After splitting a doubleheader yesterday, the Nebraska Baseball team clinched another winning weekend, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 11-9. Nebraska jumped out to a 11-1 lead before holding on in the final two innings to get a victory.
Nebraska scored three runs in the first against Ohio State starter Reece Calvert. Jake Meyers would lead off with a single and was followed by a walk to Angelo Altavilla. The bases became loaded when Calvert hit Scott Schreiber with a pitch. Ben Miller drove in two with a single down the left field line. Luke Roskam grounded into a double play which erased Miller but scored Schreiber to push the lead to 3-0.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning from Meyers in the bottom of the first, Nebraska scored two more runs and knocked Calvert out of the game. Mojo Hagge singled, Meyers was hit, and Altavilla walked to load the bases. After Seth Kinker relieved Calvert, Schreiber hit a rocket to the shortstop for an infield hit and Miller was hit by a pitch to drive in another run. Roskam would strikeout looking to end the threat.
Kinker and Meyers would match each other with zeros through the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth Meyers would give up a run when Tre’ Gantt reached on a single and scored on a Brady Cherry triple over the head of Luis Alvarado in center.
The Huskers appeared to put the game out of reach in the seventh when they scored five runs. Kinker was relieved by Joe Stoll who walked both Miller and Roskam. Stoll was replaced by Kyle Michalik who loaded the bases when Alvarado reached on an error. After a fielders choice got Miller out at home, Jesse Wilkening was hit by a pitch to plate one, before Jake Schleppenbach plated two with a single. After a strikeout of Meyers, Michalik would depart in favor of Thomas Waning who walked Altavilla and gave up a double to Schreiber to plate two more runs.
After letting Meyers come back out in the bottom half of the seventh, Darin Erstad was rewarded with a quick inning.
In the eighth, the Huskers tacked on another run when Hagge scored off of a Schleppenbach double to push the lead to 11-1.
Then the wheels came off.
Ohio State plated eight runs on eight hits and a walk in the bottom of the eighth to turn a rout into a close game. Nate Fisher gave up the first six hits, including a chopping groundball which Fisher had a chance on to turn two, but hit off his glove and went into center field. In a 11-5 game, Chad Luensmann would come in and gave up a double, a walk, and a single to let the Buckeyes get within 2 at 11-9. Luensmann got Gantt to fly out to left to end the threat for the Buckeyes.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for the Huskers, they would turn the ball over to Alvarado looking for the save. Alvarado gave up a leadoff hit to Cherry to bring the tying run to the plate. A flyout, and a strikeout would bring up Bo Coolen as the last hope for the Buckeyes. Coolen had a 3-0 count, but Alvarado struck him out to preserve the win.
With the victory over the Buckeyes, Nebraska moves to 26-16-1 (9-5-1 Big Ten). The Buckeyes fall to 17-26 (5-10 Big Ten). Nebraska now sits alone in second place in the Big Ten standings. Nebraska returns home to host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights next weekend, with first pitch schedule on Friday at 6:35.