May 29, 1999

Notes – Ohio State

The win marks the first time Ohio State has won its first twoRegional games since 1967. The Buckeyes advanced to the CollegeWorld Series that year. It is also the first time the Buckeyes haveadvanced to a Regional Championship game since 1993.
E.J. Larattas string of consecutive innings without allowing anearned run at home extended to 31 before he allowed a home run tolead off the sixth.
Chad Ehrnsberger had two hits, extended his hitting streak to 10games.
Laratta retired the first 12 batters of the game and did not allowa runner to reach second base until the sixth inning.
Tom Durant has now hit in 15 of his last 16 games.
The crowd of 3,994 was the third largest in Bill Davis Stadiumhistory.
Tom Durants four hits ties a school record for hits in an NCAATournament game. Three other Buckeyes have also accomplished thefeat. The four hits also tie Durants career high.

Quotes – Ohio State

Head coach Bob Todd
“E.J. has been one of our more consistent pitchers. He threw strikes and kept a very good hitting team off balance.”

“MSU is a very good ballclub, especially in the batters box. We knew they would put some hits together.”

E.J. Laratta
“My curveball and my changeup I was throwing for strikes. I was getting ahead of them all afternoon.”

“I knew they would have a stretch of hits sometime in the game. At the end of the seventh I had to re-gather myself and concentrate the rest of the game and I think I did that pretty well.”

Tom Durant
“E.J. had them baffled. He threw a lot of strikes and kept them off balance all game.”

Notes – Mississippi State

The six runs and 15 hits were the most Hank Thoms hassurrendered this year.
Thoms outing marked the 11th consecutive start he has pitched atleast seven innings.
Chris Curry has a home run in both of Mississippi States regionalgames.
Cliff Wren extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has now hitin 24 of his last 25.
The Bulldogs five hits is their lowest total of the year. They alsoonly left one runner on base in the game, also a season low.
Mississippi State is now 10-3 in its last three Regionals. TheBulldogs have won their last two regionals despite losing thesecond game in both. Quotes – Mississippi State

Head coach Pat McMahon
“Ohio State started the game out very well. Laratta pitched well. We played well and I am proud of our guys. We will have to leave everything we have on the field tonight.”

“We havent had to play a doubleheader all season, but we will come back and look forward to the challenge.”

Chris Curry
“Laratta kept us off balance all day. His pitches varied and he never got behind. He had a great slider today.”

Hank Thoms
“I made some great pitches. They hit the ball very well. Their hitters got their bats on every at-bat.

1999 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Columbus Regional