May 1, 2022

Buckeyes Drop Series Finale On Sunday Afternoon to Nebraska

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State softball dropped a 9-1 decision to Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game weekend series. All was not lost, however, because the Buckeyes took two of three from the second-place Cornhuskers this weekend and now stand at 31-14 overall and 11-9 in the Big Ten headed into the final weekend of the regular season.

The Short Story
The Huskers were able to avoid a Buckeye sweep by scoring four runs in the third and three more in the fourth to open up an otherwise close game.

Ohio State left nine runners on base over the course of the afternoon. It routinely got good swings against NU starter Olivia Ferrell, finishing with seven hits. The key inning was the second, as Ohio State was primed to answer a two-run home run from Nebraska in the top of the first inning. The Huskers, however, were able to work out of a bases loaded, no-out jam without any damage.

How the Runs Were Scored

  • Peyton Glatter gave Nebraska just its second lead of the series at 2-0 in the top of the first with a two-run home run that just cleared the left field fence.
  • Four runs came across for NU in the top of the third on a pair of two-run doubles off the bats of Mya Felder and Sydney Gray, respectively.
  • Ohio State’s lone run of the game came in the bottom half of the third via a Taylor Pack infield single that scored pinch runner Tegan Cortelletti.
  • The Huskers put three on the board in the top of the fourth thanks a two-RBI double from Felder and Abbie Squier’s run-scoring single.

Buckeye This and That

  • Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s helped pack Buckeye Field, as Ohio State saw its second crowd of the weekend of well over 1,200 fans. For the three game series, the average attendance was 1,275.
  • Following the game, Ohio State honored five seniors: Avery Clark (Prospect, Ohio), Niki Carver (Gainesville, Ga.), Kaitlyn Coffman (Visalia, Calif.), Lexie Handley (Mogadore, Ohio) and Jessica Ross (Woodland Hills, Calif.).
  • For the weekend, Ohio State hit .342 as a team with six players batting .360 or better.
  • Sam Hackenbracht had five hits in 10 at-bats, drove in four runs and had a double. She recorded at least one hit in all five games this past week.
  • Ohio State won a Big Ten series for the fourth time in six weeks. Entering this weekend, Nebraska had won 18 of 20 games and was tied with Northwestern for first place in the league standings.
  • Niki Carver had a single and was hit by a pitch, extending her reached base streak to 16 games, a season-high.
  • Pack went 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a pair of singles and an RBI. She was one of six players to record at least one hit.
  • Three pitchers saw action in the circle on Sunday: Lexie Handley started the game and totaled 4.0 innings, senior Jessica Ross faced two batters in the fourth inning and Allison Smith pitched the fifth and struck out two.

What’s Next
With the regular season home schedule complete, Ohio State heads to College Park, Md. to finish the regular season next Friday-Sunday at Maryland. Action gets underway with a 6 p.m. game on Friday and continues on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus.

For schedule updates, follow Ohio State softball on Twitter at @OhioStateSB and bookmark the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.