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 in theregional tournament. The slam was his first of his career and thefirst for the team this year.
Ty Martin tied an MSU regional record with his two home runs.
MSU’s six home runs sets a Bill Davis Stadium record for home runsin 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 strikeout listwith his six strikeouts today. He now has 108 on the season.
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 at 16-fo-23in 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