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#18 Brian Duensing
Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Millard South

Honors & Awards

  • 2005 MLB 3rd-round Draft Pick (Minnesota)
  • 2005 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
  • 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
  • Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (3/2/03)
  • 2003 Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team
  • 2002 Collegiate Baseball Honorable Mention Freshman All-American
  • 2002 Big 12 All-Freshman Team
  • 2002 NCAA Lincoln All-Regional Team
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2002; Fall 2003; Spring 2004)

 

2005: Coming off of Tommy John surgery the previous year, Duensing bounced back in a major way. Appearing 23 times and starting 10 games, Duensing pitched his way to an 8-0 season with a 3.00 ERA. He was at his best against Oklahoma State on April 3, picking up his fifth win of the season in a complete-game shutout. He notched six strikeouts and allowed only three hits in the victory. Duensing finished the season with 52 strikeouts and 84 innings pitched, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 and first team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

 

2004: Redshirted, as he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in March.

 

2003: Was in the midst of a dominant sophomore season before being sidelined with an elbow injury in early March • Received a medical redshirt, but did not have surgery • Finished with a 3-0 record and a 2.42 ERA in four starts, striking out 24 - to only six walks - while holding opponents to a .179 average • Opened 2003 on a strong note, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning against UT-Pan American and allowing two hits in a 9-2 victory • Matched his career high with eight strikeouts against Louisiana Tech, allowing four hits over 5.2 innings • Tossed a complete-game shutout against No. 7 Wake Forest at the Dairy Queen Classic • Scattered five hits and established a career high with nine strikeouts in a 6-0 win • Earned Dairy Queen Classic all-tournament honors and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his performance • Struck out four, but lasted only 1.2 innings against UW-Milwaukee before leaving the game with an injury.

 

2002: Proved to be one of the Big 12’s top freshmen, going 6-2 with a 4.73 ERA in 78 innings • Compiled a 2.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (60-25) and held foes to a .270 average • Made 18 appearances, including 12 starts • Dazzled in his first career start vs. Minnesota, taking a shutout into the eighth inning before allowing three runs to take the loss • earned his first win against UW-Milwaukee on March 27, scattering four hits and striking out six in a one-run effort • Won six straight games before taking the loss to Richmond in the Super Regional • Worked as NU’s primary weekday starter until moving into the rotation after Shane Komine suffered an elbow injury • Stepped into the weekend rotation in Komine’s absence and went 2-0 with a 4.56 ERA in four Big 12 starts • Shut down No.15 Oklahoma State, allowing one run over six innings and struck out a season-high eight Cowboys to clinch NU’s first series win at OSU since 1970 • Hurled 7.1 innings of one-run ball, scattering five hits to pick up the win against Kansas • Started the Big 12 title game against Texas, allowing four runs in three innings, but did not factor in the decision • Became one of NU’s stalwarts in the postseason helping the Huskers to a College World Series appearance • Dominant against UW-Milwaukee in the regional opener, coming out of the bullpen in relief of Aaron Marsden to throw 6.2 scoreless innings and earn the win • Joined Shane Komine on the NCAA Lincoln Regional All-Tournament Team • Was superb in the Super Regional against Richmond, as he came out of the bullpen in the fourth and held Richmond scoreless until the ninth • Threw 11.2 consecutive scoreless innings in the NCAA Regional and Super Regional until allowing three runs (allowed a lead-off single and then intentionally walked the next two hitters to set up a force play) in the ninth • Made the start against South Carolina in the College World Series, allowing four runs on six hits in a no-decision to the national runner-up.

 

Millard South High School: Was a two-way standout for Coach Trevor Longe • Earned second-team all-state honors in both his junior and senior campaigns • Garnered second-team All-Nebraska honors as a utility player, as he batted .429 while going 2-2 on the mound with a 3.78 ERA • Named first-team all-metro and all-district in 2001 • Tabbed second-team all-state as a junior, batting .434 with 15 stolen bases and 31 runs • Starred in his final two seasons in American Legion ball, going a combined 16-3 with 141 strikeouts • Was 9-1 with 67 strikeouts and a 0.74 ERA as a senior, while also topping the state with a .522 average • Selected to the MSHS Honor Roll for three years and graduated with a 3.6 GPA • Looked at Creighton before choosing Nebraska.

 

Personal: Born on Feb. 22, 1983, in Marysville, Kan. • Parents are Kent and Shari Duensing • Has two sisters (Erin and Jenna) • Majors in English education.

Career Stats

Year

ERA

W-L

App

GS

CG

SHO/CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2002

4.73

6-2

18

12

0

0/0

0

78.0

82

42

41

25

60

2003

2.42

3-0

4

4

1

1/0

0

22.1

14

8

6

6

24

2004

 

 

 

 

 

REDSHIRT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005

3.00

8-0 

23

10

1

1/1

0

84.0

69

28

28

28

52

TOTAL

3.66

17-2

45

26

2

2/1

0

184.1

165

78

75

59

136

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