Wednesday, May 29, 1985
The Michigan Daily
Michigan just misses in Mississippi
By BRAD MORGAN
The Michigan baseball team kicked
and fought and struggled back from a
first-round loss to make it to the
championship game, but in the end, it
simply ran out of gas (read: pitching)
in its bid to win the South I Regional at
Michigan needed to heat host
Mississippi State twice to advance to
the College World Sries in Omaha, but
after downing the Bulldogs, 14-6, Sun-
day night, the Wolverines were ham-
mered, 19-8, in Monday night's finale
at Dudy Noble Field.
MICHIGAN used seven pitchers in
the rout, and none were effective.
With ace Scott Kamieniecki home in
Ann Arbor with a sore shoulder,
Wolverine pitching was left thin, a
flaw that finally caught up with the
"They handled everything we threw
out there," said coach Bud Middaugh.
"Everybody was too tired."
Dave Karasinski, who had lasted
only one-third of an inning Sunday
night, came back to try again and was
only slightly more effective. Rafael
Palmeiro blasted a three-run home
run in the first, but a pair of Hal
Morris homeruns and a Barry Larkin
RBI double gave Michigan a 4-3 lead
in the fourth.
FROM THERE it was all 'Dawgs.
Karasinski was chased in Mississip-
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pi's five-run fourth inning, and a Jeff Brantley raised his record to 17-2
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stop the onslaught. The Bulldogs Larkin and Kurt Zimmerman later
scored 11 times in the next three in- homered for Michigan, bringing the
nings to lock up their fourth trip ever team total to 108 for the year, shat-
to the World Series in Omaha, and tering the old single season mark of
54. After eight innings of the bracket game against West Virginia,
Wolverines opening game against a 10-1 loser, to MSU in Friday's night
New Orleans Friday, it appeared game. Mike Watters led off the game
Michigan would make a quick tripwihhs1thoeofheyaan
home. The Privateers led 10-3 going with his 16th homer of the year, and
into the ninth on a combination of Michigan went on to pound the over-
strong hitting and poor Michigan matched Mountaineers, 9-2. Jim
fielding (four errors and five unear- Agemy went the distance and sat
ned runs), but in the bottom of the nin- down 17 of the last 19 hitters he faced
th, the slumbering Michigan bats ex- to record his tenth victory against no
ploded for a stunning seven-run rally losses.
that left New Orleans fans silent and THE confidence continued to build
put the game into extra innings. on Sunday. Michigan used a five-run
"All I could think was 'When the first inning to win the second Battle of
hell are we going to get an out?" said New Orleans, 11-6. The Privateers
New Orleans head coach Ron Maestri. dropped into the loser's bracket by
"We played well up to the ninth, but falling to Mississippi, 8-4, the night
(relief pitcher Brian) Muller js before, and the Wolverines made sure
(in'teit. rjust no late heroics were needed this time.
didn't have it. Casey Close proved to be a one-man
THE RALLY proved to be a tease, wrecking crew, going four-for-five
however, as New Orleans scored two with two homeruns while pitching
runs in the top of the 13th to win it. the complete game victory to
Reliever Greg Everson lived
dangerously for his entire three and eliminate UNO.
one-third inning stint, and Tom "I felt good in the bullpen, and in the
Bryant finally made him pay for it game, I felt confident and they swung'
with his game-winning two-RBI at a lot of first pitches," said Close.
double. That gave the Wolverines a chance
"You'd think we might be able to to meet the fourth-ranked Bulldogs
get that extra run in there (in the nin- Sunday night, and they capitalized. A
th) with all that momentum going for six-run third inning erased a 5-0OMSU
us," said a downcast Middaugh. "I lead, and Mike Ignasiak hurled seven
wouldn't call ourselves beaten, I think innings of four-hit relief to get the win.
we beat ourselves." Monday's loss finished the
The confidence from that late rally Wolverines season at 55-10, the most
carried over into Saturday's loser's wins ever by a Michigan team.
Will Clark: the best
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
It was Casey at the bat and Casey on the mound on Sunday. Against New
Orleans, Casey Close went four for five with two homers, while also
throwing a complete game. Close and the Wolverines beat the Privateers,
11-6, but were unable to get by Mississippi State Monday.
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By BRAD MORGAN
Mississippi State University
baseball fans are some of the most
rabid and knowledgeable in the game,
and from the moment first baseman
Will Clark stepped onto Dudy Noble
Field, they knew they had a winner.
This weekend during the South I
Regional tournament, Southeastern
Conference officials acknowledged
that the fans knew what they were
talking about when they named the
junior out of New Orleans SEC Athlete
of the Year, the first baseball player
to do so and the first Bulldog to ever
win the award.
THE COMMENDATION looks even
more impressive considering Clark
was competing against such talented
athletes as Kenny Walker of Kentucky
and Bo Jackson of Auburn.
Clark has earned other honors, in-
cluding Sporting News All-American
last year when he batted .386 with 28
homers and 93 RBI as part of MSU's
'Thunder and Lightning' com-
bination (along with Rafael
Palmeiro), but said the Athlete of the
Year award came as a surprise.
"This is very special to me," he
sailLdW 'tev aJu ew 4*ma4pex.f
the nomination for this. I'd like to
thank everyone who voted for me, but
at the same time, I'm glad I was able
to represent Mississippi State in this
TO STATE FANS, he represents
everything a Bulldog should be. Clark
is an articulate, well-spoken young
man who the local fans have adopted
as their own, almost to the point of
worship.Every swing in batting prac-
tice is analyzed, and every b.p. home
run is oohed, aahed and applauded.
Big crowds are standard at every
'Dawg game, and Clark says the large
crowds inspire him.
"I like big crowds, I like playing in
front of them," he said. "I'm sort of a
hambone at heart, and I like showing
off in front of the fans."
Clark travelled to Dunston, Florida
yesterday to receive the award, but
personal recognition was secondary
"I'm glad I got the award, and I just
want to go down to Dunston and
represent Mississippi State really
good. I think it says something fora
baseball at the college level, that it is
starting to get better, especially in the
SEC. I just hope it gets more people to
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