May 30, 1999
1999 Columbus Regional All-Tournament Team
Justin Fry, Ohio State E.J. Laratta, Ohio State Tom Durant, Ohio State chad Ehrnsberger, Ohio State Matt Middleton, Ohio State Cliff Wren, Mississippi State Travis Chapman, Mississippi State Brian Wiese, Mississippi State John Cole, Nebraska Jamal Strong, Nebraska Jim Bailey, Nebraska 1999 Columbus Regional Co-Most Outstanding Players
Matt Middleton, Ohio State E.J. Laratta, Ohio State
Notes – Ohio State
Ohio State wins an NCAA Regional for the first time since theswitch to the Regional format. The Buckeyes last advanced to theCollege World Series in 1967. They won the District 4 Playoffs thatyear to move on to Omaha.
In Ohio States two games against Mississippi State, Tom Durant went7-10, scored two runs and had two RBI.
OSU starting pitcher Andy Lee faced 33 batters and went to a fullcount only twice. He started the count with a strike to 16 of thosebatters.
Eight of the nine Buckeyes in the lineup scored at least one run.Two players – Jason Driscoll and Matt Middleton – scoredtwice.
Ohio State is now 10-10 on the year when it gets outhit. They arealso 33-2 when entering the ninth inning with a lead.
Kurt Fullenkamps save was the first of the seniors career.
Quotes – Ohio State
Head Coach Bob Todd
“We beat a very good MSU team. They are sound in every position.”
“You set goals at the beginning of the year. Winning a regional is a great tribute to our guys, especially against a team like Mississippi State.”
“I thought the home run was a little too high. But the wind kind of carried it. This is the kind of thing you hope for in a big game like this.”
“All year everyone has shown the capability to come through. That is great to know because we are never out of anything.”
“I had to bear down and try to keep them off balance and stay focused. They are a great hitting team.”
Notes – Mississippi State
Mississippi State was eliminated from a Regional for the firsttime since 1996. They had advanced to the College World Series twostraight years (1997 and 98).
The six runs allowed by MSU starting pitcher Scott Polk was aseason-high. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before givingup five runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth.
Junior Travis Chapman homered and singled this afternoon and nowhas 99 hits in his Mississippi State career.
Justin Estel pitched 3.1 innings today and retired 10 of the 11hitters he faced. In the series, Estel pitched 4.2 innings andallowed only one hit, one walk and no runs.
Quotes – Mississippi State
Head Coach Pat McMahon
“Obviously this is a difficult game to lose. Ohio State took advantage of some opportunities.”
“When you have to go to your bullpen time after time it makes it difficult on your team. OSU didnt have to use their pen until today and that was a great advantage.”
“We thought we had a chance. We left everything on the field.”
“Their pitchers change speeds very well. When they do that it keeps us off balance.”
1999 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Columbus Regional