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Michigan Baseball Statistics
Name, Pos. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR SB BB RBI AVG.
Rich Bair, C ............ 57 163 30 64 10-64 2 9 37 .393
Chris Sabo, 3B.......... 59 209 58 77 174-16 19 26 56 .368
Jeff Jacobson,2B....... 59 197 40 71 12-0-10 7 23 63 .360
Barry Larkin, SS....... 57 193 53 68 7-3-5 13 24 37 .352
Dan Disher, OF-P...... 39 60 14 21 3-1-1 8 3 4 .350
Ken Hayward, iB-P. 59 185 40' 62 11-1-5 7 33 50 .335
Fred Erdmann, LF ..... 49 126 23 42 8-0-4 5 26 29 .333
Mike Watters, RF...... 55 137 36 43 10-4-0 12 35 28 .314
Chuck Froning, DH..... 50 104 17 30 1-0-0 2 15 16 .288
Casey Close, OF-P...... 46 82 11 23 4-2-2 7 3 18 .280
Dale Sklar, CF..........52 122 31 34 7-2-3 5 10 15 .279
C. J. Beshke, 2B .........33 49 11 13 54-0 0 8 9 .265
Jeff Minick, OF.......... 19 19 1 8 0-0-0 0 1 4 .421
Kurt Zimmerman, 3B 18 10 6 4 1-0 3 5 2 .400
Dave Kopf, P-DH........24 21 2 8 1-1-1 0 3 3 .381
Eric Sanders, C.........18 24 4 7 1.0-0 1 3 2 .292
Dan Sygar, OF........ 48 19 23 5 2-0-0 9 6 3 .263
Chris Gust, OF.........41 21 19 2 0-0-0 5 5 1 .095
Chr Seychel,DH.......3 4 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 .000
Tim Karazim, P......... 21 3 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 .000
Scott Kamieniecki, P 15 2 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 .000
MarkDadabbo,C....... 8 1 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 .000
Derek Kerr, C.......... 2 1 0 0 0-0- 0 0 0 .000
MICHIGAN ............. 59 1751 424 582 100-24-51 101 243 376 .332
Opponents............. 59 1617 194 352 50-11-24 64 258 176 .218
John Codere.......... 2 0 040 1.3 1 0/0 0 0 0.00
Jamie Piper..........9 1 3-0 17.3 7 3/3 15 8 1.56
Gary Wayne...........15 1 7-2 69.7 54 25/14 29 51 1.81
Ken Hayward.......... 5 0 2-0 8.7 5 2/2 3 4 2.07
Scott Kamieniecki.... 14 0 5-1 57.0 39 23/18 39 46 2.84
Tim Karazim .......... 21 7 4-1 47.3 40 23/16 21 31 3.04
Dave Kopf............15 2 9-1 73.3 66 37/27 40 41 3.32
Rich Stoll............. 16 1 12-2 87.3 84 39/33 28 47 3.40
Casey Close..........14 0 5-1 51.3 36 23/20 48 32 3.51
Bill Shuta............. 10 0 3-0 21.0 12 13/12 23 16 5.14
Dan Disher............5 0 0-1 6.7 8 5/5 9 6 6.72
Dan Sygar............ 1 0 0-0 0.0 0 1/1 3 0 ee
MICHIGAN........... 59 11 50-9 441.0 352 194/151 258 282 3.08
Opponents............ 59 4 9-50 421.3 582 424/345 243 181 7.37

Middaugh making

He has only been here four years but
baseball coach Bud Middaugh can
already stake his claim as one of.
Michigan's most successful coaches.
Middaugh guided last year's team to
a tie for third place in the College World
Series in Omaha, the third time a
Wolverine team has gone to the tour-
nament under his tutelage. Michigan
was also Big Ten and Mideast Regional
champions, and won a record 50 games,
shattering the old mark of 44 set in 1982.
The 1983 season ran Middaugh's career
record at Michigan to 171-57, an
average of almost 43 wins per season.
Yet somehow the Michigan mentor.
manages to stay humble about his
"OUR SUCCESS is an example of the
success of this university," Middaugh
said when asked if three World Series
trips were a prime indicator of his suc-
cess. "It's really a tribute to the univer-
sity and the athletic administration.
Don Canham and the whole program
have really helped us."
Middaugh guided his Wolverines- to
the College World Series where they
won two games and lost two. They
defeated Maine in the opening round, 6-
5, before losing a heartbreaker, 6-5, to
Alabama. They came back to crush
Stanford 11-4 with a seven-run rally in
the ninth inning but were them
eliminated by eventual national cham-
pion Texas, 4-2, two nights later.
"I'm very proud of this club," Mid-
daugh said after the Texas loss. "We
didn't win (the Series), we thought we

'M' niane takes third
at '83 World Series

had a good chance to win, but I thought
we had a heck of a year."
Although great recruiting, sound
coaching and outstanding athletes have
been a Michigan baseball tradition,
Middaugh has a different explanation
for its frequent appearances at college
baseball's most exclusive gathering. In
typical Middaugh modesty coach Bud
credits the fans.
"The community supports us with
great crowds," said the former Miami
of Ohio chief. "You know, all three
years we've made it to Omaha we've
hosted the regional tournament, which
definitely helps. The main reason we
get selected by the NCAA (to host) is
they know we'll get great crowds. They
can't ignore that."
NOR CAN ANYONE ignore the
Wolverines this year. In fact, even
though the season won't start until
spring, Michigan is the clear favorite to
repeat as Big Ten champion. They did
lose, some fine players but a good
recruiting year coupled with plenty of
remaining talent should be enough to
create another Middaugh-some team.
Leading the returneees is sophomore
sensation Barry Larkin. Larkin
assumed the critical shortstop position
as a freshman and immediately
became a stalwart on defense and of-
fense. The Moeller High (Cincinnati)
graduate covered a lot of ground
around second base and hovered
around the .350 mark in batting all
year. The 5-11, 175 pound Larkin was
also named the Most Valuable Player in
the Big Ten Tournament.
Larkin solidified an infield that does
have a few holes to fill. First baseman
Ken Hayward, who had an up and down
year at the plate but still hit well over
.300, returns at first base. But co-
captain second baseman Jeff Jacobson
is gone and so is slugging third
baseman Chris Sabo, who gave up his
senior year to-sign a contract with the
Cincinnati Reds. Utility infielder C. J.
Beshke could fill in at second but
whether he can hit well enough to stay
in the lineup remains to be seen.
Sophomore rightfielder Mike Watters
or infielder Kurt Zimmerman could
move into Sabo's position at third.
LAST YEAR'S outfield was supposed

to have been the weak link on the team
following the graduation of Jim
Paciorek and Greg Shulte. But with
Fred Erdmann in left, World Series all-
tournament team member Dale Sklar
in, center, and Watters in right the
oufield defense improved greatly. Big
Ten batting champion Erdmann is gone
but the other two are back and there are
good players waiting in the wings.
Sophomore Casey Close, who also pit-
ches, looks like a solid candidate for lef-
The Wolverines will also be shin-
guard deep in quality catching this
year. Senior Rich Bair surprised every
one by leading the team in hitting last
year. Bair, who was co-captain with
Jacobson last year, is a good receiver
who handles the pitchers well, though he
has had trouble throwing runners out.
Sophomore Eric Sanders was an
adequate replacement for Bair last
year but he may be pushed by a Mid-
daugh recruit, Mike Betz. Betz, who
was also an All-State quarterbak at
Dearborn Edsel Ford, hit over .440 his
senior year and has a rifle arm.
"MIKE'S GOT the strongest arm of
any of the kids," Middaugh said. "A
catcher is what he's got to be." Look for
Betz to be the starting catcher in1985.

So the team in the field looks solid but
as Middaugh has said at least a
thousand times, "You win champion-
ships with pitching and defense." If
that's the case then rack up another
championship for Michigan.
Relief ace Tim Karazim is gone, Rich
Stoll is now in the Montreal
organization, and Dave Kopf went pro
as well, but everyone else is back-with
the addition of some new young arms.
Gary Wayne, Scott Kamieniecki, and
Casey Close form an outstanding
rotation. Add to that the most sought af-
ter high school prospect in the state of
Michigan, Dave Karmasinski, and you
have the makings of an excellent staff.
the most consistent pitcher on the staff
last year with a 7-2 record and a 1.84
ERA. Kamieniecki's only loss come
against national champion Texas in the
World Series as he posted a 5-1 record.
Sophomore righthander Close was 5-1.
Karasinski, a lefthander, was simply
fearsome in high school. At one point in
the season, the Utica High graduate
struck out 138 batters in 61 innings and
allowed only two runs.
"He's got good poise and a major
league curve ball," said Middaugh.
"He could stand on the mound and tell
you he was going to throw the curve ball
and you wouldn't be able to hit it."
All in all Middaugh's fifth Michigan
team looks like it will be different from
his first four-great.

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Rich Stoll, the winningest pitcher in Michigan history, fires one toward home plate.


Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK


Softball team ha

Depth will not be a problem for the
1983 softball squad.
Coach Bob DeCarolis enters his four-
th year at the helm of the Wolverines.
The team posted a 32-27 record in 1983,
following a 31-14 mark and a third-place
finish in the AIAW national finals in
SENIOR outfielders Missy Thomas,
Jody Humphries, and Carol Pattrick
lead the Wolverines, who return seven
Thomas, a converted right-handed
hitter, batted .273 from the left side of
the plate and swiped 18 bases last
season. The Southfield native also
played catcher in addition to her out-
field duties.
Humphries, enters the season with 62
career RBI s, a Michigan record. The
three-year starter batted a disappoin-
ting .234 last season, but was second in
RBI s with 17.
PATRICK, after transferring from
Oakland Community College, batted
.277 with 22 runs scored and a team-
leading 20 RBI s last season and set a
Wolverines single-season record with 49
Juniors Mena Reyman, Marcie
Smith, and Lisa Panetta and
sophomore Leslie Bean also return.
Reyman, a two-year starter at first
base, scored 24 runs last season and
boasts a .260 career batting mark, with
nine triples and four home runs. Smith
-hit .247 while seeing more action as the
season progressed.
Panetta played shortstop and
knocked in 17 runs, while Bean, playing
catcher and third base, knocked in 13
runs despite being hampered by in-
juries most of the season.
FOUR PLAYERS graduated, including
the top two pitchers. Jan Boyd rewrote
the Michigan pitching record book and
nnted a 1.12 ERA and 16-14 mark in

Indiana. Then the attention shifted to
"We went after five people and we got
them all, which is pretty unheard of
when you consider the type of people
that we got," DeCarolis said.
Julie Clark of Howell and Vicki
Morrow of Pontiac Catholic were
recruited to team with Allen in
shouldering the bulk of the pitching
-MARI FOSTER, a three-sport All-Stater,
will "pitch and probably play
somewhere in the infield." Martha
Rogers and Alicia Seegert, both of Ann

s depth
Arbor Gabriel Richard, will get long
looks at catcher as well as in the infield.
"When we started recruiting, we
were thinking that if we could get one or
two of them, we would be really hap-
py," said DeCarolis.
But Michigan got them all, giving the
Wolverines quite a lot of versatility for
the new season.
"The key to all these recruits and the
people coming back is that we're going
to be doing a lot of experimenting in the
fall, move a lot of people around and see
what is best," said.DeCarolis.
"Depth is not gonna be a problem."


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