Just a bunch of leftover takes on Thursday’s competitive game. Great pitching and some clutch hitting by two of the more resilient teams in the conference.
Comments from both Nebraska and Ohio State representatives are below…
On the lessons learned: “I use this — the feelings and emotions they’re having, being so close and not being able to come out with a victory — (to show) just how important every rep is that you work on. And how much work you put in, in the offseason. Those are the things that it’s for. It’s that feeling, you don’t want to have that. That’ll make you fight and work even more. It’s tough, but at the same time, it’s something you’ve got to learn from and grow from. Our guys are going to respond just fine.
On Aaron Bummer’s performance (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K): “He was pretty much just lights-out fantastic. It’s just fun to watch a kid grow up right before your eyes. He’s in the process of doing that.”
On his mind-set against the Buckeyes: “My goal was just to pound strikes. It was something that I did last time too, and had success there. So I just started there.”
His feeling late, watching from the bench: “We felt pretty confident that we way that the game was going, if we took a lead, we were going to take it home. It just didn’t happen to work out that way.”
He drove in the winning run by drawing a walk. His thoughts on the at-bat: “I was just looking for a real good pitch to hit. I had seen him earlier in the game. His fastball had some sink on it. I was looking for something up, but I never saw it. So, I’ll take it.”
On his bloop single to start the ninth-inning rally: “The last at-bat, a little luck goes a long way in baseball. Better to be lucky than good, sometimes.”
The OSU starting pitcher talks about facing Nebraska’s offense: “I didn’t have a real great start against them last time. But I learned a lot. They grind. They make adjustments more than any team in the Big Ten, in my personal opinion. The last outing, that I didn’t pitch great, I learned a lot. And I think that really helped me out today.”