Game 2 of the three-game series between Nebraska and Ohio State softball teams ended in the bottom of the seventh as the Buckeyes hit a single for the 5-4 victory.
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Game 2 of the three-game series between Nebraska and Ohio State softball teams ended in the bottom of the seventh as the Buckeyes hit a single for the 5-4 victory. The victory improved OSU’s record to 31-13 and 11-8 in the Big Ten while the Huskers fell to 34-13 and 14-4 in conference.
Kaylin Kinney started in the circle, pitching 4.0 innings, striking out two and allowing four runs. Courtney Wallace (13-6) came on in relief, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and a run while recording the loss.
Emily Ruck started for the Buckeyes in the circle, tossing 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while Lexie Handley (19-7) came in relief, earning the win after holding NU to three hits and one run in 2.2 innings.
Cam Ybarra and Billie Andrews led Nebraska on offense, both finishing 2-for-3 while Sydney Gray and Kinney both recorded home runs.
The Huskers were the first to score with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Peyton Glatter started off with a single down the middle. Ava Bredwell came to run for Glatter as a pinch runner. With two outs, Bredwell stole second to put a runner in scoring position. A Caitlynn Neal pitching single propelled Bredwell to third. Neal tried to steal the second and was knocked out, but Bredwell was able to go home and score, taking a 1-0 lead for NU.
The Buckeyes responded with three runs late in the fourth. Two singles put the runners in first and second place. With two out, Kaitlyn Coffman, a pinch hitter, hit a three-run homer over the fence to right-center to take a 3-1 lead.
NU tied the game in the top of the fifth. A one-out single to the left side put Billie Andrews on base. Kinney followed with a two-run homer to tie the game, 3-3.
OSU regained the lead late in the fifth. A single put a runner up and a sacrificial bunt advanced the runner into scoring position. A single, scored one, putting the Buckeyes back in the lead, 4-3.
Sydney Gray started the seventh inning with a home run over the left field fence. Billie Andrews followed with a single down the left side. Kinney retired and Billie Andrews was tagged. With two outs, Courtney Wallace flies away. The Huskers entered in the bottom of the seventh, tied 4-4.
With one out, Ohio State chained two singles to place a runner first and second. A right-sided single and an aggressive base runner scored for the Buckeyes’ 5-4 win.
The Huskers will be back tomorrow, Sunday May 1, for the final game of the series against the Buckeyes. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (CT) in Columbus, Ohio.