xavier and others. But it probably won't be enough.


Akron entered the weekend with the 14th highest scores in the nation. Only the top eight teams go to the NCAA Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 10.


Top shooters from the Qualifier include Melissa Lussier, Julie DeBrita and Michael Tokarz, who were each part of coach Newt Engle's outstanding freshmen class. Those three, along with sophomore April Engle, set a school record in the air rifle event.


Baseball


GoZips.com wrote an extensive team preview. It looks like the Zips had a solid recruiting class, but still are expected to be fourth in the MAC East.


In the coming weeks, the Buchtelite also will have a team preview.

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