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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984 - Page 7D

Soon after your arrival in Ann Arbor you
will probably see plenty of people proudly wearing
1984 Sugar Bowl t-shirts. You'll also see quite a few
shirts which advertise Michigan's 1984 NIT cham-
pionship. But it's unlikely you'll see any clothing
which boasts of Michigan's appearance in the 1984
College World Series.
Last season, head coach Bud Middaugh's troops
made their fourth CWS trip in five years. In 1983 the
Wolverines finished third in the tournament. They
weren't as fortunate in '84, as they lost their first two
games of the double-elimination tournament and
finished seventh.
IN THE FIVE years that Middaugh has been head
coach at Michigan, his Wolverines have been one of
the most consistent winning teams on campus. Mid-
daugh's record at Michigan is a sparkling mark of
The Wolverines finished first in the East division of
the Big Ten, featuring a 43-20 record overall and ear-
ning a spot in the Big Ten tournament which was
played in Minneapolis. The Wolverines captured the
double-elimination tournament with wins over Nor-
thwestern (twice) and Minnesota.
Then came a trip to beautiful Mt. Pleasant and the
campus of Central Michigan University, for the
NCAA Mideast regional. It was only the second time
in five years that the regional tournament was held at
a sight other than Ann Arbor, but that didn't seem to
bother the Wolverines.
MICHIGAN won the rain-delayed tournament in
three straight games. They opened with a 13-9
slugfest win over Temple, and then used a six-run
ninth inning to subdue Indiana State, 8-2. In the final
against CMU, Michigan scored two times in the bot-
tom of the ninth to win, 4-3, and take the tournament
The diamond dusters next and last trip, (and one
they'd like to forget), was to Omaha. Their first op-
ponent was Cal. State-Fullerton. Michigan led 4-3
going into the Titan eighth, but a five run explosion by
Fullerton handed the Wolverines an 8-4 setback.
Two days later, Michigan was lambasted 11-3 by
the University of New Orleans. The Privateers used a
seven-run fourth inning to take an 8-0 lead and put the
game on ice.
MOST OBSERVERS in Omaha felt that the
Wolverines were simply outmatched by the com-
petition. A major weakness was pitching depth. After
starters Gary Wayne and Scott Kamieniecki, and
reliever Ken Hayward, there was no one Middaugh
could consistently rely on to get outs.
They won't call Mr. Guiness, but the members of
the Michigan softball team broke or tied a dozen in-
dividual records in 1984 en route to a 32-24 mark.
Freshman Alicia Seegert etched her name in the
Michigan record book seven times with new single-
season figures in at bats, hits, doubles, triples, home
runs, RBI, and hitting streak. Senior Jody Humphries
Shattered four career records - at bats, hits,
,doubles, and her own mark in RBI. Also joining the
list was junior first baseman Mena Reyman, who tied
the career triples mark.
DESPITE TYING the record for most wins
overall, the Wolverines managed only a fourth-place
finish in the Big Ten with a 12-12 conference record.
Head coach Bob DeCarolis, who stepped down from
his position with the team after the season, predicted
from the start that this year's Big Ten race would be
"a dogfight".
"I think (Michigan's 1984 team) has the best talent
we've ever had, but everybody else is better too,"
DeCarolis said before the season. "The talent is here.
It's just a matter of what they do with it."
YOUTH PLAYED a big part in the makeup of
Michigan's team as five of the Wolverines' key
players were freshman. "We've got some good young
=players," said DeCarolis, "but they've still got a long
way to go. They don't know what it takes yet, but that
comes from experience."
Despite their lack of seasoning, however, the first
year players turned in impressive seasons. Mari
Foster's 0.83 earned run average earned her
rMichigan's Most Outstanding Pitcher award. Hurlers
J lie Clark and Vicki Morrow also turned in fine

seasons. Clark posted an 8-2 record and a 1.06 ERA
While Morrow gave up 1.54 runs per game.
Even more remarkable were the statistics of
$eegert. The catcher led the Blue in hitting with a .396

eries or
Another area where Michigan will be seeking to
improve is the production of the bottom of the batting
order. Second baseman C.J. Beshke (.262, 13 RBI)
and third baseman Matt Siuda (.248, 25 RBI) did not
provide much offense last season. The Wolverines
are hoping that Siuda will come into his own in this
his sophomore year.
The holes created by graduation are significant,
but not devastating. Gone are seniors Wayne, catcher
Rich Bair, outfielder Chuck Froning and pitcher Bill
Shuta. Bair and Froning were leaders on and off of
the field and will be sorely missed.
FILLING THE shoes left by the departure of Bair
will be no easy task. Junior Eric Sanders figures to be
the bair-apparent. Sanders hit .400 in 20 at-bats last
season. Sophomore Mike Betz will also see time
behind the Dlate.
The pitching corps is again led by Kamieniecki. As
a sophomore last year the Detroit native was 8-4 with
three wins and a save in post season play. Others who
will see time on the hill are juniors Casey Close and
Dan Disher and sophomores Dave Karasinski, John
Grettenberger and Jon Wood. Hayward will once
again work as the bullpen ace.
The infield remains intact, with the exception of the
catcher spot. First team All-America shortstop
Barry Larkin returns for his junior year. Larkin led
Michigan in batting last season with a .363 average.
He also led the club with 14 stolen bases. Joining
Larkin will be third baseman Siuda, senior second
baseman Beshke, and first baseman Hayward.
Hayward hit .342 with 11 homers and 64 RBI, and was
a great clutch hitter all season long.
THE OUTFIELD remains pretty much unscathed
by graduation. Starting centerfielder Mike Watters
comes off a steady year in which he hit .290 with 45
walks and 12 stolen bases. Watters is an excellent
defensive outfielder. Rightfielder Jeff Minick is also
coming off a fine year. The senior from Ann Arbor hit
.329 last year with 44 RBI.
Last-season sensation Kurt Zimmerman appears to
be ready to play a full season in left field or possibly
center. Zimmerman was hitting .189 at the close of
the regular season but went on a post-season tear to
raise his, average to .325. His performance at the Big
Ten tournament earned him tourney MVP. Others
who figure to see action grazing the green are juniors
Close, Disher and Chris Gust, and sophomore Rob
At only $1 per ticket, Michigan baseball stacks up
as the best deal on campus, even better than happy
hour. Come down and see the batsmen embarass
their opponents. There's no truth to the rumour that
they can't play baseball up north.
break records

AP Photo
Michigan's All-American shortstop Barry Larkin bobbles the ball at second base as New Orleans' runner Kenny Bonura
slides in. The Wolverines lost that game 11-3 and as a result were eliminated from the College World Series.

Netters t
Plunging from its throne after 16 con-
secutive Big Ten team championships
and utter domination for nearly three
decades, the Michigan men's tennis
team placed fifth in the 1984 conference
Wolverine coach Brian Eisner has
compiled an awesome record of 131-9 in
Big Ten dual matches during his 15
years in Ann Arbor, but many of those
nine losses came last season when the
netters went 5-4 in the league and 9-7
DESPITE THE loss of two top-flight
competitors to graduation in Ross
Laser and Rodd Schreiber, coach
Eisner is bursting with confidence in
anticipation of his 1985 squad.
"We have a tremendous number of
quality recruits coming in," said
"The people coming in have tremen-
dous 'qualifications. They all have
strong personalities, great power and
unlimited potential. I definitely think
we can rise back up."
Seven new players will appear on the
Wolverine roster, including two tran-
sfer students who Eisner feels will con-
tribute immediately.
"LAST YEAR our biggest weakness
was in doubles, which historically had
always been our strongest asset," said
Eisner, who in 1983 coached two Big
Ten doubles champions and one runner-
up, but in '84 saw the three same spots

ry tobou
finish sixth, fifth and sixth respec-
Eisner feels he has solved his
problems, "four of the kids coming in
are great doubles players. I've already
analyzed combinations which will be
highly, competitive."
The coach's primary concern is the
youth of his team in that only Jim Shar-
ton, Hugh Kwok and Kurt Lichtman
have played on a championship team,
and Lichtman does not figure to-see ac-
tion as a regular.
MICHIGAN DOES, however, return

rnce back
four of its tops six players from last
season. Sharton, a junior from Boston,
was 9-10 overall, 6-7 in the league at fir-
st singles last season and won two Big
Ten titles as a freshman.
Last year's outstanding performer
was sophomore John Royer from
Columbus, Ohio, who as a freshman
went 13-6 and finished third in the con-
ference tournament at number three
Another sophomore, Todd Cohen
from Kalamazoo, was 10-10 as a fresh-
man at the fifth singles spot.

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...can hit also
average as well as in nine other offensive categories,
inicluding RBI with 36 and total bases with 109: Twice
named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week, the Manchester
native earned herself. a spot as Michigan's lone
representative on the first team All-Big Ten softball
squad by a vote of coaches.
DeCarolis leaves the coaches box to continue his
work fulltime as the business manager for the
Michigan Athletic Department. The University of
Massachusetts graduate served as the Wolverine
mentor for four years, building Michigan's program
into a solid one.
In 1982 DeCarolis led the Wolverines to a 31-14
record, a regional championship and a third-place
finish in the AIAW national tournament.

omen's t
pcertainty is what faces the
higan women's tennis team as it
tarts preparing for the 1985 season.
The team not only loses five of its top
layers to graduation, but head coach
llie Owens has also stepped down af-
er building the Wolverines to a con-
istent Big Ten contender.
et been named by the athletic depar-
ment as of June 1st.
As for the 1984 season, it was one of
most successful ever for the women
ters. After winning its first match of
he year against Kansas, the team went
n a five-match losing skid on its annual
pring trip.
But once back in Ann Arbor to face
rimarily Big Ten competition, the
am took off, winning 14 of its final 17
atches. All in all, the women finished
heseason with a mark of 15-8, 8-3 in
onference play.
AT THE BIG Ten tournament in

Bnnis suffers
Reichert, a junior from Grosse Pointe
Farms and the team's second-best
player will return. In 1984 Reichert
went 19-12 overall, 10-4 in the conferen-
ce at second singles and is next year's
likely number one player.
Behind Reichert there is talent and
potential but it is untested. Monica
Bocherts and Rayne Lamey are the

big losses
only other two players returning who
saw action in more than ten matches in
Bocherts went 9-13 playing mostly at
fifth singles and Lamey was 4-9
predominantly at sixth singles. Ann
Mazure, Trisha Horn and Allison Miller
are other returning players who figure
to see plenty of action in '85.


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