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Wednesday, April 14, 1982

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flue batsmen slip past Wayne State,

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to Greg Schulte, scoring Clem.
Michigan's other two runs came in
the second and fifth as they pounded in
seven runs on 11 hits off three Tartar
pitchers.
HOWEVER, Michigan's pitching
didn't fare off that much better as
Middaugh had to resort to his
bullpen three times. In the beginning it
looked as - starter Rich Stoll would
register his sixth consecutive win as he
retired the first six Wayne State batters
with ease.
In the third, though, the sophomore
began to have some problems, someth-
ing he has not experienced this year
illustrated by his 5-0 record. "Stoll got
out of his rhythm which when you jhave
a week off and weather like this is not
surprising," commented Middaugh.
After striking out Joe Chops, Stoll
gave up a solid single to Rob Gray. It
then -looked as if Stoll was going to
escape unharmed as he got Korkizzo to
fly out to right, but things got worse.

Tartar's Croskey drew a base on balls
and rightfielder Tim McCamat
followed by knocking in the Tartars
first run with a single.
MATTERS DIDN'T improve for Stoll
in the fourth, however, as he allowed
two more hits good enough for another
Wayne State run. The inning finished
off Stoll for the afternoon as Middaugh
went to the bullpen bringing in Gary
Wayne. Wayne lasted long enough to
pick up the win as he pitched three in-
nings allowing only one hit and no runs
while striking out two batters.
Wanting to work his pitchers, Mid-
daugh relieved Wayne by giving
seldom-used Jim Bartlett a chance to,
pitch in the eighth. It was apparent that
Bartlett was rusty as the sophomore
ran into control problems and couldn't
even last an inning. The Tatars quickly
loaded the bases with two Bartlett
walks and a single by Mark Limback.,
The Wolverine 7-2 lead now looked to be
in jeopardy. Still with nobody out Bar-

tlett committed the ultimate pitcher's
sin as he walked in a run. Despite
geting Fred Darin to fly out to center,
Bartlett's. control problems weren't
over yet as he walked in another Tartar
run.
Tim Karazim, who has thus far this
season established himself as the
Wolverines ace reliever, came in and
stopped the Wayne State rally. Despite
loading up the bases in the ninth
Karazim escaped unscored upon to
preserve the Michigan victory and to
pick up his first save of the season.
Michigan now heads into today's
doubleheader with Western Michigan
at 16-3, while Wayne St. slips to 9-5.
Any which way you can
7 R H -E
WayneState..........001 100 020 - 4 7;4
MICHIGAN............010 312 00x - 7 11 3
Baker, Rappa (5), Andrus (9) and Limback; Stoll,
Wayne (5), Bartlett (), Karazim (8) and J. Young
and Bair
WP- Wayne (3.1) S-Karazim ()
LP-Baker (3-1) HR-none

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Freshmen baseballers experience
rough transition off the field

By JIM DWORMAN
'I did some studying in high school but nothing like
this. Here I've got to study every night just to survive.
-Jeff Minick
While the transition from high school to college presents
difficulties for most students at Michigan, the problem of ad-
justment for the student-athlete are two-fold. The hours
required of him more than double both in the library and on
the field. Jeff Minick and four other freshmen on the
Michigan baseball team will attest to that.
"It's like the difference between day and .night," said
Minick, a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. "Get-
ting used to the homework has been the biggest adjustment in
my life."
PRACTICE TIME is what magnifies the size of the ad-
justment for the athlete. Pitcher Matt Ruud explained, "The
practices take about three hours out of the day. It cuts down
on study time. And the travelling really takes a lot out of
school."
Road games removed the baseball players from classes
only once this year, for a weekend series against Miami of
Ohio. But the real study-break was a 13-day spring trip to
Texas. That excursion took its academic toll on Minick.
"When I came back from Texas I was so far behind and I
didn't know anyone in my classes to help me out,"'said the
outfielder, who transferred to the College of Literature,
Science and Arts after a semester as a physical education
major. "I'm not doing as well this term. Being away from
class hurts."
JOHN CLEM, a 6-3, 195-pound infielder from Grosse Pointe
Woods, did not miss the classroom quite as much as Minick.
"I'm a little behind, but I think I'll catch up," said Clem, who
had two hits in yesterday's 7-4 Michigan victory over Wayne
State. "I take a lot of books on the road and say 'I'll read on
the bus,' but then usually I end up doing a lot of work on Sun-
daynight'"
Ruud, currently enrolled in LSA, survives, no, thrives with
the aid 'of his instructors. "The teachers are usually pretty
helpful," said the student with the 3.2 grade-point average.
"Not that they give me any real breaks, but they're willing to.
sit and listen to me.",
Ken Hayward, the biggest of the bunch at 6-4, 220 pounds,

and currently the best hitter among the freshmen at .480,
says preparation is the key to maintaining one's studies
during the baseball season. "You've got to look ahead at the
road trips and get your work done ahead of time," he ex-
plained. "As a freshman you're really excited about just
going on a trip. You don't knovwwhat to expect."
NOR DID the freshmen know what to expect on the field,
especially on the practice diamond. "I played football and
wrestled in high school and I thought those practices were
rough," said Minick. "But I'm not used to baseball practices
as tough as these. He (coach Bud Middaugh) ran us to death
in indoor practice this winter.
"When I first came here I didn't take practice as seriously
as the others did. But I learned. If you don't take it seriously
you're notgoing to play."
On Middaugh's team, no one plays unless they earn the op-
portunity.
"IF YOU'RE a freshman or sophomore you've got to work
your way into the lineup," said pitcher Jeff Hayward, who is
noirelation to Ken. "I didn't expect to play right away."
Other than the academics, the freshmen agreed that this
was the toughest adjustment to college: not playing full-time.
"I'm not used to sitting on the bench," said Minick. "But I
don't have any argument." The Washtenaw County Sheriff's
son realizes that no one is going to move Jim Paciorek, the
team's starting rightfielder and leading hitter, out of the
lineup:
A similar situation greeted Clem upon his arrival at
Michigan. A shortstop in high school, Clem realized he was
not about to take the position away from the incumbent Tony
Evans. "I knew coming in that I wouldn't be playing shor-
tstop," he said. "Evans,'Jake (second baseman Jeff Jacob-
son) and (third baseman "Chris) Sabd had their infield
positions locked up. So I had to play first.
"It's not easy, but I played there my sophomore and junior
years."
As Ken Hayward knows, changing positions is all part of
contributing to the team effort. After pitching and playing '
first base in high school, Hayward now finds himself in the
role of designated hitter. "Naturally, I want to play the
field," he said. "But DHing is better than not playing at all.
"The level of competition on this team is unbelievable.
Most of the team comes here out of high school being the best
on their team. Here, you're just a piece of the puzzle that goes
into being a winner."

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Dolly Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
MICHIGAN FRESHMEN (left to right) Jeff Minick, Ken Hayward, Matt Ruud, Jeff Hayward, and John Clem.

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