2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team

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2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
Conference Big 12
Ranking
Coaches #7
2008 record 41-16-1 (17-9-1 Big 12)
Head coach Mike Anderson
Home stadium Hawks Field
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big 12 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#10 Texas A&M y 19 8 0   .704     46 19 0   .708
#18 Oklahoma State y 18 9 0   .667     44 18 0   .710
#22 Nebraska y 17 9 1   .648     41 16 1   .716
#21 Missouri y 16 11 0   .593     39 21 0   .650
#25 Texas y 15 12 0   .556     37 24 0   .607
Baylor 11 16 0   .407     32 26 0   .552
Kansas State 11 16 0   .407     29 29 0   .500
Oklahoma y 9 17 1   .352     36 26 1   .579
Kansas 9 18 0   .333     30 27 0   .526
Texas Tech 9 18 0   .333     25 30 0   .455
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 2008[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball


The 2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team is Mike Anderson's 6th year at Head coach. The huskers play their home games at Hawks Field.

Pre-Season[edit]

Potential, Promise, Proven is the Huskers motto for the year. While 8 pitchers from 2007 left for the draft, the 2008 Cornhuskers team is the youngest for Mike Anderson with 15 newcomers plus 5 of last years redshirts.[2] Nebraska plays 8 teams that made the 2007 NCAA tournament including 5 one seeds.[3] The baseball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by a vote of the league coaches with 36 points and no first place votes.[4]

Coaches[edit]

[5]

Name Title First Season at NU
Mike Anderson Head Coach 2003
Dave Bingham Assistant Coach 2005
Eric Newman Assistant Coach 2007
Nate Thompson Volunteer Assistant Coach 2008

Roster[edit]

[6]

 

Pitchers

  • Johnny Dorn
  • Thad Weber
  • Erik Anderson
  • Dan Jennings
  • Aaron Pribanic
  • Zach Herr
  • Erik Bird
  • Sean Yost
  • Joe Hatasaki
  • Ryan Christenson
  • Matt Freeman
  • Casey Hauptman
  • Michael Mariot
  • Tyler Rank
  • Mike Nesseth
 

Catchers

  • Mitch Abeita
  • Drew Gray
  • Cody Neer
 

Infielders

  • Craig Corriston
  • Jake Opitz
  • Jeff Tezak
  • Jake Mort
  • Dan Johnston
  • Ben Kline
 

Outfielders

  • Bryce Nimmo
  • Nick Sullivan
  • DJ Belfonte
  • Clay Cuno
  • Tyler Farst
  • David Stewart
 

Schedule/Results[edit]

[7]

2008 Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball Game Log

Season Facts[edit]

  • Johnny Dorn's 13 Strike out game against Northern Colorado is his career high.[8]
  • Aaron Pribanic threw back to back complete games against UC Riverside and Northern Colorado becoming the first Husker pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Aaron Marsden in March 2003.[9]
  • The 14-game win streak Nebraska put together tied for the fourth-longest win streak in school history and the longest since a 15-game win streak in 2000.The Huskers’ streak fell two games shy of the Big 12 record of 16 set by Kansas State (2006) and Texas Tech (2002).[10]
  • The Tie against Oklahoma on March 23 was the first tie for Nebraska since 1996 and the fourth one in league games since the Big 12 established in 1996.[11]
  • The Huskers’ 5-0-1 start in Big 12 play is their best since the league was formed in 1997. The previous start was 5-1 on four occasions, most recently in 2005.[10]

Awards[edit]

  • Mitch Abeita
    • All-Big 12 First Team[12]
    • ABCA All-Midwest Region Team[13]
  • Craig Corriston
    • Big 12 Player of the Week (03/17/2008)[14]
    • All-Big 12 Honorable Mention[12]
  • Johnny Dorn
    • Big 12’s Co-Pitcher of the Week (03/10/2008)[15]
    • All-Big 12 First Team[12]
    • ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team[13]
    • Third-Team All-American[16]
  • Dan Jennings
    • All-Big 12 Honorable Mention[12]
  • Bryce Nimmo
    • All-Big 12 Honorable Mention[12]
  • Jake Opitz
    • All-Big 12 First Team[12]
    • ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team[13]
  • Nick Sullivan
    • Big 12 Player of the Week (03/24/2008)[17]
  • Thad Weber
    • All-Big 12 Second Team[12]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre-
season
Feb
25
Mar
3
Mar
10
Mar
17
Mar
24
Mar
31
April
7
April
14
April
21
April
28
May
5
May
12
May
19
May
26
June
3
June
10
Final
[18] USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll NR --* NR NR 24 17 10 6 9 8 7 7 6 7 10 -- -- 23
[19] Baseball America NR NR NR NR 22 19 11 6 9 8 6 5 5 12 13 20 20 20
[20] Collegiate Baseball (Top 30) 38 NR NR NR 22 15 9 6 10 10 10 7 6 13 15 22 22 22
[21] NCBWA (Top 35) NR NR NR NR NR 30 22 14 13 13 9 7 6 10 13 20 20 20
[22] Rivals.com NR NR NR NR 21 16 12 6 11 8 9 8 6 8 11 - - 21
NR = Not Ranked

* USA Today/ESPN did not release a poll after the first weekend of play.

Huskers in the 2008 MLB Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Overall MLB Team
[23] Aaron Pribanic RHP 3 98 Seattle Mariners
[24] Dan Jennings LHP 9 168 Florida Marlins
[25] Jake Opitz 2B 12 371 Chicago Cubs
[26] Johnny Dorn RHP 15 448 Florida Marlins
[27] Thad Weber RHP 16 493 Detroit Tigers
[28] Mitch Abeita C 19 590 New York Yankees
[29] Zach Herr LHP 38 1155 San Diego Padres

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball standings". big12sports.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Huskers Retooled for 2008 Season
  3. ^ NU's baseball schedule features tourney teams
  4. ^ Huskers Tabbed for Sixth in Big 12 Preseason Poll
  5. ^ Baseball - 2008 Coaches
  6. ^ Baseball - 2008 Roster & Bios
  7. ^ Baseball - 2008 Schedule/Results
  8. ^ Dorn, Huskers Top Northern Colorado
  9. ^ Pribanic, Belfonte Powers Huskers to 7-0 Win
  10. ^ a b Huskers Host Northern Colorado
  11. ^ Huskers-Sooners Tie Finale
  12. ^ a b c d e f g 2008 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
  13. ^ a b c Three Huskers Earn ABCA All-Region Honors
  14. ^ Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Weekly Awards Announced (March 17)
  15. ^ Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Weekly Awards Announced (March 10)
  16. ^ Dorn Earns Third-Team All-America Honors
  17. ^ Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Weekly Awards Announced (March 24)
  18. ^ "2005 College Baseball Polls". WarrenNolan.com. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 1-6-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ "2008 College Baseball Polls". Baseball America. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  20. ^ "2008 NCAA DIV I Baseball Polls". Collegiate Baseball. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  21. ^ "News from the 2008 College Baseball Season". NCBWA. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  22. ^ "Rivals.com Top 25". Rivals.com. Retrieved 1-11-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  23. ^ Pribanic Taken by Mariners
  24. ^ Jennings Selected in Ninth Round of MLB Draft
  25. ^ Opitz Taken by Chicago Cubs in 12th Round
  26. ^ Dorn Drafted in 15th Round by Florida
  27. ^ Weber Drafted by Tigers in 16th Round
  28. ^ Abeita Chosen by Yankees in 19th Round
  29. ^ Herr Drafted by Padres

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