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Huskers Sweep Ohio State, Blow Out Buckeyes in Sunday Matchup

April 03, 2022

The Huskers pulled out their black uniforms for their Sunday matchup against Ohio State. Nebraska (12-14, 4-2) was looking for a series sweep after taking the first and second games from the Buckeyes (8-16, 0-4).

Thanks to strong two-out offense, Big Red got the brooms out and flew back to Lincoln with a massive 17-5 win. Nebraska went 10-of-19 at the plate with two outs on Sunday, which is much better than what it’s done in recent outings. In the previous three games—the two against Ohio State and last Tuesday’s loss at Creighton—the Huskers were just 5-of-30 with two outs.

Nebraska’s offense didn’t have trouble with Ohio State’s pitching. The Buckeyes used a whopping nine arms in the game. The Huskers racked up 16 hits, hit their second grand slam in as many days and exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning to put a cherry on top of the win.

Ohio State’s offense, on the other hand, started fast but didn’t finish that way. It scored three runs in the first inning, but didn’t plate another run until the eighth.

The Huskers used four pitchers, with starter Dawson McCarville lasting four innings. The Grand Canyon transfer gave up three runs and six hits while striking out two with two walks. Jaxon Jelkin, Mason Ornelas and Chandler Benson all saw relief action. Jelkin, a true freshman from Bellevue West, and Benson didn’t allow a run.

Lead-off man Brice Matthews and three-hole hitter Max Anderson each collected three hits to lead the team. Luke Sartori, the Huskers’ nine-hole hitter, took a pitch from Ohio State reliever Will Pfennig to deep left field for a two-out grand slam in the top of the ninth that pushed his team’s lead to 17-5.

Big Red’s bats continued to do well with runners in scoring position, too. The Huskers were 8-of-21 in that department on Sunday, which matches the amount of RISP hits they had in the previous three games combined. Sartori’s four RBIs lead the team while Griffin Everitt had three and four others—Matthews, Anderson, Garrett Anglim and Nick Wimmers—chipped in with two. Cam Chick reached base seven times and drew five walks.

After a walk to Chick, a single from Anderson and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out in the first, Wimmers, a native of Ohio and rarely-used transfer from Eastern Oklahoma State College, stepped to the plate and delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Huskers a 2-0 edge early.

In the fourth, Jack Steil reached after being hit by a pitch, then was moved to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Sartori. A balk by Ohio State’s starting pitcher, Wyatt Loncar, put Steil on third, and Matthews hit an RBI groundout to short that tied the game at 3. The rally continued with a two-out, two-run double from Everitt that gave the Huskers a 5-3 edge.

Ohio State went to reliever TJ Brock with two outs in the fifth, but the move didn’t pay off as the Husker batters seemed to be seeing his stuff well at the plate. Matthews and Chick each had a two-out RBI single off Brock that pushed Big Red’s lead to 7-3.

Nebraska loaded the bases with no outs again in the seventh thanks to a single from Sartori, a hit by pitch and a walk from Chick. Anderson brought in one run with an RBI groundout, then Anglim pounded a two-out, two-run double to give Nebraska a 10-3 advantage.

More news and notes:

>> Second baseman Core Jackson left the game in the bottom of the first after a collision with a base runner at second. The freshman from Canada was laying on the field for a couple minutes before departing with the help from trainers.

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