COLOMBUS Senior Scott Tousa left everything out on the field in his final game for Michigan. His all-out effort against Minnesota was captured in a ninth-inning moment as he almost fell over while desperately trying to beat out a throw to first base in the final frame of the game. Afterwards, Tousa was visibly emotional in the dugout, hugging teammates and coach Geoff Zahn. On Thursday night, Tousa hit a homerun in both the seventh and eighth inning of Michigan”s 10-2 victory over Purdue to double his homerun output on the season.
Tousa totaled three hits, three runs, and four RBIs in five at bats against the Boilermakers.
With honors: Secondbaseman Scott Tousa, catcher Jake Fox and pitcher Bobby Wood were all selected to the 2001 Big Ten All-Tournament Team for their contributions to Michigan”s success in the tournament. Thirdbaseman Brock Koman and pitcher Bobby Korecky were named second team All-Big Ten players for the regular season earlier in the week.
Good Wood: Michigan pitcher Bobby Wood struck out a career-high 10 batters against Purdue, including all three batters he faced in the first inning. “That first inning it just seems like it set the tone,” Wood said. He credited his teammates with part of his success after they posted 10 runs in support.
“It”s good having runs,” he said. “It makes it a lot easier to pitch takes off the pressure.”
Feel the hate: Like last week”s series against Ohio State, the Wolverines were heckled by Buckeye fans in their 8-4 loss on Thursday. Although they focused much of their heckling on coach Geoff Zahn, he barely even noticed them. “I couldn”t tell you what they are saying because I lock in on the game, lock in on my guys,” Zahn said. The Buckeye fans were quiet when Michigan tied the game 4-4 but were re-energized by Ohio State”s 8-4 victory, singing a rendition of “We Don”t Give a Damn About the Whole State of Michigan” after the game.
Getting to know Ohio: With the series against Ohio State two weekends ago and the Big Ten Tournament starting on Thursday, Michigan spent 10 out of the last 11 days in Columbus. The inclement weather heavily delayed the tournament and left Michigan with the day off on Friday and Saturday.
“We just basically hung out at hotels, went to the mall a little bit, played some cards. Just tried to do whatever we could to pass the time,” Tousa said.