Honors and Awards
2002 NBC World Series All-America Team
No. 8 prospect in the Alaskan Baseball League in 2002
2002 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
2001 Husker Power Performance Index Award winner
Big 12 Commissioner?s Honor Roll (Fall 2001; Spring 2002)
Was presented the Husker Power Performance Index award for 2001-02, scoring a team-high 1,906 points. He scored team bests in the 40-yard dash (4.76 seconds), 40-yard dash points (519), the pro agility run (4.13 seconds) and the pro-agility run points (495)
Was one of three outfielders chosen for the National Baseball Congress World Series All-America team in 2000
Has two career homers, one at Missouri on April 14, 2002, and one against Texas-San Antonio on April 17, 2001
Earned first-team all-state honors in football and track as a senior at Kearney High School
For outfielder Drew Anderson, the 2003 campaign gives the multi-talented junior an opportunity to shine. After playing a reserve role as a freshman, he earned a starting role last season, batting .266 with 32 RBIs in 63 contests.
The junior spent the summer in Alaska, playing for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots after the Huskers? run to the CWS. The 6-2, 195-pounder not only added 15 pounds of muscle over the summer, but also starred on the diamond in the wooden bat league, batting .328 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 34 contests. He continued his torrid hitting at the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan., hitting .355 with 11 runs scored, leading the Glacier Pilots to a runner-up finish. He was one of only three outfielders selected to the NBC All-America team.
Head Coach Mike Anderson believes that the strength and confidence Drew gained over the summer paid dividends during the fall, when he batted .323 with a pair of homers and 11 RBIs.
"Drew is a great athlete who is beginning to tap his baseball potential," Mike Anderson said. "He didn?t play a lot before he came here, so he is still learning the game. As he gets more experience, the skills he possesses are showing on the diamond."
2002 - Sophomore
Anderson played a major role in NU?s return to the College World Series in 2002. The sophomore batted .266 with a homer and 32 RBIs in 63 contests. He established career bests in nearly every offensive category, ranking second on the team with eight stolen bases and third with 29 walks.
One of nine Huskers who finished the year with at least 30 RBIs, Anderson hit over .300 with runners in scoring position and finished with nine multi-hit games. He tied a career high with four hits in wins over No. 14 Baylor on March 7 and versus UW-Milwaukee on March 27. He drove in three runs in both contests, one off his season best of four RBIs in NU?s win over Nebraska-Kearney on March 5.
He improved his numbers in conference play, batting .291 with a homer and 15 RBIs in 26 games. Anderson turned in his best series performance in a three-game sweep over No. 13 Texas A&M, batting .400 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
During the Big 12 Tournament, he scored one of NU?s biggest runs of the year, racing around from second on John Grose?s ninth-inning RBI single in an 8-7 win over Kansas State. Anderson batted just .077 in 13 postseason at bats, but against Clemson in the CWS, he drew a pair of walks and scored a run in NU?s near upset of the Tigers.
2001 - Freshman
The only true freshman among NU?s position players, Anderson appeared in 27 contests, including seven starts, and batted .293 with nine stolen bases in spot duty as NU?s fifth outfielder. His pinch-running success was never more evident than against Rice in the Super Regional on June 3, when he helped ignite NU?s three-run ninth inning, scoring on Adam Stern?s RBI single that tied the score at five. Anderson?s game-tying run against the Owls was his only postseason appearance.
After a debut where he went 1-for-1 with a walk and pair of runs scored in a loss to No. 1 Georgia Tech, Anderson went 1-for-14 over the next two months before breaking the slump with a 3-for-5 effort in a sweep of Southern Utah on April 10. That started an 8-for-12 stretch that was highlighted by a four-hit effort against UT-San Antonio. Anderson also homered and drove in a career-high five runs in the win over the Roadrunners.
During the summer, Anderson starred for Liberal (Kan.) in the Jayhawk League, batting .366 with a homer and nine RBIs, helping the Bee Jays to the NBC World Series.
Anderson was one of the state?s top multi-sport performers at Kearney High School, earning first-team All-Nebraska honors on the gridiron and on the track in addition to his exploits on the diamond. Anderson played American Legion ball for Coach Steve Spongberg, batting .443 as a junior with 41 extra-base hits and 75 RBIs en route to earning all-state tournament honors. In football, he was one of the state?s top receivers, earning first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star in 1999 after hauling in 38 passes for 818 yards and nine TDs. On the track, Anderson won the all-class gold medal in both the 110- and 330-meter hurdles, helping the Bearcats win four consecutive state titles.
Anderson chose NU over several schools, including Kansas, Iowa State, Penn, Washington and Nebraska-Kearney.
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2001.... .293 27-7 41 13 12 0 0 1 10 5 8 9-9
2002.... .266 63-47 188 36 50 5 1 1 32 29 40 8-12
TOTALS.. .271 90-54 229 49 62 5 1 2 42 34 48 17-21