May 29, 1999
Notes – Bowling Green
Todays game was the first meeting between Bowling Green andNebraska.
After going 29 games since his last home run, Lee Morrison has nowhit home runs in two straight games.
Bob Niemet added to his school record for hits in a season with afourth-inning single. Niemet has recorded 80 hits on the year tosurpass the old record of 67.
Niemet also extended his school record for total bases in a season.He broke the record with a double against Ohio State on Friday andnow has 119.
Bowling Green finished the season with a 36-24 record.
Quotes – Bowling Green
Coach Danny Schmitz
“This game came down to the bullpens. My hat goes off to Nebraska. They made the plays when they needed to be made.”
“We were not as disciplined as we needed to be today. We left a lot of men on bases because we were anxious in the batters box.”
“I was working ahead of the batters. My slider was my best pitch today. Toward the end they started to feel my pitches and started to hit well.”
“It is hard right now because we had opportunities we didnt take advantage of.”
Notes – Nebraska
Nebraska now stands 3-3 all-time in NCAA eliminationgames.
Nebraska won its first NCAA Tournament game since May 24,1985.
Today was the 32nd time Nebraska has scored 10 or more runs thisseason.
Justin Cowans two-run home run was his ninth of the season andfirst since May 15th against Kansas State. Cowan knocked in fourruns today. It was the fifth game this season in which he hasknocked in at least four runs.
Jamal Strong extended his career-long hitting streak to 13 with afirst-inning single.
Ken Harvey, the nations leading hitter, extended his hitting streakto 14 games with a single in the seventh. He has reached base in 54of the 56 games he has played in. His two-run single tied him withPaul Meyers for second in single-season RBI. He is three hits awayfrom tying the single season record for hits held by FrancisCollins (109 in 1997). His error was only his second of the seasonand first since March 6th.
Nebraska failed to steal a base for the first time since April30th.
Brandt Vlieger tied a career high with four hits. It is the thirdtime this season he has picked up four hits in a game. Quotes-Nebraska
Coach Dave Van Horn
“We have to give Bowling Green a lot of credit. They played with more emotion than we did. We were fortunate to come back to win the game.”
“We have high goals. We want to win this regional and go onto next weekend, but we have to think about each individual inning.”
“This was a do or die game for us, so I tried to get everybody pumped up in the dugout. Sometimes it takes a couple of hits in an inning to get us fired up.”
“Anytime you get to this point in the tournament you cant be tired. You have to play on adrenaline.”
1999 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Columbus Regional