On July, 5th, 2012 Darin Erstad began the most challenging en devour of his professional life. The two time MLB All Star, who faced the likes of Pedro Martinez, and Rodger Clemens, just to name a few, was placed with the task or restoring the reputation of his Alma mater. The Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Huskers had gone from obscurity, to greatness, back to obscurity. Erstad had once been a part of the Husker’s rise to power in the early to mid 1990’s. In his time at Nebraska, Erstad became a finalist for The Golden Spike Award. The award is handed out to the best college baseball player in the country. The two sport athlete also earned a National Title with the 1994 Husker football team.
He had always been a winner, and now inherited a team that failed to win a conference championship, or made a trip to the College World Series since 2007.
Erstad has made a strong statement in year one as Nebraska’s baseball coach. With eleven games remaining on the schedule, his Husker squad has already eclipsed last years win total. The head Huskers has also motivated his team to a .312 avg, 318 runs, 34 hr, and 287 rbi’s.
Last years Nebraska team, after a full season, managed numbers of .270, 299, 30, and 268 respectively. The pitching staff has also slightly improved. While the teams ERA is slightly higher, 4.11 (2011 3.98), Nebraska has shown flashes of brilliance, and a deeper starting rotation.
Erstad has this team on track with the future looking bright. For those who may have doubted hiring a first time head coach to take over the Husker baseball program, you need to keep one thing in mind. Darin Erstad, no matter where he has gone, has always been a winner.
By John Ackeren
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