With the Ohio State softball team’s season coming to end it put the baseball team on center stage this past week. Unfortunately the men weren’t able to showcase ther talents very long after dropping the first two of the of the B1G Tournament bringing their rollercoaster season to an end. Ohio State opened up the tournament on Wednesday against host Nebraska with a 7-6 loss. The Buckeyes followed that up with a 6-5 loss to 3-seed Illinois on Thursday. Let’s take a look at the highlights:
5/21: OSU 6, Nebraska 7
Things looked good early for the Buckeyes as they jumped out to a big lead in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Aaron Getz knocked in two runs with a double down the left field line. Craig Nennig then followed up a with a successful squeeze bunt moving the score to 3-0. After a wild pitch, RBI singles by Ronnie Dawson and Troy Kuhn made the score 6-0 in favor of the Bucks.
Nebraska then cut the lead in half in the fifth. Back to back singles by Ben Miller and Steven Reveles started the inning. An RBI double by Jake Placzek made the score 6-1. Miller was able to score on a close play at the plate when Michael Pritchard grounded back to the mound putting the score at 6-2. A shot past Ohio State shortstop Nennig by Pat Kelly scored Placzek and leaving the Cornhuskers trailing 6-3 after five. Read More
With the softball team ending the season and unable to make the NCAA tournament, our focus shifts to the baseball team. This was the final week of regular season action before heading into the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes played four games this week and all were at home. On Tuesday Cincinnati came to town and fell the host Buckeyes 11-3. Then came a three game set against Northwestern that started on Thursday. The Wildcats took the first two, with Ohio State salvaging a win in the rubber match for Senior Day. Ohio State finishes the regular season 30-26 overall and 10-14 in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at the highlights.
5/13: Ohio State 11, Cincinnati 3
Ohio State wasted no time getting started in their Tuesday victory over Cincinnati. Nick Sergakis led off the bottom of the first with a single. After a hit-by-pitch and a groundout, a sacrifice fly by Pat Porter plated Sergakis to get the scoring started. Following a walk, Troy Montgomery then hit a 2-run double making the score 3-0. Two more walks loaded the bases for Jacob Bosiokovic who knocked in a run with a single pushing the lead to 4-0 by the end of the first. The Bearcats roared back in the second with three runs making the score 4-3. The scored remained the same until the fifth when the Buckeyes scored three with some help from a perfectly executed squeeze play by Sergakis. Ohio State never looked back in topping the Bearcats 11-3
5/15: Ohio State 3, Northwestern 6
Ohio State starter Tanner Tully was unable to get off to a good start against Northwestern on Thursday. A fielder’s choice sandwiched between two doubles gave the Wildcats a 1-0 after the top of the first. Back to back singles for Ohio State led off the bottom of the first. While attempting a double steal, an error by Northwestern third baseman Joe Hoschelt allowed Ohio State to tie the game 1-1. After failing to score on a threat in the second, the Buckeyes fell behind 2-1 after a solo home run by Jack Mitchell in the third. Northwestern tacked on two more unearned runs in the fourth making the game 4-1. The Wildcats added two more in the sixth in route to their 6-3 victory over the Buckeyes. Read More
Well, we’ve grown yet again. Not only did we add Mike to the team, but Joe and Scott are both newly christened fathers! Congrats, and we hope that you survive all of the smelly diapers and sleep deprivation. That goes for you also, Scott and Joe. Here’s today’s musical kickstart, dedicated to our new dads, even though Mother’s Day is right around the corner.
Ohio State’s efforts to return to the B1G Finals run through the hearts and souls of That Team Up North, just as it should be.
The Buckeyes will look to not only punch their ticket to the finals with a win today, but also to get revenge for the 10 point loss to the Wolverines earlier this year in Columbus.
Tip is approximately at 1:40 PM in CBS… Go Bucks!
The #5 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) beat #4 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers, and now face the #1 seed Michigan Wolverines (24-7, 16-3). This is the second game of the day and is scheduled to start 25 minutes after conclusion of the first game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:40 EST with television coverage provided by CBS, check local listings.
Here we go again- Ohio State looks to win the rubber match against the Huskers in the B1G Tournament.
As you may remember, the Buckeyes handled Nebraska at home, but were “court stormed” in Lincoln. The Huskers only lost one game in their new arena this year… how will they do in a neutral location?
Tip off is around 2:30- Thanks for joining us!
The Buckeyes kicked off the defense of their 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship by playing Purdue this afternoon. The winner (5th seed Ohio State/12th seed Purdue) plays 4th seeded Nebraska to morrow afternoon. Well, OSU got past the first hurdle by beating a very tenacious Purdue team, 63-61.
Ohio State held a narrow half-time margin of 30-27, in which neither team shot well (37%), but they helped their cause with a 10-1 lead in offensive rebounds. In the 2nd half, Purdue came out fast and for much of the game the team traded baskets, with OSU holding a narrow, late lead. With the Buckeyes leading 63-61, a last second 3-point attempt by Terone Johnson just missed, giving Ohio State the win.
For the game, Ohio State shot 36% (23-64), a horrific 7% (1-14) from the perimeter and a horrendous 64% (16-25) from the free throw line. Purdue shot 41% (24-58) from the field, a pretty bad 20% (2-10) from the perimeter and 69% (11-16) from the free throw line. Ohio State out rebounded Purdue 43-39, with 20 of OSU’s boards being at the offensive end. It was tough for both teams to get shots off, as Ohio State blocked 10 shots, and Purdue blocked 7.
Oho State was led by LaQuinton Ross (19 pts, 13 rebs) [nice time for a double-double] and Aaron Craft (16 pts, 5 ast). Purdue was led by four players in double figures; A.J Hammons (15 pts, 9 rebs), Ronnie Johnson (12 pts), Terone Johnson (10 pts, 6 rebs) and Kendall Stephens (10 pts).
OK folks, we’re going to try something a bit different this afternoon. Eric is out of town on some Very Important Business so I’ll be holding down the fort:
Assuming Ohio State beats Purdue (I don’t want to think of an alternative outcome), we’ll be back here tomorrow afternoon at approximately the same time. Tomorrow’s format, assuming winter storm Vulcan does screw up Eric’s travel plans will be that I’ll be your host once again. So, I guess we’ll have to show up to find out.
Anyway, today’s game is broadcast on BTN and should tip off around 2:25-2:30, or so. See you there!