Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
• 2012 MLB Draft Pick (Chicago White Sox, 23rd Round)
• Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (2010)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011)
2012: Kale Kiser wrapped up a solid four-year Husker career in 2012 and was then drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft • Ended his career with a .285 average and a .430 on-base percentage, with 101 walks to just 72 strikeouts in 557 at bats • Was hit-by-pitch 46 times in his career to rank third all-time behind Daniel Bruce (67) and DJ Belfonte (59) • Hit a career-high six home runs in 2012 after hitting a total of six during his first three seasons at Nebraska • Topped the 30-RBI mark for the first time in his career with 37 on the year, after driving in a previous career high of 27 as a sophomore in 2010 • Walked a career-high 38 times in 2012, the fourth most in the Big Ten and 17 more than any other Husker • After struggling early on, broke out against Louisiana Tech on March 16 with a 3-for-4 performance and two walks, as he had one home run, one double and three RBI • Delivared a walk-off single against Iowa on April 8 in the series finale to win the series for the Huskers and complete a four-run ninth inning comeback following a game-tying two-RBI triple from Pat Kelly • Produced another walk-off win against CSU Bakersfield on April 28 with a single in the bottom of the 11th inning • Went 3-for-3 in game one of a double-header sweep at Ohio State on April 15 with one home run and two RBI • Went 4-for-8 in his finale home series against Minnesota with three RBI and a home run in his finale game at Hawks Field on May 13 • Opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 3-for-5 performance against Michigan State, including a bases-clearing two-out double in the top of the ninth that put the Huskers within one, but was unable to score and tie the game.
2011: Kiser started 51 games for the Huskers in 2011, primarily in the outfield, while also serving as the team’s designated hitter in eight games • Hit .273 on the year with 19 RBIs, nine doubles and two home runs • Ranked second on the team in runs scored (42), walks (32) and on-base percentage (.417) • Had two or more hits in 13 games, including four or more on two occasions • Ended the season with a hit in all three games against Missouri, including two hits each in games two and three • Went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against Creighton on May 10 • Notched a double and a run on a 2-for-3 performance against Iowa on April 26 • Posted a seven-game hitting streak from April 10 to April 22, going 9-for-27 during the streak (.333) • Hit his second home run of the season on April 1 against Oklahoma State • Opened the Big 12 season against Texas Tech on March 25 with a 4-for-6 performance and three RBIs in a 15-5 winner • Produced a 3-for-4 night in an 8-3 win over South Dakota State • Led the Huskers to a 16-4 rout of Missouri State on a 5-for-6 day with four RBIs and a home run • Set or tied multiple career highs in the game against the Bears, including runs (4), hits (5), triples (1), RBIs (4) and total bases (10).
2010: Kiser was Nebraska’s primary designated hitter, batting .345 with two homers, 27 RBIs and 49 runs scored • Ranked eighth in the Big 12 with a .467 on-base percentage and was second on the team in runs scored and doubles (14) • Was fourth on the team with 17 multi-hit games and reached safely in his first 35 starts and 46 of 50 games in 2010 • Set or tied career bests in hits (three), RBIs (four), doubles (two) and triples (one) in going 3-for-5 in a win over Creighton on May 18 • Went 3-for-11 at Missouri and was hit by three pitches, including a 2-for-3 day with two HBP in the series finale on May 16 • Led NU to a series win over Southeast Missouri State, going 5-for-9 with a .643 on-base percentage while also driving in five runs • Tied his career high with three hits and drove in two runs in the series finale against SEMO on May 9 • Matched his then career high with three RBIs against Southeast Missouri State on May 8 • Hit .364 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in the series loss at Baylor, scoring a pair of runs in the opener and homering the following day • Put together a solid weekend against Kansas, going 5-for-11 with three runs scored, including two multi-hit contests • Recorded his first career three-hit game in the finale at No. 20 Kansas State on April 11, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, as he hit .333 with two stolen bases on the weekend • Picked up his 10th multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-5 against Creighton on April 6 • Went 5-for-10 with a pair of walks in the series loss against No. 12 Oklahoma, including a 2-for-2 effort with two runs scored in the finale on March 28 • Was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBIs and was hit by three pitches against Northern Colorado, as he went 2-for-4 and scored four times on March 24 • Went 3-for-10 with a homer, an RBI and five runs scored at No. 2 Texas, as his solo shot helped NU to a 5-3 win on March 20 • Was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and scored twice against South Dakota State on March 16 • Led Nebraska with a .500 average (4-for-8) with three runs scored in the series loss at No. 14 UCLA, picking up multi-hit games in both appearances • Scored a career-best four runs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 26.
2009: Kiser was one of five freshmen who played in at least 25 games in 2009, as he saw time at second base and designated hitter • Hit .208 with two homers and nine RBIs in just 48 at-bats backing up MLB Draftee Jeff Tezak at second base • Served as one of NU’s primary pinch hitters, going 2-for-11 with a team-best three RBIs in that role • Matched a season high with two hits, including a homer, and drove in a then career-high three RBIs against CSU Bakersfield on May 9 • Came up with a 1-for-3 effort and scored twice in NU’s 9-5 win over New Mexico on April 29 • Drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth inning against Creighton on April 21, as Nebraska eventually won 4-3 in 12 innings • Went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the nightcap against No. 9 Texas on April 10 • Came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the series finale at No. 11 Oklahoma on March 30 • Delivered a key pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning of NU’s come-from-behind 14-13 win over Northern Colorado on March 24 • Pinch ran in the finale at Arkansas on March 18, scoring the go-ahead run in NU’s 7-4 win • Suffered eye and nose injuries when he was hit by a pitch against South Dakota State on March 4, and was out of the lineup for five games • Hit .300 with a homer and three RBIs while playing all four games at the Bearkat Classic • Was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs in a 14-12 victory over Missouri State on Feb. 27.
Before Nebraska: Kiser was one of the state’s top infielders playing for Coach Kendall Clark at Plano West High School • Helped Plano West to a 40-2 record as a senior with a Class 5A state title and a No. 1 national ranking from Max Preps • Earned honorable-mention All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball after hitting .432 with 52 runs scored, 18 doubles, four triples and 19 stolen bases as a senior • Garnered all-state recognition from the state coaches and sportswriters, while also being named first-team all-area by the Dallas Morning News and District 9-5A MVP • Went 8-for-9 with five doubles, a triple, six RBIs and five runs scored in a pair of district playoff wins against Plano East • Named to the Texas 5A State All-Tournament team after going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, a game-tying RBI and a stolen base in the title game against Southlake Carroll • Earned first-team all-district accolades as a junior, hitting .452 with 40 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 17 RBIs, while also totaling seven doubles, four triples and a homer in helping Plano West to a regional semifinal appearance • Played in the summer for the Dallas Baseball Academy of Texas (DBAT) helping the team to a 30-10 record, as he hit .391 with 31 runs scored • Led his DBAT summer team with a .397 average and 45 runs scored in 2007• Helped his DBAT Team to the 2006 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series title • Was a solid student as well, as he was a member of the National Honor Society at Plano West High School.
Personal: Born on March 31, 1990, in Little Rock, Ark. • Parents are Kirk and Dana Kiser • Has one sister, Karlie • Major is finance .