Nebraska defeats Ohio State in Game 9 of Big Ten Tourney

May 25, 2013

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Nebraska used a three-run fourth and a two-run eighth to defeat Ohio State, 5-0, today at Target Field. With the win, the Cornhuskers advance to tonight's 7:05 p.m. game and will face the No. 1 seed Indiana. Ohio State suffered back-to-back losses, first against Indiana last night. was eliminated from the tournament.
Rich Sanguinetti and Pat Kelly each had multiple-hit games, both going 2-4. Leadoff hitter Sanguinetti scored two runs, while Chad Christensen and Blake Headley each had two RBI. Nebraska starter Christian DeLeon pitched a gem when he went 8.0 innings of shutout baseball when he scattered five hits walked two and struck out three.

Jacob Bosiokovic was the only Buckeye to have a multiple-hit game when he went 2-3. Ryan Cypret also had a double, while Mike Carroll and Tim Wetztel each had a hit. Jaron Long started for Ohio State and went 7.0 innings, allowed three runs, walked one and struck out three. Brett McKinney pitched an inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs, while striking out one. Trace Dempsey finished the game and pitched an inning and allowed a hit.

Post-game Quotes

Head Coach Greg Beals

Opening Statement...
"We're obviously incredibly disappointed, the results of today at the results of the tournament, and the results of the last two weeks. Our guys worked hard and put themselves in a very good position. With these last two weeks and the tournament opportunity, we put ourselves in a very good situation. Bottom line: we weren't able to get it done. Yet again today, we faced very good competition during that span. We learned a lot during that time, but for these three senior captains up here, they don't care to hear that. It's an incredibly disappointing feeling right now."

On leaving men on base...
"We should have scored three more runs without getting a hit. Quite honestly, we should have scored three more runs with the five hits that we got. All we have to do is hit ground balls up the middle to their shortstop and second basemen; then we score in the first and third and we are on the board with a two run lead. We get a two run lead without getting a hit going into the fourth inning. We have got to execute better."

On progression of program...
"I want to be careful of putting feathers in caps on progression because this was disappointing. We were in a position to do something and put Ohio State baseball back in championship form. We have a missed opportunity this year. Are we progressing? Yes. We will continue to progress. We will be younger next year and every bit talented next year."

RHP Jaron Long

On how it felt pitching during the game...
"I felt I came out strong and I was just trying to keep us in the game as long as I could. I thought the offense was going to pull it around but it just did not end up happening."

DH Ryan Cypret

On playing with a hurt finger...
"I was pretty disappointed with what happened a couple weeks ago so I definitely wanted to play. I was not going to play unless I thought I could be 100 percent for the team. Luckily with God's grace for fast healing, and our trainer working on me like crazy I was put in a position today where I could go and have coach give me the opportunity to play. It hurt pretty much every time I made contact with it today, but I felt confident in what I could do."

Third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic

Confidence on the field and being successful today...
"Before the game we looked at video and had a game plan coming in. So I had a good idea of tendencies and what we needed to do to get some offense going. I think we were close and we hit some balls hard but it just wasn't what we needed."

Pitcher Brett McKinney

On what seniors will tell the team...
"I know a lot of us the whole year has kind of been like that. Whatever kind of words of wisdom we could give them we would do as much as we can. It is tough right now but I think as we get home and figure out what is going on we will definitely talk to them and take advantage of the opportunities that we have and take care of this year. I think we all look forward to what's to come, we have some young talents."


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