Honors & Awards
- 2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- 2007 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2006; Fall 2007; Spring 2008; Fall 2008)
2009 Outlook: The veteran of the Husker lineup, senior Jake Mort has appeared in a team-high 139 games during his Husker career Provides consistency at the top of the lineup and gives the Huskers one of the best defensive third basemen in the Big 12 Started in the Husker infield the past three seasons and has an impressive .963 career fielding percentage while playing both third base and shortstop Fundamentally solid player who excels at moving runners over and providing competitive at-bats Has worked hard to become more of an offensive force in his final year Ranks fifth in school history, as he’s been hit by 27 pitches over the last three years Enters the spring as the incumbent at third base, but is being pushed by freshman Cody Asche for playing time.
2008: Mort returned to his natural third base spot full-time, hitting .262 with a homer, 14 RBIs and 48 runs scored while starting 57 contests Hit in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, pacing the Huskers with 11 sacrifices, 15 doubles and was hit by 15 pitches while ranking second in runs scored and third in stolen bases (11) Finished fourth on the team with 14 multi-hit efforts Was stellar defensively, as his .964 fielding percentage matched the best performance at the position Went 1-for-8 with a double at the NCAA Lincoln Regional Was one of NU’s top performers at the Big 12 Tournament, hitting .417 with four runs scored, including three hits in NU’s victory over Kansas State on May 23 Hit .235 with 21 runs scored in 26 Big 12 starts Belted his first career homer in 500 plate appearances against MU’s Aaron Crow on May 16 Was 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice against Creighton on May 13 Went 5-for-17 with four runs scored and two RBIs against No. 9 Texas A&M, going 2-for-7 with three runs scored in the opener before tying his career best with three hits while adding two RBIs in the finale Went 4-for-9 with four walks and three runs scored in the series win at Baylor Was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple at Baylor in the twinbill opener on April 26 before having a pair of hits and scoring twice in the nightcap Went 3-for-9 with an RBI and scored three times in the two games against Creighton Was 4-for-12 against Kansas with a double and two runs scored, highlighted by a 2-for-4 performance in the series clincher on April 19 Started NU’s rally in a 2-0 win at Texas on March 29 with a sixth-inning RBI double and scored the game-winning run in the victory Hit .333 with four runs scored in the series win over Oklahoma, matching his career best with three hits in the series opener on March 21 His error in the finale against Oklahoma was his first at third base since May 8, 2006, a span of 51 games Put together a solid series against Arkansas, going 3-for-7 with a walk and a stolen base, including a two-hit game on March 18 Went 3-for-12 in the series sweep at Kansas State, matching his career best with three hits and scoring twice against the Wildcats on March 15 Hit .400 (4-for-10) with three walks and two stolen bases in a four-game sweep of Northern Colorado Was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple against UC Riverside on March 2.
2007: Mort provided a steady glove in the infield, seeing action at third before moving to shortstop for the final weeks of the season Hit .207 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 33 games, committing only three errors and none in his first 18 appearances Had three multi-hit games - all coming against NCAA Tournament teams (Coastal Carolina, Creighton and Baylor) Started at shortstop throughout the NCAA Tempe Regional, going 2-for-17 with RBIs against Monmouth and No. 14 UC Riverside Had one hit in 11 at-bats at the Big 12 Championship Provided one of the biggest hits of the 2007 season with a two-run double against Kansas in the regular-season finale, breaking a 1-1 deadlock in a game the Huskers won 4-2 Was 3-for-11 with three RBIs in the series win over the Jayhawks Made his first career start at shortstop against Creighton on May 15, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the series finale against Baylor on May 13 Started both games at third base against No. 18 Coastal Carolina, hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a pair of walks, including his first multi-hit game of the year on May 5 Made a game-saving play against Creighton on April 3, as he dove to his left to make the stop before firing to first for the out, preserving NU’s 12-10 win at Rosenblatt Stadium, but suffered a shoulder injury on the play and missed 13 contests Doubled and drove in a run in a start against Northern Colorado on March 27 Started the final two games at Texas Tech, going 2-for-6 with four runs scored Enjoyed one of his best games of the year against the Red Raiders on March 16, going 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored Went 2-for-5 in a pair of appearances at the Stetson Invitational, sparking NU’s five-run rally against Stetson with a base hit on March 5.
2006: Mort seized the starting spot at third base, hitting .265 with 24 RBIs in 49 contests as he was the only freshman in the everyday lineup Found a number of ways to make contributions, ranking third on the team in sacrifice hits (six) and hit-by-pitches (10) and fourth with nine stolen bases Took advantage of his opportunities to drive in runs, hitting .347 with runners in scoring position, an average which was third on the team Totaled 10 multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits in a win over Creighton at Rosenblatt Stadium on May 16 Excelled defensively at the hot corner, as his .964 fielding percentage was the best by a Husker at the position in school history Finished the year by committing one error in his last 21 contests Started NU’s NCAA opener against Manhattan on June 2, going 0-for-3 with a walk Went hitless in six at-bats during the Big 12 Tournament, while drawing two walks and was hit by a pitch Hit .274 with 14 RBIs in 24 Big 12 contests at third base Enjoyed his best weekend of the year at No. 5 Texas, hitting .444 (4-for-9) with six RBIs, as he matched his then-season high with two hits and two RBIs in the opener before setting a career best with four RBIs in the finale Was 2-for-7 with four runs scored in a sweep of Texas Tech, but walked four times, was hit by pitch and stole three bases against the Red Raiders Turned in a strong weekend in a sweep of Texas A&M, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with two RBIs and two multi-hit games Hit .417 (5-for-12) in the Huskers’ series win at Missouri, including a pair of multi-hit games Sparked Nebraska’s offense in the series finale against Alabama, going 1-for-1 with two runs scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in NU’s 6-2 win on March 12 Went 4-for-8 in two starts at the Rice Invitational, including a pair of two-hit efforts Sparked a win over St. John’s on Feb. 26, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Nebraska City High School: Mort concluded a stellar career at Nebraska City High School under Coach Tom Bales Was a four-time all-state selection, earning first-team honors as a junior and senior from the Lincoln Journal Star Wrapped up his career holding seven all-time records at NCHS, including batting average (.419), hits (119), runs (96), doubles (26), triples (seven), stolen bases (50) and saves (seven) Also compiled a 12-8 record with a 2.82 ERA, fanning 95 in 101.2 innings during his prep career Hit .414 with 10 doubles and 17 stolen bases as a senior Earned first-team all-state awards as an infielder in 2003, batting .448 with five homers, 30 RBIs and 19 stolen bases, while also going 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA and a state-best four saves Totaled 10 letters in high school, as he also played basketball and football Garnered all-state honors on the hardwood in his final two seasons at Nebraska City, where he was chosen as the school’s athlete of the year in 2004 Named to the National Honor Society and was a member of the honor roll all four years.
Personal: Born on Dec. 6, 1985, in Nebraska City, Neb. Parents are Russell and Loree Mort Has two sisters (Jessica and Rebecca) Is a Spanish major with a 3.04 GPA and is on track to graduate this May Father (Russell) played basketball at Peru State College.