Huskers picked fourth in Big Ten Preseason Baseball Poll

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM CST
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Nebraska’s Aaron Palensky, Spencer Schwellenbach and Gareth Stroh each claimed spots on the Big Ten Preseason Honors List, announced by the conference on Wednesday.

Palensky, a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season, led the Husker offense in nearly every statistical category, including batting average (.320), hits (71), runs scored (43), home runs (7) and total bases (107). The junior outfielder from Papillion, Neb., shared the team high in doubles (11) and triples (2), while ranking second on the team in RBIs (35).

Schwellenbach, a sophomore infielder/right-handed pitcher, batted .275 during his first season at Nebraska in 2019. He tallied 44 hits, five home runs, five doubles, 22 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 44 games. A Saginaw, Mich., native, Schwellenbach earned a spot on the 2019 Big Ten All-Tournament Team after going 7-for-19 with nine RBIs over five games at the event.

Stroh, a senior left-handed pitcher, sat out last season after transferring from Purdue, where he pitched in 2017 and 2018. While with the Boilermakers, he went 10-6 with a 4.34 ERA in 32 appearances with 86 strikeouts over 159.2 innings and garnered third-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2017. A Kearney, Neb., native, Stroh spent the 2016 season playing at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

The Big Ten also released its preseason coaches’ poll on Wednesday. Nebraska is picked to finish fourth in the conference, behind 2019 College World Series runner-up Michigan, 2019 Big Ten Tournament champion Ohio State and Minnesota. Indiana, the 2019 Big Ten regular-season champion, is tabbed fifth and Illinois rounds out the top six.

2020 Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Michigan

2. Ohio State

3. Minnesota

4. Nebraska

5. Indiana

6. Illinois

Nebraska’s 2020 Big Ten Preseason Honors List

Aaron Palensky (Junior OF)

Spencer Schwellenbach (Sophomore INF/RHP)

Gareth Stroh (Senior LHP)