April 12, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped the opening game of its Big Ten series with Nebraska, 11-2, Friday afternoon at Haymarket Park. With the loss the Buckeyes fall to 21-11 and 5-5 in the Big Ten while Nebraska improves to 14-17 and 8-2 in the Big Ten.
After the Buckeyes went down in order in the first against Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon, the Huskers took an early 1-0 lead off of Ohio State starter Jaron Long as Chad Christiansen knocked in Rich Sanguinetti on a sacrifice fly to center.
Following a scoreless second, the Buckeyes made it 1-1 on a Brad Hallberg solo home run in the top of the third, his first of the season.
Nebraska responded with two of its own in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead, 3-1. A single, a walk and bunt single loaded the bases and the Huskers used an RBI single from Christiansen and a sacrifice fly from Austin Darby to push across their two runs.
Ryan Cypret made it a one-run Husker advantage with a solo shot leading off the fourth, his second home run of the season.
The Buckeyes ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth as Nebraska batted through its lineup, putting up four runs on five hits before Long was replaced with one out for Brett McKinney. The Huskers pushed two more runs across before the inning was over, using a Buckeye error and a sacrifice fly, and took a 9-2 lead into the sixth.
The Huskers took an 11-2 lead in the sixth when Kash Kalkowski took a McKinney pitch to left-center for a two-run double and the Buckeyes were unable to push anything else across as Nebraska came away with the series-opening victory.
Long took the loss for Ohio State to fall to 4-3 this season, giving up nine runs, seven earned, over 4.1 innings. DeLeon went 8.0 innings for the win and improves to 4-2 this season as he gave up two runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five. Jeff Chesnut threw the ninth for the Huskers, surrendering a walk but nothing else.
Game two of the series will take place Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.
- Ohio State turned three double plays in the game.
- It was the fifth home run for Hallberg in his career and the seventh for Cypret.