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Meyers Tabbed Third-Team All-American by Baseball America

Junior Jake Meyers earned third-team All-America honors from Baseball America on Thursday.

Meyers, an Omaha, Neb., native, helped the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. A versatile player, Meyers started 40 games in centerfield and 14 games on the mound during the 2017 campaign. He batted .297 with one home run, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and a team-leading 52 runs. Meyers also led the team in stolen bases with 20, which he achieved in 22 attempts.

Meyers went 8-2 on the mound with a 3.42 ERA in 84.1 innings this season. He tied for first in strikeouts with 57, while walking only nine batters. Meyers tossed a complete game shutout on March 12 against Western Carolina, and was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the performance.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Meyers was also named one of five finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award, with the winner to be announced later this summer.


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Huskers Announce Three Free Fan Fests This June

In recognition of the greatest fans in college football, Nebraska will host three free fan fests on consecutive Fridays this month, the Athletic Department announced on Wednesday.

 

The first fan fest is set for next Friday, June 16, followed by the second event on Friday, June 23 and the third fan fest on Friday, June 30. All three approximately two-hour events will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place outside Memorial Stadium on Stadium Drive, the street immediately adjacent to the west side of the stadium. Stadium Drive will be closed to automobile traffic during the event, providing a safe and spacious area for fans of all ages.

 

All three fan fests are weather permitting and may be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. There will be free parking on a first-come, first-served basis for all three events in Lots 5 and 8 on Salt Creek Roadway, located north of Memorial Stadium. Access inside Memorial Stadium will be available during all three fan fests, with the June 30th event including field access.

 

The fan fests will feature an extensive array of free food options, appearances by former Huskers, unique photo opportunities, giveaways, games, music and more. Fans will also have a chance to purchase a limited quantity of 2017 season tickets, and the Husker Team Shop inside West Memorial Stadium will be open and available to fans wishing to purchase the latest Nebraska apparel.

 

Highlights of the fan fests will include:

  • Free food (Amigos, Chick-fil-A, Hy-Vee, Kona Ice, Mr. Goodcents, Pepsi, Valentino’s and more)
  • Free inflatable games
  • Free balloon artists
  • Free face painting
  • Free giveaways
  • Appearance by Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley (June 16 & June 23 events only)
  • Appearances by former Husker football players (all three events)
  • Access to Memorial Stadium during and following the events (field access at June 30 event only)
  • Ability to purchase 2017 Nebraska football season tickets
  • Free 2017 Nebraska football schedule cards
  • Photo opportunities with the Husker Helicopter, Husker-wrapped team buses and football trophies

These three special events are intended to thank Husker fans for their continued support of Nebraska football. The fan fests will be in addition to the annual Nebraska Football Fan Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 29. More information on Fan Day will be available next month.

 

“We are very fortunate to have the most loyal, supportive and enthusiastic fans in the country,” Head Coach Mike Riley said. “We are always looking for ways to show our appreciation for what the fans mean to our program, our coaches and our student-athletes. We think this is an outstanding opportunity to connect with our fans and to express our gratitude for their support.”

 

Nebraska Football Fan Fest Facts

What: Free food, activities, giveaways and limited access to Memorial Stadium for Husker fans of all ages

Dates: Friday June 16, Friday, June 23 & Friday, June 30

Times: 5-7 p.m. all three days

Where: Stadium Drive/Memorial Stadium

Cost: Free to all fans 

Parking: Free parking in lots 5 & 8 available on a first-come, first-served basis

(additional parking available at the Stadium Drive Parking Garage and the 14th & Avery Parking Garage, which both garages requiring a credit card payment to exit the facility)

 


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Miller, Wood Earn Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards

Baseball's Ben Miller and women's basketball's Emily Wood were named Nebraska's Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners across all Husker sports in 2016-17, as announced by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Miller, who started nearly every game at first base for the Huskers this season, helped Nebraska to its first Big Ten regular-season title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. He batted .306 while finishing second on the team with 67 hits in 2017. The Clive, Iowa, native hit three homers, recorded 39 RBIs, 28 runs and 13 doubles. He also made three starts on the mound, notching a 1-0 record with a 1.12 ERA in 8.0 innings of work. He struck out eight batters and allowed only four hits. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2016, and finished his Husker career ranked 12th all-time with 241 hits.

Miller was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection, a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a two-time choice of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Wood solidified her position as one of Nebraska's top all-around student-athletes by earning the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award across all the Husker women's sports.

The 5-5 senior guard for the 2017-18 women's basketball team earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017. The management major from Salina, Kan., who came to Lincoln as a walk-on before the start of the 2014-15 season, earned her degree in just three years. She will compete as a graduate student for the Huskers this season.

Wood posted better than a 3.9 GPA in her undergraduate studies and will pursue a master's degree in business administration. Wood, who earned the women's basketball team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, also claimed the team's Husker Award in 2017. She was named one of Nebraska's Outstanding Scholar Award winners across all sports for her performance in the classroom. She is expected to be a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the second consecutive year in 2017, and is a two-time academic All-Big Ten choice.

In 2016, Wood earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for her extensive work in the community. She also participated in the Nebraska Athletics Service Trip Abroad to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2016. A member of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Wood represented Nebraska nationally at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2015.

A six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a three-time selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Wood competed in all 29 games for the Huskers on the court as a junior in 2016-17. She averaged 2.1 points per game while knocking down 16 three-pointers on the season.

Each Big Ten Conference school had one male and one female Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner across all of their school's varsity sports.


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Home Federal takes two from Norfolk

Norfolk - The Grand Island Home Federal baseball team picked up win 11 and 12 Tuesday night in Norfolk taking a double header. Home Federal would take game one 14-4. Grand Island would have the 14 runs on 10 hits and 2 errors. Norfolk would score their 4 runs on 11 hits and have 3 errors. Bryce Williams would get the win on the mound for Home Federal. In game two, Home Federal would pound out 17 runs on 18 hits with 2 errors in a 17-5 victory. Norfolk with their 5 runs would have 6 hits in game two with no errors. Winning pitcher for Grand Island was Will Nordhues. Home Federal is now 12-3 on the year and will next be in action Wednesday June 7th hosting St. Paul at 7:30 pm. 


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Huskers to Make 2017 Debut in Prime Time

Nebraska will kick off its 2017 football season under the lights at Memorial Stadium against Arkansas State. BTN and the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday that the Huskers’ Sept. 2 season opener will start at 7 p.m. CT.

 

The game will mark the second consecutive season Nebraska has opened with a home prime-time contest. The Huskers defeated Fresno State in last year’s season opener in Lincoln. In fact, the Huskers will carry a 19-game winning streak in home night games into this year’s season opener. Nebraska has not lost a prime-time game at Memorial Stadium since 2008.

 

Tuesday’s announcement gives Nebraska fans a full picture of the first month of the 2017 season. Last week, game times and television announcements were made for Nebraska’s other four games in the month of September, along with the regular-season finale against Iowa. Game times and television information for Nebraska’s other six games on the 2017 schedule will be announcement six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

 

Nebraska 2017 Game Times/TV Information

Sept. 2 Arkansas State 7 p.m. CT BTN

Sept. 9 at Oregon 3:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. PT FOX

Sept. 16 Northern Illinois 11 a.m. CT FS1

Sept. 23 Rutgers (HC) 2:30 or 3 p.m. CT TBA

Sept. 29 at Illinois 7 p.m. CT FS1

Nov. 24 Iowa 3 p.m. CT FS1

 


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Anthony Noreen named new Tri-City Storm Head Coach

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is proud to announce Anthony Noreen as its new Head Coach and General Manager, the eighth person to hold the title in the team’s history. Noreen comes to Kearney after head coaching the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) for two seasons and Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) for four seasons, where he was named USHL Coach of the Year in 2015.

“I am excited and honored to be named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Tri-City Storm,” said Noreen. “My passion lies in developing young men to have a chance to achieve their hockey goals and be the type of people the whole community can be proud of. I cannot wait to get to work to help provide the Tri-City area with a team that they will be proud of both on and off the ice.”

Storm owner Kirk Brooks added about the hire, “We are excited to have a coach of Anthony’s caliber in Tri-City. He has a proven track record for both winning and developing players at the USHL level.” In talking about the upcoming season Brooks said, “We feel like the players we have returning along with the players we were able to secure through moves we made last year and in the draft give us a great opportunity to challenge at the highest levels of the USHL. Steve Lowe, our President of Hockey Operations, was instrumental in each of those steps as well as our hiring of Anthony.”

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Noreen started his coaching career in 2007 as an assistant coach at Wisconsin – Stevens Point, his alma mater. He had his first chance to become a head coach in 2011 with the Youngstown Phantoms, and made the playoffs in three of his four seasons (overall regular season record of 117-99-19). In his last season there, the Phantoms won the Anderson Cup and Noreen was named USHL Coach of the Year. He was then hired away for his first professional head coaching position with the Orlando Solar Bears. In just under two seasons, Noreen guided the Solar Bears to a winning record of 38-35-5-5.

Noreen replaces Bill Muckalt, who leaves Tri-City to pursue coaching opportunities at higher levels of hockey. “Bill helped bring our first Clark Cup Championship to Tri-City, and he and Barrie will always be a part of the Storm family,” explained Brooks. In that historic championship season, the team went on a franchise record 13 game point streak and ended the playoffs with both the most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in the USHL. “We are proud Bill’s time with the Storm has opened up opportunities for him to advance his career, and wish him continued success.”

Call 308-338-8144 or visit the Viaero Center Box Office to register for 2017-18 Storm season tickets.


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Home Federal goes 4-1 over the weekend

The Home Federal Senior American Legion baseball team went 4-1 over the weekend from Ryder Park in Grand Island. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday would feature teams taking part in the Grand Island-Hastings Tournament. The weekend would start with four straight wins starting Friday night with a 5-4 over Wilbur. Home Federal would then take two games in winning fashion on Saturday with a 6-4 win defeating Fairbury and follow that with a 5-4 win over Waverly. Sunday's action would open up with a victory over Greely Colorado winning 3-2. Home Federal would then take on Creighton Prep but fall with a score of 6-1. Now with a 10-3 record, Home Federal will next be in action Tuesday, June 6th at Norfolk for a scheduled doubleheader starting at 5:00 pm. 

 

GI Tourney/Hastings Tourney

-6/2 Wilber 3-1 Sextro WP (7-2)

-6/3 vs Waverly 5-4 Krzycki WP (8-2)

-6/3 Fairbury 6-4 Williams WP (9-2)

-6/4 Greeley, CO 3-2 Lee WP (10-2)

-6/4 Creighton Prep 1-6 Lamb LP (10-3)

 


 


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Huskers’ Season Ends in 7-4 Loss to Holy Cross

Corvallis, Ore. – The Nebraska baseball team (35-22-1) was eliminated from the NCAA Corvallis Regional after a 7-4 loss to Holy Cross at Goss Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Senior right-hander Derek Burkamper made his 15th start of the season, and went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs, all of which were earned. Chad Luensmann (1.2 innings) and Jake McSteen (2.0 innings) each made relief appearances.

In the opening frame, Jake Meyers was hit by the first pitch of the game. He was out after a lineout double play and NU’s top half of the inning ended with a foul-out. Holy Cross took the early lead with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first.

NU’s first two batters reached on a walk and single in the second inning, but a strikeout and two deep flyouts ended the Huskers’ threat to score. The Crusaders went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the second inning.

All three Husker batters were retired in the top of the third. Burkamper responded by retiring all three Crusaders in the bottom half of the frame.

Nebraska scored two runs on three hits in the fourth inning. Scott Schreiber and Ben Miller singled in the first two at-bats and each scored. Jake Schleppenbach was walked and Luke Roskam had an RBI single. One Crusader reached on an error in the bottom of the fourth, but he was left on base.

NU’s first two batters reached in the top of the fifth, but two strikeouts and a flyout ended the threat to take the lead. Holy Cross scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Two of the runs scored on a double to right field that advanced the runner to third on a fielding error by the right fielder.

Schleppenbach singled in the leadoff spot, but a flyout followed by a double play ended the top of the sixth for the Huskers. Luensmann retired the first two Crusaders in the sixth before four consecutive hits produced a pair of two-out runs. The timely hitting extended the Holy Cross lead to 7-2.

Meyers walked after a leadoff popout, but was thrown out on a double play strikeout. McSteen retired all three Crusaders, striking out two in the bottom of the seventh.

Schreiber homered in the leadoff spot in the top of the eighth. Miller singled in the second spot and the Huskers loaded the bases with two outs. Mojo Hagge hit an RBI single, but a flyout left three on base. In the bottom of the eighth, Holy Cross had a leadoff single, but couldn’t bring him in.

In the top of the ninth, all three Husker batters were retired with three groundouts. The Huskers are eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after making their third appearance in the last four years and winning the 2017 Big Ten regular-season title.


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Huskers Drop NCAA Regional Opener to Yale, 5-1

Corvallis, Ore. – The Nebraska baseball team (35-21-1) lost its first-round game of the NCAA Regionals to Yale, 5-1, at Goss Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Junior left-hander Jake Meyers made his 14th start of the season, and went 5.2 innings. He gave up five runs, all of which were earned, while striking out five Bulldogs. Robbie Palkert threw 3.1 scoreless innings and had six strikeouts.

In the first inning, Yale scored two runs on four hits to race out to an early lead. The first three Bulldogs reached on singles to load the bases. Griffin Dey drove in both runs with a single to centerfield. Meyers singled in the leadoff spot and recorded his 20th stolen base of the season when he took second base. He advanced to third on a flyout, and scored on an RBI single from Luis Alvarado.

The Bulldogs’ Andrew Herrera homered in the leadoff spot in the second inning. Meyers retired each of the next three batters to get out of the inning. NU managed one hit in the bottom half of the frame, but couldn’t get a runner in scoring position.

Yale had a single in the third, but a double play ended its threat to score in the inning. Ben Miller drew a two-out walk and Alvarado had an infield single, but a groundout to first base ended the inning.

The Bulldogs added to their lead in the fourth with one run. The leadoff hitter singled and after back-to-back outs, Dai Dai Otaka was hit by a pitch. Tim DeGraw’s single scored the run before an inning-ending groundout. Nebraska went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

NU’s defense responded in the top of the fifth as all three Yale batters were retired. Meyers drew a leadoff walk, but was left stranded at second base after three consecutive outs to end the fifth frame.

In the sixth inning, Yale added one run to extend the lead to 5-1. Derek Brown doubled, and then scored on Otaka’s infield single. NU had two baserunners when Jesse Wilkening walked and Luke Roskam singled, but both were left on base.

Yale managed a double in the seventh, but Palkert struck out the other three Bulldogs he faced. In the bottom half of the frame, all three Huskers were retired.

Yale had one hit in the eighth, but Palkert recorded outs for the other three Bulldog hitters. Jake Schleppenbach singled in the eighth, but NU couldn’t score.

All three Yale batters in the ninth were retired before all three Huskers went down.

The Huskers will play on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) against the loser of the Oregon State/Holy Cross game, which is set for 10 p.m. (CT) on Friday.


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Home Federal gets set to host tournament

Grand Island - The Home Federal Senior Legion baseball team split a pair of games during the week winning at Hastings Five Points Bank 15-1, but dropping a close nit contest hosting Kearney Runza 4-3. Home Federal will host a tournament with Hastings this weekend. Below is the schedule for Home Federal with games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

 

GI Tourney/Hastings Tourney

-6/2 Wilber 7pm

-6/3 vs Waverly 10am

-6/3 Fairbury 2pm

-6/4 Greeley, CO 12pm

-6/4 Creighton Prep 4pm

 


 


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