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
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.
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