No. 24 Nebraska fell behind early and couldn’t come back, as the Huskers fell 9-3 vs. Ohio State in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

Nebraska (22-7, 5-1 B1G) totaled three runs on nine hits and an error, while Ohio State (13-14, 3-3 B1G) totaled nine runs on nine hits.

Josh Caron went 3-for-4 with a double, while Case Sanderson was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Rhett Stokes turned in an RBI double, and Riley Silva, Tyler Stone and Joshua Overbeek each had a base knock.

Drew Christo dropped to 1-2 on the season after allowing four runs on three hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Will Walsh worked 4.1 innings in relief, surrendering one run on three hits while striking out five Buckeyes. Kyle Perry allowed one run in two innings, before Rans Sanders and Tucker Timmerman combined to allow three runs and record one out.

A leadoff triple, followed by an RBI groundout to shortstop had the Buckeyes ahead 1-0 in the opening frame. Ohio State doubled its lead with Mitchell Okuley’s two-out RBI double off the wall right field.

Ohio State expanded its lead to five with three runs on a pair of hits in the third to hold a 5-0 advantage over the Big Red. A solo homer into the berm in right-center off the bat of Henry Kaczmar made it a 3-0 game. A plunked batter and a four-pitch walk, followed by a wild pitch placed runners on second and third with one out for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes’ Joseph Mershon drew ball three on a 2-2 pitch and appeared to strike out via the pitch clock rule after thinking it was ball four and not being set in the batter’s box in time. Following a conference among the umpires, Mershon was rewarded to continue the at-bat and sent the 3-2 pitch back up the middle for a two-RBI single to give the visitors a 5-0 lead.

Nebraska got a pair of the runs back in the bottom of the third to climb back within three runs. Silva was plunked on a 1-0 pitch, before Sanderson drilled a 390-foot two-run homer in the left-center berm for his first career home run.

Walsh worked around a leadoff walk in the fourth, while the NU offense plated another run in the bottom half to make it a two-run game. Overbeek began the Husker fourth with a walk on full count and swiped second, setting up Stokes’ RBI double to the alley in right-center field.

The Huskers threatened to score for the third consecutive inning after Cole Evans reached on a fielder’s choice and Caron’s single up the middle to put runners on first and second with two outs. A two-out strikeout prevented the Big Red from cutting into the deficit.

Back-to-back one-out singles from Caron and Overbeek had runners on first and second for the Huskers in the eighth. With the go-ahead run at the plate, the NU offense couldn’t plate another run after a flyout and strikeout put an end to the Huskers’ threat with one inning to play.

A bunt single and consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Buckeyes with two outs in the ninth, while a grand slam to center ballooned the lead to 9-3 for OSU to avoid the series sweep.

No. 24 Nebraska hits the road for a midweek matchup at Kansas on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch between the Huskers and Jayhawks is set for 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan.

HOMERS PUSH PENN STATE PAST NEBRASKA

Penn State used a pair of two-run home runs to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Nebraska softball team in 10 innings Sunday at Bowlin Stadium.

Nebraska took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning before Penn State tied the game on a two-run homer. The Nittany Lions then took the lead with a two-run homer in the 10th inning.

With the win, Penn State won the series and improved to 28-8 on the year and 7-2 in Big Ten play. Nebraska fell to 23-15 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Bridget Nemeth (17-1) tossed a complete game for Penn State, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 10.0 innings. Kaylin Kinney (14-10) took the loss for Nebraska, allowing six runs (five earned) in a career-high 9.1 innings.

Nebraska lost despite hitting two home runs off Nemeth, who entered the game having allowed only one home run in 22 appearances and 103.2 innings. The Huskers out-hit the Nittany Lions 10-8 but Nebraska left eight runners on base compared to four runners stranded for Penn State.

Caitlynn Neal led the Husker offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate that included a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Bella Bacon was 2-for-5 and scored twice while Brooke Andrews went 2-for-4 and Peyton Cody hit her third home run of the season.

Penn State took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk was followed by back-to-back doubles to give the Nittany Lions the lead. 

Nebraska answered right back by scoring a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game. Bacon got the rally started with a two-out double. Neal followed with an RBI single before Katelyn Caneda came through with an RBI double.

The Huskers mounted another two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth. It was Bacon who started the rally again with a two-out single. Neal then launched a two-run homer to right center to give Nebraska a 4-2 lead.

Trailing by two, Penn State got a leadoff double in the top of the seventh inning before Nemeth hit a game-tying two-run homer.

In the bottom of the seventh, Billie Andrews reached on a leadoff error. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from her older sister Brooke. Following a strikeout, Samantha Bland was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs but Nemeth escaped the jam with another strikeout.

Neither team got a runner past first base in the eighth or the ninth innings. Then in the top of the 10th, Penn State grabbed the lead with a two-run homer.

Cody hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the 10th to pull the Huskers within one, but that was as close as Nebraska would get.

Nebraska is back in action next weekend, when the Huskers travel to Rutgers for a three-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Post-Game Notes

  • Nebraska fell to 3-3 in extra-inning games this season. The Huskers had won three straight extra-inning games entering today's game.
  • The 10-inning game tied for Nebraska's longest game of the season.
  • Caitlynn Neal homered in the sixth inning, marking just the second home run allowed by Bridget Nemeth in 109.1 innings this season.
  • Peyton Cody homered in the 10th inning, as Nebraska hit two home runs off Nemeth, doubling the amount of home runs she had allowed entering the game.
  • Neal tied her career high with three hits in the game, the sixth three-hit game of her career.
  • Kaylin Kinney went a career-long 9.1 innings, surpassing her previous career long of 7.0 innings.

HUSKERS START OFF STRONG, BUT DROP MATCH TO #66 PURDUE

West Lafayette, Ind. - Despite earning the doubles point, the Nebraska women’s tennis team (10-8, Big Ten 1-6) fell to No. 66 Purdue (11-7, Big Ten 4-4) 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

In doubles, the Huskers started off with a win on Court Three as Lucy Loy and Isabel Adrover Gallego defeated Purdue’s Juana Larranaga and Ashlie Wilson 6-1. Then, on Court Two, Boilermakers’ Kennedy Gibbs and Csilla Fodor defeated Ana Zamburek and Anfisa Danilchenko 6-3. This left Court One to decide the double point. No. 66 pair Raphae¨lle Lacasse and Maja Pietrowicz came back from a two-game deficit to win 6-3 against Tara Katarina Milic and Carmen Gallardo Guevara, and NU earned the doubles point. 

To start singles play, on Court One, Carmen Gallardo Guevara defeated Lacasse 4-6, 1-6. Courts Two and Three finished consecutively, with Danilchenko losing the match 1-6, 3-6 and Adrover Gallego falling 2-6, 4-6, giving Purdue a 3-1 lead. Tara Katarina Milic won 4-6, 6-7 against Lucy Loy to secure the win for No. 66 Purdue. Zamburek's match on Court Four and Jillian Roa’s match on Court Six were left unfinished. 

Up next, the Huskers return to the Dillon Tennis Center to host Penn State on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. (CT). The match will be streamed on Playsight, and live stats will be posted on huskers.com. 

Purdue 4, Nebraska 1

Singles:
Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Raphaelle Lacasse (NEB) 6-4, 6-1
Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Anfisa Danilchenko (NEB) 6-1, 6-3
Kennedy Gibbs (PUR) def. Isabel Adrover Gallego (NEB) 6-2, 6-4
Juana Larranaga (PUR) vs. Ana Zamburek (NEB) 6-4, 5-4 (UF)
Tara Katarina Milic (PUR) def. Lucy Loy (NEB) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Ashlie Wilson (PUR) vs. Jillian Roa (NEB) 7-6(9), 2-3 (UF)

Doubles:
Raphaelle Lacasse/Maja Pietrowicz (NEB) def. Tara Katarina Milic/Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) 6-3
Kennedy Gibbs/Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Anfisa Danilchenko/Ana Zamburek (NEB) 6-3
Lucy Loy/Isabel Adrover Gallego (NEB) def. Ashlie Wilson/Juana Larranaga (PUR) 6-1

ORDER OF FINISH
Singles- 1, 2, 3, 5, 4(UF), 6 (UF)
Doubles- 3, 2, 1

HUSKERS WIN 6-1 OVER WILDCATS

Lincoln, Neb. - The #61 Nebraska men’s tennis team (13-8, 2-3 Big Ten) matched its total wins from last season with a 6-1 win over the #64 Northwestern Wildcats (8-15, 2-4 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon. The Big Red secured the doubles point and five singles points to claim its second conference win.

The Big Ten matchup began with doubles at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center. Shunya Maruyama and Leo Linquet partnered on Court Three and defeated Chad Miller and Saiprakash Goli, 6-3. Lars Johann and Calvin Mueller played No. 2 doubles and clinched the doubles point for the Huskers with a 6-4 win over Greyson Casey and Presley Thieneman. Anton Shepp and Nic Wiedenhorn faced No. 48 Felix Nordby and Gleb Blekher on Court One, but the match was abandoned at 4-5.

With a 1-0 lead, the Huskers and Wildcats began singles play. Recently ranked No. 109 Mueller took on Blekher on Court Two and won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. At No. 6 singles, Linquet was next to finish, defeating Miller, 6-4, 6-2. Maruyama had a dominant match against Goli on Court Three, taking down the Wildcat 6-1, 6-1, to clinch the match for the Big Red. Roni Hietaranta played at No. 5 and had a strong finish to defeat Bengtsson 3-6, 6-0, 1-0[10-6]. Johann finished next, winning over Nordby in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. The last match on, Shepp and Thieneman battled their way to a tie-break on Court One. Thieneman defeated Shepp, 6-3, 6(3)-7, 1-0[11-9]. The Huskers won the match 6-1.

With the win, the Huskers improved to 13-8 in the spring season, 2-3 in conference play and 10-2 at home. With its 13th win, the Big Red matched its total wins from the 2022-23 season. Before the 2022-23, 13 wins in a season was a program best since 2016, when the Huskers finished 14-13. Mueller’s straight-set singles win improved his spring N0. 2 singles record to 9-2. Maruyama and Linquet’s victory on Court Three puts the duo at 8-3 on the season.

Up next, the Huskers hit the road to face #62 Indiana and Purdue. The Big Ten matchups are the last two away matches for the Big Red’s regular season. Nebraska will face the Hoosiers on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. (CT). The Huskers will take on the Boilermakers on Sunday, April 14, at noon (CT).

#61 Nebraska 6, #64 Northwestern 1

Singles competition
1. Presley Thieneman (NU) def. Anton Shepp (NEB) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (11-9)
2. #109 Calvin Mueller (NEB) def. Gleb Blekher (NU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) def. Saiprakash Goli (NU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lars Johann (NEB) def. Felix Nordby (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
5. Roni Hietaranta (NEB) def. Max Bengtsson (NU) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Leo Linquet (NEB) def. Chad Miller (NU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Nic Wiedenhorn/Anton Shepp (NEB) vs. #48 Felix Nordby/Gleb Blekher (NU) 4-5, unfinished
2. Calvin Mueller/Lars Johann (NEB) def. Greyson Casey/Presley Thieneman (NU) 6-4
3. Shunya Maruyama/Leo Linquet (NEB) def. Chad Miller/Saiprakash Goli (NU) 6-3