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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