April 2, 2022

Buckeyes fall to Nebraska 10-5

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Game two of Ohio State’s series against the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers saw an uptick in offense compared to game one, with the two teams combining for 18 hits. The Buckeyes were clean defensively but two timely home runs, including a late-inning grand slam, broke the game open for Nebraska in their 10-5 win.  

Both starting pitchers began the game with one-two-three innings against the top of the opposing order. Ohio State starter Nate Haberthier allowed his first earned run of the game in the second inning after Nebraska’s cleanup hitter sliced a triple down the line, where he was then driven home on a single. Haberthier struck out the next two batters in the inning to limit the damage. Ohio State tallied three consecutive singles off the bats of Kade Kern, Blayne Robinson, and Colton Bauer to tie the game at one. Mitchell Okuley’s sacrifice bunt was fielded by the pitcher and shoveled home in an attempt to cut down Robinson at home, but he slid around the tag to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the series.  

Haberthier sat down the first two batters of the third inning, but a walk followed by a two-run home run put the Cornhuskers in the lead again. In the home half, Zach Dezenzo was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Tyler Pettorini continued his hot start to the season with an RBI single to tie the game back up at three.  

Nebraska took the lead for good in the fourth. A leadoff single, a runner reaching on a sacrifice bunt fielder’s choice, and an RBI single followed by a two-RBI double gave the Cornhuskers a three-run lead. After a scoreless fourth for the Buckeyes, they were able to cut into the lead with a big fifth inning. Brent Todys led off the frame with a double and was driven home by a double by Dezenzo. With two outs in the inning, Kade Kern doubled to right center, driving in Dezenzo and bringing the score to 6-5 in favor of Nebraska.  

Tim Baird entered in the sixth, allowing two hits and a single to load the bases. With one out in the inning, Ethan Hammerberg entered and struck out the first batter he faced to come within an out of escaping the threat. However, Nebraska’s Max Anderson hit a grand slam over the center field wall to break the game open and give the Cornhuskers a 10-5 lead. That score held for the next three innings.  

Freshmen Gavin Bruni and Jacob Gehring had great outings, each throwing an inning apiece and allowing no hits. Trent Jones also added a shutout inning in the seventh, escaping a bases-loaded jam. Catcher Brent Todys had a standout day with his arm from behind the plate, throwing out two baserunners at second base in the late innings. Kade Kern collected another multi-hit game, his fifth of the season and fourth in his last five games.  

The Buckeyes (8-15) will attempt to close out the series with a win in game three on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m., with junior Wyatt Loncar getting the start on the mound.  

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