Nebraska baseball was recognized at the Big 10 honors on Wednesday.
As preseason accolade begin to rain down on all teams, Nebraska baseball is certainly in the mix. Three players were named to the Big Ten preseason honors list, announced by the conference on Wednesday. Aaron Palensky, Spencer Schwellenbach and Gareth Stroh all received the honor.
Palensky was a huge part of the Nebraska baseball offensive attack last season. He led the team in batting average with a. 320 number. Recording 71 hits, seven home runs, and 43 runs scored. He was an offensive machine. Whenever Nebraska baseball needed the big hit, he was there to provide it for them.
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Schwellenbach was more of a contact hitter but he still was extremely productive. He hit. 275 as a freshman, and hit five home runs to boot. Totaling 44 hits in all, he smacked five doubles and 22 RBI. With 26 runs scored in 44 games, he too was a major part of what Nebraska was trying to do offensively. The fact that he will be back will help solidify the lineup even further.
Stroh is a newcomer to the Nebraska baseball program. Following his transfer from Purdue, he sat out the 2019 season. He went 10-6 with a 4.34 ERA. He also proved to be an effective strikeout pitcher recording 86 in 159.2 innings. It’s always great to see a Nebraska native get recognized by a major conference.
I personally am excited to see what this season is going to look like. You have a new manager and a bunch of new players. However, there is also a bunch of veterans as well. It will be a great mix as this team looks to make noise in the Big Ten. Truthfully, most of the production will probably come from the offense. That’s not a bad thing either. Many teams rely heavily on offense and can get by with pitching. As long as they can win, it doesn’t really matter how they do it.