March 30, 2018

Ohio State Drops B1G opener to Nebraska, 7-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell in its Big Ten opener against Nebraska, 7-3, Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 17-8 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play, while the Huskers improve to 14-12 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

FIRST PITCH TIME CHANGE FOR GAMES TWO AND THREE
First pitch times for games two and three have been pushed up. Game two vs. Nebraska will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday and game three will start at 12:05 p.m. ET Sunday from Bill Davis Stadium.

STARTER TALK
Left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis tossed 6.2 innings and tied his career-high with eight strikeouts, but falls to 4-1 in 2018. He allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits with also one walk.

BUCKEYES WITH THE EARLY LEAD
Ohio State scored a run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead. McGowan hit an opposite field double down the right field line to plate Cherry in the first. In the third, Romans launched a two-run homer over the wall in dead center for his third dinger of the year.

HUSKERS TIE IT UP
Nebraska scored three times on three hits in the fourth to knot it at 3-all. Scott Schreiber hit a solo home run to start it before a RBI grounder and RBI single made it 3-3.

MISCUE COSTLY IN FIFTH
A sac bunt attempt led to a throwing error and allowed Nebraska to score its fourth run of the game and take the lead. Schreiber then had a RBI single to push it 5-3.

TO THE BULLPEN
Thomas Waning retired the final out in the seventh. Right-handed reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos allowed one run on two walks and one strikeout in one inning of work. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik threw one inning

UP NEXT
Ohio State and Nebraska meet at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

GAME NOTES

– Ohio State falls to 9-13 all-time vs. the Huskers. Ohio State is 6-2 at home this year.

– Romans hit his third home run of the year and first of his career at Bill Davis Stadium.

– Hit streaks extended: Cherry (8), Pohl (7) and McGowan (3).

– Reached base streaks extended: Cherry (11), Canzone (10), Pohl (5), Barnwell (4), Cowles (3) and McGowan (3).

– McGowan drove in his team-best 33 RBI tonight.

– Michalik made his team-high 15th appearance.

– Ohio State left nine on base, while the Huskers left four.