- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2004; Spring 2005; Fall 2005; Spring 2006; Fall 2006)
2007 Outlook: One Husker who looks to build momentum heading into the 2007 season is junior right-hander Luke Wertz Went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 appearances, working in middle and short relief in 2006 Suffered a shoulder injury in mid-April after allowing only two runs in his previous seven outings, including a save in a 13-inning win over Missouri, before pitching a scoreless inning of relief against Kansas in the Big 12 title game Continued that progress in the summer, allowing no runs in five appearances in the Northwoods League Is fully healthy after missing the fall because of arthroscopic surgery Is throwing the ball the best he has in his Husker career, topping out in the mid-90s with improved off-speed command Is one of the most athletic players on the roster and uses that athleticism to cover his position exceptionally well Has shown the ability to start as a freshman, but found a home working in short and middle relief last season Carries a 3.194 GPA in business administration and has been on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his five semesters at Nebraska.
2006: Wertz was one of the Huskers’ top bullpen workers, going 1-0 with a save and a 3.00 ERA in 12 appearances Fanned 13 over 15 innings of work and held opponents to a .236 batting average Missed six weeks because of a shoulder injury before returning to pitch in relief in the Big 12 title game on May 28, tossing a shutout inning with a strikeout against Kansas Fanned a season-high three Hawkeyes in 1.1 innings in NU’s win over Iowa on April 11 Made four appearances in Big 12 play, finishing with a 2.70 ERA Picked up his first career save against Missouri on April 8, pitching the final 0.2 innings and getting out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve NU’s 5-2, 13-inning win Tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the series opener against K-State on March 31 Made two appearances against Kansas, tossing the final inning of the series opener before coming back the next day to pitch 0.2 innings of shutout ball on March 26 Fired two innings of no-hit ball against South Dakota State on March 17, scattering two hits in a 10-0 win Earned his first win of the season versus Illinois State on March 14, allowing one run on three hits over 2.2 innings in a 10-7 victory Went a season-high 3.1 innings in a loss to The Citadel on Feb. 18, allowing two runs on two hits in an 8-5 setback Spent the summer pitching for St. Cloud (Minn.) in the Northwoods League, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances Scattered seven hits and struck out eight over 9.1 innings of work.
2005: Wertz was one of five true freshmen who played major roles in Nebraska’s 57-15 record and CWS appearance Went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances, covering 18.1 innings of work Made two starts (Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois), earning his first career win against Northern Illinois on May 18 Fanned a career-best six hitters over five innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits in a 3-2 win Made three conference appearances (vs. No. 1 Texas, No. 8 Baylor and at Oklahoma) Allowed one hit over 1.2 innings to eventual national champion Texas Fired a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief in the series-opening loss at Oklahoma on April 28 Tossed two shutout innings of relief with two strikeouts against North Dakota State on April 13 Made his first career start against Northern Colorado on March 17, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out four in 3.2 innings of work Retired all three batters he faced against South Dakota State on March 12 Opened the season with two shutout innings at Hawaii-Hilo on Feb. 20, fanning three without a walk in helping NU post an 8-1 win.
Ponderosa High School: Wertz was one of Colorado’s top two-way performers playing for Coach Clark Eyl at Ponderosa High School Rated as the No. 5 high school prospect in Colorado by Baseball America in 2004 Compiled a 14-8 record with 190 strikeouts in 140 career innings during his high school career Went 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA on the mound to earn honorable-mention all-state honors Ranked among the state leaders with 94 strikeouts in 57 innings Reached double figures in strikeouts seven times in nine starts, highlighted by a 15-strikeout effort in a 2-1 win over Douglas County Played outfield when not pitching, hitting .460 with 16 runs scored to earn all-conference honors at two positions Tabbed an honorable-mention all-state pick as a junior, going 6-1 with a 1.86 ERA, as he struck out 53 in 49 innings of work Went 3-3 while hitting .418 during his sophomore campaign en route to all-conference honors Was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout his high school career and was a member of the National Honor Society Looked at Oklahoma State, Northern Colorado and several junior colleges before choosing to become a Husker.
Personal: Born on Sept. 20, 1985, in Longmont, Colo. Parents are Mike and Sharon Wertz Has one sister (Lindsey) Carries a 3.174 GPA in business administration.