2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team

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The 2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team was Mike Anderson's 3rd year as Head coach. The huskers played their home games at Hawks Field.

2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Crowne Plaza/Rice Invitational Champions
Big 12 Regular Season Champions
Big 12 Tournament Champions
College World Series, 5th Place
Conference Big 12
Ranking
Coaches #6
2005 record 57-15 (19-8 Big 12)
Head coach Mike Anderson
Hitting coach Andy Sawyers
Pitching coach Rob Childress
Home stadium Hawks Field
Seasons
« 2004 2006 »
2005 Big 12 baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Nebraska 19 8   .704     57 15   .792
#4 Baylor 19 8   .704     46 24   .657
#1 Texas 16 10   .615     56 16   .778
#25 Missouri 16 11   .593     40 23   .635
Oklahoma 14 13   .519     35 26   .574
Oklahoma State 12 15   .444     34 25   .576
Kansas 11 15   .423     36 28   .563
Texas Tech 9 16   .360     34 25   .576
Texas A&M 9 18   .333     30 25   .545
Kansas State 8 19   .296     30 25   .545
2005 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from NCBWA


2004[edit]

Nebraska posted a 36-23 record with 14 of the losses being by two runs or less as they barely missed their first NCAA regional appearance since 1998. However, the Huskers were the only Big 12 team not shut out during the whole season and they established a school record and ranked eighth nationally with a .975 fielding percentage shattering the previous best of .971. A few honors include Big 12 player of the years and first-team All-American third baseman Alex Gordon and All-Big 12 selections Zach Kroenke, Curtis Ledbetter and Joe Simokaitis.

Preseason[edit]

  • The Huskers returned six everyday position players along with three of their top four weekend starters [1]
  • Will Bolt was promoted to volunteer assistant coach overseeing the infielders and assist with the hitters. He was on the staff serving as a graduate manager for the 2004 season.[2]
  • Collegiate Baseball rated Nebraska’s class of 23 newcomers, which includes 16 freshmen, six junior college transfers and Nebraska-Kearney transfer Joba Chamberlain, 16th nationally ranking which is the highest ever for a class of Husker newcomers.[3]
  • Four high school seniors and four junior college transfers have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play baseball at Nebraska beginning in the 2005-06 season.[4]
  • Alex Gordon was selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, Preseason NCBWA All-America First-Team, and was the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Player of the Year.[5]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Height/Weight Position Class
2 SimokatisJoe Simokaitis 6-1 / 195 Shortstop 4Senior
3 OpitzJake Opitz 5-11 / 190 Second base 1Freshman
4 GordonAlex Gordon 6-1 / 215 Third base 3Junior
5 MooreAdam Moore 6-3 / 220 Catcher 3Redshirt Junior
8 BoyerJesse Boyer 6-1 / 195 Outfield 4Senior
9 AdamsTrey Adams 6-1 / 190 Outfield 3Junior
10 WehrleRyan Wehrle 6-3 / 195 Second base / Shortstop 1Freshman
11 VaughnTyler Vaughn 6-2 / 205 Infield 2 Redshirt Sophomore
12 BruceDaniel Bruce 6-0 / 185 Outfield 4Senior
13 HinesRyan Hines 6-5 / 225 Pitcher 1Freshman
14 FusilierBrandon Fusilier 6-3 / 220 Outfield 4Senior
15 LedbetterCurtis Ledbetter 6-3 / 215 First base 4Senior
16 ChristyJeff Christy 6-1 / 210 Catcher 3Junior
17 KlapperichCasey Klapperich 5-11 / 185 Infield 1Redshirt Freshman
18 DuensingBrian Duensing 6-0 / 195 Pitcher 3Junior
19 BuckmanBrandon Buckman 6-6 / 220 DH / First base 3Junior
20 WertzLuke Wertz 6-1 / 175 Pitcher 1Freshman
21 SullivanNick Sullivan 5-11 / 200 Outfield 1Redshirt Freshman
22 KlausingJon Klausing 6-6 / 200 Pitcher 2Sophomore
23 DornJohnny Dorn 6-3 / 205 Pitcher 1Freshman
24 Bryce Nimmo 5-11 / 170 Outfield 1Freshman
25 BohananRyan Bohanan 6-1 / 200 Pitcher 1Freshman
26 GerchAndy Gerch 6-1 / 205 Outfield 1Freshman
28 WagnerMatt Wagner 6-4 / 225 Infield 1Redshirt Freshman
30 WatsonTony Watson 6-4 / 195 Pitcher 1Freshman
31 RadmacherTim Radmacher 6-0 / 170 Pitcher 1 Redshirt Freshman
32 SmithAl Smith 6-2 / 225 First base 2Sophomore
33 JensenBrett Jensen 6-7 / 190 Pitcher 3Junior
34 KroenkeZach Kroenke 6-2 / 205 Pitcher 3Junior
35 ShirekPPhil Shirek 6-3 / 210 Pitcher 4Senior
36 FoustMatt Foust 6-3 / 220 Pitcher 1Freshman
38 TimmDustin Timm 6-4 / 185 Pitcher 4Senior
39 HarmelinkMike Harmelink 6-0 / 200 Pitcher 2Sophomore
40 ShirekCCharlie Shirek 6-3 / 190 Pitcher 1Redshirt Freshman
42 BeckerJeremy Becker 5-11 / 220 Pitcher 4Senior
43 ManriqueDeric Manrique 5-10 / 175 Outfield 1Redshirt Freshman
44 ChamberlainJoba Chamberlain 6-3 / 225 Pitcher 2Sophomore
45 HightowerMark Hightower 5-11 / 195 Catcher 1Freshman
47 SchwabDrew Schwab 6-4 / 185 Pitcher 1Redshirt Freshman
50 MortJake Mort 5-10 / 170 Infield 1Redshirt Freshman

Schedule[edit]

2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball Game Log[6]

Season review[edit]

Summary
While the 2005 Nebraska baseball season will be remembered for many things, it was the never-say-die attitude that captured the hearts of Husker fans around the state.

Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Huskers were two games behind Baylor in the conference race. Nebraska won its first two games against Kansas State, while Baylor and Missouri split their first two contests, putting the Huskers in position to earn a share of the league crown. Behind Kroenke’s complete-game gem on Senior Day, Nebraska posted a 3-1 victory, while Missouri capped NU’s title hopes by beating Baylor in Waco later that day, giving the two teams a share of the Big 12 crown. The two teams would meet one week later with the Big 12 Tournament title on the line. The game was scoreless until the sixth when Andy Gerch’s sacrifice fly plated Gordon for the game’s only run. Duensing and Jensen combined on a three-hit shutout to give NU a 1-0 win over the Bears and the Huskers’ fourth Big 12 Tourney crown since 1999 and winning the regular-season and tournament titles in the same season for the second time in school history (2001).[7]

Never was the Huskers’ true spirit more evident than on college baseball’s grandest stage – the College World Series in Omaha. Trailing 5-3 in the ninth inning, the Huskers were down to their last at-bat, looking to extend the most successful season in school history. As they had done 20 times during the season, Nebraska began to rally, opening the inning with two hits before Alex Gordon’s RBI single pulled NU within 5-4. Two batters later, freshman Andy Gerch provided one of the most memorable moments in school history, sending an 0-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers, giving the Huskers a 7-5 lead. Alas, the lead was short-lived, as Arizona State scored twice in the bottom of the ninth – including a game-tying homer by Jeff Larish – before ending one of the most memorable games in recent CWS history two innings later for an 8-7 ASU win.

For Head Coach Mike Anderson, the heart shown by the Huskers was a characteristic that he saw develop throughout the year. “This was a resilient group all year long,” Anderson said. “We fought and fought, and it didn’t surprise me at all that we scored those runs in the ninth.” While its resiliency allowed the Huskers to never be out of a contest, Anderson credited the team’s selflessness as the catalyst for going from eighth to first in the Big 12 and returning to the College World Series for the first time since 2002.

For Nebraska’s eight seniors, 2005 capped a remarkable five-year run in which NU won 237 games, claimed three Big 12 titles and made three College World Series appearances.

“We’re at the World Series this year because we had a group of young men that gave of themselves for their team,” Anderson said. “It’s the most unique group of young men that I’ve ever been around. They bought into the team concept. They understood the team concept and got to where they are at because of the team concept. I can’t say how proud I am of them.”

A total of six Huskers were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including four players in the top 10 rounds. Alex Gordon became Nebraska’s fifth first-round pick, as he was chosen by Kansas City with the No. 2 overall pick. Brian Duensing and Zach Kroenke joined Gordon as players taken in the first five rounds, as they were picked in the third and fifth rounds, respectively. The trio’s selections marked the first time that three Huskers were taken in the first five rounds of the draft.

Joba Chamberlain in 2008 spring training for the New York Yankees

Pitching
Nebraska relied on the combination of a dominant pitching staff, strong defense and clutch hitting to put together a 57-15 record and sweep the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles en route to a berth in the College World Series. The 57 wins not only led the nation, but easily topped the previous school mark of 51 set in 2000. The Huskers finished the year ranked as high as fifth in the national polls after opening the year at No. 50 in Baseball America’s preseason issue. Also, their No. 2 ranking in Baseball America heading into the College World Series is its highest in any national poll since the 2001 season (a year the Huskers were ranked first for two weeks by Baseball America).[7]

On the mound, Nebraska put together one of the most dominant staffs in Big 12 history. The Huskers ranked second nationally with a Big 12-low 2.69 ERA, the best by a Husker staff since 1969, holding 54 of its 72 opponents to four runs or less tying for the second lowest single-season ERA in school history. It also finished .03 off the Big 12 mark of 2.66 set by Texas in 2004.[7] NU set single-season records for wins (57), saves (23) and strikeouts (538), while holding opponents to a .227 average. The heart of the staff was a four-man rotation of right-handers Joba Chamberlain and Johnny Dorn and southpaws Brian Duensing and Zach Kroenke. They won 15 straight decisions until Johnny Dorn’s loss to Florida on June 19 at the College World Series.[7] The quartet combined for a 37-6 record, as all earned All-Big 12 honors in 2005.

A transfer from Division II Nebraska-Kearney, Chamberlain took the Big 12 by storm, going 10-2 with a 2.81 ERA en route to third-team All-America honors. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a first-team all league pick, Chamberlain was second in the Big 12 with 130 strikeouts and ranked in the top 10 in seven categories. The sophomore right-hander recorded five double-digit strikeout performances, including 15 against New Mexico in just his second start as a Husker. Chamberlain saved his best performance of the year until the Super Regional against Miami, which he fanned 13 and allowed one run over eight innings to out-duel Cesar Carillo in a 3-1 win.

Dorn became one of the Big 12’s top freshmen, going 12-2 to capture third-team All-America honors. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a first-team all conference selection, Dorn went 12-2 with a 2.16 ERA, tying for the league lead in wins and ranking among the top five in the Big 12 in wins, ERA and opponent batting average. Dorn was superb in conference play, going 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA, as he earned the clinching win in five of NU’s eight series victories.

Duensing returned from missing nearly two full seasons with an elbow injury to post an 8-0 record and earn All-Big 12 honors. Duensing split time between the rotation and the bullpen, but saved his best effort for the Big 12 title game, when he tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball, as NU blanked Baylor, 1-0, to win the conference tournament title.

Kroenke rounded out the quartet, going 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA to pick up second-team all-conference accolades. The Omaha native saved his best efforts for NU’s biggest moments, tossing a complete game against Kansas State to help clinch the Big 12 title. Two weeks later, Kroenke struck out a career-high 13 in a complete-game masterpiece against Creighton in the regional title game.

While NU’s rotation was the envy of much of college baseball, the Huskers also relied on a talented bullpen led by closer Brett Jensen. The junior ranked third in the country with 16 saves to earn All-Big 12 honors, while set-up man Dustin Timm also earned All-Big 12 honors.

Alex Gordon was the #2 overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft

Offense
Offensively, the Huskers were led by the leadership and all-around abilities of third baseman Alex Gordon. A two-time All-American, Gordon etched his name in Husker history by becoming the first NU baseball player to be named national player of the year. The junior from Lincoln hit .372 with 19 homers, 66 RBIs and 23 stolen bases, as he topped the Big 12 in six categories and became the first player in seven years to repeat as conference player of the year.

Gordon was one of four hitters to receive All-Big 12 honors in 2005. Senior first baseman Curtis Ledbetter garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors, hitting .319 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs. He ranked fourth in the Big 12 in homers and was named MVP of the Big 12 Tournament, leading NU back to its fourth conference tournament title since 1999.

While Gordon and Ledbetter provided most of the offensive firepower, seniors Joe Simokaitis and Daniel Bruce provided leadership with their relentless aggressiveness on the field to instrumental roles in 2005.

Simokaitis finished his career as the Big 12’s alltime leader in assists and routinely made spectacular plays look routine. A 10th-round pick in the MLB Draft, Simokaitis put together the best offensive year of his career, hitting .310 with three homers, 37 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Bruce shined in both the classroom and on thediamond in 2005. A second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, he was named Nebraska’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year and earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Bruce also hit .322 with five homers and 32 RBIs to earn All-Big 12 honors.

Fans also turned out in record numbers to watch the Huskers in 2005, as NU averaged a school-record 4,984 fans per home game to rank sixth nationally. Hawks Field drew seven of its 10 largest crowds in 2005, highlighted by a school-record crowd of 8,771 for the Super Regional clinching win over Miami. NU enjoyed immense success at home, going 33-4 at its home park, including a perfect 5-0 during the NCAA Tournament breaking the previous single-season home mark for wins of 29 set five times (1980, 1988, 2002, 2003 and 2008).[7]

While Nebraska was dominant at home, the Huskers put themselves in position to reach the postseason with success on the road. NU went 15-6 in road games during the regular season, a total that ranked third nationally. In Big 12 play, the Huskers stayed in contention for the league title, going 8-4 away from Hawks Field and winning every conference road series for the first time since 1938.

Nine of Nebraska’s 15 losses this season were by one run, as the Huskers finished 11-9 in one-run games. After having just one multi-homer game in 2004, Nebraska had eight this season, including four by first baseman/catcher Curtis Ledbetter and two by All-American third baseman Alex Gordon.[7]

Stats[edit]

Hitting[8]

Player G BA AB H 2B 3B HR TB SLG R RBI BB SO SB
Adams, Trey 52 .238 101 24 3 3 1 36 .356 18 9 19 15 7
Bohanan, Ryan 28 .306 62 19 3 0 1 25 .403 11 14 7 9 0
Boyer, Jesse 49 .271 177 48 11 1 1 64 .362 34 17 20 29 4
Bruce, Daniel 69 .322 230 74 22 2 5 115 .500 47 32 15 48 9
Buckman, Brandon 49 .335 161 54 10 0 2 70 .435 26 30 19 28 4
Christy, Jeff 67 .237 190 45 5 0 1 53 .279 32 32 33 36 4
Fusilier, Brandon 57 .282 188 53 6 1 12 97 .516 37 45 17 43 14
Gerch, Andy 57 .364 151 55 7 2 4 78 .517 33 35 14 23 3
Gordon, Alex 72 .372 253 94 22 4 19 181 .715 79 66 63 38 23
Hightower, Mark 18 .400 10 4 0 0 0 4 .400 1 3 1 3 1
Ledbetter, Curtis 71 .319 288 92 18 1 13 151 .524 52 55 15 47 3
Nimmo, Bryce 46 .207 82 17 1 0 2 24 .293 19 12 12 12 4
Opitz, Jake 52 .256 129 33 6 0 3 48 .372 19 14 17 24 3
Simokaitis, Joe 69 .310 277 86 8 0 3 103 .372 53 37 34 33 18
Wehrle, Ryan 57 .275 149 41 6 1 0 49 .329 26 25 21 17 4

Pitching[9]

Player App GS W L SV ERA CG ShO IP H R ER BB SO
Becker, Jeremy 10 0 1 0 0 2.57 0 0 7.0 8 2 2 0 5
Bohanan, Ryan 21 1 1 1 1 2.79 0 0 29.0 25 11 9 10 22
Chamberlain, Joba 18 18 10 2 0 2.81 1 0 118.7 91 44 37 33 130
Dorn, Johnny 20 13 12 2 1 2.16 1 0 104.0 75 33 25 21 76
Duensing, Brian 23 10 8 0 0 3.00 1 1 84.0 69 28 28 28 52
Foust, Matt 5 0 0 0 1 2.57 0 0 7.0 6 2 2 3 5
Harmelink, Mike 5 0 0 0 0 3.00 0 0 6.0 5 2 2 4 8
Jensen, Brett 33 0 3 5 16 1.96 0 0 46.0 36 17 10 9 46
Klausing, Jon 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 2.7 80 0 0 1 0
Kroenke, Zach 20 16 7 2 1 2.78 4 1 97.0 80 37 30 28 88
Shirek, Phil 14 7 4 1 1 3.32 0 0 40.7 42 17 15 10 26
Timm, Dustin 19 0 4 1 1 2.13 0 0 38.0 30 13 9 9 23
Watson, Tony 23 5 6 1 1 2.82 0 0 44.7 41 20 14 26 39
Wertz, Luke 10 2 1 0 0 4.43 0 0 18.3 22 9 9 5 18

Awards[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
Coaches'[10] NR NR* NR NR 21 22 21 16 16 10 11 9 6 5 5 7 5 4 4 4 6 
Baseball America[11] 50 NR NR NR NR NR 23 20 20 17 17 11 8 7 6 7 4 3 4 2 5 
Collegiate Baseball^[12] 31 30 NR 27 18 23 21 9 7 4 10 7 5 5 3 5 4 4 4 3 6 
NCBWA[13] NR RV RV 32 19 25 20 19 8 8 10 8 6 4 3 6 5 4 4 3 6

^ Collegiate Baseball ranks 40 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
NCBWA ranks 35 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
* Coaches' does not release a week 1 poll so for comparison purposes the pre-season poll ranking is inserted in the week 1 slot.

Huskers in the MLB Draft[edit]

  • Did not sign

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ "2005 First-Year Player Draft Tracker - Round 10". MLB. 2005-06-08. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
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  19. ^ "2005 First-Year Player Draft Tracker - Round 23". MLB. 2005-06-08. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
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  24. ^ "Foust Drafted by Pirates". Huskers.com. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
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  27. ^ "Dorn Drafted in 15th Round by Florida". Huskers.com. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-06.