Date: May 21st - 23rd
Time: May 21st (Fri.) @ 7:00 p.m, May 22nd (Sat.) @ 12:00 p.m & 5:30 p.m, May 23rd (Sun.) @ 12:00 p.m,
Location: Bart Kaufman Field, Bloomington, Indiana
Record(s): Indiana (24 - 12) 2nd in Big Ten, Ohio State (19-16) 6th in Big Ten & Nebraska: (25-11) 1st in Big Ten
Head Coach(s): Greg Beals (Ohio State) & Jeff Mercer (Indiana)
Stream: BTN, ESPNU, & BTN+
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Last weekend, the series against Northwestern (The games that were played anyway) were exactly what you’d want, with the Huskers beating the Huskies 12-2 and 11-5 respectively. Now the Huskers will face Indiana for the second time this month and are looking to put some distance between them in the standings.
Against the Huskies, Cade Povich and Max Anderson both walked away from the weekend with Big Ten honors. Povich went 7.0 innings pitched with two hits in the series opener, picking off two of his only allowed base runners right away. This is his second time receiving the award. Anderson went 7-10 with two doubles and wins his first Freshman of The Week honors. Anderson is now beating Jaxon Hallmark and Luke Roskam for the team lead in batting average.
They now look to beat up on the inconsistent Buckeyes and prove themselves against The Hoosiers in probably the most important series so far this season.
May 21st: vs Indiana @ 7:00 p.m
May 22nd: vs Indiana @ 5:30 p.m
The Hoosiers are coming into Lincoln having won two of their last six games, they’re a good team and they’re due. As these two teams clash this weekend for the top spot in the Big Ten all eyes will be on them to see who comes out on top. Indiana continues to dominate on the mound and ranks in the top five in the nation in hits allowed per game. Sophomore ace Gabe Bierman threw a whole nine innings with eleven strikeouts while only giving up four hits and one earned run against the Huskers two weeks ago. Bierman however did take the loss against Michigan this last week. Their relief corps is really really good, the highest ERA on the team is a 5.79. With a team ERA of 3.08, the Huskers are going to have to be aggressive at the plate.
Cole Barr continues to shine on offense and hasn’t missed a beat this season. He is hitting .326 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI, with an OBP at .453 he gets on base almost half the time. Grant Richardson, Paul Toetz, Morgan Colopy, and Drew Ashley all have over .800 OBP’s as well. This team is only .263 as opposed Nebraska’s .281 but they still hit the ball hard and all over the field. This teams pitching is it’s strength, but it is paired up with a more than capable and dangerous offense.
May 22nd: vs Indiana @ 7:00 p.m
May 23rd: vs Indiana @ 5:30 p.m
Ohio State has been one of the most inconsistent teams this year. The Buckeyes have looked unstoppable at times, sweeping Indiana in a four game series earlier in the year, but then going into a five game skid the weeks after. The last time these teams face they split the series, but this Nebraska team is a different one than they were at the beginning of the year.
The Buckeyes are hitting at just a .250 clip on the year and are lead by freshman outfielder Kade Kern, the only hitter above .300 (.356) on the roster. In 132 opportunities this year he has 47 hits and 27 RBI’s. Brent Todys and Dezenzo are close with a .296 and .291 batting average respectively. The 6’5 235 pound Senior infielder Connor Puhl is leading the team in home runs with 11 bombs on the season, he also is hitting .271 with 8 doubles and 33 RBI.
The Buckeyes pitching isn’t bad by any means, but very very average. Closer TJ Brock throws the ball hard, and it shows. In 18 innings he’s struck out 22 batters and leads the team with a 1.96 ERA. Behind him is junior starter Seth Lonsway who in ten starts is 3-5 with a 3.86 ERA, in 58 innings he owns a whopping 85 strikeouts. Garrett Burhenn is expected to get the other start for the Buckeyes this weekend and he owns a 4.41 ERA. Lonsway however has been the guy for the Buckeyes all year long, and if the Huskers can get to him then Ohio State may be in danger.
With Ohio States inconsistent play on both sides of the ball all season long, and Nebraska’s ability to hit above average pitching, I think they will have a pretty successful weekend against these two teams if they come out aggressive. The Huskers need to win these games to head into next weekend against Michigan if they want the top spot heading into the tournament.
Prediction: Huskers go 3-1 on the weekend (1 loss to Indiana)