April 3, 2022

Ohio State Drops Game 3 to Nebraska


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nebraska used a three-run fourth inning to regain the lead from Ohio State, added two more in the fifth for a four-run cushion and then went on to post a 17-5 victory over Ohio State to sweep the three-game Big Ten Conference series at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State falls to 8-16 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten while Nebraska improves to 12-14 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State trailed early but came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first inning with three runs of its own, off a run-scoring single by Tyler Pettorini to score Marcus Ernst, and a two-run single by Colton Bauer to score Pettorini and Kade Kern.

The Buckeyes had additional opportunities early when the game was yet to be decided, following that first inning with men on in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th innings, but in each situation the Buckeye bats could not bring anyone home. Double plays in the 2nd and 3rd innings did not help.

Nebraska added two runs in the 5th, three in the 7th and seven in the 9th.

Trey Lipsey had a two-run home run in the eighth inning – his fourth of the season – plus a pair of singles and three runs batted in to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Bauer and Kade Kern each added a pair of hits to the Buckeyes’ 11-hit game with 10 of them singles. Bauer had two RBI.

Nebraska’s Jaxon Jelkin worked two innings after a four-inning start by Dawson McCarville to pick up the win and improve to 1-1 on the year.

Ohio State starter Wyatt Loncar worked 3.2 innings and took the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year. He gave up four earned runs despite allowing just two hits. He walked five, had a wild pitch and a balk and the Cornhuskers took advantage of the opportunities. Eight additional pitchers took to the mound for the Buckeyes on the day, including Griffan Smith, who made just his second appearance of the season, retired all three batters he faced in the sixth.

Nebraska, which stranded 13 runners on base, had 16 hits plus drew 10 bases on balls and had four hit batters. Cam Chick walked five times for the Cornhuskers and came around to score four runs.

Ohio State hosts Youngstown State in a 6:05 p.m. start Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium, and then continues its homestand with a three-game series against Michigan State this weekend.