BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It was a tough end to the game for Ohio State as Nebraska scored four times in the top of the ninth to come back and steal an 11-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
The Buckeyes (19-17) led 9-2 after six innings but the league-leading Huskers scored five times in the top of the 7th and the stole the game with four in the ninth.
Zach Dezenzo and Marcus Ernst each had three hits in the game while starter Seth Lonsway turned in another quality start, going six innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, on two hits with nine punchouts.
Dezenzo was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk while Ernst collected three hits in five trips. Kade Kern had a double, an RBI and a run scored and Conner Pohl clubbed his team-leading 12th home run of the season.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Pohl’s homer to right in the first. After Nebraska got single tallies in the third and fifth, Ohio State scored seven times over the fifth and sixth innings to take what seemed to be a commanding 9-2 lead. Dezenzo had an RBI single in the fifth while both Todys and Kern added sac flies.
Nebraska got to the Buckeye bullpen in the seventh, scoring five times on three hits to knife into the lead. Jack Neely escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the top of the eighth, allowing the Buckeyes to take a 9-7 lead into the ninth. With one out, Nebraska’s Griffin Everitt tied the game with a two-run home run and then the Huskers tacked on two more to steal the game’s momentum.
Ohio State will play a pair of games on Sunday afternoon. The first will start at 1 p.m. against Nebraska and the second will be at approximately 5 p.m. against host Indiana. Both games will be on BTN.