The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 11, 1980-Page 11
FOUSSIANES LEADS WOLVERINES
Pros after Blue
By DREW SHARP
r Michigan baseball has served as a
springboard for many major leaguers.
Detroit Tiger all-star catcher Bill
Freehan starred with the Wolverines.
Larry Sorenson was the heart of the
Blue pitching staff and went on to
become an all-star for the Milwaukee
Brewers in 1978. And last year:, Rick
Leach was the number one draft pick of
the Tigers, who have visions of the
former quarterback occupying the
Foussianes was the All-Big Ten
shortstop. He led the league in hitting
with a .452 average, beating teammate
Leach for the title. Foussianes had a
.369 average for the entire season,
which also led the Wolverines.
WHILE NOTED for hitting,
Foussianes handled all but 4 of his 153
chances in the field flawlessly, for an
impressive .974 percentage.
This year, Foussianes will be looked
upon as a leader for this extremely
young Wolverine club.
"I try to help all of the young kids,"
said Foussianes. "Sometimes they
come to me and I'll give them some
advice on the finer points of the game. I
have a lot of help because we have four
other seniors on the squad.
"I DON'T CONSIDER myself a
leader but I'll pass along my years of
experience to the other players if they
Foussianes was a draft choice of the
Montreal Expos in 1979 draft but chose
to remain in school. Many major league
experts view Foussianes as a definite
first-round draft pick and quite possibly
the number one player picked overall.
"I doubt that I will be the top player
chosen," said the Birmingham native.
"I consider myself a good all-around
player but I think there are other
players who are better. I'm not as fast
as some other players and that could
turn against me but I think I make up
for that in other areas like hitting and
THIS YEAR, -THE Wolverines'
dugout is not occupied by 17-year coach
Moby Benedict but by former Miami of
Ohio coach, Bud Middaugh.
SSee more sports
pages 12, 13
"I get along very well with him," said
Foussianes. "Everyone likes him
because he is a winner."
Foussianes compared Middaugh to
ex-coach Benedict: "They both are
similar in that they like to stress the
fundamentals of the game and like I
said before, they both are winners. The
thing I liked most about the two is that
they both have such a strong dedication
to the game."
FOUSSIANES ADMITTED that he
was somewhat surprised with the
team's performance so far this spring
since returning from Florida. (The
club's record is 5-2.)
"I really think we haven't played the
high caliber teams as of yet. I don't
think we've been tested yet but I'm
very pleased at the way our pitching
staff has performed this season."
All of the Wolverines five victories
have been shutouts.
"SCOTT DAWSON and Steve
Ontiveros have really been impressive
this year along with the rest of our
pitching corps. Hopefully, they'll get
even better as the season wears on."
Foussianes comes out of Birmingham
Groves High school and he carried with
him some impressive
accomnplishments. He was. an all-
league player in 1976 and was also
selected to the Detroit News' all-state
team in the same year.
' Foussaines is a student of the
business school and majoring in
general business. But his first dream in
life is to play pro ball and chances are
that his dream will be fulfilled.
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