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Nebraska Baseball: B1G Preseason Coaches Poll Have Huskers In Bottom Half Of League

No top 6 designation for Erstad's crew in the preseason viewing, at least from his peers.

Jon Johnston

The Big Ten Conference released their preseason coaches pickings, along with the names of players to watch on each team.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers were picked to finish in the bottom half of the 13 team league. That is better than Wisconsin which is so bad at Baseball, they just don't bother to play.

The three players to watch on Nebraska's team was RHP's Colton Howell & Derek Burkhamper, as well as Outfielder Ryan Boldt. You won't see Burkhamper for a while, however, as he was suspended for the first 2 weeks of the season by Head Coach Darin Erstad for the generic "violation of team rules".

Nebraska comes off a 2015 season where they finished 34-23 on the year, but only had a 9-14 record in B1G play. That was good for 8th in the 13 team league, barely advancing into th Big Ten Baseball Torunament. They went winless in the B1G Tournament in Minneapolis, killing any chance of making the NCAA Tournament. The highlight of the season was a sweet at home of Texas, but the Huskers went 13-16 after that series, losing their final 6 games of the year.

The 2016 season starts with the first 9 games of the season on the road, starting with a 3 game set vs. the College of Charleston starting next Friday, February 19th.


Jason Goldstein, Sr., C, Illinois

Cody Sedlock, Jr., SP, Illinois

Adam Walton, Jr, SS, Illinois

Craig Dedelow, Jr., CF, Indiana

Kyle Hart, Sr., SP, Indiana

Jake Kelzer, Jr., RP, Indiana

Calvin Mathews, Sr., SP, Iowa

Tyler Peyton, Sr., SP/1B, Iowa

Nick Roscetti, Sr., SS, Iowa

Nick Cieri, Jr., C/DH, Maryland

Mike Shawaryn, Jr., SP, Maryland

Kevin Smith, So., SS, Maryland

Brett Adcock, Jr., SP, Michigan

Carmen Benedetti, Jr., IF/OF/RP, Michigan

Evan Hill, Sr., SP, Michigan

Walter Borkovich, Jr., SP, Michigan State

Cam Vieaux, Jr., SP, Michigan State

Jordan Zimmerman, Jr., 2B, Michigan State

Austin Athmann, Jr., C, Minnesota

Dan Motl, Sr., OF, Minnesota

Dalton Sawyer, Sr., SP, Minnesota

Ryan Boldt, Jr., CF, Nebraska

Derek Burkamper, Jr., SP, Nebraska

Colton Howell, Sr., SP, Nebraska

Jake Stolley, Sr., RP, Northwestern

Zach Jones, Sr., 1B, Northwestern

Joe Hoscheit, Jr., OF, Northwestern

Ronnie Dawson, Jr., OF, Ohio State

Troy Montgomery, Jr., OF, Ohio State

Tanner Tully, Jr., SP, Ohio State

Sal Biasi, So., SP, Penn State

Jim Haley, Jr., SS, Penn State

Taylor Lehman, So., SP, Penn State

Matt Frawley, Jr., RP, Purdue

Kyle Johnson, Sr., CF, Purdue

Kyle Wood, Sr., 1B, Purdue

Howie Brey, Sr., SP, Rutgers

Mike Carter, Jr., OF, Rutgers

Tom Marcinczyk, Jr., OF, Rutgers