Nebraska reliever Dylan Vogt walked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Ohio State a 3-2 victory Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten baseball tournament in Minneapolis.
The Huskers, who beat Michigan 11-2 on Wednesday, dropped to 26-29. They face an elimination game Friday at 3:30 p.m. Nebraska will likely start Christian DeLeon, who missed his last start because of a sore elbow.
Nebraska tied the Buckeyes in dramatic fashion when Austin Darby walked, pinch runner Ty Kildow stole second and Bryan Peters slashed a two-out single to left to score Kildow. The run marked only the second blown save for Buckeye reliever Trace Dempsey, who also blew a save against NU in Lincoln but won the game in 11 innings.
Michael Pritchard then hit a grounder to shortstop and was called out on a close call at first base to end the inning.
Ohio State's Zach Ratcliff opened the bottom of the ninth with a single. He advanced on a sacrifice and Vogt intentionally walked pinch hitter Aaron Gretz. Vogt then issued a pass to Joe Ciamacco and hit Troy Kuhn with a pitch. Kuhn was called back to the plate for not avoiding the pitch, and two pitches later, he walked to force in the winning run.
“When Nebraska tied it up in the ninth, I told the guys that we’ve got a last at-bat and we can do something,” said OSU coach Greg Beals, whose team beat Nebraska in extra innings a month ago in Lincoln on the way to taking two of three games.
Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said the Huskers missed too many opportunities.
“It’s the same song and dance -- play good defensively, good pitching and we don’t get a bunt down in the fifth and we don’t make contact on a hit-and-run and a guy gets thrown out at second in the seventh,” he said on his post-game radio show. “We know we’re going to fight. But we have to handle those situations on a consistent basis and I’m going to keep hammering on those things.”
Nebraska tied the game 1-1 in the fifth when Darby singled and scored on Pritchard’s two-out triple. Darby walked in the seventh but was caught stealing before Peters doubled to left field. Chad Christensen reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth, but the next two Huskers flew out.
Ohio State scored a run on Ratcliff’s single in the second and regained the lead in the sixth when Kuhn walked, Kirby Pellant was hit by a pitch and Jacob Bosiokovic doubled to the right-field corner. Bosiokovic tried to score from third on a fly ball by Mike Carroll, but he was caught at the plate on a strong throw by Pritchard and a sweeping tag from catcher Tanner Lubach.
NU starter Aaron Bummer was strong through his seven innings. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five.
“We had some great plays,” Erstad said. “Pritchard made some fantastic plays and Bryan Peters, the No. 9 hole hitter against the best reliever in the conference, got a big hit. It’s not supposed to go that way.”
OHIO STATE 3, NEBRASKA 2
|Pritchard lf||4||0||1||1||Ciamacco cf||4||0||0||0|
|Kelly 2b||4||0||1||0||Kuhn 2b||3||1||0||1|
|Christensen rf||3||0||1||0||Pellant ss||3||0||1||0|
|Kalkowski 1b||3||0||0||0||Hallberg 1b||4||1||1||0|
|Headley 3b||4||0||0||0||Bosiokovic 3b||2||0||1||1|
|Scheffert dh||3||0||0||0||Carroll rf||3||0||0||0|
|Sanguinetti ph||1||0||0||0||Ratcliff dh||4||0||3||1|
|Darby cf||2||1||2||0||Porter pr||0||1||0||0|
|Kildow pr||0||1||0||0||Wetzel lf||2||0||0||0|
|Lubach c||2||0||0||0||Solomon c||2||0||0||0|
|Peters ss||4||0||2||1||Gretz ph||0||0||0||0|
One out when winning run scored.
E--Solomon (5). DP-- Nebraska 1, OSU 1. LOB--Nebraska 8, OSU 10. 2B--Kelly (11), Peters (6), Bosiokovic (6). 3B--Pritchard (1). S--Lubach 2, Bosiokovic, Wetzel 2. SB--Kildow (6), Peters (3). CS--Darby (6).
|Vogt L 5-1||1 1/3||2||1||1||4||1|
|Dempsey W 3-1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
HBP--by Bummer (Pellant). WP--McKinney. T--2:53.