Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball

The Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team competes as part of NCAA Division I, representing the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Big Ten Conference. The program began play in 1889.

Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball
Founded1889
Overall record2,222–1,625–19 (.577)
UniversityUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln
Head coachWill Bolt (1st season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationLincoln, Nebraska
Home stadiumHawks Field
(Capacity: 8,500)
NicknameCornhuskers
ColorsScarlet and Cream[1]
         
College World Series appearances
2001, 2002, 2005
NCAA regional champions
2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1950, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference tournament champions
1999, 2000, 2001, 2005
Conference champions
1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2017

Nebraska has been to 17 NCAA baseball tournaments and advanced to four super regionals (2000–02, 2005) and three College World Series (2001, 2002, 2005). The Cornhuskers have won seven regular season conference championships (1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2017) and four conference tournament championships (1999–2001, 2005). They have had eighteen 40-win seasons, including nine since 1999, as well as three 50-win seasons. Nebraska's all-time record is 2,166–1,573–19 (.579) overall and 830–791–2 (.512) in conference play. Since 1999, the Cornhuskers are 703–389–2 (.645). The program's record in Big 12 play was 215–189–1 (.533), and is 111–77–1 (.590) through eight years in the Big Ten era. The Cornhuskers won their first Big Ten championship in 2017.

Facilities

Hawks Field

From 1979 through 2001, the Cornhuskers played at Buck Beltzer Stadium, where they went 527–137 (.794). Buck Beltzer seated 1,500 and had an AstroTurf infield and grass outfield. The stadium was shoehorned into a very tight space; right field was adjacent to the south end zone of Memorial Stadium, and first base was across a frontage road from an overpass leading to Interstate 180. The final game at Buck Beltzer was on June 2, 2001, when the Cornhuskers completed a sweep of Rice to win an NCAA super regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time.

On July 30, 1999 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln announced plans for a new baseball facility, Haymarket Park, which included both Hawks Field and a softball stadium. Hawks Field is named after one of the primary donors that contributed to its construction, and the entire facility is named because of its location in Lincoln's historic Haymarket District.[2] The Cornhuskers are 340–121–1 (.737) since opening the park on March 5, 2002 with a 23–1 win over UNK. Nebraska is 17–1 in home openers at Hawks Field, but saw its streak of 40 consecutive home-opening wins end in 2018.[3]

Hawks Field is often said to be among the finest ballparks in college baseball. Its capacity is 8,500, with 4,500 seats and berms in the outfield. Hawks Field is the first collegiate venue to use the SubAir system to heat and cool the field year-round and was selected as the best playing surface in the country in each of its first six years. In 2003 and 2007, Hawks Field won the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Collegiate Baseball Field of the Year Award, the only park to win the award multiple times. Nebraska has ranked in the top 25 for average attendance every year at Hawks Field.[2] An LED videoboard was installed in 2012 which nearly tripled the size and resolution of the ballpark's original video screen. The widescreen display is 17 feet tall and 34 feet wide, allowing Nebraska's HuskerVision department to display introductions for each player, highlights, and live crowd shots during the game.

Alex Gordon Training Complex

The $4.75 million Haymarket Park Indoor Practice Facility is specifically designed for the baseball and softball teams to practice year-round. It has 18,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space that allows for working on all phases of the game. The space can be configured to utilize as many as six spacious batting cages.

The cages can also be retracted to open up all of the 120-foot by 150-foot space for live game simulation. The entire facility is netted, allowing for the Cornhuskers to take live batting practice. The field turf surface looks and feels like real grass, and the field includes anchors to lock down bases for use during practices.

History

Coaching history

Years Coach Record %
1889–91C.D. Chandler4–5.444
1892–93Charles Stroman3–2–1.583
1897E.N. Robinson8–5–1.607
1898F.B. Ryons6–4.600
1901Mike Henderson9–11.450
1902Geo P. Shidler17–8.680
1904J.H. Bell10–3.769
1906S.S. Eager5–12–1.306
1919–21Paul Schissler20–14.589
1922Owen Frank12–4.750
1923Scotty Dye4–4.500
1923Earl Carr2–8.200
1924-25William G. Kline18–15.545
1929–30John Rhodes12–12–1.632
1931W.H. Browne2–10.167
1933–41W.W. Knight38–92.292
1942A.J. Lewandowski3–11.214
1946Frank Smagacz9–7.563
1947–77Tony Sharpe394–388–6.503
1978–97John Sanders767–453–1.629
1998–2002Dave van Horn214–92.699
2003–11Mike Anderson337–196–2.632
2012–19Darin Erstad267–193–1.580
2019-currentWill Bolt0-0-0 N/A
  • Head coaches are not available from 1899, 1900, 1905, and 1907–12. Nebraska did not field a team in 1903, 1913–18, 1926–28, 1932, and 1943–45.[4]

John Sanders (1978–97)

John Sanders compiled a 767–453–1 record in his 20 years. He had only two losing seasons, including his final one.[5] He produced three NCAA Tournament teams, making his first appearance in 1979 and following with postseason berths in 1980 and 1985. Sanders' final year leading the Cornhuskers was 1997, when the program transitioned from the Big Eight into the Big 12. He was fired following the season.

Dave van Horn (1998–2002)

Nebraska experienced a remarkable turnaround under Dave van Horn, who compiled a record of 214–92 and led the team to three straight Big 12 Tournament championships in his five-year tenure. He posted a 16–3 mark in four years of Big 12 Tournament play and a 15–9 record in the NCAA Tournament. van Horn was chosen as the ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2000 and earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors before his selection as NCAA Coach of the Year by Baseball America in 2001.

Following the 2002 College World Series, Nebraska's second consecutive CWS appearance, van Horn left to coach his alma mater Arkansas, where he remains as of the 2019 season.

1998–2000

Dave van Horn was hired just 35 days before the 1998 season and led the Huskers to a 24–20 record and a seventh-place finish in the Big 12. In 1999, the Cornhuskers won the Big 12 Tournament championship, the school's first conference title of any kind since 1950, and reached their first NCAA tournament since 1985. They finished with a 42–18 record. Ken Harvey was named to the all-conference first team and Shane Komine was the Big 12's freshman of the year.

The 2000 Huskers became the first team in school history to advance to a super regional in the NCAA tournament, but fell one game shy of the College World Series. Dan Johnson, Justin Cowan, Matt Hopper, and Shane Komine earned first-team Big 12 honors. Komine was the Big 12 Player of the Year, Johnson was the newcomer of the year, and Hopper was the freshman of the year.

2001: 1st CWS

In 2001, the Huskers were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation, beginning the season in the top 10 for the first time in school history. They started 2–3 but won their next 13 games, and eventually won the school's first regular-season conference title since 1950, highlighted by a series win over Texas and sweeps of Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Oklahoma State. Nebraska went 4–0 in the Big 12 Tournament to win it for the third consecutive year, becoming the first team to win Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles in the same season. They were the No. 8 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and hosted a regional for the first time in school history, defeating Northern Iowa and Rutgers. They advanced to a super regional and swept a Rice team that beat the Huskers 16–2 in the season opener. In the school's first appearance in the College World Series, Nebraska lost 5–4 to No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and 6–5 to No. 5 Tulane.

The 2001 Huskers finished with a 50–16 record, their second straight 50-win season. They went 23–4 at home, including victories in the final nine games at Buck Beltzer Stadium. The Huskers ranked in the top 10 nationally with a .334 average and 9.2 runs per game, and led the Big 12 in many offensive categories. The team produced four All-Americans: Shane Komine, Dan Johnson, John Cole, and Matt Hopper. They also produced six All-Big 12 first-team players: Komine, Johnson, Cole, Hopper, Thom Ott, and Jeff Leise. Komine was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.[6][7]

2002: A new home

2002 was Nebraska's first season at Hawks Field. The Cornhuskers swept seven teams during the season, ending on an 11-game win streak until losing to Texas in the Big 12 tournament final. Dave van Horn picked up the 200th victory of his Nebraska career with a 4–3 win over Cal Poly on May 10. Nebraska hosted a regional and advanced for a third straight year, outscoring opponents Southwest Missouri State, Marist, and UW-Milwaukee 30–6 in three consecutive victories. They hosted Richmond in the Super Regionals and won the series 2–1, advancing to Omaha for the second straight season, but were defeated by Clemson and South Carolina in their two College World Series games.

Nebraska finished with a 47–21 record. Cornhuskers batters were hit by pitches 95 times in 66 games, a school record and the tenth-highest total in NCAA history. Jed Morris was named to the All Big-12 team, became the Big 12 Player of the Year, and was the first catcher in school history to earn All-America honors. Jeff Leise also earned All-American and All-Big 12 honors. Aaron Marsden was the only other Husker to be on the All-Big 12 team.[8] After the 2002 season, van Horn left to accept the head coaching job at Arkansas, his alma mater. Mike Anderson became head coach after eight seasons as an assistant.

Mike Anderson (2003–2011)

In his nine seasons, Mike Anderson guided the Huskers to a 337–196–2 record. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005.[9] His Big 12 tournament record was 13–10 and his NCAA Tournament record was 12–10. 2003–04

The Huskers were better than expected in Mike Anderson's first year. Despite being picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll, Nebraska won 11 of their first 13 games. They won 8 of 9 conference series, going 20–7 and winning the Big 12 again. The Cornhuskers hosted a regional but were eliminated by Southwestern Missouri State. They ended the season 47-18. Matt Hopper became an All-Big 12 honoree for the third time and was the Big 12 Player of the Year. Aaron Marsden was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Curtis Ledbetter and Quinton Robertson also earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. Alex Gordon earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.[10]

In 2004 Nebraska finished 36–23 and a disappointing eighth in the Big 12. It was the first time since 1999 that Nebraska did not finish in the top two of the conference. The Cornhuskers' May 16 loss at Baylor marked the first time the team had been swept in league play since 2000. After going 1–2 in the Big 12 tournament, Nebraska missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. NU pitchers issued a league-low 2.77 walks per nine innings and the team went at least 45 innings without an error three separate times. They scored five or more runs in an inning 12 times over an 11-game span. Alex Gordon was the lone Husker All-American.[11]

2005: Husker history

2005 was the best season in school history. Nebraska started the season with a five-game sweep of Hawaii-Hilo, and followed by winning 20 of the next 23 games. They won 8 of 9 conference series, losing their only series to Texas 2–1. The Cornhuskers won the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships, despite losing the first game of the tournament. The Huskers swept through the regionals and super regionals, defeating Miami 2–0 to advance to the College World Series for the third time in five years. They beat Arizona State for the first CWS win in program history, but lost the next two games to Florida and Arizona State.

Nebraska's 57 wins in 2005 were more than any other team, and the .791 winning percentage was the highest in school history. They had two 11-game win streaks during the season, one during non-conference play and one throughout the postseason. The Huskers finished 33–4 at Hawks Field, breaking the single-season school record for home wins (29 – 1980, 1988, 2002, 2003). NU's starting pitchers won 15 straight decisions, a streak broken by ace Johnny Dorn’s loss to Florida on June 19 in the College World Series. Nebraska led the Big 12 and ranked second nationally in ERA.

Alex Gordon won Big 12 and National Player of the Year and was an All-American. Johnny Dorn was the Big 12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year, became a Freshman All-American, and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. Joba Chamberlain was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. Tony Watson was a Freshman All-American. Curtis Ledbetter earned first-team All-Big 12 honors.[12]

The end of the Big 12 era: 2006–2011

Nebraska spent much of the 2006 season in the top five nationally, and looked poised to head back to Omaha for the College World Series. They were ranked as high as No. 2 and swept three Big 12 series. However, the Cornhuskers lost eight of their last 11 regular season games and lost in the conference tournament final. They hosted a regional but were upset in back-to-back games, ending with a 42–17 record. Brandon Buckman, Ryan Wehrle, Luke Gorsett, Tony Watson, and Brett Jensen earned first-team All Big 12 honors.

Collegiate Baseball tabbed the Huskers ninth in their 2007 preseason poll. The team started strong but soon slumped and finished fourth in the Big 12 with a 14–13 conference record, and qualified as the third seed in the Tempe Regional. They went 2–1 before being defeated by Arizona State in the championship game, finishing the season 32–27.[13]

With eight pitchers leaving for the MLB draft, Nebraska's 2008 team was the youngest in Mike Anderson's tenure. The Huskers started the season 11–3 and went 17–9–1 in conference play. From February 29 to March 18, the Huskers won 14 straight games, their longest streak since 2000. Despite a strong regular season, Nebraska went 2–4 in postseason play and lost a home regional. They went 29–5–1 at home and 11–9 away from Hawks Field. They were ranked as high as No. 5 and ended in third place in the Big 12. Jake Opitz, Mitch Abeita, and Johnny Dorn were selected to the All-Big 12 first team.[14] Dorn earned third-team All-American honors.[15]

2009 was a disappointing season for the Cornhuskers. At 25–28–1 overall and 8–19 in conference play, it was their worst season since 1997. It was the first time Nebraska didn't make the Big 12 tournament, and the first time since 2004 they didn't make the NCAA tournament. The 2010 (27–27) and 2011 (30–24) Huskers improved but also failed to make any sort of postseason appearance.

Darin Erstad (2012–2019)

New coach, new conference

Before Nebraska moved to the Big Ten Conference, Mike Anderson was terminated on May 22, 2011, after going 82–79–1 and missing the Big 12 tournament in his last three seasons.[16] The school hired former Husker and Major League All-Star Darin Erstad as head coach on June 2, after he served one season as a volunteer assistant coach.[17] A few days later, Ted Silva was hired as Erstad's pitching coach, and former Huskers Will Bolt and Jeff Christy were named assistants.[18][19][20]

2012–2013

The Huskers made the postseason for the first time in four years in 2012, qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament and going 1–2, but failed to make the NCAA tournament.

In 2013, the team played a difficult non-conference schedule to begin the season, with series against ranked opponents Cal State Fullerton and Texas. As a result, the team started 0–7, its worst start since 1976. On April 16, 2013, Nebraska threw a combined no-hitter against No. 12 Arkansas, led by former Huskers head coach Dave van Horn. The Cornhuskers won the game 3–0, using three pitchers to complete the eighth no-hitter in program history. Nebraska ended the season with the No. 31 RPI in the country, but its 29–30 record did not allow for a postseason bid.

2014–2019

After varying amount of success in Erstad's first seasons as head coach, Nebraska finally won its first Big Ten title in 2017. A conference record of 16–7–1 record earned the Cornhuskers the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, but they lost to Maryland in the second round.

Nebraska failed to build off of 2017's moderate success, missing the 2018 conference tournament altogether. The Cornhuskers improved in 2019, riding impressive pitching to the Big Ten Tournament final and qualifying as the No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma City regional.

Darin Erstad stepped down from coaching the Cornhuskers baseball team at the end of the 2019 postseason.

Will Bolt (2020–present)

On June 14, 2019 Will Bolt was named the 24th head coach of the Nebraska baseball program.[21]

Results by season

Conference champion Tournament champion Conference and tournament champion
Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Final
rank
NCAA
Tournament
Independent (1889–1925)
1889C.D. Chandler1–2
1890C.D. Chandler2–3
1891C.D. Chandler1–0
1892Charles Stroman0–2–1
1893Charles Stroman3–0
1897E.N. Robinson8–5–1
1898F.B. Ryons6–4
18998–4
19008–12
1901Mike Henderson9–11
1902Geo P. Shidler17–8
1904J.H. Bell10–3
19055–16–1
1906S.S. Eager5–12–1
1907Ducky Holmes5–11–1
1908Billy Fox4–12–2
1909Billy Fox12–14
19107–7–1
19123–0
1919Paul Schissler5–3
1920Paul Schissler7–6
1921Paul Schissler8–5
1922Owen Frank12–4
1923Scotty Dye
Earl Carr
6–12
1924W.G. Kline10–8
1925W.G. Kline8–7
Big Six Conference (1929–1947)
1929John Rhodes12–5–110–51st
1930John Rhodes9–77–53rd
1931W.H. Browne2–102–86th
1933W.W. Knight3–1
1934W.W. Knight5–9
1935W.W. Knight4–122–75th
1936W.W. Knight3–112–95th
1937W.W. Knight5–124–94th
1938W.W. Knight7–85–54th
1939W.W. Knight5–134–63rd
1940W.W. Knight4–123–95th
1941W.W. Knight2–142–86th
1942A.J. Lewandowski3–113–65th
1946Frank Smagacz9–79–52nd
1947Tony Sharpe6–9–16–74th
Big Seven Conference (1948–1959)
1948Tony Sharpe17–614–31st
1949Tony Sharpe9–137–107th
1950Tony Sharpe16–811–31st
1951Tony Sharpe10–55–43rd
1952Tony Sharpe13–78–57th
1953Tony Sharpe12–5–210–32nd
1954Tony Sharpe10–104–86th
1955Tony Sharpe15–510–43rd
1956Tony Sharpe12–88–42nd
1957Tony Sharpe12–108–95th
Big Eight Conference (1958–1995)
1958Tony Sharpe17–1012–95th
1959Tony Sharpe11–1111–42nd
1960Tony Sharpe9–126–117th
1961Tony Sharpe9–147–116th
1962Tony Sharpe15–1110–105th
1963Tony Sharpe10–165–156th
1964Tony Sharpe9–187–146th
1965Tony Sharpe12–812–62nd
1966Tony Sharpe16–912–83rd
1967Tony Sharpe8–167–116th
1968Tony Sharpe10–15–17–137th
1969Tony Sharpe9–154–128th
1970Tony Sharpe14–1211–83rd
1971Tony Sharpe10–207–137th
1972Tony Sharpe12–178–117th
1973Tony Sharpe15–14–17–116th
1974Tony Sharpe13–274–168th
1975Tony Sharpe13–207–85th
1976Tony Sharpe21–24–10–27th
1977Tony Sharpe29–135–73rd (East)
1978John Sanders36–207–73rd (East)
1979John Sanders49–1514–62nd (East)Regional
1980John Sanders49–1516–41st (East)14Regional
1981John Sanders42–2211–114th
1982John Sanders44–1315–52nd10
1983John Sanders44–158–105th
1984John Sanders46–2015–63rd29
1985John Sanders45–2416–63rd16Regional
1986John Sanders35–2514–93rd
1987John Sanders36–2112–83rd
1988John Sanders48–2312–124th
1989John Sanders27–318–167th
1990John Sanders42–2612–123rd
1991John Sanders37–2210–146th
1992John Sanders31–2511–135th
1993John Sanders35–2316–124th
1994John Sanders32–2814–165th
1995John Sanders35–2313–144th
1996John Sanders27–27–18–177th
Big 12 Conference (1997–2011)
1997John Sanders27–357–2310th
1998Dave Van Horn24–2010–137th
1999Dave Van Horn42–1816–95th25Regional
2000Dave Van Horn51–1721–92nd11Super Regional
2001Dave Van Horn50–1620–81st6College World Series
2002Dave Van Horn47–2116–112nd8College World Series
2003Mike Anderson47–1820–71st13Regional
2004Mike Anderson36–2311–168th12
2005Mike Anderson57–1519–81st5College World Series
2006Mike Anderson42–1717–103rd15Regional
2007Mike Anderson32–2714–134thRegional
2008Mike Anderson41–16–117–9–13rd20Regional
2009Mike Anderson25–28–18–1910th
2010Mike Anderson27–2710–179th
2011Mike Anderson30–259–179th
Big Ten Conference (2012–present)
2012Darin Erstad35–2314–104th
2013Darin Erstad29–3015–92nd
2014Darin Erstad41–2118–62ndRegional
2015Darin Erstad34–239–148th
2016Darin Erstad37–2216–82ndRegional
2017Darin Erstad35–22–116–7–11stRegional
2018Darin Erstad24–288–14
2019Darin Erstad32–2415–93rdRegional
Overall record (1889–2019): 2,222–1,625–19 (.577), Conference: 853–814–2 (.512)

Postseason appearances

Conference tournament

YearSeedRecordFinish
Big 12 Conference (1997–2011)
1999 5 4–0 Champion
2000 2 5–1 Champion
2001 1 4–0 Champion
2002 2 3–1 Runner-up
2003 1 2–2 Semifinals
2004 8 1–2 Second round
2005 1 5–1 Champion
2006 4 3–1 Runner-up
2007 4 1–2 Pool play
2008 3 1–2 Pool play
Big Ten Conference (2012–present)
2012 4 1–2 Second round
2013 3 4–2 Runner-up
2014 2 3–1 Runner-up
2015 8 0–2 First Round
2016 2 0–2 First Round
2017 1 1–2 Second Round
2019 5 3–2 Runner-up
Total 41–25 17 Appearances

NCAA Tournament

YearSeedRecordFinish
1979 3 1–2 Regional
1980 2 2–2 Regional
1985 2 1–2 Regional
1999 2 1–2 Regional
2000 1 4–2 Super Regional
2001 1 5–2 College World Series
2002 1 5–3 College World Series
2003 1 3–2 Regional
2005 1 6–2 College World Series
2006 1 0–2 Regional
2007 3 2–2 Regional Final
2008 1 1–2 Regional
2014 2 1–2 Regional
2016 3 0–2 Regional
2017 2 0–2 Regional
2019 3 1–2 Regional
Total 33–33 16 Appearances

Rivalries

Nebraska and Creighton have competed in an in-state rivalry since their first meeting in 1902, a 9–3 Nebraska win. The Huskers and Bluejays play a three-game non-consecutive series each year, switching venues for each game. Creighton originally played home games at the Creighton Sports Complex and occasionally Rosenblatt Stadium, and now plays at TD Ameritrade Park. The Huskers defeated the Bluejays 2–1 in the first game between the teams at TD Ameritrade on April 19, 2011.[22] Nebraska leads the series 72–48–2.

Nebraska also competes in a smaller in-state rivalry with Nebraska–Omaha. The Cornhuskers and Mavericks play a two-game non-consecutive series each year.

Memorable games

Nebraska 50, Chicago State 3 (7 inn.) (March 16, 1999)

The Huskers made national headlines in 1999 after posting the most lopsided win in NCAA history, a game that had reporters and coaches calling from across the country to see if the score was correct.

After defeating Chicago State 15–3 in game one of a doubleheader, Nebraska opened the second game with nine runs in the first inning and went on to win 50–3, setting NCAA records for runs scored (50), margin of victory (47), and RBIs (48).

Nebraska scored nine runs in the first inning, ten in the second, four in the third, nine in the fourth, 13 in the fifth, and five in the sixth before the game was called following the top of the seventh because of a 12-run mercy rule. Eight Huskers accounted for nine home runs in the game. Ken Harvey hit two homers and Scott Larsen, Adam Stern, and Brian Kent hit their first career home runs. Besides setting school team records for runs (50), RBIs (48), and hits (35), Harvey, Jim Bailey and Craig Moore each established or tied individual school records. Harvey and Bailey each scored seven runs in the game, while Moore became the third player in school history to drive in ten runs in a game. Bailey, who only had two official at bats, walked five times to tie a 50-year-old school record also held by football All-American Tom Novak. In the game, Nebraska scored 23 runs before the Cougars had a base runner, as Husker pitchers retired the first nine Chicago State hitters. Eleven Huskers had at least two hits and seven had at least three hits. Jay Sirianni earned the win by pitching to six batters in the first two innings.

Nebraska 1, Texas 0 (15 inn.) (March 28, 2015)[23][24][25]

Nebraska made national headlines after a series-clinching extra-inning win over the Texas Longhorns on March 28, 2015, in a game that consisted of a mid-game no hitter, 12 total hits, one run, and 27 strikeouts.

The Longhorns came into Lincoln as the No. 16 team in the country, one year removed from a College World Series appearance. In front of a crowd of 5,852, the Cornhuskers' pitching staff combined for 19 strikeouts, 3 walks, 4 hits allowed, and 210 pitches thrown in 15 scoreless innings of work, including a stretch of nine no-hit innings. From the fourth to the 14th inning, the Longhorns were unable to record a single hit off of Kyle Kubat, Jake Hohensee, Colton Howell, or Jeff Chesnut. These four pitchers were honored with the Louisville Slugger National Players of the week award, the first time in NCAA history the award was given to four pitchers from the same school. Kubat threw 8.0 innings, Hohensee 2.0, Howell 2.2, and Chesnut, who got the win, 2.1.

Nebraska had runners in scoring position in the tenth, 11th, 12th, and 13th innings but were unable to score until Austin Darby's walk-off single in the 15th scored Tanner Lubach from second.

The following day the Huskers finished a sweep of the Longhorns, allowing just three runs in 33 innings (one run on Friday, none on Saturday, and two on Sunday) over the course of the series. During this three-game stretch, Nebraska's pitching staff recorded 33 strikeouts with just 5 walks.

Honors and awards

Dick Howser Trophy[26]

The Dick Howser Trophy is presented annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Golden Spikes Award[27]

The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate baseball player in the country by USA Baseball.

All-Americans

  • The Huskers have produced 16 first-team All-Americans. Ten came while Nebraska played in the Big 12, with Alex Gordon and Shane Komine earning the honor twice.[28][29]
  • Bob Cerv – 1950
  • Don Brown – 1955
  • Gene Stohs – 1972
  • Steve Stanicek – 1982
  • Paul Meyers – 1986
  • Troy Brohawn – 1993
  • Marc Sagmoen – 1993
  • Darin Erstad – 1995
  • Ken Harvey – 1999
  • Shane Komine – 2000, 2001
  • Dan Johnson – 2001
  • John Cole – 2001
  • Matt Hopper – 2001
  • Jeff Leise – 2002
  • Jed Morris – 2002
  • Alex Gordon – 2004, 2005

Alumni

Major League players

38 former Huskers have played at least one Major League Baseball game.[30][31][32]

NameYearsMLBTeam(s)
Drew Anderson 2001–2003 2006 Milwaukee Brewers
Cody Asche 2008–2010 2013–present Philadelphia Phillies
Stan Bahnsen 1965 1966–1982 New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Montreal Expos, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies
Troy Brohawn 1992–1994 2001–2003 Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
Andrew Brown 2006–2007 2011–2012 St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies
Tim Burke 1978–1980 1985–1992 Montreal Expos, New York Mets, New York Yankees
Bob Cerv 1947–1950 1951–1962 Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros
Joba Chamberlain 2005–2006 2007–2017 New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland
Brian Duensing 2002–2005 2009–present Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs
Steve Edlefsen 2006–2007 2011–2012 San Francisco Giants
Darin Erstad 1993–1995 1996–2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros
Alex Gordon 2003–2005 2007–present Kansas City Royals
Kip Gross 1986 1990–1993, 1999–2000 Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros
Ken Harvey 1997–1999 2001–2005 Kansas City Royals
Eric Helfand 1988 1993–1995 Oakland Athletics
Buddy Hunter 1966 1971–1975 Boston Red Sox
Dan Jennings 2006–2008 2012 Miami Marlins
Dan Johnson 2000–2001 2005–2008, 2010–2012 Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox
Kevin Jordan 1990 1995–2001 Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Komine 1999–2001 2006–2007 Oakland Athletics
Zach Kroenke 2003–2005 2010–2011 Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Kurosaki 1971–1973 1975 St. Louis Cardinals
Ad Liska 1925 1929–1933 Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies
Dave McDonald 1962 1969–1971 New York Yankees, Montreal Expos
Bill McGuire 1983–1985 1988–1989 Seattle Mariners
Gary Neibauer 1965–1966 1969–1973 Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies
Pete O'Brien 1978–1979 1982–1993 Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners
Ken Ramos 1987–1989 1997 Houston Astros
Marc Sagmoen 1992–1993 1997 Texas Rangers
Todd Sears 1995–1997 2002–2003 Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres
Bob Sebra 1981–1983 1985–1990 Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds
Adam Shabala 1999–2000 2005 San Francisco Giants
Dwight Siebler 1957–1958 1963–1967 Minnesota Twins
Steve Stanicek 1980–1982 1987, 1989 Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Stern 1999–2001 2005–2007, 2010 Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers
Jamal Strong 1999–2000 2003–2005 Seattle Mariners
Tony Watson 2004–2007 2011–present Pittsburgh Pirates
Thad Weber 2007–2008 2012 Detroit Tigers

Current Minor League players

18 former Huskers currently play in the Minor League.[33]

  • Mitch Abeita (2007–2008)
  • Adam Bailey (2009–2010)
  • Drew Bowman (2007)
  • Andrew Brown (2006–2007)
  • Aaron Bummer (2012–2014)
  • Steve Edlefsen (2006–2007)
  • Zach Herr (2006–2008)
  • Ryan Hughes (2010)
  • Dan Jennings (2006–2008)
  • Dan Johnson (2000–2001)
  • Zach Kroenke (2003–2005)
  • Michael Mariot (2008–2010)
  • Mike Nesseth (2008–2010)
  • Jake Opitz (2005–2008)
  • Aaron Pribanic (2008)
  • Charlie Shirek (2005–2007)
  • Tony Watson (2004–2007)
  • Thad Weber (2007–2008)

Other noteworthy players

  • Will Bolt (1999–2002)
  • Daniel Bruce (2002–2005)
  • John Cole (1999–2001)
  • Johnny Dorn (2005–2008)
  • Turner Gill (1983)
  • Matt Hopper (2000–2003)
  • Brett Jensen (2004–2006)
  • Curtis Ledbetter (2003–2005)
  • Jeff Leise (2000–2003)
  • Aaron Marsden (2002–2003)
  • Mel Motley (1995–1996)
  • Frank Solich (1965)
  • Dustin Timm (2001, 2003–2005)
  • Joe Simokaitis (2002–2005)

Records

NCAA record Big 12 record

Individual batting

Game

Stat Record Player Opponent Date
At bats10Jim SmithColorado4/24/74
At bats
(9 inn.)
8Alvie ShepherdWashington3/20/95
Patrick Johnson
Runs7Jim BaileyChicago State3/16/99
Ken Harvey
Hits66 times4/11/06
Doubles316 times5/18/10
Triples3Dan BoeverBenedictine3/8/83
Shawn BuchananWayne State2/12/90
Home Runs34 times3/6/01
RBIs10Gene TorczonTulsa4/5/58
Craig MooreChicago State3/16/99
Walks5Jim BaileyChicago State3/16/99
Tom Novak

Season

Stat Record Player Year
At bats294Jeff Leise2002
Runs100Ken Ramos1988
Hits109Francis Collins1997
Jeff Leise2002
Total Bases201Jed Morris2002
Doubles27Cody Asche2011
Triples9Shawn Buchanan1990
Home runs25Dan Johnson2001
RBIs90Mike Duncan1985
Jed Morris2002
Walks91Bobby Benjamin1988
Batting average.478Ken Harvey1999
Stolen bases60Scott Hooper1984
Slugging %.930Steve Stanicek1982
On-base %.574Marc Sagmoen1993
OPS1.499Steve Stanciek1982
Hitting streak38Francis Collins1996

Career

Stat Record Player Year
Games played254Matt Hopper2000–2003
Games started247Matt Hopper2000–2003
At bats966Matt Hopper2000–2003
Runs246Matt Hopper2000–2003
Hits338Matt Hopper2000–2003
Total bases591Matt Hopper2000–2003
Doubles56Will Bolt1999–2002
Triples21Shawn Buchanan1988–1991
Home Runs64Matt Hopper2000–2003
RBIs271Matt Hopper2000–2003
Walks223Bobby Benjamin1988–1990
Batting average.451Marc Sagmoen1992–1993
Stolen bases103Jeff Carter1982–1985
Slugging %.791Dan Johnson2000–2001

Individual pitching

Game

Stat Record Player Opponent Date
Innings pitched13Dennis O'DohertyColorado4/26/74
Strikeouts17Brent FriehaufSt. Cloud State3/24/83
Shane KomineKansas4/8/00

Season

Stat Record Player Year
Innings pitched131.2Shane Komine2001
Appearances36Mike Bellows1994
Complete games9Troy Brohawn1993
Starts18Shane Komine2001
Joba Chamberlain2005
Shutouts4Jamie Rodrigue2000
Strikeouts159Shane Komine2000
Consecutive
scoreless innings
33.1Justin Pekarek2004
ERA1.29Bill McGuire1984
Wins14Shane Komine2001
Losses8Pat Driscoll1997
Saves16Brett Jensen2004

Career

Stat Record Player Year
Innings pitched431.0Shane Komine1999–2002
Appearances92Jeff Chesnut2013–2016
Complete games18Shane Komine1999–2002
Starts59Shane Komine1999–2002
Shutouts6Jamie Rodrigue2000–2003
Strikeouts510Shane Komine1999–2002
ERA1.78Ben Amaya1982–1983
Wins41Shane Komine1999–2002
Losses17Dan Buehrer1973–1976
Saves33Josh Roeder2013–2015

Team

Game

Stat Record Opponent Date
Longest game (innings)22Colorado4/26/74
At bats77Colorado4/26/74
Runs50Chicago State4/16/99
Runs allowed37Oklahoma State4/8/95
Margin of victory47Chicago State4/16/99
Combined runs55Oklahoma State4/8/95
Runs in an inning17Washington3/20/95
Hits35Chicago State3/16/99
Doubles10Creighton4/23/08
Triples6Wayne State3/1/85
Home Runs9Chicago State3/16/99
Total Bases73Chicago State3/16/99
RBIs48Chicago State3/16/99
Walks19Northwest Missouri State3/4/87
Fort Hays State3/18/89
Stolen bases13Nebraska-Omaha3/16/95
Strikeouts22UL-Lafayette2/20/09
Walks allowed20Wichita State4/8/87
Hits allowed26Oklahoma State4/8/95

Season

Stat Record Year
Wins 57 2005
Consecutive wins 26 1983
Losses 35 1997
Batting average .339 1985
Slugging % .548 1985
At bats 2,448 2005
Runs 676 1985
Hits 787 2001
Doubles 154 2002
Triples 38 1980
Home runs 94 1985
Total bases 1,228 1985
RBIs 603 1985
Walks 565 1988
Stolen bases 196 1984
Strikeouts 454 1997
ERA 2.64 1965
Complete games 31 1980
Strikeouts of opponent 538 2005
Shutouts 15 1979
Consecutive Scoreless Innings 43.1 2004
Saves 23 2005
Fielding % .981 2013

See also

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