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Nebraska Cornhuskers Baseball
Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Founded 1889
Overall record 2,166-1,573-19 (.579)
University University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Head coach Darin Erstad (7th season)
Conference Big Ten
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Home stadium Hawks Field
(Capacity: 8,500)
Nickname Cornhuskers
Colors Scarlet 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
Conference tournament champions
1999, 2000, 2001, 2005
Conference champions
1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2017

The Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team is a member of the Big Ten Conference in the NCAA, and is currently coached by Darin Erstad. The program started in 1889.

Nebraska has been to 17 NCAA baseball tournaments and advanced to four super regionals (2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005) and three College World Series (2001, 2002, and 2005). The Cornhuskers have claimed seven regular season conference championships (1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2017) and four conference tournament championships (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005). They have had eighteen 40-win seasons, with 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 88-54-1 (.619) through six years in the Big Ten era. The Cornhuskers won their first Big Ten championship in 2017.

Facilities

Hawks Field

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 Haymarket Park 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 16-0 in home openers at Hawks Field, continuing their streak of 39 straight home opener wins dating back to the 1979 season.[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

The 1892 Nebraska baseball team.
Years Coach Record %
1889-91 C.D. Chandler 4-5 .444
1892-93 Charles Stroman 3-2-1 .583
1897 E.N. Robinson 8-5-1 .607
1898 F.B. Ryons 6-4 .600
1901 Mike Henderson 9-11 .450
1902 Geo P. Shidler 17-8 .680
1904 J.H. Bell 10-3 .769
1906 S.S. Eager 5-12-1 .306
1919-21 Paul Schissler 20-14 .589
1922 Owen Frank 12-4 .750
1923 Scotty Dye 4-4 .500
1923 Earl Carr 2-8 .200
1924-25 William G. Kline 18-15 .545
1929-30 John Rhodes 12-12-1 .632
1931 W.H. Browne 2-10 .167
1933-41 W.W. Knight 38-92 .292
1942 A.J. Lewandowski 3-11 .214
1946 Frank Smagacz 9-7 .563
1947-77 Tony Sharpe 394-388-6 .503
1978-97 John Sanders 767-453-1 .629
1998-2002 Dave van Horn 214-92 .699
2003-11 Mike Anderson 337-196-2 .632
2012- Darin Erstad 211-141-1 .599
  • Head coaches are not available from 1899, 1900, 1905, and 1907-1912. Nebraska did not field a team in 1903, 1913-1918, 1926-1928, 1932, and 1943-1945.[4]

John Sanders (1978-1997)

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 2018 season.

1998-2000

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, marking 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, Dan Johnson was the newcomer of the year, and Matt Hopper was the freshman of the year.

2001 : 1st CWS

In 2001, the Huskers were ranked as high as no. 4 in the nation, starting the season in the top 10 for the first time in school history. They started 2-3 but won their next 13 games. They won the school's first regular-season conference title since 1950 with a 20-8 mark in Big 12 play, 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 9.20 runs per game, and led the Big 12 in ten categories, including average, runs, walks, home runs, and stolen bases. 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 the first year that Nebraska played at Hawks Field. The Cornhuskers swept seven teams during the season and ended the year on an 11-game win streak until losing to Texas in the Big 12 tournament final. Dave van Horn picked up the 200th victory in 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 total which is not only a school record, but 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 his alma mater, Arkansas; Mike Anderson became head coach after 8 seasons as assistant coach.

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson (2003-2011)

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

2003-2004

The Huskers were better than expexcted 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. 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 with a conference record of 11-16. 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.

Cornhusker 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 off the season by sweeping a five-game series over Hawaii-Hilo, and followed by winning 20 of the next 23 games. They won 8 of their 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 won the Freshman Big 12 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: 2006-2011

Nebraska spent much of the 2006 season in the top 5 nationally, and looked poised to make it 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 8 of their last 11 regular season games and lost in the conference tournament final. They hosted a regional but were upset in back-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 quickly slumped and ended with a 14-13 conference record, placing fourth in the Big 12 and qualifying 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 from 2007 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 the 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

Darin Erstad (2012-present)

New coach, new conference

Before moving to the Big Ten Conference, Mike Anderson and the entire coaching staff were terminated on May 22, 2011, after going 82-79-1 and missing the Big 12 tournament in Anderson's last three seasons.[16] The University of Nebraska hired former Husker and Major League All-Star Darin Erstad as head coach on June 2, 2011 after one season as a volunteer assistant coach.[17] A few days later, Ted Silva was hired as pitching coach[18] as well as former Huskers Will Bolt as associate head coach[19] and Jeff Christy as volunteer assistant coach.[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 qualify for the NCAA tournament.

In 2013, the team played a difficult nonconference schedule to begin the season, with series against ranked opponents Cal State Fullerton and Texas. Largely due to this aggressive scheduling, the team started 0-7, its worst start since 1976.

On April 16 on the 2013 season, Nebraska threw a combined no-hitter against no. 12 Arkansas and 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 #31 RPI in the country, but its 29-30 record did not allow for a postseason bid.

2014-2016

2017: Big Ten Champions

Following a 35-20-1 overall record and a conference 16-7-1 record, the Cornhuskers finished the season as Big Ten champions. Nebraska would receive the #1 seed in the 2017 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament, but lost to Maryland in the second round.

Results by season

Conference champion Tournament champion Conference and tournament champion
Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Final
rank
NCAA
Tournament
Independent (1889-1925)
1889 C.D. Chandler 1-2 - - - -
1890 C.D. Chandler 2-3 - - - -
1891 C.D. Chandler 1-0 - - - -
1892 Charles Stroman 0-2-1 - - - -
1893 Charles Stroman 3-0 - - - -
1897 E.N. Robinson 8-5-1 - - - -
1898 F.B. Ryons 6-4 - - - -
1899 8-4 - - - -
1900 8-12 - - - -
1901 Mike Henderson 9-11 - - - -
1902 Geo P. Shidler 17-8 - - - -
1904 J.H. Bell 10-3 - - - -
1905 5-16-1 - - - -
1906 S.S. Eager 5-12-1 - - - -
1907 Ducky Holmes 5-11-1 - - - -
1908 Billy Fox 4-12-2 - - - -
1909 Billy Fox 12-14 - - - -
1910 7-7-1 - - - -
1912 3-0 - - - -
1919 Paul Schissler 5-3 - - - -
1920 Paul Schissler 7-6 - - - -
1921 Paul Schissler 8-5 - - - -
1922 Owen Frank 12-4 - - - -
1923 Scotty Dye
Earl Carr
6-12 - - - -
1924 W.G. Kline 10-8 - - - -
1925 W.G. Kline 8-7 - - - -
Big Six Conference (1929-1947)
1929 John Rhodes 12-5-1 10-5 1st - -
1930 John Rhodes 9-7 7-5 3rd - -
1931 W.H. Browne 2-10 2-8 6th - -
1933 W.W. Knight 3-1 -
1934 W.W. Knight 5-9 - -
1935 W.W. Knight 4-12 2-7 5th - -
1936 W.W. Knight 3-11 2-9 5th - -
1937 W.W. Knight 5-12 4-9 4th - -
1938 W.W. Knight 7-8 5-5 4th - -
1939 W.W. Knight 5-13 4-6 3rd - -
1940 W.W. Knight 4-12 3-9 5th - -
1941 W.W. Knight 2-14 2-8 6th - -
1942 A.J. Lewandowski 3-11 3-6 5th - -
1946 Frank Smagacz 9-7 9-5 2nd - -
1947 Tony Sharpe 6-9-1 6-7 4th -
Big Seven Conference (1948-1959)
1948 Tony Sharpe 17-6 14-3 1st -
1949 Tony Sharpe 9-13 7-10 7th -
1950 Tony Sharpe 16-8 11-3 1st -
1951 Tony Sharpe 10-5 5-4 3rd -
1952 Tony Sharpe 13-7 8-5 7th -
1953 Tony Sharpe 12-5-2 10-3 2nd -
1954 Tony Sharpe 10-10 4-8 6th -
1955 Tony Sharpe 15-5 10-4 3rd -
1956 Tony Sharpe 12-8 8-4 2nd -
1957 Tony Sharpe 12-10 8-9 5th -
Big Eight Conference (1958-1995)
1958 Tony Sharpe 17-10 12-9 5th -
1959 Tony Sharpe 11-11 11-4 2nd -
1960 Tony Sharpe 9-12 6-11 7th -
1961 Tony Sharpe 9-14 7-11 6th -
1962 Tony Sharpe 15-11 10-10 5th -
1963 Tony Sharpe 10-16 5-15 6th -
1964 Tony Sharpe 9-18 7-14 6th -
1965 Tony Sharpe 12-8 12-6 2nd -
1966 Tony Sharpe 16-9 12-8 3rd -
1967 Tony Sharpe 8-16 7-11 6th -
1968 Tony Sharpe 10-15-1 7-13 7th -
1969 Tony Sharpe 9-15 4-12 8th -
1970 Tony Sharpe 14-12 11-8 3rd -
1971 Tony Sharpe 10-20 7-13 7th -
1972 Tony Sharpe 12-17 8-11 7th -
1973 Tony Sharpe 15-14-1 7-11 6th -
1974 Tony Sharpe 13-27 4-16 8th -
1975 Tony Sharpe 13-20 7-8 5th -
1976 Tony Sharpe 21-24-1 0-2 7th -
1977 Tony Sharpe 29-13 5-7 3rd (East) -
1978 John Sanders 36-20 7-7 3rd (East) -
1979 John Sanders 49-15 14-6 2nd (East) - Regional
1980 John Sanders 49-15 16-4 1st (East) 14 Regional
1981 John Sanders 42-22 11-11 4th
1982 John Sanders 44-13 15-5 2nd 10
1983 John Sanders 44-15 8-10 5th
1984 John Sanders 46-20 15-6 3rd 29
1985 John Sanders 45-24 16-6 3rd 16 Regional
1986 John Sanders 35-25 14-9 3rd
1987 John Sanders 36-21 12-8 3rd
1988 John Sanders 48-23 12-12 4th
1989 John Sanders 27-31 8-16 7th
1990 John Sanders 42-26 12-12 3rd
1991 John Sanders 37-22 10-14 6th
1992 John Sanders 31-25 11-13 5th
1993 John Sanders 35-23 16-12 4th
1994 John Sanders 32-28 14-16 5th
1995 John Sanders 35-23 13-14 4th
1996 John Sanders 27-27-1 8-17 7th
Big 12 Conference (1997-2011)
1997 John Sanders 27-35 7-23 10th
1998 Dave Van Horn 24-20 10-13 7th
1999 Dave Van Horn 42-18 16-9 5th 25 Regional
2000 Dave Van Horn 51-17 21-9 2nd 11 Super Regional
2001 Dave Van Horn 50-16 20-8 1st 6 College World Series
2002 Dave Van Horn 47-21 16-11 2nd 8 College World Series
2003 Mike Anderson 47-18 20-7 1st 13 Regional
2004 Mike Anderson 36-23 11-16 8th 12
2005 Mike Anderson 57-15 19-8 1st 5 College World Series
2006 Mike Anderson 42-17 17-10 3rd 15 Regional
2007 Mike Anderson 32-27 14-13 4th Regional
2008 Mike Anderson 41-16-1 17-9-1 3rd 20 Regional
2009 Mike Anderson 25-28-1 8-19 10th
2010 Mike Anderson 27-27 10-17 9th
2011 Mike Anderson 30-25 9-17 9th
Big Ten Conference (2012-present)
2012 Darin Erstad 35-23 14-10 4th
2013 Darin Erstad 29-30 15-9 2nd
2014 Darin Erstad 41-21 18-6 2nd Regional
2015 Darin Erstad 34-23 9-14 8th
2016 Darin Erstad 37-22 16-8 2nd Regional
2017 Darin Erstad 35-22-1 16-7-1 1st Regional
2018 Darin Erstad
Overall record (1889-2017): 2,166-1,573-19 (.579), Conference: 830-791-2 (.512)

Postseason appearances

Conference tournament

Year Seed Record Finish
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
Total 38-23 16 Appearances

NCAA Tournament

Year Seed Record Finish
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
Total 32-31 15 Appearances

Rivalries

Nebraska vs. Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park on April 19, 2011

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 Omaha. The Huskers defeated the Bluejays 2-1 in the first game the teams played at TD Ameritrade on April 19, 2011.[21] 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, the Nebraska opened the second game by scoring 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). Previously, these records were 42, 41, and 37, respectively, all set by West Chester (Pa.) in a 42-1 victory over Philadelphia Textile on April 7, 1992.

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 the 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. Tom Novak held the previous mark of five set against Denver College on April 18, 1949. In the game, Nebraska scored 23 runs before the Cougars had a base runner, as Husker pitchers retired the first nine Cougar 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, as four Huskers held Chicago State to just three runs on three hits.

Nebraska 1, Texas 0 (15 inn.) (March 28, 2015) [22][23][24]

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 (1 run on Friday, 0 runs on Saturday, and 2 runs 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[25]

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[26]

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.[27][28]
  • 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.[29][30][31]

Name Years MLB Team(s)
Drew Anderson 2001-03 2006 Milwaukee Brewers
Cody Asche 2008-10 2013-present Philadelphia Phillies
Stan Bahnsen 1965 1966-82 New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Montreal Expos, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies
Troy Brohawn 1992-94 2001-03 Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers
Andrew Brown 2006-07 2011-12 St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies
Tim Burke 1978-80 1985-92 Montreal Expos, New York Mets, New York Yankees
Bob Cerv 1947-50 1951-62 Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros
Joba Chamberlain 2005-06 2007-Present New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland
Brian Duensing 2002-05 2009-Present Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs
Steve Edlefsen 2006-07 2011-12 San Francisco Giants
Darin Erstad 1993-95 1996-2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros
Alex Gordon 2003-05 2007-Present Kansas City Royals
Kip Gross 1986 1990-93, 1999-2000 Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros
Ken Harvey 1997-99 2001-05 Kansas City Royals
Eric Helfand 1988 1993-95 Oakland Athletics
Buddy Hunter 1966 1971-75 Boston Red Sox
Dan Jennings 2006-08 2012 Miami Marlins
Dan Johnson 2000-01 2005-08,10-12 Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox
Kevin Jordan 1990 1995-2001 Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Komine 1999-2001 2006-07 Oakland Athletics
Zach Kroenke 2003-05 2010-2011 Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Kurosaki 1971-73 1975 St. Louis Cardinals
Ad Liska 1925 1929-33 Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies
Dave McDonald 1962 1969-71 New York Yankees, Montreal Expos
Bill McGuire 1983-85 1988-89 Seattle Mariners
Gary Neibauer 1965-66 1969-73 Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies
Pete O'Brien 1978-79 1982-93 Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners
Ken Ramos 1987-89 1997 Houston Astros
Marc Sagmoen 1992-93 1997 Texas Rangers
Todd Sears 1995-97 2002-03 Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres
Bob Sebra 1981-83 1985-90 Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds
Adam Shabala 1999-2000 2005 San Francisco Giants
Dwight Siebler 1957-58 1963-67 Minnesota Twins
Steve Stanicek 1980-82 1987, 1989 Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Stern 1999-2001 2005-07, 2010 Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers
Jamal Strong 1999-2000 2003-05 Seattle Mariners
Tony Watson 2004-07 2011-12 Pittsburgh Pirates
Thad Weber 2007-08 2012 Detroit Tigers

Current Minor League players

17 former Huskers currently play in the Minor League.[32]

  • Dan Johnson (2000-01)
  • Zach Kroenke (2003-05)
  • Michael Mariot (2008-10)
  • Mike Nesseth (2008-10)
  • Jake Opitz (2005-08)
  • Aaron Pribanic (2008)
  • Charlie Shirek (2005-07)
  • Tony Watson (2004-07)
  • Thad Weber (2007-08)

Other noteworthy players

  • Curtis Ledbetter (2003-05)
  • Jeff Leise (2000-2003)
  • Aaron Marsden (2002-03)
  • Mel Motley (1995-96)
  • Frank Solich (1965)
  • Dustin Timm (2001,03-05)
  • Joe Simokaitis (2002-05)

Records

NCAA record Big 12 record

Individual

Game Batting

Stat Record Player Opponent Date
At bats 10 Jim Smith Colorado 4/24/74
At bats
(9 inn.)
8 Alvie Shepherd Washington 3/20/95
Patrick Johnson
Runs 7 Jim Bailey Chicago State 3/16/99
Ken Harvey
Hits 6 6 times 4/11/06
Doubles 3 16 times 5/18/10
Triples 3 Dan Boever Benedictine 3/8/83
Shawn Buchanan Wayne State 2/12/90
Home Runs 3 4 times 3/6/01
RBIs 10 Gene Torczon Tulsa 4/5/58
Craig Moore Chicago State 3/16/99
Walks 5 Jim Bailey Chicago State 3/16/99
Tom Novak

Pitching

Stat Record Player Opponent Date
Innings pitched 13 Dennis O'Doherty Colorado 4/26/74
Strikeouts 17 Brent Friehauf St. Cloud State 3/24/83
Shane Komine Kansas 4/8/00

'Season Batting

Stat Record Player Year
At bats 294 Jeff Leise 2002
Runs 100 Ken Ramos 1988
Hits 109 Francis Collins 1997
Jeff Leise 2002
Total Bases 201 Jed Morris 2002
Doubles 27 Cody Asche 2011
Triples 9 Shawn Buchanan 1990
Home runs 25 Dan Johnson 2001
RBIs 90 Mike Duncan 1985
Jed Morris 2002
Walks 91 Bobby Benjamin 1988
Batting average .478 Ken Harvey 1999
Stolen bases 60 Scott Hooper 1984
Slugging % .930 Steve Stanicek 1982
On-base % .574 Marc Sagmoen 1993
OPS 1.499 Steve Stanciek 1982
Hitting streak 38 Francis Collins 1996

Pitching

Stat Record Player Year
Innings pitched 131.2 Shane Komine 2001
Appearances 36 Mike Bellows 1994
Complete games 9 Troy Brohawn 1993
Starts 18 Shane Komine 2001
Joba Chamberlain 2005
Shutouts 4 Jamie Rodrigue 2000
Strikeouts 159 Shane Komine 2000
Consecutive
scoreless innings
33.1 Justin Pekarek 2004
ERA 1.29 Bill McGuire 1984
Wins 14 Shane Komine 2001
Losses 8 Pat Driscoll 1997
Saves 16 Brett Jensen 2004

Career

Batting

Stat Record Player Year
Games played 254 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Games started 247 Matt Hopper 2000-03
At bats 966 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Runs 246 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Hits 338 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Total bases 591 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Doubles 56 Will Bolt 1999-2002
Triples 21 Shawn Buchanan 1988-91
Home Runs 64 Matt Hopper 2000-03
RBIs 271 Matt Hopper 2000-03
Walks 223 Bobby Benjamin 1988-90
Batting average .451 Marc Sagmoen 1992-93
Stolen bases 103 Jeff Carter 1982-85
Slugging % .791 Dan Johnson 2000-01

Pitching

Stat Record Player Year
Innings pitched 431.0 Shane Komine 1999-2002
Appearances 92 Jeff Chesnut 2013-16
Complete games 18 Shane Komine 1999-2002
Starts 59 Shane Komine 1999-02
Shutouts 6 Jamie Rodrigue 2000-03
Strikeouts 510 Shane Komine 1999-2002
ERA 1.78 Ben Amaya 1982-83
Wins 41 Shane Komine 1999-2002
Losses 17 Dan Buehrer 1973-76
Saves 33 Josh Roeder 2013-15

Team

Game

Stat Record Opponent Date
Longest game (innings) 22 Colorado 4/26/74
At bats 77 Colorado 4/26/74
Runs 50 Chicago State 4/16/99
Runs allowed 37 Oklahoma State 4/8/95
Margin of victory 47 Chicago State 4/16/99
Combined runs 55 Oklahoma State 4/8/95
Runs in an inning 17 Washington 3/20/95
Hits 35 Chicago State 3/16/99
Doubles 10 Creighton 4/23/08
Triples 6 Wayne State 3/1/85
Home Runs 9 Chicago State 3/16/99
Total Bases 73 Chicago State 3/16/99
RBIs 48 Chicago State 3/16/99
Walks 19 Northwest Missouri State 3/4/87
Fort Hays State 3/18/89
Stolen bases 13 Nebraska-Omaha 3/16/95
Strikeouts 22 UL-Lafayette 2/20/09
Walks allowed 20 Wichita State 4/8/87
Hits allowed 26 Oklahoma State 4/8/95

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

References

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  6. ^ "2001 College World Series". Huskers.com. June 30, 2001. Retrieved 2009. 
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  20. ^ "Christy Joins Husker Baseball Staff". Huskers.com. July 5, 2011. 
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  25. ^ "Dick Howser Trophy on Baseball Almanac." Dick Howser Trophy on Baseball Almanac. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/dick_howser_trophy.shtml
  26. ^ "Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball on Baseball Almanac." Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball on Baseball Almanac. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_goldenspikes.shtml
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