May 24, 1999

%^$Notes – Illinois%^$

After going 6 for 6 in the last two games, Jeff Gertz went 0for 3%^$tonight.%^$


With two hits tonight Todd McClure now has 257 career hits,good for%^$fourth-place on the Fighting Illini’s all-time list.McClure passed his%^$brother Brian who had 256 career hits and nowplays in the San Diego%^$Padres organization.%^$


McClure also stands second on the Illini’s career list indoubles (52)%^$and fourth in total bases (393).%^$


Illinois ends the season with a 34-22 record and places thirdin the%^$Big Ten tournament.%^$

%^$Quotes – Illinois%^$

%^$Coach Itch Jones
%^$”I don’t think any scenario in this tournament will allow us to get into%^$the NCAA. We have some key players out and the NCAA knows that.”%^$

%^$Kevin Rudden
%^$”Kelly Werner is good. He was tough tonight. He threw a lot of strikes.%^$He came up big when he needed to.”%^$

%^$Bob Burlage
%^$”The first five innings I pitched very well. In the fifth my change-up%^$wasn’t working and I couldn’t find it again.”%^$

%^$Notes – Minnesota%^$

Robb Quinlan recorded his 98th hit of the season to break hisown%^$single-season record set in 1998.%^$


Minnesota advances to the championship game against Michigantomorrow%^$at noon.%^$


For the first time this season Minnesota pitchers havehad%^$back-to-back complete games.%^$


This will be the 11th time in 16 appearances that Minnesotahas%^$advanced to the championship game.%^$

%^$Quotes – Minnesota%^$

%^$Coach John Anderson
%^$”This game helped Kelly Werner’s confidence. He has not been consistent.%^$Tonight’s game went a long way on boasting his confidence for his%^$career.”%^$

%^$”I have not had to do a lot of convincing and tell this team they are%^$good. They have great leadership and they have come out well in the past%^$two games after the loss against Illinois on Thursday.”%^$


Big Ten Baseball Tournament%^$