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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 27, 1984

DEFENDING CHAMPION.TEXAS THIRD

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By JOE EWING
If you took a look at the current college
baseball rankings, you would think that the
University of Michigan was located
somewhere in the south or southwest and that
its baseball team has already won at least 20
games this year.
Or at least that's the impression you would
get from the company that the Wolverines
keep in the ratings.
ACCORDING TO THE latest poll by
Collegiate Baseball magazine, 19 of the top
20 teams in the nation hail from either west of
the Mississippi River or south of the Mason-
Dixon line, and have won between eight and
28 games. The Wolverines are the exception,
being from the cold north and having won
only a few of their contests so far.
Holding down the top spot on the list of the
best is Arizona State, which is returning most
of its team from last year's third-place tie
with Michigan at the College World Series.
The Sun Devils, currently 22-7 and in the run-
ning for their second straight Pacific Ten
title, are led by All-American centerfielder
Oddibe McDowell, who is hitting at a .400 clip
with four home runs and 25 RBI. Sophomore
Doug Henry anchors the Arizona State pit-
ching staff with a 6-1 record and a 1.63 ERA.
The Sun Devils' competition in the Pac-10
will be Southern California, which is 19-6 and
ranked seventh. Pre-season All-American fir-
st baseman Mike McGuire paces the Trojans

tops rankings

with a .333 batting average. McGuire is also a
finalist for the U.S. Olympic baseball team.
ANOTHER TEAM from Southern Califor-
nia - San Diego State - occupies the number
two spot in the poll with a 25-4 record. Shor-
tstop Salvio Alfaro (.393, eight homers, 22
RBI) and first baseman Terry Jones (.381, 31
RBI) provide the offensive punch for the Az-
tecs while pitchers Phil Torres (4-0, 1.69 RBI)
Bill Blount (3-0, 2.50) and Scott Kannenberg
(4-0, 2.84) give them the edge on the mound in
the Western Athletic Conference's Southern
Division.
Number-19 Hawaii (17-8) will also be in the
thick of things in the Southern Division while
eighth-ranked Brigham Young (8-6) is the
team to beat in the WAC's Northern Division.
Brigham Young has struggled somewhat this
year, losing three straight to NAIA power
Grand Canyon College. However the Cougars,
who won last year's WAC title, are expected
to bounce back.
Of course, the defending national champion
- Texas - can't be forgotten either. The
third-ranked Longhorns (19-6), who relied on
strong pitching last year to win the Southwest
Conference and national crown, have lost
most of their mound staff to graduation and
the pros and have been forced to pitch three
freshmen.
BREATHING DOWN the Longhorns' necks
in the Southwest Conference is number-five
Rice. The Owls, who have never won a con-

ference title, sport an impressive 21-1 mark
behind the pitching of David Hinnricks (3-0),:
Tim Englund (4-0) and Norman Charlton (4-
1).
Defending Atlantic Coast conference
champion North Carolina holds down the
number-four slot with a 16-3 record. Scott
Bankhead (5-0, 1.96 ERA), who was a third
team All-American last season, and
sophomore Roger Williams (6-3, 1.20 ERA)
head up the Tar Heel pitching staff. All-
American catcher B.J. Surhoff (.429, three
home runs), outfielder Todd Wilkinson (.362,
five home runs and third baseman Jeff Hub-
bard (.366, two home runs) lead UNC's offen-
se.
Two more California teams, California-
Santa Barbara (28-4) and Cal State-Fullerton
(21-9) round out the top ten with the sixth and
ninth rankings, respectively. Both clubs will
do battle for the Southern California Baseball
Association title. Santa Barbara relies on the
arm of All-American pitcher Brad Kinney (6-
1, 1.97 ERA) and the bat of third baseman Bill
Geivett (.484, 11 RBI), and Fullerton counts
on pitchers Greg Matthews (6-1, 2.36 ERA)
and Steve Rousey (6-0, 1.36 ERA).
The remainder of the top twenty consists of
last year's Big Eight champion, Oklahoma
State (9-6), Oral Roberts (12-4), Alabama (9-
2), South Carolina (9-2), Mississippi State (8-
3), New Orleans (11-3), Stetson (11-3),
Oklahoma (11-1) and Arkansas (12-2).

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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Wolverine shortstop Barry Larkin pivots at second base to turn a double play against Eastern
Michigan last season while the Hurons' Tony DeMarti tries to break up the twin killing.

Le ty Wayne still right on target

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By ROB POLLARD
When Gary Wayne decided to turn
down a contract offer from the Oakland
Athletics organization last summer and
opt for one more year of Michigan
athletics, Michigan head coach Bud
Middaugh and the rest of the
Wolverines probably breathed a sigh of
relief.
Wayne figures to be a mainstay on
the mound for Michigan this season,
and the fact that he is the only ex-
perienced left-handed starter, and one
of only four seniors on the squad, makes
his presence even more vital.
THE 6-2, 175-pound Dearborn Heights
native is coming off a successful 1983
season in which he pitched 70 innings,
compiling a record of 7-2 and a
sparkling earned run average of 1.81.
He led the Big Ten with an ERA of 1.00
in league play, and was a second-team
All-Big Ten selection.
His strongest outing of 1983 was
against Iowa in the opening game of the
Big Ten tournament. Wayne started
and pitched 813 innings of shutout ball,
but wasn't around when Michigan
scored in the bottom of the ninth to
win, 1-0. If you get the idea that Wayne

is stingy when -it comes to giving up
runs, you're right.
After the season the A's drafted the
crafty lefty in the 23rd round. Had he
not been bothered by arm trouble,
Wayne might well be playing minor
league ball in the Oakland organization
right now.
"I MIGHT have signed if I wasn't
hurt," said the four-year letterman. "I
wasn't throwing 100%. I wouldn't have
gotten the kind of money I deserved.
The 23rd rourid is pretty low. I think if I

was strong I would have signed."
Middaugh and company aren't the
only ones who are glad their ace lefty
bypassed the pros. Wayne considers
himself fortunate to be back spending
time in classrooms and libraries as well
as ballparks.
"I think it was a blessing in disguise
that I was hurt, because now I'm glad I
didn't sign. It's important that I earn
my degree," said Wayne, a math
major. "My education is very impor-
tant to me."
WAYNE HAS been an important part
of Middaugh's pitching staff for the last
three years. As a freshman he pitched
62 innings with a record of 6-2 and an
ERA of 1.93. He was chosen to the All-
Big Ten second team. Arm problems
limited him to 41.3 innings during his
sophomore year, but he still managed a
record of 3-2 and an ERA of 1.74. If
Wayne can avoid arm problems, 1984
figures to be a vintage year for him.
The lanky lefty does not use gim-
micks to get hitters out. He relies on
three basic pitches: a fastball, cur-
ve ball and change up. Tough, not ever-
powering, Wayne manages to put a lit-
tle something extra on the ball when

necessary.
"He has the capability of high
velocity, mixed with a good curveball
and changeup," said Middaugh. "He
just knows how to pitch." Indeed
Wayne's accomplishments would attest
to his coach's praise.
BUT WHILE Wayne baffled the Big
Ten with his pitches last season, he was
little more than a spectator in the
College World Series. He appeared in
only one game, pitching an inning and
a third in relief in Michigan's 6-5 loss to
Alabama. Nevertheless, he regards the
two trips he made to Omaha (1981 and
83) with the Maize and Blue as high-
points of his Michigan career.
"It's a constant high to be able to
think hey, we're one of the top teams in
the country." According to the 21-year-
old Wayne, Michigan could have won
the whole tournament.
"I think we were the best team out
there (Omaha), and we could have won
the whole thing, but things just didn't
work out."
ONE THING that has recently been
worked out is Michigan's pitching staff.
Wayne, along with righties Bill Shuta,
Scott Kamieniecki and Casey Close,
figure to form a solid starting rotation.
"I think this year we have the
capability of having the best staff since
I've been here," said Wayne. "We have
so many new arms. They'll make up for
the loss of Rich (Stoll) and Dave
(Kopf)."
After the 1984 season Middaugh will
be looking for new arms to offset the
loss of Gary Wayne. Wayne has in-
dicated he will sign with the A's after
the conclusion of the season. For
Michigan, this Wayne-out may be be
more painful than bad weather.

Spring Trip
Hittin
Name. Pos.
Hal Morris, 1B.....................................
Ken Hayward,1B..................................
RichBair.s..................................
Mike Watters, 2B-..............................
Casey Close, P-OF ............
Barry LarkinSS...............................
Rob Huffman, OF ................................
Jeff Minick, OF ....................................
C. J. Beshke, 2B............................
Mike Betz, C..................................
Kurt Zimmerman, OF-3B .........................
M att Siuda,3B.....................................
Chuck Froning, DH ...............................
Dan Teresa. IF...............................
Chris GustOF ....................................
Dan Disher, OF.................................
Eric Sanders, C .................................
Randy W olfeC ....................................
MICHIGAN.............. ................
Opponents .........................................
_-Pitch
Name G CG
ScottKamieniecki ..:......................2 G2
Ken Hayward ............................. 3 0
Dave Karasinski.......................... :3 0
Gary Wayne...............................3 0
Jerry Wolf ................................ 1 0
Paul Kasper .............................. 1 9
Jon W ood.................................. 3 0
Bill Shuta ................................. 2 0
Casey Close ...............................:3 0
Kevin Gl -es-..............................
D~an Disher ............................... 3 0
Paul Wenson............................I 0
M att Rudd ................................. 1 0
MICHIGAN .............................. 10 1
Opponents .................................10 5

Statistics
G AB R H 2B-3B-HR SB BB R
6 10 0 s 2-0-0 0 0
10 29 7 14 1-1-3 0 6 1
19 35 2 14 3-0-0 0 2
10 32 19 12 2-1-1 1 6
10 30 10 11 1-0-3 1 3
5 18 4 6 1-0-0 3 1
8 11 6 3 1-0-0 1 1
8 24 4 6 2-0-2 0 2
5 9 2 2 1-0-0 0 5
3 5 0 1 1-0-0 900
8 16 5 3 0-0-2 1 6
9 28 1 5 1-0-0 0 2
8 13 0 2 0-0-0 0 1
4 9 4 1 1-0-0 1 3
6 9 1 1 0-0-0 0 1
8 4 1 0 0-0-0 1 1
3 2 0 0 0-0-0 9 0
2 2 0 0 0-0-0 0 0

RBI AVG.
1 .500
14 .483
5 .400
5 .375
8 .367
1 .333
1 .278
5 .250
1 .222
2 .200
3 .188
1 .179
2 .154
0 .111
0 .111
0 .000
0 .000
0 .000

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10 286 57 86
10 285 82 85

17-2-11 9 40 49 .301
16-5-8 11 62 78 .298

ling

SAV
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

W-L
2-0
0-1
0-2
0-1
0-0
0-0
0-0
1-0
0-2
0-0
0-1
0-0
0-0

IP
14.7
3.0
6.3
10.3
3.3
3.3
4.0-
9.3
8.0
2.0
2.7
0.3
0.0

BB
2
6
6
3
10
10
4
4
3
0.

so
13
2
6
10
6
4
3
6
5
0
0
0

ERA
2.45
3.00
5.69
7.84
8.10
8.10
9.00
10.61
11.25
13.50
23.83
27.00
90

Wa/vn e
...will sign after season

191
March 27 ..... GRAND VALLEY (DH)
March 3 ,..... -at Miami (Ohio) (DH)
Mareh31....,..at Miami (Ohio) (DH)
April1..... . at Bowling Green (DH)
April 4., WESTERN MICHIGAN (DH)
April 7 ..;....... ..at Detroit (DH)
April 8,. EASTERN MICHIGAN (DH)
Aprl ,10 .,............ WAYNE STATE
April 11 ...... SIENA HEIGHTS (DH)
April 14 .... ..at Indiana(DH)*
April 15. .... ,. at Indiaa(PH)*

84 Michigan Baseball Schedule

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2

3-7 67.3 62 56 8.29
7-3 72 40 51 6.50

April17...... .FERRIS STATE (DH)
April18 ....CLEVELAND STATE (D1
at 2:30 p.m.)
April 19 .CLEVELAND STATE (DH)
April 22.............. AQUINAS (DH)
April 28 ....,.....OHIO STATE (DH)*r
April29........OHIO STATE (DH)*
May .........,....,. ADRIAN (DH)
May 2.... .. ....,TOLEDO (DHi)
May 5 ...,... MICHIGAN STATE (DH)*
May 6 ........ at Michigan State (DH)*

May8.........WAYNESTATE (DH)
May 9 ...... at Eastern Michigan (DH)
May 12,..............,at Purdue (DH)*
May 13............ ,at Purdut (DH)*
May 17-19 ..,.......... Big Ten Playoffs
(at West Champion)
HOME GAMES at Fisher Stadium
Doubleheaders (DH ) start at 1:00 p.m.
Single games start at 3:00 p.m.
*Big Ten East conference games

Trip Results
March 16 ............................. ......................... Central Michigan 9. MICHIGAN 8
M arch 17..................................................................M ICHIGAN 7. Bradley 6
M arch 19 ......................................................... .....Bradley 10, M ICHIGAN 9
March 20 ............................................................... MICHIGAN 5, Bradley 3
March 21 ...........................................................Pan American 12, MICHIGAN'S
March 22.......................................... Maine 10, MICHIGAN 9: Miami 13, MICHIGAN 2
March 23........................................... Maine 6, MICHIGAN 3; Miami 11. MICHIGAN 2
March 24.......................................................... MICHIGAN 4, Pan American 2

THE NE WCOMERS:
Siuda highlights rookie cropj

r. ....

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THE PITCHERS &(ATCHERS:
Hurlers hope to regain control

KAMIENIECKI KARASINSKI
By ROB POLLARD
At the start of the season pitching is the biggest question
mark for every baseball manager. Who will be his depen-
dable starters? Who will be able to come in and keep the
game close in the middle innings? And perhaps most im-
portantly-who will be the man to snuff out those late in-
ning rallies?
These questions have been floating through th6 mind of
coach Bud Middaugh recently. According to Middaugh:
"Pitching, as always is the key to the success of any team
and is always the biggest question mark."
ALTHOUGH the Wolverines lost two of their top starters
from last season (Rich Stoll and Dave Kopf), they are
returning three members of last year's starting rotation.
The three are senior Gary Wayne and sophomores Scott
Kamieniecki and Casey Close.
Wayne is coming off a 7-2 year in which he led the Big
Ten with an ERA of 1.00. He is the lone lefty starter on the
team.
Kamieniecki, a second-round draft pick of the Detroit
Tigers in 1982, is coming off a fine freshman campaign in
which he posted a 5-1 record with an ERA of 2.84. His

SHUTA BAIR
building). He should do very well this year."
Shuta may play a key role this year for the Wolverines.
If he can overcome the control problems that have
plagued him previously, he will give Michigan a solid
fourth starter. Shuta got Michigan's first win of 1984-a 7-
6 triumph over Bradley, despite yielding six runs in less
than five innings.
MICHIGAN'S edition of Rollie Fingers may come in the
form of Ken Hayward. Hayward doubles as the
Wolverines' first baseman, which deprives him of the
chance to warm up in the bullpen before strolling to the
mound. Hayward earned his first collegiate save with two
innings of scoreless relief in the win over Bradley.
The two freshmen who will have a significant impact on
the pitching staff are southpaws Dave Karasinski and Jon
Wood. Boh will be used mainly in relief. Others who may
toe the rubber during the course of the year are freshmen
John Grettenberger, Paul Wenson, Paul Kasper, and
junior Matt Ruud who sat out the '83 season due to arm
trouble.
The man behind the Michigan arms is senior catcher
Rich Bair. A first-team All-Big Ten selection in '83 ,lair

WOOD SIUDA
By JOE EWING
If there is one thing that all Michigan baseball players
have in common, it's that at one time or another they're
all rookies.
Bill Freehan was a rookie once, as was Rick Leach,
Lary Sorenson, Steve Howe, Barry Larkin and Matt
Siuda.
MATT SIUDA?
Well, Siuda's name may not be as familiar as the others,
but if all goes right for the freshman third baseman, some
day his name might be as familiar as those former
Michigan greats.
According to Michgan coach Bud Middaugh, Siuda has
the best chance of the 15 Wolverine newcomers to win a
starting position on the nationally-ranked Michigan
squad.
"I WOULD think that in the freshman class the person
with the most potential to start is Matt Siuda," said
Middaugh. "I'm going to give him a shot at third; he has a
lot of talent.''
But things could get tough down in the hot corner for the
rookie from Muskegon who hit .591 during his senior year
in high school and was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates
in the ninth round of the amateur draft last June.

MORIS

Huffman the nod in centerfield just before the spring trip.
Huffman hit .440 last year while leading his Hamilton
(Ohio) High School team to the state AAA title. He
was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in June.
Middaugh also has aspirations for two freshmen
lefthand -pitchers, Dave Karasinski and Jon Wood.
Karasinski was 12-0 with a 0.59 earned run average and
161 strikeouts last year at Utica High School.
WOOD, meanwhile, was highly-recruited as a junior at
Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana but didn't
pitch much in his senior because of a shoulder injury.
Nonetheless he was still able to compile an impressive 32-
1 high school career record and looks like he will be ready
for this year.
Middaugh also likes what he sees in catcher Mike Betz
and first baseman Hal Morris. Both will probably see
playing time at their regular positions and in other roles.
Betz hit .458 with four home runs in 24 games last season
at Dearborn Edsel Ford. In addition, the rookie backstop
cracked a bases-loaded double that brought in the winning
run in a 5-3 victory over Bradley in his first collegiate at
bat this spring.
Morris also appears to be a fine hitter. While at Munster
(Indiana) High School last year he hit at a .482 clip and

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