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Tuesday, March 31, 1987
Bunge combines throwing power, hit
By Kyle Schurman
Filling the .shoes of an All-American
is never easy, but it may be easier for
Nebraska senior Todd Bunge than for
Bunge was moved from right field,
where he started last season, to center
field for the Cornhusker baseball team
to help ease the departure of All
American Paul Meyers.
Filling Meyers' shoes won't be
impossible for Bunge, though: He led
Nebraska in batting average, home
runs and KBls in 1!)N(. He also struck
out only 1 1 times in 22") last year.
"lie (Bunge) is a capable center
fielder," Nebraska Coach John Sanders
said. "He is an aggressive fielder and
he has a good throwing arm. He's doing
a great job out t here."
Bunge said he lacks speed but makes
up for it bv "getting a good jump on the
Offensively, Bunge said, he needs to
drive in runs and hit with a little power
to help the team. Sanders agreed.
"He is an outstanding hitter," Sand
ers said. "He has a great combination
of power and being able to get base
hits. Hitting in the No. :1 hole, he needs
to drive in runs for us."
In 59 games last season, Bunge hit
.347 with 17 home runs and 09 KBIs..
Bunge said he would like to see
Nebraska win the Big Eight title and
advance to the NCAA regionals this
"1 want to have a good year and help
the team," he said.
Bunge attended junior college for
two years before coming to Nebraska.
He said he chose Nebraska over such
schools as Arkansas, Oklahoma State,
Oklahoma and Missouri because, "Ne
braska was the most honest and they
had the best facilities. They really
seemed to care."
Bunge, a business administration
major, said he wants to play profes
sional baseball after this season. He
wasn't drafted last year, but said he is
hoping to get drafted after this season.
Bunge, from St. Louis, said he dreams
of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.
However, "1 just want to continue
playing as long as I can,"' Bunge said.
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Omtflelder Federico sets goal
to help team make CWS playoffs
Analysis by Tim Hartmann
Joe Federico, a junior outfielder on
Nebraska's baseball team, made what
most people would consider an impres
sive debut as a Cornhusker. Federico, a
transfer from Glendale, Ariz. Junior
College, opened this season against
Northwest Missouri State with two
home runs, including a grand slam.
Although he said he is in a hitting
slump, Federico is batting .;315 and
leads the team in runs batted in with
2!). Federico has hit live home runs and
has scored 20 runs.
Federico said he was pleased with
his start, but he has noticed a problem
in his swing.
"The way 1 started off was pretty
good, but I was doing some stuff wrong
at the plate during this last trip," he
said. "I worked on it this week at prac
tice and got it straightened out."
Federico said he discovered his prob
lem by watching films of his swing.
" 1 sat and watched the tapes for a
couple of hours as soon as we got back
from the trip," he said. "I looked over
them with coach (John Sanders), and
he told me what he thought and I told
him what 1 thought 1 was doing wrong.
My basic problem was I was too far off
the plate and I wasn't being selective
with the pitches I was swinging at.'
Last season at Glendale, Federico
hit Mi and had seven home runs, lie
set three school records: home runs in
a career (14), walks (4(J) and total
bases (15X). lie was recruited by sev
eral schools, including Arizona State,
Florida, and Southern California.
of what he saw on his recruiting trip.
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"It (Nebraska) was straightforward
and I liked it when I came out on my
trip," he said. "1 liked coach, 1 liked all
the players I met, and we had a good
time when 1 was out here. I thought
that this was where I wanted to be."
Federico came to Nebraska despite
the lluskers' cold winters.
"ou can play all year out there
(California), and we have to be inside
sometimes," he said. "1 think I'm lucky
so far. The winter we've had wasn't very
One of Federico's goals is to play
professional baseball. The Houston As
tros drafted him in the fourth round in
1U8G, but he chose not to sign then.
"I wanted to learn more about base
ball, and I could get another year of
school in," he said.
Although Federico, a business ad
ministr . Jon major, played at a junior
college last season, he has not found
the switch to Division I difficult.
"Last year we played a lot of Division
1 teams in fall baseball, and also I
playexl up in Cape Cod this summer and
they have some good competition, so 1
was pretty used to it," Federico said. "I
still think the toughest part of our
schedule is coming up. This week will
be a real test for us, and then we start
playing our Big Fight schedule."
Federico said he hasn't set any per
sonal goals for this season, but he
wants to help Nebraska reach the Col
lege World Series in Omaha in June.
"I just want to get our team into the
playoffs get into the World Series,"
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named as top
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iNebraska women's basket ball
coach Angela Beck has been
selected as the Converse Dis
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Women's Basketball Coaches
Beck, a graduate of Millikin
I'niversity' in Decatur, III., led
the Cornhuskers to a Hi-14 sea
son record and a fourth-place Big
Fight Conference finish with an
No record. Nebraska finished
tied for third in the Big Fight
post-season tournament, losing
to Kansas in the semifinals.
"This is a high honor to have
"been selected by my peers,"
Beck said. "I have to thank my
players, my staff and, of course,
Athletic Director Bob Devaney
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