April 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team plated seven runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 10-2 victory over Nebraska Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes have won seven in a row to improve to 21-12 overall, 6-4 in Big Ten play, while Nebraska falls to 23-13, 5-5 in conference play.
“It was good to see Jaron in a situation where he could relax and just pitch without a lot of stress,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “When you’re in a big series like this and you get a big first inning like we did, it really helped us relax as a team. It was good to have some room for error but we know we have to come out and play well the next two games.”
Ohio State took a big lead early with a seven-run bottom of the first. Tim Wetzel walked to lead off the game, Ryan Cypret followed with a single to left, Brad Hallberg advanced the runners to second and third with a groundout and Josh Dezse lined a two-run single into center to put the Buckeyes on the board. David Corna then walked, Patrick Porter was hit by a pitch and Dezse came around to score on a wild pitch before Brad Hutton walked to load the bases again.
Greg Solomon followed with the big blow, three-run triple down the left field line to make it 6-0 Ohio State. Kirby Pellant was hit by a pitch to chase Nebraska starter Tyler King with Buckeyes at the corners and one down. Solomon then came around to score as Pellant was caught in a rundown after he was picked off first by Tyler Niederklein to extend the lead to 7-0 after an inning of play.
Nebraska plated one in the top of the second on a two-out RBI single to left by Josh Scheffert to make it 7-1 Ohio State.
The Cornhuskers threatened again in the top of the third with runners on first and third and nobody out but Ohio State starter Jaron Long struck out Rich Sanguinetti, picked Michael Pritchard off first and got Chad Christensen to ground out to end the inning.
Solomon continued to be a thorn in the side of the Cornhuskers in the bottom of the third when he took Nebraska reliever Tyler Niederklein deep to left for a two-run shot to push the Ohio State lead to 9-1. The Buckeyes then made it 10-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Corna was hit by a pitch with two down and came around to score on an RBI triple to right-center by Porter.
Scheffert tallied the second run of the night when he knocked a solo home run off the top of the wall in left-center to lead off the top of the seventh.
However, that would be as close as the Cornhuskers would get as Long retired the final nine Nebraska hitters to end the game.
Solomon finished 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBI and two runs scored while Dezse went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Long allowed two runs while scattering eight hits and striking out five for his second complete game of the year.
The Buckeyes take on the Cornhuskers in the middle game of the series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
- Patrick Porter extended his hitting streak to a career-long seven games.
- Greg Solomon recorded a career-high five runs batted in.
- The 10 runs were the most scored by the Buckeyes in a Big Ten game this season.
- Jaron Long recorded the second complete game of his career. The first was against Michigan State, March 31, 2012.
- Josh Dezse produced his 25th multi-hit game of his career and his third three hit game of the season.
- Following the Buckeyes’ win fans were treated to a 10-minute firework display behind the center field wall.
- The Buckeyes are now 17-0 when leading after seven innings.
- Dezse has reached base safely in 32 of 33 contests this season.
- The Buckeyes have won seven games in a row for the first time since March 2009.
- Ohio State is 55 of 67 in stolen bases after going 35 of 57 all last season.
- The Buckeyes are 13-1 this season when scoring six or more runs and 14-0 when out-hitting their opponent.