Honors & Awards
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 Outlook: Brian Duensing looks to return to the mound after two years of injuries Underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in March of 2004 Was Nebraska’s ace before the injury in 2003, going 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts Will contend for a spot in the weekend rotation if healthy Hard-throwing southpaw who averaged over a strikeout per inning two years ago, including a career-high nine strikeouts against seventh-ranked Wake Forest in the Metrodome Brings valuable postseason experience to the Husker rotation, as he made starts in the Big 12 Tournament title game and a College World Series game as a freshman in 2002 Will likely be on a pitch count early on with the hope that he will be at 100 percent for the start of Big 12 play.
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.
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
TOTAL... 4.22 9-2 22 16 1 1/0 0 100.1 96 50 47 31 84