April 13, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team outlasted Nebraska in 11 innings, winning 6-5 Saturday afternoon in front of 4,076 spectators at Haymarket Park. The Buckeyes improve to 22-11 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten while Nebraska falls to 14-18 and 8-3 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska took the game’s first lead in the bottom of the second inning as they got three singles off of OSU starter Brad Goldberg to go ahead 1-0.
In the top of the fourth the Buckeyes evened the score up at 1-all. Patrick Porter led off the inning with a base hit and the next hitter, Jacob Bosiokovic, reached on an error on a throw from the Nebraska short stop. After both moving up on a wild pitch from Nebraska starter Aaron Bummer, Troy Kuhn knocked a base hit to right field to score Porter, but Bosiokovic was thrown out at home plate trying to give the Buckeyes the lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth the Huskers got a walk and consecutive singles to retake the lead at 2-1. Nebraska added two more to its lead in the bottom of the fifth to go up 4-1.
Goldberg gave up four runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings before he was replaced by David Fathalikhani. Goldberg walked three and struck out three. Fathalikhani pitched the sixth inning as well, giving up a base hit but then picked off Nebraska’s Chad Christensen to end the inning.
The Huskers maintained their three run lead until the Buckeyes came to bat in the top of the seventh. After loading the bases with no outs, Tim Wetzel hit a ground ball to short and beat out the throw of a would be double play, scoring Bosiokovic in the process to make it a 4-2 game. Brad Hallberg followed with an RBI blooper single to center, scoring Greg Solomon and cutting the Husker advantage to one. Then with two outs, Ryan Cypret put the Buckeyes out front 5-4, with a two-run double to left center.
Ryan Riga and Greg Greve pitched scoreless bottoms of the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, allowing no baserunners while each striking out one.
Trace Dempsey came on for OSU in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Nebraska’s Michael Pritchard reached on a base hit and was pinch ran for by Ty Kildow. Kildow stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Solomon. After Christensen went down swinging, Austin Darby sent a base hit to left to tie the game at 5-all and send the game into extra innings.
Following a scoreless 10th and with two outs in the top of the 11th, Kuhn reached with a base hit off of Husker reliever Josh Roeder and scored all the way from first on an RBI double by Wetzel, giving the Buckeyes the 6-5 lead.
Dempsey went three innings to claim the win and improve to 1-0 this season. Roeder took the loss for Nebraska and falls to 0-2.
Game three of the series will take place Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.
- Ciamacco stole a bag in the first inning and is now 14-for-14 this season and 30-for-30 in his career.
- Ohio State improves to 21-3 when scoring more than two runs.
- Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first 13 appearances of the season.
- Goldberg allowed more than two runs for the first time this season in ten starts.