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#36 Aaron Marsden
Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
City/State: Grand Forks, N.D.
High School: Red River
Other College: Hutchinson CC
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Honors & Awards

  • 2003 Second-Team All-American (Baseball America)
  • 2003 Third-Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA)
  • 2003 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year
  • 2003 First-Team All-Big 12
  • 2003 First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII
  • 2003 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • 2003 Nebraska Lifter of the Year
  • Second-Team Summer All-American (Baseball America)
  • Top Prospect in the Northwoods League (Baseball America)
  • 2002 Northwoods League All-Star
  • 2002 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Coaches, Dallas Morning News)
  • 2002 First-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, Dallas Morning News)
  • Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week (3/21/02)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (3/18/02 & 4/29/02)
  • Big 12 Commissioner?s Honor Roll (Fall 2001; Spring 2002)

Diamond Notes

  • Made the most of his only plate appearances, as he went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in a win over fifth-ranked Texas on May 5, 2002
  • Allowed three runs or less in 19 of his 20 appearances
  • Was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft

2003 - Junior
Marsden capped his Husker career by earning second-team All-America honors and the title of Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in his junior campaign. In his 16 starts, Marsden finished with a record of 8-3 and posted a 2.90 ERA. Marsden was the ace of the staff, throwing 115.0 innings over the course of the season. He struck out 113 batters on the year, twice the number of anyone else on the team and nearly a quarter of the 469 strikeouts the Huskers totaled as a team. In addition to his performance on the mound, Marsden was one of the leaders for the Huskers in the classroom, earning first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 2003 season.

2002 - Sophomore
Marsden enjoyed a superb 2002 campaign, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 100 innings. A first-team All-Big 12 selection and conference newcomer of the year, he tied Jamie Rodrigue for the league lead in shutouts with two, and also was in the top five in opposing batting average (.219, second), ERA (2.70, third), complete games (three, second) and wins (8, fifth). He also became only the sixth Husker to pitch 100 innings in a year.

After pitching the first month in relief, Marsden moved into the rotation in mid-March. In his first start against No. 13 Texas A&M, he finished the weekend sweep of the Aggies with a one-hitter, striking out nine Aggies in a 10-0 win.

That performance earned him a spot he would not relinquish during the year. After a no-decision and a loss in his next two starts, he reeled off wins in seven of his next eight starts, including a complete-game three-hitter against Oklahoma on April 7, and a complete-game three-hit shutout against Kansas on April 26, earning Big 12 Pitcher-of-the-Week honors. He earned victories at No. 13 Oklahoma State on April 19, allowing two runs in eight innings, and closed Big 12 play with a win at fifth-ranked Texas on May 3. Against the Longhorns, Marsden allowed two runs in 8.1 innings, but belted the game?s biggest hit with a two-run double ? his first career hit.

The southpaw was magnificent in the Big 12, going 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA in nine appearances. Marsden paced all league starters in ERA, complete games (three) and shutouts (two), while ranking second in wins (six), innings pitched (65) and strikeouts (50).

He went 1-0 at the Big 12 Tournament, earning the win against Baylor despite allowing a season-high six runs, before firing 4.1 innings of relief in a no-decision versus Texas in the title game. Marsden struggled during the NCAA Tournament, allowing 10 earned runs in four appearances, including a pair of starts, as he went 0-0 with an 8.68 ERA. He made two starts, lasting a season-low 2.1 innings against UW-Milwaukee and just 3.1 innings against Richmond.

 

Before Nebraska
Marsden spent one year playing for Andy Sawyers at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He finished with a 6-3 mark and a 5.90 ERA in 64.1 innings. A 34th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Marsden turned in a sterling senior campaign for Coach Aaron Dunphy at Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., going 8-0 with a 1.45 ERA, as he was named the USA Today State Player of the Year and the Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year. In American Legion ball, he went 10-2 with 74 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. Marsden also played four seasons of football and basketball.

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