With the cancellation of the Huskers midweek game with Creighton, head coach Darin Erstad used the extra day or two of practice to work on the finer details of the game that sometimes get overlooked with travel and a busy game schedule. The Huskers now start a five-game homestand on Friday, starting with a three-game Big Ten series against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Following the weekend series with the Buckeyes, Nebraska welcomes the Arkansas Razorbacks for a pair of midweek games next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Huskers are coming off a 2-1 series win at Iowa, where they nearly posted a sweep of the Hawkeyes, but fell, 6-5, in Sunday’s series finale. With the series win, the Huskers won their fifth straight conference series dating back to last season and won three straight conference series in the same season for the first time since 2008.
The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 21-10 overall record and a 5-4 record during Big Ten play. The Buckeyes sit fifth in the Big Ten standing, but are only a 0.5 game behind both Minnesota and Michigan, who are tied for third. The Buckeyes have played most of their game at neutral sites this year, 11, while playing 10 home games and 10 away games, including a 6-4 record in true road games.
OSU started conference play on a high note with a sweep at Purdue, but then dropped back-to-back series when it dropped 2-of-3 against Michigan State at home before losing 2-of-3 at Minnesota last weekend. In both series losses, the Buckeyes lone win came on Saturday. Offensively the Buckeyes are a lefty heavy team that hits .270, with three regulars hitting over .300.