April 29, 2022

Ohio State Opens Senior Weekend With a 6-2 Win over Nebraska

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Season Stats // 2022 Schedule and Results // 2022 Roster // Box Score: Ohio State 6, Nebraska 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio The formula that had led the way to 29 wins previously this season worked again on Friday night, as Ohio State used a strong performance from Lexie Handley in the circle and a balanced offensive attack to defeat Nebraska, 6-2, in the opening game of a three-game Senior Weekend homestand.

The Buckeyes improved to 30-13 on the season and 10-8 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is 34-12 overall and 14-3 in the Big Ten.

The Short Story
Ohio State broke open a close game in the fourth inning when they plated four runs with the biggest hits coming off the bat of Sam Hackenbracht and Kami Kortokrax, who each had two-run singles.

That gave the Buckeyes a 6-0 lead and proved to be plenty of run support for Handley, who improved to 18-7 on the season with a complete game five-hitter. She allowed only two hits through six innings and struck out seven.

How The Runs Were Scored

  • Ohio State played small ball to score all six of its runs, but boy was it effective.
  • In the third inning, McKenzie Bump singled through the right side with two outs to score Jaycee Ruberti, who doubled off the right centerfield wall to start the inning.
  • The Buckeyes’ five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning came on five hits – all singles – but was keyed by run-producing hits from Hackenbracht and Kortokrax and a bases loaded walk.
  • All of the runs were also scored with two outs, as Hackenbracht took a 1-2 pitch from Nebraska’s Olivia Ferrell and found a gap on the left side to make the score 3-0.
  • The next batter, Bump, walked and picked up an RBI to increase the lead to 4-0.
  • Then, Kortokrax followed with a well-hit single to center field that scored Carver and Hackenbracht to make the score 6-0.
  • Nebraska’s two runs came on a one-out double in the seventh inning off the bat of Peyton Glatter. The next two outs to end the game were recorded on a strikeout and fly out to center field.

Senior Weekend and Such

  • The crowd of 1,325 was a season-high for a Friday night.
  • With two home games still remaining, the Buckeyes have already had three crowds of 1,200+ this season.
  • Ohio State is honoring five seniors this weekend: Niki Carver, Avery Clark, Lexie Handley, Kaitlyn Coffman and Jessica Ross.

Buckeye This And That

  • Nebraska came into the game with the Big Ten’s top team batting average and had won 18 of its last 20 games. The two runs that it scored was its lowest output since a 2-1 win over Rutgers on April 2.
  • The win was Ohio State’s fifth this season against a team that was either ranked or receiving votes in the NFCA Top 25 poll.
  • Ohio State has scored first in 32 of 43 games this season and is 27-5 in those contests.
  • Kami Kortokrax has at least one hit in five straight games. Her longest streak this season was seven games.
  • And speaking of streaks: Niki Carver was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and has now reached base in 14 consecutive games, a season high.
  • Over the last 10 games, Carver is batting a team-high .423 with three home runs, nine RBI and a .583 on-base percentage.
  • Handley has 225 strikeouts this season in 179.0 innings and is 16 Ks away from setting the program’s single-season record.
  • She also needed a season-low 93 pitches in her complete game. Handley and the Ohio State defense successfully retired the first batter in six of seven innings.
  • In eight full seasons with the Buckeyes, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly has won 30 or more games eight times.

What’s Next
Ohio State and Nebraska meet for the middle game of their three-game series tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The game will also be streamed live on B1G+.

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