Honors & Awards
- 2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2006; Spring 2007; Fall 2007)
2008: Left-hander Zach Herr has made 74 career appearances to rank fourth all-time at NU Used in late-game situations out of the Husker bullpen, going 3-0 with four saves and a 4.24 ERA in a team-high 28 appearances in 2008 Ranked among the Big 12 leaders in both appearances (fifth) and saves (five, sixth) Fanned 49 and walked 13 over 34 innings of work and has allowed just 11 of 27 inherited runners to score Allowed one run over two innings of work against Oral Roberts in the NCAA Regional on June 1 Pitched twice in the Big 12 Tournament, matching his career high with six strikeouts over 2.1 innings of one-hit relief to notch the save in 5-2 win over Kansas State on May 23 Compiled a 2-0 mark with two saves in a team-best 15 Big 12 appearances, fanning 22 over 18.1 innings of work, as he finished third in the conference in appearances Made just one appearance at No. 12 Missouri, allowing one run on a hit in 0.1 innings of work on May 15 Turned in one of the best performances of his career in the series opener against ninth-ranked Texas A&M on May 9, tossing a career-high four innings and matching his career best with six strikeouts in a 16-inning loss to the Aggies Dominated Louisiana-Lafayette on May 3, striking out three of the four hitters he faced over 1.1 perfect innings for his third win of the season Threw twice in the series win at Baylor, collecting his team-best fourth save with a scoreless 10th to preserve a 6-4 Nebraska win on April 26 Fired 0.2 shutout innings against Creighton on April 22 Pitched twice in the series win over Kansas, earning his third save of the year with 1.2 innings of no-hit relief to preserve NU’s 8-6 win on April 19 Collected his second save of the year against fifth-ranked Wichita State on April 15, allowing one hit and fanning four over 2.1 shutout innings to preserve a 3-0 win Pitched in all three games of the Oklahoma series, tossing 2.1 innings of no-hit ball, as he earned the win on March 21 with 1.2 innings of shutout relief Threw twice in the series sweep at Kansas State, allowing one run on one hit and fanning five over 3.1 innings Helped the Huskers complete the series sweep of K-State on March 16, allowing one hit and striking out three over 2.0 innings of work Tossed 1.1 innings of no-hit ball, fanning two to earn the win at K-State on March 14 Pitched a perfect eighth inning against South Dakota State on March 11 Dominated Northern Colorado in picking up his first save on March 9, fanning a career-high six hitters in 2.2 innings of shutout relief, including five in a row at one point Played a major role in NU’s 3-2 win over UC Riverside on Feb. 29, coming out of the bullpen in the top of the eighth to strike out two hitters in a tie game with the bases loaded Was touched up for a pair of unearned runs in the series finale at Stanford on Feb. 24, a game NU lost 4-2
2007: Herr was a workhorse out of the bullpen for the Huskers, making 22 appearances, primarily in late-game situations Compiled a 2-3 mark with two saves and a 5.40 ERA, holding foes to a .232 average Retired the first hitter he faced in 14 of his 21 relief appearances and earned saves against No. 14 Texas A&M and Illinois State Allowed just five of 21 inherited runners to score, including none in his final 14 relief outings Threw twice during the NCAA Tempe Regional, retiring the only hitter he faced against No. 14 UC Riverside on June 1, before allowing two runs against fifth-ranked Arizona State in the title game two days later - the first earned runs he had allowed in relief since April 1 Used in short relief, although he went at least an inning in six appearances, highlighted by a 3.1 inning effort at No. 22 Alabama where he struck out five to earn his first win Was 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in 10 appearances in conference play, although he had just a 2.25 ERA in his nine Big 12 relief appearances Pitched a scoreless 0.1 innings against Baylor on May 11 Allowed two hits and an unearned run over a third of an inning against Kansas State on April 29 Fanned the only batter he faced against No. 11 Wichita State on April 11 Pitched a scoreless 0.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts against Iowa on April 10 Made his first career start against No. 13 Oklahoma State on April 8, allowing three runs and walking a career-high five Cowboys in one-plus innings of work Earned the save in the series opener at No. 14 Texas A&M on March 30, entering the game with the tying run at the plate and retired all four hitters he faced with two strikeouts Earned the win in the opener against Western Illinois on March 20, as he retired the only batter he faced in a game NU eventually won in the bottom of the ninth Turned in the best performance of his career in a 4-3 win at No. 22 Alabama on March 10, setting career bests in strikeouts (five) and innings pitched (3.1) en route to his first career win Saved NU’s win over Illinois State on Feb. 18, fanning two over 1.1 scoreless innings Enjoyed a dominant summer serving as the closer for the Beatrice Bruins and Coach Bob Steinkamp, as the Bruins went 33-7 and reached the NBC World Series Made a team-high 19 appearances and went 2-0 with three saves and a 0.86 ERA Struck out 27 in 21 innings, while holding opponents to a .153 average.
2006: Herr quickly developed into the Huskers’ top set-up man from the left side as a true freshman Tied for second on the team with 24 appearances - one off the school mark for freshmen - and went 0-0 with a 2.05 ERA Topped the Huskers with seven holds and allowed only eight of 27 inherited runners to score Worked primarily seventh and eighth innings ahead of All-Big 12 closer Brett Jensen Held opponents to a .224 average and surrendered just two extra-base hits all season Pitched at least one inning in 13 of his 24 outings, including a season-long 2.2 innings against Illinois State on March 14 Pitched 0.2 innings of one hit ball against Manhattan in NU’s NCAA opener on June 1 Threw twice in the Big 12 Tournament, allowing one hit and fanning three over 1.1 innings of work Retired both batters he faced to get the hold against Creighton at Rosenblatt Stadium on May 16 Led the Husker pitchers with 14 appearances during Big 12 play, posting a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings Made two appearances at Baylor, allowing one run on three hits over 1.1 innings Came out of the bullpen twice against Oklahoma State, allowing two hits over 1.1 innings Pitched 0.2 innings of no-hit relief in NU’s 4-3 win over Texas Tech on April 29 Combined with Jon Klausing and Erik Bird on a two-hit shutout of Wichita State on April 25 Made two outings at No. 5 Texas, tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit ball, while fanning two in a scoreless inning of work on April 22 Tossed 1.1 innings of one-hit relief in two outings at Missouri Went a career-high 2.2 innings against Illinois State on March 14, allowing three runs - one earned - on two hits in a 10-7 Husker win Pitched well in his Husker debut, tossing 1.2 innings of no-hit relief while fanning three against Notre Dame on March 3 Enjoyed a strong performance for Rochester (Minn.) in the Northwoods League, going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 appearances Struck out 12 and walked four over 20.0 innings and held opponents to a .186 average.
Omaha Skutt Catholic High School: Herr was one of the top high school pitchers in the state in 2005 for Coach Keith Englekamp at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha Garnered first-team all-state accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in 2005 Compiled a 7-2 record with a 1.22 ERA, while leading the state with 89 strikeouts Ranked among the top 10 in the state in ERA (sixth) and wins (seventh) Threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Omaha Gross in the River Cities Conference championship game in 2005 Lettered on the diamond for three seasons for the SkyHawks Played American Legion baseball for Englekamp and Shawn Exner, helping his team to a state title as a senior Went 8-2 on the mound with a 2.21 ERA, as he struck out 109 in 80 innings of work.
Personal: Born on Dec. 1, 1986, in Omaha Parents are Tim and Mary Herr Has two brothers (Clayton and Greyson) Majors in special education, where he carries a 3.03 GPA entering the spring 2008 semester.
Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2006.... 2.05 0-0 24 0 0 0/2 0 22.0 17 8 5 7 18
2007.... 5.40 2-3 22 1 0 0/1 2 15.0 13 15 9 18 21
2008.... 4.24 3-0 28 0 0 0/1 5 34.0 34 19 16 13 49
TOTAL... 3.80 5-3 74 1 0 0/4 7 71.0 64 42 30 38 88