May 23, 2013
Ohio State had a walk off walk to defeat Nebraska, 3-2, today in the fourth game of the Big Ten Tournament. After Ohio State was up, 2-1, Nebraska tied it up in the top of the ninth, only to have the Buckeyes win in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off walk.
Ohio State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, while Nebraska tied the game in the top of the fifth. Ohio State took its second lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth, which stood until the ninth inning. Nebraska's Bryan Peters singled in pinch runner Kildow to tie the game. Ohio State, however, loaded the bases in the top of the ninth as Patrick Porter scored off of Troy Kuhn provided the RBI walk.
OSU's Zach Ratcliff went 3-4 with a RBI, while Jacob Bosiokovic was 1-2 with a walk and a RBI. Winning pitcher was Trace Dempsey. OSU's starter Brad Goldberg went 6.2 innings, scattered five hits, allowed one run, walked four and struck out six.
Nebraska's Austin Darby and Peters each had two hits, while Michael Pritchard had a RBI and a walk. Dylan Vogt suffered the loss after pitching an inning and a third, walking four and stricking out one.
Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Greg Beals
“We scratched and clawed to win a ballgame. It wasn’t the prettiest way to get it done, but our guys fought and found a way to scratch out another run there in the ninth inning. It was big for our team to be able to do that and to come back through the blown save and realize there is baseball to be played. We had an opportunity and took advantage of that opportunity in the bottom of the ninth inning to get a win.”
On importance of having a bye…
“It’s big to have that bye. If you start on Wednesday and find your way into that loser’s bracket at some point, it is brutal. We were amped up and ready to go today.”
On Trace Dempsey’s performance…
“A couple things, yeah he was a little off. I think he is trying too hard. After last week’s game with Indiana, I think he was trying too hard to get back in there. He was throwing hard and when he is throwing hard, that ball goes up hill…He got throwing today and not pitching.”
Second Basemen Troy Kuhn
On walk-off win…
“I was just looking for a real good pitch to hit. I saw earlier in the game, his fastball had some good zip on it. So I was looking for something up, but I never saw it.”
Pitcher Brad Goldberg
How he felt going into game and during game…
“Going into the game, I was ready, the coaches will tell you I’m a fiery guy. So going in I was really fired up to pitch. I put more pressure on myself, but I was ready to go. The first inning we got a big double play, but after that it was straight cruising. We executed our game plan.”
On pitching 119 pitches…
“I feel like that was the right time for me to come out, lefty vs. lefty. Riga was there, he always backs me up out of the bullpen. In my personal opinion we have the best bullpen in Big Ten. So I definitely have trust in them.”
Designated Hitter Zach Ratcliff
On his performance today…
“Scouting report was that he was going to be low and away, low and away. So when he elevates, you have to take advantage. My first two at-bats, he made a mistake up, so I was aggressive in the count. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little luck.”
Nebraska Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Darin Erstad
“We might have had issues with getting a run down with guys down on second, swing through hit and run, lost a ball in the outfield, but Aaron Bummer pitched his heart out. The passion my guys have is off the charts, I am so proud of the way they battle. This one hurts for them but to come back like they did, it was just a great game and we were on the wrong end of it. I love their effort.”
On the difference of playing OSU before…
“I think it was just a completely different atmosphere. My goal was to just pound strikes which is something that I did last time against them and had success there.”
On the tough pitching….
“Tip your cap to Goldberg and their guys that came in. It was a pitcher’s battle today. We left seven or eight guys on base, I know I left three, you want to be in the position where you can drive in runs but sometimes that just not happen for you. We had a few big hits but at the end of the day we could not get enough.”
On being the last player off the field….
“That was a hard one, one of the hardest loses I have had here. You lose one game and you still have a bunch to go so you have to just go one game at a time the rest of the year. You have to play like you are dying, you only have one shot you can’t lose another one and I think everybody knows that.”