Ohio State scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Huskers 7-4 Sunday afternoon in Lincoln.
Nebraska (14-19, 8-4) had the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Buckeye closer Trace Dempsey pitched OSU out of a jam to earn his 11th save of the season.
The Huskers started the inning with back-to-back singles from Michael Pritchard and Chad Christensen before Kash Kalkowski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. OSU reliever Ryan Riga then gave up consecutive RBI singles to Josh Scheffert and Blake Headley, cutting Ohio State’s lead to 7-3. With the bases still loaded and nobody out, head coach Greg Beals went to Dempsey, who threw 40 pitches in Saturday’s win.
Dempsey got Tanner Lubach to line out for the first out before pinch-hitter Austin Darby lifted a sacrifice fly to left for the second out. With the top of Nebraska’s order coming to the plate, Dempsey walked Rich Sanguinetti to again load the bases, setting the table for Pat Kelly, who got behind 0-2 and popped out into foul territory to first baseman Brad Hallberg.
Ohio State broke the game open with four runs in the eighth, three scoring with two outs. Four straight singles pushed the lead to 7-0.