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Huskers drop weekend series to Ohio State

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Husker Baseball drops second Big Ten Series in a row to Ohio State

The Husker baseball team (14-14, 2-4 B1G Ten) lost its second Big Ten series in a hotly contested matchup against Ohio State on Sunday evening with a score of 15-14.  While the offense was hot early and late in the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Buckeye’s offense who battered the Husker pitching staff for 15 runs.

Coach Erstad was baffled by his pitchers on Sunday, noting that they were elevating the ball in the zone during the game but it wasn’t something the staff was seeing during their bullpen sessions.

“You see it in pens, their height is great. But you get in a game and you’re on a little different slope… maybe the (practice) mounds not exactly the same as the mound in the game, and we’ve some guys out there with a lot of experience and we’re still seeing a lot of pitches up in the zone.”

The Huskers offense wasn’t going down without a fight though. With multiple timely hits both early and late in the game the Big Red weren’t going down without a fight. Led by Scott Schreiber, Mojo Hagge, and Luke Roskam on Sunday the Huskers batted .395 as a team and scored 14 runs on 19 hits.

“The offense came out early and did exactly what we asked them to do got a lead and usually that’s a formula for success, our bullpen just wasn’t able to hold them down,“ Erstad said.

With the loss, the Husker Baseball dropped to 14-14 on the season and 2-4 in Big Ten conference play. With back-to-back series losses, Husker baseball now faces an uphill battle to the top of the Big Ten conference for the rest of the season.  The Huskers will need to see a big turnaround from their pitching staff if they want to stay in the hunt.

This Nebraska’s Tuesday night game against UNO has been postponed due to upcoming inclement weather but their weekend series with Michigan State is still set for this weekend.

Game Recap

The Cornhuskers got on the board early in the first inning after a single from Mojo Hagge was followed up by a double from the hot bat of Scott Schreiber. Hagge was running on the pitch and made it all the way around the bases on the hit to the gap in left center.

In the top of the third, Schreiber would find first base again on a single to right field and would reach second base on a passed ball soon after. Not known for stealing bases, Schreiber would catch the Buckeyes off guard by stealing third base a few pitches later. The throw from Ohio State’s catcher Ridge Winand was off target and would scoot behind the third baseman into foul territory allowing Schreiber to trot home safely for the Huskers second run of the game.

 

Clearly rattled, Luke Roskam worked a full count from Ohio States Adam Niemeyer before lining a home run squarely over the 400ft sign in dead center field to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead.

The Buckeye’s wouldn’t allow the Huskers to keep the momentum for long as their bats would wake up in the bottom of the third and stay hot for the next 5-innings.  Ohio State would score 15 runs from the bottom of the third through the seventh inning before finally going silent in the eighth and ninth innings.

Erstad’s team started chipping away at a 3-11 lead in the 7th inning scoring three runs off a 2-run homer from Scott Schreiber and a Mike Addante bases-loaded walk to put another run across and narrow the lead to 6-11.

Ohio State would answer with 4-runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 15-6 but the Huskers weren’t done battling at that point.

The Big Red were able to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in the eighth after a hit from Schreiber, a single from Jesse Wilkening, and a Luke Roskam walk would load them up for freshman standout Zac Luckey.

Luckey, batting for an injured Angelo Altavilla, would come up clutch for the Huskers and drive a 0-1 pitch down the left-field line for a single that would plate Schreiber and Wilkening.

A walk by Zac Repinski would load the bases back up for Jaxon Hallmark who would dribble a ball just past the pitcher’s mound for an infield single and RBI. With the runners going on the pitch, Ohio State’s shortstop Kobie Foppe had nowhere to go with the ball and Hallmark was able to leg it out safely to first base.

Mike Addante would add a single into right field to score two more for the Huskers. After his hit, Addante saw the throw from the outfield going to third and took off for second base as he slid safely under a tag to keep the pressure on the Buckeyes.

A deep infield hit to the second baseman by Mojo Hagge would score the Huskers 6th run of the inning and cut the Ohio State lead to 3 after Scott Schreiber ended the inning on a strikeout.

Ohio State would threaten again in the bottom of the eighth inning but Ethan Frazier would shut the Buckeyes down, stranding runners on the corners.

In the ninth inning, the Big Red would threaten to tie the game by pushing across two more runs. Jesse Wilkening was hit by a pitch and after two ground ball outs, Repinski, Hallmark, and Mike Addante would all single to bring the Buckeye lead down to one run. Joe Acker would go down swinging to end the game, leaving 2 runners Huskers left on the base paths.

Husker Baseball Final Stats vs Ohio State

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