Day Second Husker to Have Jersey Retired
On April 17, 1999, Denise Day became just the second player in school history to have one of the greatest honors bestowed upon an athlete when her No. 10 jersey was officially retired.
Day was one of the greatest Huskers to ever wear the scarlet and cream. She was Nebraska's first All-American, earning second team honors in 1984 and first team honors in 1985. As great as she was on the field, she was just as outstanding off the field as she was also NU's first CoSIDA Academic All-American when she earned first-team honors in 1984 and she repeated the feat in 1985.
A shortstop, Day also received the Honda Broderick Award in her senior season of 1985. The Honda Broderick Award is presented annually to the top collegiate softball player in the nation. Day is the lone Husker to win the award and is one of only three to ever receive a nomination for the prestigious accolade.
For all of her individual success, Day was also a true team player. She led Nebraska to three Women's College World Series appearances in her four seasons, including a fifth-place finish in the first-ever NCAA WCWS in 1982, a third-place finish in 1984 and a national runner-up finish - the best finish in school history - in 1985.
One of the greatest hitters in NU history, Denise Day held nearly every offensive record at NU until recent years. Day still ranks in the top five in several Nebraska career categories, including batting average (.336-sixth). Day held the all-time home run mark with 28 until 1997.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Day earned first-team All-America honors following her senior campaign after hitting .359 with a then-school record 11 homers.