May 13, 2022

Ohio State Drops 2-1 Heartbreaker to Nebraska in B1G Semifinals


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EAST LANSING, Mich. Ohio State’s memorable run through the Big Ten Tournament ended on Friday afternoon with a tightly-contested 2-1 loss to second-seeded Nebraska in the semifinal round. The Buckeyes are now 35-15 on the season and will learn where they’re headed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

The Short Story
Olivia Ferrell’s one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning brought around the winning run for Nebraska and was one of new blemishes on an otherwise stellar performance from pitcher Lexie Handley, who started for the third time in three days and struck out six over 6.1 innings.

Ohio State scored its lone run in the top of the fourth on a triple off the bat of Meggie Otte. Otte also had a diving catch to end the fifth inning, contributing to her play on offense and defense.

How the Runs Were Scored

  • After both teams stranded runners in scoring position over the first three innings, Meggie Otte’s two-out triple in the top of the fourth brought Taylor Pack around to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead.
  • It was Otte’s 27th RBI on the season and her second triple.
  • Nebraska led off the seventh inning with a double and after Ava Bredwell struck out swinging, Ferrell sent Nebraska to the championship game with her only hit of the afternoon.

Moments That Mattered

  • Both teams stranded runners in the scoring position early in the game. Ohio State had the bases loaded with one out after Niki Carver was hit by a pitch for the 21st time this season. The next two batters, however, couldn’t push anything across.
  • Nebraska had runners on second and third in the bottom half of the first. With two outs, though, Abbie Squier ground out to Kami Korokrax.
  • The Buckeyes had a scoring opportunity in the top of the seventh after pinch hitter Taylor Heckman led off with a single and Melina Wilkison followed with an infield single.
  • The next three batters, however, were retired via a strikeout and two pop ups.
  • With two away in the top of the sixth, the Buckeyes also had two runners on but a diving catch in right field by Nebraska’s Brooke Andrews saved two runs and preserved a 1-1 tie.

Buckeye This and That

  • Handley pitched all 19.1 innings over three games and finished with a 1.09 ERA, allowing just three earned runs while striking out 16.
  • Opponents batted just .203 against the Buckeyes and had just two extra base hits.
  • Offensively, the Buckeyes scored 14 runs over their three games in East Lansing as Kaitlyn Farley went 4-for-8 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • Sam Hackenbracht and Jaycee Ruberti each drove in three runs.

What’s Next
Ohio State will be headed to an NCAA Regional site next weekend. The official pairings of the 64-team field will be announced on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to make their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six seasons.