No. 2 Seed Ohio State Eliminated From Big Ten Tournament with 5-0 Loss to No. 3 Seed Nebraska
May 25, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 2 seed Ohio State baseball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament after a 5-0 loss to No. 3 seed Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Target Field. The Buckeyes, now 35-23 on the season, will have to wait and see their NCAA fate in a selection show at noon Monday on ESPNU.
“We’re incredibly disappointed in the result of today and the results of the Big Ten Tournament,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We’ve fought hard these last two weeks and put ourselves in a really good position but we weren’t able to get it done. We played some very good competition over the last couple weeks and learned a lot but it’s an incredibly disappointing feeling right now.”
After Ohio State starter Jaron Long tossed a perfect top of the first, the Buckeyes had a golden opportunity against Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon in the bottom of the frame when Joe Ciamacco reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to third with nobody out when a DeLeon pickoff throw sailed down the right-field line. However, DeLeon was able to get Ryan Cypret and Kirby Pellant to pop out and Brad Hallberg to ground out to short to keep the game scoreless after an inning of play.
The Buckeyes threatened again in the bottom of the third when Jacob Bosiokovic doubled to left-center, Tim Wetzel followed with a bunt single and Ciamacco bunted the runners over to second and third with one down. DeLeon was able to get out of the jam again, though, as he got Cypret to pop out to second and Pellant to fly out to the warning track in deep right to keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard.
Nebraska was able to convert in the bottom of the frame when Rich Sanguinetti doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning and came around to score on a one-out ground ball single up the middle by Michael Pritchard to put the Huskers up 1-0. After a lineout by Chad Christensen, Kash Kalkowski singled through the right side and Blake Headley doubled to right-center to push the Nebraska lead to 3-0.
Things stayed quiet until the Buckeyes were able to threaten after a Cypret leadoff double down the left-field line to start the bottom of the sixth. However, DeLeon responded by getting Pellant and Hallberg to fly out and Carroll to ground out to second on a nice play by Pat Kelly to end the inning and keep it a 3-0 game.
The Huskers then added to their lead after Brett McKinney came on in relief of Long in the top of the eighth. Sanguinetti led off the inning with a bunt single, Kelly singled through the left side and Pritchard sacrificed the runners to second and third with one down. Christensen then lined a single back up the middle to plate both runners to push the lead to 5-0.
In the meantime, DeLeon continued to keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard before getting relieved by Jeff Chesnut after walking Hallberg to lead off the ninth. Chesnut was able to get Carroll to fly out to center for the first out of the inning before inducing a game-ending 6-4-3 double play by Troy Kuhn.
Bosiokovic finished the game with a pair of hits while Long suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out three over 7.0 innings pitched.