May 28, 1999
%^$Notes – Mississippi State
Cliff Wren extended his hitting streak to nine games with hisfirst inning single. He has now hit safely in 23 of his last 24games.
%^$ Jon Knott became the fourth MSU player to hit a grand slam inthe regional tournament. The slam was his first of his career andthe first for the team this year.
%^$ Ty Martin tied an MSU regional record with his two homeruns.
%^$ MSU’s six home runs sets a Bill Davis Stadium record for homeruns in a game by one team. It also ties a MSU regional tournamentrecord for single game home runs. In addition, it ties a seasonhigh, set against UAB (4/20).
%^$ Matt Ginter moved into ninth on the single season strikeoutlist with his six strikeouts today. He now has 108 on theseason.
%^$ Travis Chapman moved into sixth place on the single season hitslist with his three-hit game today. He now has 96 on the season,passing Rafael Palmeiro and Jeff Cohen.
%^$Quotes – Mississippi State%^$
%^$Coach Pat McMahon
%^$”This was one of those games that was an offensive show. It was a hitter’s day.”%^$
%^$”Our players kept with it for nine innings. You have to give Nebraska a lot of credit for keeping it close in the late innings. But our guys showed a lot of composure.”%^$
%^$”Any time you can get insurance runs it helps. The home run in the ninth inning was a momentum changer.”%^$
%^$”Everyone was hitting the ball hard and very well today. We got the hits to fall when we needed to.”%^$
%^$”I have been in a slump for awhile, but this was a bigger win for us. We executed well today. We got hits, not just home runs.”%^$
%^$Notes – Nebraska
Jamal Strong extended his hitting streak to 12 games with hissecond-inning single.
%^$ Strong reached base in six of his seven trips to the plate. Hereached on three walks and three singles. He also scored three runsand stole three bases.
%^$ The loss snapped a nine-game Cornhusker winning streak.
%^$ Ken Harvey, the nation’s leading hitter, extended his hittingstreak to 13 games with a bases-clearing double in the eighthinning.
%^$ Nebraska falls to 4-7 in NCAA postseason contests.
%^$ John Cole’s 4-for-5 performance this afternoon puts him at16-fo-23 in his last five games, dating back to May 16.%^$
%^$Quotes – Nebraska%^$
%^$Coach Dave Van Horn
%^$”Mississippi State did a great job. They made us pay for our mistakes.”%^$
%^$”I give our team a lot of credit. They never got down. Usually 14 runs is enough to win the game.”%^$
%^$”Our pitchers didn’t quite have it, and their hitters hit everything.”%^$
%^$”We had confidence that we could come back. We now have to hopefully look forward to a doubleheader tomorrow.”%^$
%^$”Once we got down by two, I thought we were going to have to battle back. Their home run in the ninth inning was a real momentum shift.”%^$
1999 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Columbus Regional%^$