Honors & Awards
- 2008 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
- 2008 First-Team Academic All-District VII
- 2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2005; Spring 2006; Spring 2007; Fall 2007)
2008: Dan Jennings developed into one of the Huskers’ top performers in 2007, going 6-3 with four saves and a 3.39 ERA in 23 appearances, striking out 75 in 77 innings of work • Honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick finished seventh in the conference in ERA and in the top 10 in both opponent batting average (.227, eighth) and saves (four, 10th) • Tossed 30.1 consecutive scoreless innings from March 18 until April 22, the second-longest scoreless streak in school history • Made 13 appearances in conference play, going 2-2 with four saves and 3.33 ERA, ranking second among all Big 12 pitchers in saves • Started NU’s NCAA opener against Eastern Illinois on May 30, alllowing five runs on six hits over 3.2 innings while striking out four in a game NU won 13-10 • Took the loss in NU’s Big 12 Tournament opener on May 21, allowing three earned runs on four hits over six innings of work • Pitched twice in the Big 12 series finale at No. 12 Missouri, taking the loss on May 16, as he allowed three runs in just 0.1 innings of work • Made two appearances against ninth-ranked Texas A&M, striking out 10 without allowing an earned run over 5.2 innings • Collected his sixth win of the year on May 11, fanning five over 3.1 innings of shutout relief, as the Huskers rallied for a 9-8 win that snapped the Aggies’ 16-game Big 12 win streak • Suffered his first career loss in a 16-inning marathon on May 9, allowing three unearned runs and fanning five over 2.1 innings • Was tagged for four runs on nine hits in a start against Western Illinois on April 29, but did not get the decision, as NU rallied for a 6-4 win • Allowed his first homer since March 1, as he fanned five, but allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs at Baylor on April 26 • Picked up his fifth win in as many decisions against Creighton on April 22, allowing one run on three hits over five innings, as he struck out five in a 4-3 win over the Bluejays • Earned the save in the series opener against Kansas on April 18, fanning three in 1.1 shutout innings to preserve a 7-6 win • Made two appearances against No. 21 Oklahoma State, earning the win in the series finale on April 13 with four innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts • Worked out of the bullpen against Texas Tech, retiring the final four hitters he faced on April 5 for a save before coming back the next day with a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his second save of the weekend • Earned his first career save against No. 13 Texas on March 28, retiring the final 12 hitters he faced, including four strikeouts in four perfect innings • Dominated Northern Colorado on March 25, tossing six shutout innings, as he struck out six and scattered three hits in a 10-0 victory • Put together the best performance of his career against Arkansas on March 18, tossing a complete-game five hitter in a 6-1 win, as he struck out a career-high seven Razorbacks and faced one hitter over the minimum over the final seven innings • Pitched out of the bullpen in the series sweep of Kansas State, allowing two runs on three hits over an inning of work in NU’s 11-4 win on March 15 • Picked up his first win of the year against UC Riverside, allowing three runs on five hits over 5.2 innings while setting a career high with five strikeouts • Pitched well at Stanford, but was victimized by the weather that forced him to throw over two days, as he threw four innings over two days, allowing one hit and leaving with a 1-0 lead
2007: Jennings became one of the Huskers’ top arms out of the bullpen, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 games • Primarily used in middle relief, recording an 18-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio • Allowing just four of 21 inherited runners to score in 12 bullpen outings • Held opponents to a .265 average and allowed just three extra-base hits over 21 innings • Was at his best in the postseason, posting a 2.45 ERA in three appearances in the NCAA Tempe Regional and the Big 12 Championship • Went a career-long 5.2 innings in the NCAA Regional title game against No. 5 Arizona State on June 5, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while matching his career high with four strikeouts • Threw 3.1 shutout innings against No. 14 UC Riverside in the NCAA Regional opener on June 3, scattering three hits and striking out four • Fired two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts in the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas State on May 24, as he came in after Charlie Shirek left the game with an injury • Made his first career start against Iowa on April 10, going a pre-determined 4.0 innings for his first collegiate win • Struck out four Hawkeyes and allowed one earned run on five hits • Made just one appearance in Big 12 action during the regular season, tossing 0.1 innings of shutout relief against Missouri on March 23 • Tossed 1.2 innings of no-hit, shutout relief in the series opener at No. 22 Alabama on March 11 • Came out of the bullpen to get NU starter Charlie Shirek out of a two-on, one-out jam by retiring both hitters he faced against UT-Arlington on Feb. 17 • Fired 1.1 innings of shutout ball against New Mexico on Feb. 16 • Pitched for the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks in the Northwoods League over the summer, putting up a 4-3 record and a 2.01 ERA in 11 appearances en route to earning Northwoods League All-star honors • Fanned 64 over 67 innings of work, while ranking in the top 10 in ERA (seventh), complete games (two, first) and shutouts (one, first) • His best performance was a complete-game four-hit shutout of Eau Claire where he struck out 13 in a 1-0 victory.
2006: One of six freshmen who pitched for the Huskers in 2006, Jennings made seven appearances and split time between long relief and late-game situations • Did not record a decision, as he pitched 7.2 innings on the year • Enjoyed his best outing against Northern Colorado on March 28 with 1.1 innings of shutout ball, highlighted by inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded • Made two appearances in Big 12 action, getting a hold in NU’s 13-inning win over Missouri on April 8 by tossing a scoreless 0.1 innings of work • Went two innings on a pair of occasions, at Iowa on April 11 and at Kansas State on March 31.
Valley High School: Jennings was a two-year letterwinner for Coach Ryan Cooley at Valley High School, helping the program to back-to-back Iowa state titles in 2004 and 2005 • Helped the program set school marks for most wins (39) and highest winning percentage (.929) during the 2005 campaign • Took home first-team all-district and all-state honors in 2005, posting a 9-0 record with a 0.85 ERA • Tossed five shutouts, including a perfect game, as he closed his high school career with a perfect 11-0 mark on the mound • Selected to play in the 2005 Iowa state high school all-star game • Was a two-way performer who also hit .494 as a senior and set a school mark with a .482 career batting average • Went 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA as a reliever in 2004, as Valley went 36-10 and won a state crown • Also played two seasons of basketball • Named to the school honor roll in each of his last three seasons and garnered academic all-conference recognition in 2004 and 2005 • Looked at Northern Iowa, Kansas State and several community colleges before choosing to become a Husker.
Personal: Born on April 17, 1987, in Berkeley, Calif. • Parents are Bob and Janet Jennings • Has one brother (Tom) who plays tennis at Coe College • Majors in economics where he has a 3.28 GPA.
Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO
2006.... 8.22 0-0 7 0 0 0/0 0 7.2 9 8 7 10 2
2007.... 3.00 1-0 13 1 0 0/0 0 21.0 22 12 7 8 18
2008.... 3.39 6-3 23 9 1 0/1 4 77.0 63 34 29 32 75
TOTAL... 3.66 7-3 43 10 1 0/1 4 105.2 94 54 43 50 95