May 21, 1999
Notes – Michigan
Bryan Besco had two doubles in the game and leads the team with21.
Co-captain Mike Cervenak, who was named the All-Big Ten First TeamThird Baseman, with two hits and a double extended his all-timecareer records to 279 hits and 61 doubles.
Senior RHP Luke Bonner made his first relief appearance of theseason in the ninth inning and record his first save of the season,his second career save.
Senior RHP Putz record is 5-4. He has won four of his last fiveagainst Big Ten opponnents. He notched wins over Minnesota, MSU,Indiana, Ohio State and his loss came against Penn State.
Michigans win was its 30th win of the season.
Was also Michigans first Big Ten Tournament win in Columbus,Ohio.
Quotes – Michigan
Coach Geoff Zahn
“J.J. Putz has been playing very well. When he is on he can be one of the best in the league.”
“Fry is going to make you hit the ball and our kids were ready. We got some breaks on bunts. We needed to score early.”
“Ohio State is a great team, we needed to have a great game to beat them, but all four teams in the tournament are good.”
Notes – Ohio State
Tom Durant now has a 13-game hitting streak, with tonights homerun in the ninth.
Chad Ehrnsberger extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Matt Middleton hit his seventh home run of the year tonight. Hiscareer-high is nine homers, set in the 1996 season.
Justin Fry made his shortest start of the year tonight (twoinnings). Prior to tonight, his shortest start was 5.2innings.
Jason Trott hit his fifth and sixth home run of the year tonight.50 percent of Trotts homeruns this season (3-of-6) have comeagainst Michigan. It marks the first time this year Trott has gonedeep twice this season.
Nate Smith made the longest relief appearance of his careertonight, going 6.2 innings and striking out two. Quotes – OhioState
Coach Bob Todd
“Im proud of this team. They battled back. We loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth after falling 7-1. They knocked our ace out early.
“Ive been seeing the ball better and have been more comfortable. We have a lot of character. We handle diversity well. Well be fired up tomorrow. We will keep playing hard.”
“Their pitching changes had no effect, we just didnt get the job done.”
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