April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State softball team dropped the first game of a three-game series to No. 19/20 Nebraska on Friday evening, 14-1. With the loss, the Buckeyes are 20-21 overall (6-7 Big Ten) while the Cornhuskers improve to 31-13, 9-4 Big Ten.
Ohio State struck first with a run in the top of the first thanks to a stand up double by Cammi Prantl, which scored Caitlin Conrad from second. It was Prantl’s team-leading 12th double of the season. Conrad led off the game with a single up the middle and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Taylor Watkins.
Nebraska was able to respond with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first, keyed by a RBI single from Alicia Armstrong and a bases-loaded two-run single from Kylee Muir. The Buckeyes were able to avoid any further damage when Keelia Nester throw out Kiki Stokes at home plate to end the inning.
The Cornhuskers tacked on two more run in the bottom of the second. Nebraska loaded the bases with one out, and a fielder’s choice allowed Dawna Tyson to score. Armstrong singled up the middle to bring home to bring home Tatum Edwards for other run.
In the bottom of the third, Nebraska made the score 6-1 on a run-scoring double to left center by Kylee Muir, but the Buckeyes were able to avoid any further damage thanks to impressive defensive plays by pitcher Audrey Plant and Nester to field well-hit grounders.
The Huskers struck for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to break the game open. The biggest blows were a three-run double by Hailey Decker and a two-run home run by Tatum Edwards.
Four different pitchers saw action for Ohio State, including starter Olivia O’Reilly, who went two innings and gave up five hits. Audrey Plant, Melanie Nichols and Kasie Kelly all pitched in relief. At the plate, Prantl went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Nebraska’s Tatum Edwards went five innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run to collect her 16th win of the year.
Ohio State and Nebraska close out their series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. EST. The second game of the doubleheader will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.