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THE FIRST STEP
Katie Jazwinski has more mileage T 1980, Rich Maloney went with his high
on her than an old pickup truck. school coach to see his first Michigan baseball '
Two weeks after anexhausting Big game. Now that he hat heron naed the next
Ten Championships, the senior tri-cap- baseball coach, he will have the chance to see plenty
'twin finished her career at Michigan at more.
the NCAA Outdoor Championships in While attending Roseville High School, Maloney
Baton Rouge, La. this weekend, placing witnessed Michigan baseball in its prime. These
seventh in the 5,000-meter run and years forever shaped Maloney's perceptions of what
earned All-America honors. She earned Michigan baseball was and what it should be.
Michigan its only two points of the "I sat there - on occasion would see coach
championships, as the Wolverines fin- Schembechler - and was just in awe of the whole
ished in 57th place. situation," Maloney said. "At that time, Michigan
Coach James Henry thinks Jazwins- was going to the College World Series on a fairly
ki was still tired from the Big Ten regular basis, so that's how I picture Michigan base-
Championships May 19, in which she ball."
finished first in the 5,000-meter run Maloney, 37, was a shortstop in high school and
and second in the 1,500-meter run. The part of Michigan's success at that time was due to its
Big Ten Championships not only All-American shortstop - Barry Larkin. With
caused fatigue, but they also might Larkin, the fourth overall pick in the 1985 Major
have caused injury. For the first 2,000 League Baseball draft, on the squad, there was little Rich Maloney was named Michigan baseball coach
meters, Jazwinski competed for the opportunity for Maloney. As a result, he was not Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the 1986 dr
lead, but she. slowly fell back in the recruited by the Wolverines and headed across the Maloney returned to his ahna mater and served as
pack with an obvious injury. Henry state to Western Michigan instead. assistant coach for four years before moving on
thought Jazwinski suffered from With the Broncos, Maloney was a three-time letter the job that would bring his name to the forefront
cramping, but she denied it. winner (1984-86), two-time captain and a two-time young college baseball coaches.
"She is the kind of athlete that won't All-MAC First Team selection. Maloney's crowning In 1995, Maloney took over a struggling B
give an excuse," Henry said. "If a lung achievement came in his senior season, when he was State program and drastically turned the progr
collapsed, she wouldn't tell you." a third team All-American. But some of Maloney's around, winning at least 30 games in each of
Because Jazwinski is such a good greatest games came against the team he loved seven seasons with the Cardinals. Maloney's ten
runner, Henry used her in three races though it failed to recruit him, at Ball State was highlighted by 40 wins in 19
during the indoor season and two dur- "Whenever we played Michigan, I had an extra and 42 in 1999, a new school record. His succe
ing the outdoor campaign. For the sense of adrenaline to prove that I could play, and I earned him a selection as one of the Top Five Ris
team, it resulted in Big Ten indoor and had some great games against Michigan," Maloney Coaches in College Baseball as named by Baseh
outdoor titles. For Jazwinski, it resulted said. "I can still remember vividly hitting a homerun America in 2001.
in fatigue and lots of wear and tear. off of Casey Close to open up the game." Recruiting has always been one of Malone
"She epitomized the person that sac- As the leadoff batter, Maloney torched the Wolver- strong points and earned him some recogniti
rificed herself for the betterment of the ines. He hit 10-for-18 against Michigan and drew When he was a player at Western Michigan,
team," Henry said. five walks - some intentional after his longball - NCAA allowed players to call possible recruits
Henry was also pleased with the per- giving him a .652 on base percentage. His .556 bat- help coaches with recruiting. As captain, Malon
formances of junior April Phillips and ting average against the Wolverines was more than did just that and almost stole one of Michiga
sophomore Melissa Bickett, both of 200 points higher than his .362 average that earned greatest players, Jim Abbott, for the Broncos. At I
whom had never before competed at him the team's Most Valuable Player award in 1985. State, Maloney also exercised his great recruit
the championships. Phillips and Bickett After graduating, Maloney tried his hand at profes- skills and was able to bring high caliber talent to
were not used to the absence of the rest sional baseball for six years after being drafted by the small program in Muncie, Ind. Maloney not o
their team, or "family" as Henry
Given the circumstances, Henry was
impressed with the way they competed.
Phillips earned All-America honors by
placing 12th in the hammer throw and
Bickett placed 11th in the discus. But
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"I think one of my gifts is I'm able to project on
See MALONEY, Page 15
Difference on the mound
Coach Rich Maloney has been known for his
strong pitching staff. Ball State's Luke Hagerty
and Bryan Bullington are both projected to be
first-round picks in the MLB Draft this year.
Here's how the two hurlers compare to possible
starters for Michigan next season.
ERA W-L IP SO W P
Bullington 2.84 11-3 104.2 139 5
Hagerty 3.02 7-4 83.1 92 4
Matt Collins 2.81 3-1 25.2 22 11
Jim Brauer 5.06 4-6 58.2 48 4
Chad Garson 3.98 2-0 20.1 15 7
Tim Leveque 9.45 1-2 26.2 21 1
Phil Ttgnetti 5.31 0320.1 16 2
Bobby Gaza 14.85 1-1 131 7 4