The Nebraska baseball team is starting with a clean slate in 2012 as the Darin Erstad era begins at Haymarket Park. Along with a new coaching staff and a roster that includes 14 new players, the Huskers will enter their first season of Big Ten baseball after 15 successful seasons in the Big 12 Conference that included three regular-season titles and four tournament crowns.
Another first will take place on Friday when the Huskers meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs for the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Zags are coming off 2011 campaign that saw them produce a 32-19-1 overall record and a 15-6 conference mark that earned them second place in the West Coast Conference.
The Huskers are projected to open the series with sophomore lefty Zach Hirsch, who would be making his first start in a Husker uniform. Gonzaga will counter with Marco Gonzales, who is coming off a freshman season that saw him earn West Coast Conference Co-Player-of-the-Year and Co-Freshman-of-the-Year honors. He also earned Freshman All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and from Collegiate Baseball.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations