Nebraska Baseball: Gareth Stroh will be a vital part of pitching rotation

Nebraska baseball has a workhorse heading to the mound on Friday.

As a senior, you are going to be counted on heavily when you are a part of a college athletics program. For a newcomer to Nebraska baseball, he certainly fits that role.

Senior Gareth Stroh will take the ball as the team begins their series against Baylor. Stroh will certainly have a lot to prove in this upcoming season for Nebraska.

After transferring from Purdue last season, Stroh had to sit out per the NCAA’s transfer rules. He brings to the mound a tremendous pedigree.  He performed extremely well in the Northwoods League, a baseball league that takes place during the summer. He started 10 games, recording a 7-1 record and a 1.60 ERA in just over 61 and innings of work.

I’m not going to say that he is going to be the ace of the Nebraska baseball pitching staff. However, he is a player that should be counted on heavily for a rotation looking to leave its mark. As head coach Will Bolt noted to the media on Wednesday, Stroh is not exactly a power pitcher. Even still, he knows how to locate his pitches and make the most of his opportunities. That is crucial especially come conference play time.

Head coach Will Bolt has confidence in Stroh heading into Friday night’s matchup. Bolt says that Stroh knows what he is doing, and that is half the battle when a pitcher takes the mound.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Bolt said of Stroh. “He knows what his strengths are, he knows what his weaknesses are, he knows how to set up hitters. He’s kind of got a pretty good feel of how he wants to attack hitters. He’s a guy who can also be very efficient, so he can get you deep into a ballgame, which is what you want on Friday night.”

If in fact he can go deep into the game, that would be crucial, especially in a series opener. Baylor will definitely give Nebraska baseball a challenge, and having multiple arms in the bullpen would be awesome for the team.  This is the type of series where you want to get off on the right foot.

I’ll be interested to see how Nebraska baseball plays this weekend. Getting off to a good start in this series will set the tone in a positive way for the program. Stroh will be leading the charge, and hopefully he can have a solid Nebraska debut.