April 6, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team was edged by Nebraska, 2-1, on a walk-off single by Tanner Lubach in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 18-14, 2-7 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers improve to 19-13, 4-2 in conference play, after the series sweep.
Ohio State took the early lead in the top of the first off Nebraska starter Aaron Bummer. Troy Kuhn reached on an error to lead off the inning before Jacob Bosiokovic singled through the right side and Ronnie Dawson reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Josh Dezse then grounded into a double play but Kuhn scored on the play as the Buckeyes took the 1-0 lead.
The Huskers tied it in the bottom of the fourth against Ohio State starter Jake Post. Pat Kelly led off the innings with a single and moved to second on a groundout by Ryan Boldt. After a fly out to right by Blake Headley for the second out of the inning, Ben Miller reached on an error and Lubach followed with an RBI single to center to plate Kelly to tie the game at 1-1.
Both starters took over from there until the Huskers won it in the ninth. A single by Headley snapped a string of 13-consecutive batters retired by Post before a single by Miller put runners on first and second to set up the walk-off single by Lubach.
Post pitched very well but suffered the tough-luck loss to drop to 3-3 on the season after tossing a career-high 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits. Bummer allowed just the one unearned run on five hits to pick up the complete-game victory to improve to 4-2.
Bosiokovic tallied two hits for the Buckeyes while Headley and Lubach each notched two-hit contests for the Huskers.
Ohio State hosts Eastern Michigan at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.
– Bosiokovic picked up his 10th multi-hit game of the season.
– The Ohio State starters in the series (Greg Greve, Tanner Tully and Post) tossed 22.0 innings, allowing two earned runs (a 0.82 ERA) on 15 hits while striking out 10.