COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team evened the series against Nebraska Saturday afternoon with a 7-4 victory at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 18-8 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Huskers drop to 14-13 overall and 2-3 in conference action. Right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Feltner fanned six over six innings to improve to 3-1, while right-handed reliever Seth Kinker picked up his fifth save of the year, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Jacob Barnwell had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and Noah McGowan also had three hits with a double and RBI.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“You’ve seen me go to Kinker earlier than you’d ideally like to,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I thought that was game-winning situation though and I thought we needed to have our best guy out there at that time. Griffan Smith was the highlight of the game for me. You bring a freshman in, and his first series in Big Ten play with runners on second and third and nobody out, and he gets two big outs for us.”
PROPS TO THE BULLPEN
Up 4-0, the Huskers came within one run of the Scarlet and Gray with the score at 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Nebraska had runners on second and third with one down and Beals went to his freshman lefty in the bullpen. Smith, from Cincinnati, Ohio, retired two hitters to get the Buckeyes out of the jam. Kinker pitched the final 2.1 innings and kept the Huskers off the board to claim his fifth save.
BUCKEYES JUMP OUT TO LEAD
Brady Cherry drove in the first run in the bottom of the first on a sac fly, scoring Dominic Canzone. In the fourth, Barnwell launched his first homer of the year when he roped a 2-1 pitch off Nebraska starting pitcher Matt Waldron over the left field wall for a three-run shot. McGowan drove in the fifth run in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI double to the gap in right center.
NEBRASKA MAKES IT A ONE-RUN GAME
The Huskers scored two in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh, respectively. A RBI triple by Jaxon Hallmark and wild pitch put two on the board. In the sixth, Scott Schreiber knocked a solo homer and a sac bunt and throwing error in the seventh scored the fourth and final Husker run.
Conner Pohl had an RBI single in the seventh and a fielder’s choice by Kobie Foppe in the eighth pushed Nate Romans around.
Ohio State and Nebraska close the series at 12:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
– Ohio State improves to 10-13 all-time vs. the Huskers.
– Five of the Buckeyes’ seven runs were scored with two outs today.
– Ohio State recorded 10 or more hits for the 14th time this season.
– The Buckeyes have hit a home run in five of the last six games.
– Ohio State is 11-3 when scoring first this season. The team is outscoring opponents, 38-14, in the first inning.
– Barnwell hit his first homer of the season and third of his career. He tied his career-high with three RBI.
– McGowan had his team-high 15th multi-hit game of the year, while Canzone collected his 13th of the season.
– Kinker made his 90th career appearance today, tying him for sixth on the OSU all-time list. He’s 12 away from the Ohio State career appearances record. He also recorded his 14th career save, which is tied for sixth all-time in program history.
– Hit streaks extended: Pohl (6), McGowan (4), Barnwell (3) and Canzone (3)
– Reached base streaks extended: Canzone (11), Foppe (10), Pohl (6), Barnwell (5), Cowles (4) and McGowan (4).