It's another elimination game for both teams as Nebraska faces Ohio State this morning at 11:05 AM. Nebraska gets here by virtue of their 12-3 win over Penn State while Ohio State lost last night 5-4 to Purdue. The Buckeyes kept it close and made it interesting in the ninth inning, scoring one run and placing runners on first and second before Purdue closer Nitt Wiggren closed the door, striking out the final batter.
Nebraska wil start Senior RHP Dexter Spitsnogle. Spitsnogle has not been a regular starter, having only two conference starts on the season. His last start, however, was the finest of his career, going 6.2 innings against Michigan, striking out six and throwing a shutout until the bottom of the seventh.
The winner of this game will face Michigan State in another elimination game after this game is completed.
You have to feel somewhat good about Nebraska's chances today. They've scored 21 runs in the past two games and now that we're a few games into the tourney, the pitching ranks are getting thinner. The good thing (in a twisted way) about the Huskers is that we don't have a shutdown pitcher - we have a number of pitchers of whom are all about the same caliber, and if THE SPITSNOGLE can deliver some quality innings, the Husker offense should be banging in more runs.
The biggest concern facing Nebraska is that the tourney is being played in Columbus, Ohio. Huntington Park isn't the Buckeyes home field, but it's in Columbus just the same.
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