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Can Nebraska Baseball Live Up to Mid-2000s Standards?

Published by on April 20, 2012

June 17, 2005 was the pinnacle of Nebraska baseball. They had just beaten Arizona State before a crowd of almost 25,000 (including myself) to win their first-ever College World Series game. Nebraska fans could recite the names of players like Joba Chamberlain, Johnny Dorn, Alex Gordon and Brett Jensen almost like they could Nebraska football players.

The hope was there that this Nebraska team could win the national championship. They had beaten Texas and Baylor, two other Big 12 teams, at the CWS, in the regular season and Big 12 Tournament. Their pitching was the best in the nation, and their bats terrified opposing pitchers.

Then they lost to Florida. Then to Arizona State in extra innings. They haven't been back since.

In 2006, they were granted a home regional but lost both games, ending their season. They were seeded in the Tempe, Arizona regional in 2007 and lost the championship game to Arizona State. They lost their home regional again in 2008.

They haven't made their own conference tournament, let alone the NCAA Tournament, since 2008. Head coach Mike Anderson was fired a...

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