As Easter wraps up so does another week of Buckeye action on the diamond. On the ladies’ side, the softball team continues to struggle to score and stop their opponents from scoring. After Tuesday’s game at Wright State was cancelled due to weather, the Buckeyes then traveled Lincoln for a three game set against Nebraska. Ohio State failed to make it past the 6th inning of any game in losing all three to the Cornhuskers. The Buckeyes record falls to 20-23 overall and 6-9 in B1G play.
The men continued on their rollercoaster ride of a season as well. The week started with a loss at West Virginia followed up with loss at home on Wednesday to Ball State. Murray State then came to town for a three game set in which the Bucks were able to take two of three from the Racers. Ohio State’s record moves to 23-18 overall while remaining 4-8 in conference play. Let’s check some of the highlights.
4/18: OSU 1, Nebraska 14 (5 innings)
Ohio State got out to a quick start by jumping on Nebraska in the top of the first. With Caitlin Conrad standing on second, Cammi Prantl smashed a double scoring Conrad and putting the Buckeyes on top 1-0. The Cornhuskers wasted no time answering by smashing 3 hits and scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first. The damage could have been worse if it weren’t for Kiki Stokes being thrown out at the plate by Keelia Nester. However, Ohio State was not able to build from that momentum failing to score anymore in the game. Nebraska scored again in the second, third, and fourth innings before finishing off the Buckeyes 14-1 in 5 innings.
4/19: Game One: OSU 0, Nebraska 8 (6 innings)
Nebraska continued their hot hitting by scoring early against the Buckeyes. The Cornhuskers’ Tatum Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run. That was followed up with anothe solo shot by Kylee Muir and an RBI single by Hailey Decker. The Buckeye deficit was 3-0 before they even knew what hit them. Ohio State’s only offensive threat came in the fourth but they were unable to score after a a feilder’s choice and a groundout. The lone highlight for the Bucks came when Taylor Watkins did her best impression of Kenny Lofton and scaled the center field fence robbing Muir of her second homer. It wasn’t enough as Nebraska drubbed Ohio State 8-0 in the opener.
4/19: Game Two: OSU 0, Nebraska (5 innings)
The day didn’t get any better for Ohio State as the failed to cash in on scoring opportunities in the second and third innings. Taylor Edwards got Nebraska on the board with a one-out solo home run in the third. Things remained close at 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth. After failing to cash in on another scoring opportunity in the top half of the inning, the Buckeyes gave up run scoring doubles to Tatum Edwards and Austen Urness in a 7 run game ending inning.
The ladies will be hosting Penn State on Wednesday for a doubleheader. You can catch both games on the Big Ten Network.
4/15: OSU 1, West Virginia 4
While most of us were dealing with snow and winter like conditions on Tuesday, Ohio State and West Virginia actually played a baseball game. The Bucks scored early on a bases loaded Hit by Pitch to take a 1-0 lead in the second. The Mountaineers came right back when Ryan McBroom led off the bottom half of the second with a double. Max Nogay then went yard putting West Virginia up 2-1. WVU then added 2 insurance runs in the third making the final score 4-1.
4/16: OSU 6, Ball State 8
Troy Kuhn belted a two-run home run to get the Buckeyes off to hot start and a 2-0 on visiting Ball State. The lead lasted until the fourth when Ball State took the lead 5-2 thanks in part to a two-run home run T.J. Weir. Ohio State squandered a scoring chance in the bottom of the fourth before Ball State tacked on three more runs in the sixth making the lead 8-2. The Bucks were able to battle back to 8-6 but the rally fell short.
4/18: OSU 3, Murray State 1
The Buckeyes used a quick start in beating Murray State in game one of the series. Nick Sergakis led off the bottom of the first for Ohio State with a single. After Ronnie Dawson’s double, Troy Kuhn hit a sacrifice fly to give the Bucks a 1-0 lead after one. A sacrifice fly by Pat Border in the third gave Ohio State a 2-0 lead. That was more than enough for the Buckeyes and Tanner Tully. Tully surrendered only one run while striking out 4 in 7.0 innings pitched. The 3-1 victory moved Tully’s record to 4-2 on the year.
4/19: OSU 5, Murray State 7
Game two of the weekend series was not so kind to Ohio State. Ohio State took the lead in the third. After a walk and an error by the Racers, a single by Troy Kuhn gave the Bucks a 1-0 lead. Murray State answered right back in the top of fourth by pounding out 5 hits and scoring 3 runs in taking a 3-1 lead. The Racers pushed the lead to 7-2 after a 4 run seventh inning. Ohio State rallied for 3 in the bottom of the ninth before falling 7-5.
4/20: OSU 7, Murray State 3
Once again, the first inning proved vital for the Buckeyes. In a wierd series of event Ohio State took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Ronnie Dawson thought he had hit a two run home run, howevere, it was not a home run and he ended running past Nick Sergakis. The end result was an RBI single by Dawson and a 1-0 lead. The Bucks then scored in the second in a more conventional way with an RBI single by Nick Sergakis. A sacrifice fly by Zach Ratcliff in the third pushed the lead to 3-0. Murray State touched up Zach Farmer for three runs in the fifth knotting the score at 3. Ohio State came right back in the bottom of the fifth by scoring two runs to take a 5-3 and never look back.
The Buckeyes are now off until next weekend when they will travel to West Lafayette for a three game series against Purdue.