NU baseball vs. Arizona State, 5.11

Nebraska's Colby Gomes pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning against Arizona State on May 11 at Haymarket Park. Gomes got the save in Nebraska's 2-1 win, one of his 11 saves on the season.

Nebraska two-way player Colby Gomes was named a freshman All-American Monday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Millard West product was named to the team as a relief pitcher after racking up 13 saves for the Huskers in 19 appearances.

Gomes had a stretch of games in which he allowed no earned runs in 15 of 16 appearances between February and June. He allowed five earned runs against Oregon State Feb. 24, then gave up one earned run the rest of the season until facing Oklahoma State in regional play.

The Cowboys' Trevor Boone hit a two-out, three-run homer off Gomes, the only home run he allowed all season, to lift OSU to a 6-5 win.

He had a 1.00 ERA in eight Big Ten appearances, and finished the season with a 4.09 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Gomes' 13 overall saves are tied for the 11th-best total in the country.

Gomes was the only Big Ten player on the first team. Ohio State pitcher Seth Lonsway and Michigan pitcher Willie Weiss were second-team selections.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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