• Three Letters (2010, 2011, 2012)
• 2009 MLB Draft Pick (Texas Rangers, 10th round)
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2012)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013; Spring 2013)
2012 Outlook: Following surgery this past summer to remove blood clots, Tom Lemke is expected to be a key member of the Husker weekend rotation in 2012 • Has the skills and demeanor on the mound to contend for Nebraska’s No. 1 starting spot • Battled through injuries as a sophomore in 2011 to post a 2-0 record in five starts • Had shutouts over Texas A&M and Oklahoma as a true freshman in 2010 • Drafted in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, which was the highest an incoming Husker pitching prospect had been selected in the previous two decades • Throws in the low 90s and locates his fastball well, while also mixing in a good change-up • Shows a lot of composure on the mound and loves competition.
“Tom has been through a lot over the last year with the blood clots in his shoulder,” Head Coach Darin Erstad said. “We’re going to be patient with Tom, but we expect him to be in our weekend rotation. He has worked very hard to get back to where he is. Health-wise it looks like Tom is back at 100 percent, we just need to continue to build up his strength.”
2011: Lemke was 2-0 in his five starts in 2011 and made 10 total appearances • Threw 34.0 innings and posted a 5.29 ERA, while striking out 27 • Started against Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park on April 19 • Went 3.2 innings, while giving up one run and struck out two in a game NU won 2-1 • Struggled against Texas Tech on March 26, giving up six runs, all earned, in 2.2 innings • Struck out six and gave up one earned run in a 10-4 win over North Dakota on March 19 • First start of the year came on Feb. 19 against Washington at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos • Gave the Huskers 5.2 innings and struck out three Huskies to get the win in the Huskers’ 10-3 victory.
2010: Lemke became one of the Huskers’ top pitchers, working out of the weekend rotation his entire freshman campaign • Posted a 5-6 record and a 5.34 ERA in 14 starts, as he led all Big 12 freshmen in complete games and shutouts, while allowing two or fewer runs in six of his 14 starts • His two complete-game shutouts were the most by a Husker since 2002 • Tied Texas’ Cole Green for the league lead in shutouts and was third in complete games, as he was one of only three freshman pitchers on any Big 12 top-10 pitching list • Allowed three runs on three hits over five innings against Texas Tech on May 22 in a no-decision • Took the loss at Missouri on May 14, allowing two earned runs on four hits over 2.1 innings of work • Spun a complete-game shutout at Texas A&M, striking out a career-high nine Aggies and allowing one runner to reach third in a 1-0 victory on May 3 • Pitched well at Baylor on April 24, as he allowed one run over the first five innings before giving up a two-run homer as part of Baylor’s three-run sixth in a 4-1 loss • Pitched well in a loss at No. 20 Kansas State on April 11, allowing two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings, as he left in a 1-1 game • Dazzled against No. 12 Oklahoma on March 28, tossing a three-hit shutout with a career-high eight strikeouts, as he took a perfect game into the fifth inning • Turned in a strong effort against Houston Baptist on March 14, allowing only one hit over six innings and striking out six to earn a win, as he retired the final 12 hitters he faced • Took a shutout into the sixth against Elon on Feb. 28, allowing one run over 5.2 innings in a 4-1 win, as he faced one batter over the minimum over the first five innings • Became the first Husker freshman in over a decade to start and win in the opening weekend, as he fanned six over five shutout frames at Fresno State on Feb. 22
Before Nebraska: Lemke was one of the top pitchers in the state of Arizona during his career at Northwest Christian High School for Coach Alan Boelter • Four-year performer who went 25-9 with a 2.01 ERA in his career, striking out 333 in 193.2 career innings • Tossed 13 complete games, including seven shutouts, while holding hitters to a .151 average • Drafted in the 10th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft and was one of only 11 high school seniors selected in the top-10 rounds to not sign in that class • Was a three-time all-region honoree and three-time all-state performer • Earned first-team honors as a senior, going 5-2 with 87 strikeouts • Selected to participate in the 2008 USA Junior National Team Trials • Garnered first-team all-state accolades as an infielder in 2008, hitting .515, while also going 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA, striking out 69 and walking only 16 hitters • Compiled a 10-1 record with a 1.43 ERA as a sophomore to earn first-team all-state honors • Fanned a state-high 108 hitters and walked only 29 in 63 innings of work • Also played basketball at Northwest Christian, pulling in second-team all-state recognition as a junior, as Christian won the 2008 Class 2A state title.
Personal: Born on Nov. 5 1990, in Grand Island, Neb. • Parents are Jeff and Beth Lemke • Has two older sisters, Sarah and Anne • Major is business administration