Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• All-Big Ten Freshman Team (2012)
• 2015 Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team
• 2012 Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2015)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2014, 2015; Spring 2012, 2015)
2015: A four-year starter for the Huskers, Austin Darby played in 215 career games, including 200 starts • Finished his career with 226 career hits, including 33 doubles, and 108 RBIs • Hit .270 as a senior with eight doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs • Had 11 multi-hit games, including a five-hit performance, and was third on the team with seven multi-RBI games in 2015 • Reeled off a 10-game hitting streak in mid March that raised his average from .215 to .255 • Later added a 12-game hitting streak that was three games short of tying his career high, raising his average from .234 to .272 • Put an end to a 15-innings scoreless game against Texas on March 28 with a one-out single that scored Tanner Lubach • Went 5-for-5 against Omaha on April 15 with a pair of doubles.
2014: Darby started all but two of Nebraska’s 62 games in 2014 • Ranked third on the team with 20 multi-hit games • Finished the year with 67 hits, including 10 doubles, three triples and a career-high three home runs • Was 2-for-4 against Cal State Fullerton on May 30 in his first career NCAA Tournament game • Homered for the second time in the Illinois series with a solo blast in the fourth inning of the series finale • Launched a two-out solo home run in a 2-1 win over Illinois on May 15, his second homer of the year and sixth of his career • Hit his first home run of the season in a 9-2 win over Penn State on May 3 • Reached base four times in a 3-1 win at Michigan on April 26, going 2-for-2 at the plate and worked a pair of walks • Was 3-for-4 with a career-high tying four RBIs in a 17-6 win over Omaha on April 16 • Drew a career-high three walks in a 4-3 loss at Arkansas on April 1 • Hit .462 (6-for-13) in three games over the opening weekend at the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz. • Was forced to miss the first game of the season after being ejected from the Huskers’ final game of the 2013 season.
2013: Darby played in 57 of Nebraska’s 59 games in 2013, making 50 starts • Posted a .292 batting average with six doubles and two home runs, while tying for third on the team with 33 RBIs • Ranked second on the team with 10 sacrifice bunts and also produced seven bunt hits in 12 attempts • Totaled 15 multi-hit games on the year, including six games with three hits • Drove in two runs or more six times on the season and was one of six Huskers to produce a four-RBI game on the year • Produced a career-high 15-game hitting streak from March 15 to April 7 • Hit .371 (23-for-62) during the streak, raising his batting average from .268 to .311 • Had a career day during the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan on May 22 at Target Field • Led the Huskers to an 11-2 win over the Wolverines with four RBIs on two doubles, both career highs • Was 3-for-6 at Kansas State on March 26, with a double, a home run and a then-career-high three RBIs.
2012: Darby had a stellar freshman season at Nebraska, as he was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team • Played in 42 games and earned 35 starts • Hit .324 (45-for-139) with 15 RBIs, nine doubles and two home runs, while also going a perfect 7-for-7 in steal attempts • Produced one of his four multi-RBI games in a 10-9 loss to Michigan State on May 23 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament • Was 5-for-12 with a double at Michigan in three games to cap the regular season, including a then-career-high tying three hits in the series opener • Capped a three-game sweep of Minnesota on May 13 with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, including a home run and a double • Produced an eight-game hitting streak from April 8 to May 5 • Went 13-for-32 during the streak with five multi-hit games • Hit his first career home run on March 3 in a 6-4 win over New Mexico State at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Metrodome • Was named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team after going 4-for-12 with three RBIs and one home run • Produced his first hit as a Husker and stole a pair of bases in his first-ever start on Feb. 24 against Utah at the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Before Nebraska: Darby moved to Colorado from Florida during his freshman year of high school and starred under coaches Bernie Moncallo and Mark Swope at Cheyenne Mountain High School • Was named 4A Player of the Year and All-Colorado by the Denver Post as a senior after hitting .542 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs, while also going 4-0 on the mound with a 0.99 ERA • Led the Indians to their second 4A state title in three seasons in 2011 as the tournament’s No. 23 seed • Named first-team all-state in 2010, going 7-0 on the mound with 80 strikeouts while hitting .430 with 26 RBIs • Selected as the 2009 Colorado Class 4A pitcher of the year and picked for the Team Colorado All-Stars • Led the Indians to the 2009 4A state championship, their first since 1962 • Named honorable-mention all-state as a freshman when he hit .528 at the plate • Made his only official visit to Nebraska.
Personal: Born on Oct. 7, 1992, in Tampa, Fla. • Parents are Lori and Steve Darby • Has three brothers, Marc, Cody and Ben • Majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science.