While the third season of Nebraska baseball under Darin Erstad ended in disappointing fashion, the Huskers are already making some big moves. Working to restock the cupboards, the Big Red snagged the services of Bellwood, PA pitcher Chad Luensmann.
A 6-foot-3, 175-pound righty, Luensmann was in attendance for Nebraska baseball’s Senior Day against Illinois. Fans also sometimes refer to it as “That Game”.
“The campus was really nice,” Luensmann said. “It feels like a big family. They have the support of everyone and it was something you’re not going to find everywhere. It was pretty cool to watch. It was the right fit and I want to be a part of the Husker family. That’s really what did it for me.”- Michael Bruntz, Huskers Illustrated
His 8-2 record and 0.85 ERA were in large part due to the four pitches in his arsenal. Luensmann also apparently took a quick shine to Nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva.
“I liked how he’s looking out for the best for his pitchers and how he wants to develop them more,” Luensmann said. “It was big for me knowing that I would get better.” – Michael Bruntz, Huskers Illustrated
The Keystone State native does more than hurl pitches, though. Playing either shortstop or first baseman at any given time, he turned in an impressive .400 batting average.
While it stinks to see the recent talent leave, it’s guys like Luensmann that make the future of Nebraska baseball look very bright.
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