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Posted on: Thursday, July 5, 2007

Derek Tatsuno inducted into Hall

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Derek Tatsuno, who compiled a college career record of 40-6 with a 2.04 ERA and 541 strikeouts at the University of Hawai'i, speaks at his induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

JIM WATKINS | Associated Press

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LUBBOCK, Texas Pitcher Derek Tatsuno, the most decorated baseball player from the University of Hawai'i, was one of 11 former players and coaches inducted yesterday into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The left-handed Tatsuno posted a 40-6 career record (1977-79) with a 2.04 ERA, 541 strikeouts, 34 complete games and 10 shutouts.

He made an immediate impact as a freshman at the University of Hawai'i, going 11-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 11 complete games.

As a sophomore, Tatsuno went 9-3 with 12 complete games in 13 starts and a 1.46 ERA.

In 1979, Tatsuno became the first 20-game winner in Division I, winning his first 17 decisions en route to a 20-1 record and a 1.86 ERA.

A 1976 graduate of 'Aiea High School, Tatsuno was 27-1, his only loss coming in 1976 a 1-0, 11-inning defeat to McKinley in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association championship game.

Other former players named to the hall's second class include: Jim Abbott (Michigan), Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State), Fred Lynn (Southern California), John Olerud (Washington State) and Phil Stephenson (Wichita State).

The late Jim Brock, who led Arizona State to two College World Series titles and coached Barry Bonds in college, was among five former coaches elected. Chuck "Bobo" Brayton (Washington State), the late Bibb Falk (Texas), Jerry Kindall (Arizona) and the late Dick Siebert (Minnesota) also were honored.

The 11 were selected from a list of 50 nominees by a 90-member committee.