The Nebraska baseball team’s recruiting class has been ranked in the top 35 of Baseball America’s recruiting rankings, which was released this week.
After announcing its top 25 recruiting classes last week, Baseball America released its “Next 10” list in alphabetical order this week. NU is ranked between 26th and 35th nationally, along with Arkansas, Duke, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Nebraska is one of two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 35 recruiting classes by Baseball America, along with No. 24 Illinois.
The Huskers welcome 15 newcomers to the 2019 roster, including 11 freshmen, as the entire recruiting class made it to campus.
Two newcomers - Spencer Schwellenbach and Bo Blessie - were drafted in June 2018, but chose to come to Nebraska to play college baseball. Schwellenbach, an infielder/right-handed pitcher from Saginaw, Mich., was selected in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians. Blessie, a right-handed pitcher from Midland, Texas, was drafted in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals.
Four newcomers - Aaron Palenksy, Trey Kissack, Ty Roseberry and Gareth Stroh – bring previous college baseball experience to NU’s roster.
Palensky is a sophomore outfielder from Papillion, Neb., who spent one season at Southeast Community College. Kissack is a junior right-handed pitcher from Grand Island, Neb., who played one season at UNC-Greensboro and one year at Southeast Community College.
Roseberry is a junior first baseman from Kearney, Neb., who transferred from Nebraska-Kearney. Stroh is a senior left-handed pitcher from Kearney (Gibbon High School), who spent two years at Purdue after spending one year at Coffeyville Community College. In 2017, he earned third-team All-Big Ten honors for the Boilermakers.
Of the 42 student-athletes on Nebraska’s roster, 27 return from last year’s squad, including Big Ten All-Freshman Team selections Jaxon Hallmark and Gunner Hellstrom. Hallmark started 50 games last season and ranked among the top five on the team in several statistical categories, including batting average (.261), hits (48) and RBIs (24). Hellstrom started 19 of his 26 appearances and hit .310, including at least one hit in 11 of his last 17 games with three multi-hit efforts.
Juniors Luke Roskam and Mojo Hagge were also among offensive team leaders in 2018, each ranking in the top four in batting average, hits, doubles and total bases. Senior infielder Angelo Altavilla, who earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, ranked in the top five of the 2018 team in home runs (5), runs scored (35), RBIs (28) and stolen bases (6).
Senior Matt Waldron led the 2018 pitching staff in ERA (4.26) and wins (6), while ranking second in strikeouts (61). Senior Mike Waldron became a key reliever for the Huskers last season, leading the team in appearances (21) and ranked in the top five of most statistical categories. The 2018 squad also saw double-digit outings from returners Paul Tillotson (16), Nate Fisher (15), Andrew Abrahamowicz (15), Byron Hood (14) and Ethan Frazier (13).
NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN
SEPT. 22, 2018 | MICHIGAN STADIUM
ANN ARBOR, MICH. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - FS1 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 384
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Troy, 24-19
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-9 (3rd Year)/0-2 (1st Year)
vs. Michigan: 0-1
Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. SMY, 45-20
Rankings: 19 AP, 21 Coaches
Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Career/Michigan Record: 88-39 (11th Year)/30-12 (4th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska takes to the road for the first time in 2018, traveling to Michigan for the Big Ten opener. The matchup between two of college football's iconic programs will kick off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska and Michigan both rank among the top five all-time in college football in victories and have combined to win 88 conference championships and play in 99 bowl games. Both schools have a history of national championships, most recently sharing the 1997 national title.
Nebraska will head to Ann Arbor looking for its first victory of 2018, following a second close home loss in a 24-19 setback against Troy. The Huskers controlled the stat sheet for a second straight win, but had three costly turnovers in dropping to 0-2.
Michigan will enter Saturday's game with a 2-1 record following a 45-20 victory over SMU on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines dropped their opener at No. 8 Notre Dame, but have rolled to wins the past two weeks, outscoring the opposition 94-23. Michigan has made a statement in the running game, churning out 308 and 237 yards on the ground the past two weeks..
This Week's Numbers
10 - Nebraska and Michigan will be meeting for the 10th time on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The series is tied at 4-4-1, with Nebraska holding a 2-1 advantage since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.
14 - Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman will be playing in his 14th career game on Saturday at Michigan.Spielman needs 58 receiving yards to reach 1,000 career yards, which would mark the fastest Husker to the 1,000-yard plateau. Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers accomplished the feat in 16 games.
7 - Nebraska is one of only seven teams in the FBS to rank among the top 25 nationally in both rushing offense and rushing defense. The Huskers are the only Big Ten team in that group and join Air Force, Cincinnati, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Nebraska and Michigan will meet for the 10th time overall and the fourth time as Big Ten opponents on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The schools met each season from 2011 to 2013 as members of the Big Ten Legends Division.
This week's meeting is the first matchup between the schools since the Big Ten switched to an East-West Division format in 2014.
Traditional Powers Set for Saturday Showdown
Nebraska and Michigan are two of the most successful program in the history of college football. Michigan ranks first in college football history with 945 wins, while Nebraska is fifth at 893 victories.
The Cornhusker football program has won five national championships, while Michigan has 12 national crowns in its history. The schools shared the 1997 national championship, with Nebraska earning the Coaches crown, and Michigan being named the AP national champs.
Huskers Ready to Open Big Ten Conference Action
Nebraska will begin the Big Ten portion of its 2018 schedule Saturday at Michigan. The game marks the start of the Huskers' eighth season of Big Ten competition.
Huskers to Face Nationaly Ranked Wolverine Squad
The trip to Ann Arbor on Saturday will mark Nebraska's first game of the 2018 season against a ranked opponent. Michigan enters the game ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 by the coaches.
Nebraska has four upcoming games against teams in the AP poll including No. 4 Ohio State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State.
Nebraska Set for Frost's First Big Ten Game
Scott Frost will coach his first Big Ten Conference game on Saturday at No. 19 Michigan. The contest will also mark Frost’s first road game as Nebraska’s head coach and first time facing a ranked opponent at Nebraska.
NU Looks to Keep Run Game Moving Against Wolverines
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and added 187 rushing yards against Troy.
The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
Huskers Elect Four Captains
Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.
2018 Nebraska Team Captains
Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team began the Husker Invite with an efficient sweep of Central Michigan on Friday, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers (7-1) won their seventh straight match behind nine kills each from Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins and seven kills from Jazz Sweet. Nebraska dominated at the service line with an 8-0 advantage in aces and five fewer errors than the Chippewas (13-8).
The Huskers out-hit Central Michigan, .347 to .150, including an impressive .750 hitting percentage in set three with 12 kills on 16 swings. NU had a 9-2 advantage in blocks and a 34-27 edge in kills.
Foecke, Sweet and Stivrins combined for 25 of the Huskers' 34 kills on .458 hitting. Nicklin Hames had 24 assists and seven digs with a pair of aces. Callie Schwarzenbach led all players with five blocks and chipped in four kills. Hayley Densberger served three of the Huskers' eight aces. She and Kenzie Maloney each had seven digs.
Central Michigan was led by Lyza Myers and Savannah Thompson, both with eight kills.
Set 1: Nebraska led 15-10 at the media timeout, thanks in part to five service errors by the Chippewas and three kills by Sweet. Back-to-back Foecke kills extended the lead to 20-14, and the Huskers took the first frame, 25-18. Foecke and Sweet combined for nine kills and no errors.
Set 2: NU jumped out to a 7-2 lead with two kills by Stivrins and a Maloney ace. Densberger served three aces during a 5-0 run that increased the lead to 21-9, and Nebraska finished off the 25-15 on an Anezka Szabo kill.
Set 3: A 4-0 spurt, keyed by back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach, put the Huskers ahead 9-5. Hames served consecutive aces, and Schwarzenbach and Sweet combined for another block to make it 13-6. The Huskers rolled to the 25-11 win, scoring 21 of the last 28 points.
Up Next: The Huskers host New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in their second match of the day. New Mexico was swept by Missouri State in the morning match.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's game against Troy with a helmets-only practice inside the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday morning. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following the practice and gave an update on what will factor into his decision on whether or not to start quarterback Adrian Martinez.
"It's strictly physical. We have to make sure we can run all the things we want to run, and he's healthy enough to be able to protect himself,” Frost said. “The biggest thing is that we have to make sure he's healthy enough that there's no added risk to further injury."
Frost also commented on when he might make the decision regarding Saturday’s starting quarterback.
"It might be two minutes before kickoff,” Frost said. “(Martinez) is going to be out there warming up, he's looked really good, getting better. I don't know if it will be this week and I don't know if it will be next week, he might look great tomorrow and be ready to go. He might not look great a week from Friday. I feel really good about where he is right now considering how the play looked, but right now it's just day to day.”
Frost also commented on backup quarterback Andrew Bunch, and the confidence he has in him if Bunch were to start on Saturday.
"He's looked great. He looked really great when he came in (against Colorado). That was a tough situation he came into the other day and he operated well,” Frost said. “He got us down and threw a pass that probably should've won us the game, and then got us down in striking distance to win the game a second time. If it's him, we're going to run our offense and when he's had his opportunities he's looked really good."
Frost also touched on the staff’s' message to the players on facing an “underdog” this week in Troy, who won at LSU last season.
"We've been talking to them about it,” Frost said. “Every game matters. For us, we're going to approach every game the same, but I've coached at a place like (Troy), and when you go play a game like this, it's like the super bowl for them.”
“It's a great opportunity for a team to come into an environment like this and try to win, and they did it last year, they went into LSU, one of the best environments in the country, and beat them pretty handily, so I think our guys know what they are in for. They're going to play a really well coached team that's going to play their butts off, and we have to play harder than them."
Nebraska faces off against Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage on the Big Ten Network and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.
Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and its TV partners announced a pair of start times for Husker basketball home games which had been listed as TBA.
The Nov. 14 Gavitt Games matchup with Seton Hall will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN, while the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 will tip at 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN.
With today’s announcement, the Huskers will make a minimum of 18 appearances on BTN during the 2018-19 season and start times for every regular-season game, except for the Jan. 6 game at Iowa, have been set.
Date Opponent TV Tipoff Nov. 14 Seton Hall (Gavitt Games) BTN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Michigan State FS1 7 p.m.