April 30, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite an eight-run eighth inning, the Ohio State baseball team fell short, 11-9, against Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 17-26 overall and 5-10 in Big Ten play, while the Huskers improve to 26-16-1 overall and 9-5-1 in conference action.
HUSKERS JUMP OUT TO LEAD
Nebraska scored three runs on two hits against right-handed starting pitcher Reece Calvert in the top of the first. With the bases loaded, Ben Miller lined a double down the left field line to plate two Husker runners. A 4-6-3 double play and ground out scored a third run for Nebraska.
The Huskers tallied two more runs in the second to end Calvert’s day on the mound early with the bases loaded. An infield single and hit by pitch vs. right-handed reliever Seth Kinker made it a 5-0 game.
BUCKEYES ON THE BOARD
Ohio State strung two base hits together through the first five frames. Tre’ Gantt had a head-first slide at first base to reach on an infield single before Brady Cherry ripped a triple off the wall in center to score Gantt and make the score 5-1. Cherry had four hits in the loss vs. the Huskers.
NEBRASKA OPENS THE GAME
The Huskers snapped a four-inning scoreless streak in the top of the seventh with five runs on two hits and one OSU error against the Buckeye bullpen. A hit by pitch with the bases loaded made it 6-1 before a two-run single by Jake Schleppenbach pushed it to 8-1. Scott Schreiber doubled to right center to open the game, 10-1. A RBI double in the top of the eighth made it 11-1.
AN EIGHT SPOT IN THE EIGHTH FOR THE BUCKEYES
Down 10, the Buckeyes continued to battle at the dish and the bats came to life against the Nebraska bullpen. The offense scored eight runs on eight hits to cut Nebraska’s lead to two runs through eight. Noah West started the rally with a lead-off double. A double by Washington scored the first run of the frame. A RBI single by Cherry made it 11-3. Bo Coolen followed with a two-run single to trim the deficit to two runs. After a walk to Andrew Fishel loaded the bases, Shea Murray connected on a 1-1 pitch vs. reliever Chad Luensmann for a two-run double to put the Buckeyes within four runs. Washington knocked his second hit of the inning up the middle to plate two more runs and make it 11-9. However, a fly out to left got Luensmann out of the jam.
Ohio State had the lead-off man aboard in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to continue the charge from the previous inning vs. Nebraska reliever Luis Alvarado.
ON THE MOUND
Calvert falls to 2-1 on the year, throwing 1.2 innings and allowed five runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Kinker worked 4.1 innings of relief and tied his career high with five strikeouts, allowing no runs on four hits with no walks. Left-handed reliever Joe Stoll walked two batters, allowing two runs, one earned, and was relieved by right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik in the top of the seventh. He pitched 0.2 innings, allowing three runs, one earned with a strikeout. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one run with three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher Austin Woodby threw a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
For Nebraska, Meyers improved to 7-1 on the year. He worked seven innings and allowed one run one six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Alvarado claimed his eighth save of the year.
Ohio State concludes its nine-game homestand with a two-game midweek series against No. 6 Texas Tech Tuesday and Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch for both games is at 6:35 p.m. The games will be streamed on Buckeye Vision for free.