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Defensive specialist Chris Gust runs around the catcher, trying to avoid a tag. BASEBALL Overall record: 55-10 I Big Ten record: 14- Big Ten finish: first in East Division, third in Conference Playoffs Mich. 10, Minn. 11 Mich. 11, Illinois 10 (11 ins Mich. 1, Ohio State 3 Regional finish: secon South I Regional games: Mich. 10, New Orleans (13 ins.) Mich. 9, West Virginia 2 Mich. 1 1 , New Orleans 6 Mich. 14, Mississippi State 6 Mich. 8, Mississippi State 19 Individual leaders: Batting average: Ken Hayward (.432) n I :uns scored: Mike Watters (81) Playoff games: Hits: Mike Watters (91) Doubles: Ken Hayward (18) Triples: Mike Watters (10) Homeruns: Mike Watters (17) Runs batted in: Barry Larkin (66) Stolen bases: Mike Watters (20) Sophomore Dave Karasinski recorded an 8- 1 record in 14 games. SPORTS 111
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Series eludes Blue Mississippi State wins Southern tourney At the end of May last season, Wolverine pitcher Dave Karasinki (8-0 at the time) started against Mississippi State in the final game of the NCAA South I regional. The win- ner of the game would move on to the College World Series. Karasinski lost the game, ending the Wolverine ' s season. The MSU pitcher was named regional Most Valuable Player for holding Michigan to eight runs in a 1 9-8 victory. Michigan had reached the regional final by defeating West Virginia, New Orleans and host Mississippi State after an opening-game loss to New Orleans. Hal Morris (designated hitter), who slugged two home runs in the final game, Barry Larkin (shortstop) and Mike Walters (outfield) were named to the all-tournament first team. Casey Close, who threw a seven- hitter and was 4-5 with two home runs at the plate in the New Orleans victory, received more votes than any other player for that team, but wasn ' t named because he received those votes at several different positions. Michigan had to play in the tough southern regional after losing to Ohio State and Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament at Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor. Larkin blasted two homers with five RBI in the opener against Min- nesota, but the pitching couldn ' t hold the eventual conference champions as the Gophers won, 11-10. After an 11-10, 11 -inning victory over Illinois, Michigan was eliminated by the Buckeyes, 3-1. Larkin ' s solo homerun in the first in- ning scored the Wolverine run. Michigan had to play in the tour- naments without the services of Scott Kamieniecki, who had an 8-0 record with a 3.94 ERA before an injury ended his season in April. " It was a great year as far as team performance was concerned, but we just had a key injury. We lost the premier pitcher in this part of the country, and we tried to recover, " said coach Bud Middaugh. With Kamieniecki starting the first game of each tournament, the CONTINUED Junior outfielder Dan Disher closes his eyes as he slides into home plate. 110 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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Wolverines probably would have won each game and had a much bet- ter chance of playing in the World Series, he said. The Wolverines set a school record in winning 51 games (with six losses) in the regular season. The team slug- ged its way to records in runs scored (580 the old record was 424), hits (727, to 582), batting average (.362, to .332), and home runs (108 the old record was 51). Individually, Walters broke several team records himself. The senior out-fielder scored 8 1 runs, rapped 9 1 hits, 10 triples and 17 homeruns. He also stole 20 bases and hit for 172 total bases. Larkin set a team record by knocking in 66 runs. Hitting was certainly Michigan ' s forte during the season. Catcher Ran- dy Wolfe led the Big Ten with a .514 average (.371 in all games). Ken Hayward (first base) hit .432, Morris .421 (with 12 homers), Close .388 (16 homers, 58 RBI), Larkin .368 (16 homers, C. J. Beshke .361 and Wal- ters .4 17. Among pitchers, freshman Jim Agemy, with a 10-0 record and a 3.86 ERA, freshman Mike Ignasiak (9-2, 3.43) and Close (6-1, 3.93) were other top Wolverine performers. All the pitchers will return for the 1986 season. They ' re going to make up the nucleus of experienced Michigan players as six starters in the field either graduated or were drafted by big league teams. The double-play combination of Larkin and Beshke will have to be replaced. Larkin was picked by Cin- cinnati in the first round of the Major League draft and decided to pass up his senior year in college. Incoming freshmen Bill St. Peter and Doug Kaiser as well as sophomores Jeff Barry Larkin demonstrates the batting form that earned him 16 homeruns last season. 112 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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