The Nebraska Cornhuskers Baseball team split a doubleheader against the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon. The Huskers lost the resumed game from Friday evening 9-7, while picking up a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.
Nebraska had a 5-2 lead last night when the rain came to Columbus. The Huskers had been receiving stellar pitching from Jake Hohensee who had not allowed a hit in the first three innings. The offense was on track, scoring five runs in the first four innings and the Huskers looked to be cruising.
When the game resumed this afternoon, Matt Waldron took over for Hohensee and got the Buckeyes down in order in the fourth.
A six run fifth inning would be the downfall for the Huskers. A pair of two strike singles and a 3-2 walk would load the bases with two outs for OSU. Four straight hits plated a total of six runs to turn the 5-2 Husker lead into a 8-5 deficit.
The Huskers and Buckeyes would trade a run in the seventh. Scott Schreiber doubled and scored when Luis Alvarado reached on an error. Jalen Washington tripled and scored in the bottom half to push the Buckeye lead to 9-6.
Nebraska tried to mount one last rally in the ninth when the first three batters all reached. Angelo Altavilla doubled and Schreiber singled to put runners at the corners. An error plated Altavilla and put the tying runs on. Three straight unproductive outs would follow and the Huskers would drop a costly game.
The good news was the Huskers came back and pitched well in the nightcap. Derek Burkamper had a solid outing, not allowing a run in 5.1 innings pitched.
Nebraska had trouble figuring out Buckeye starter Jake Post who matched Burkamper with zeros on the scoreboard in the first five innings.
Post would record the first two outs of the fifth inning before the Huskers got a rally going. Schreiber and Miller singled with two outs to bring up Luke Roskam who worked a full count walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought home Schreiber to put the Huskers on the board. Alvarado would then double to plate both Miller and Roskam.
After the first two Buckeyes reached off of relief pitcher Jake McSteen in the seventh, Washington would drive in a run on a base hit to pull within two. With a pair of runners on, Robbie Palkert would get a strikeout and a weak groundball back to the pitcher to end the threat.
After a clean eighth from Palkert, Chad Luensmann would come in for the save. Luensmann allowed an infield single, but then recovered and got a game ending 4-6-3 twin killing.
Nebraska will have an opportunity to win the series, and that is all that matters. The Huskers are undefeated when Jake Meyers pitches on Sunday in a conference series, increasing the Huskers chances for a road series win. While the loss in the opener was disappointing, the Huskers have a chance to move into second place in the league with a win tomorrow.