Columbus, Ohio - A two-run home run
from both Kale Kiser and Kash Kalkowski, as well as a solo shot from Josh
Scheffert, accounted for all five of Nebraska's (24-13, 6-5 Big Ten) runs a 5-4
win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon in game one of a double
header at Bill Davis Stadium. After the Huskers dropped game one of the series
on Friday night, rain hit the Columbus area on Saturday to postpone the game
two until today.
with his fifth home run of the season, Kiser added a pair of singles and
reached base all four times he came to the plate, as he was HBP in his other
at-bat. Scheffert also put together a multi-hit game with two hits, while five
different Huskers were HBP.
Pierce gave the Huskers 5.2 innings in the start, but did not factor into the
decision as he left with the game tied at 4-4 in the sixth. Pierce gave up four
runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks, but struck out four Buckeyes.
Dylan Vogt got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year after working 2.1 innings
of shutout baseball before Travis Huber picked up his sixth save of the year
with a shutout ninth.
neither team got much going in the first, the Huskers took a 2-0 lead in the
top of the second on a two-out home run by Kiser. With Cory Burleson on first following
a fielder's choice, Kiser lifted his fifth home run of the season and his
second during conference play over the 370-foot sign in left-center field.
lead didn't last long, as the Buckeyes responded with three runs in the bottom
of the second on two hits. With one run across and two down, Tim Wetzel placed
a two-run double down the left-field line, but the inning came to an end on the
play when Wetzel was thrown out trying to take third on a relay from Kiser to
Chad Christensen to Scheffert. OSU extended its lead to 4-2 in the bottom of
the third when Ryan Cypret scored on an error by Christensen after reaching on
a leadoff walk.
got a threat going in the top of the fourth when it loaded the bases with two
outs; starting with a two-out single by Burleson, who then moved all the way to
third on an error by David Corna in right field. Kiser then reached after being
hit for the second time this weekend and Bryan Peters drew a four-pitch walk.
Michael Pritchard came to the plate and hit the ball hard, but it was right to
Wetzel in center to end the Huskers' rally.
walking two batters in both the second and third innings, Pierce put the
Buckeyes down in order in the fourth to give the Huskers some momentum going
into the fifth. Rich Sanguinetti was HBP to lead off the fifth and Kalkowski quickly
made OSU starter Brian King pay for the mistake when he took King's next pitch
over the right-field wall to tie the game, 4-4, with his fourth home run of the
teams both went scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning, before Scheffert lead
off the eighth inning with his second home run of the weekend to put NU up 5-4.
Later in the inning the Huskers had runners on second and third following a HBP
to Burleson, a bunt single by Kiser and a sacrifice bunt by Peters, but Andrew
Armstrong came in and got both Pritchard and Sanguinetti to fly out to left
field to end the inning.
retired his fourth and fifth straight batters to start the bottom of the
eighth, but OSU strung together consecutive singles to put a bit of pressure on
the Husker righty. Vogt bounced right back and got Kirby Pellant to ground out
to Richard Stock at first to end the inning.
took the mound in the top of the ninth to face the top of the Buckeyes' order.
Wetzel reached on a leadoff single to get the tying run on base, but Huber
retired the next three batters he faced to close out the game for NU.
two of today's double header is schedule to start at 12:50 p.m. (CT).