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Baseball: Ohio State Wins Series, Wild Sunday Finale 15-14

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Nebraska pitching struggles again

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The Nebraska Baseball team (14-14, 2-4 Big Ten) dropped their second consecutive series, losing the rubber match of their series against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Nebraska jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before giving up 11 unanswered runs. Nebraska got the tying run to second with two outs in the ninth, but could not pull off the miracle comeback.

The Huskers came out sharp in the first inning, Mojo Hagge led off the game against Buckeye starter Adam Niemeyer with a single. Scott Schreiber would continue his hot hitting with a RBI double into the gap in right field. Nebraska missed an opportunity to add more after Luke Roskam singled to put a runner at third with one out. Angelo Altavilla would pop up and Jaxon Hallmark flew out.

Matt Warren as he has all season, got the Huskers out of the first pair of innings while not giving up any runs.

In the third Nebraska tacked on a pair. Schreiber started the inning with a single. He went to second on a passed ball, and scored when he stole third and the throw from catcher Jacob Barnwell went into left field. Roskam unloaded on a pitch to add to the lead, blasting a home run to dead center.

Then it all fell apart.

Warren started his midgame struggles, giving up one run in the third. He got two outs in the fourth, before being replaced by Nate Fisher. Fisher gave up the lead on a double and a single, part of a four run Buckeye fourth.

Ohio State would pound relief pitcher and relief pitcher, scoring fifteen runs in the next three innings. Reece Eddins, Paul Tillotson, and Max Schreiber each gave up a ton of hits and runs.

Nebraska however, would not die on offense. In the seventh, Hagge singled and Schreiber launched his third home run of the weekend. A single, an error, and two base on balls added another tally for the Huskers to close within 11-6.

After a four run seventh for the home side, Nebraska came back with six runs in the eighth. Schreiber reached on an error, Jesse Wilkening reached on a single, and Roskam walked to load the bases. Nebraska then went single, walk, single, single, strikeout, single to close to within three. The Huskers got back to Schreiber as the potential tying run before the Buckeyes brought in Seth Kinker to strike him out to end the threat.

Ethan Frazier got the Buckeyes out in the eighth without allowing any runs, meaning Nebraska needed three to tie and four to go ahead.

Wilkening was hit by a pitch to start the ninth, and moved to third on two routine outs. Zac Repinksi, Hallmark, and Mike Addante all singled to plate two for the Huskers. A strikeout of Joe Acker ended the game, and prevented an epic collapse by the Buckeyes.

Nebraska now sits at just 2-4 in league play. The Huskers will need to pick it up, or they risk being in considerable danger of missing the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska has plenty of quality win opportunities left, but leaving a winnable game on the table can not feel good for the Huskers.