Honors & Awards
- 19th round Draft Pick (New York Yankees)
- 2008 Johnny Bench Award Semifinalist
- 2008 First-Team All-Big 12
- 2008 First-Team ABCA Midwest Region
- 2007 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2007)
2008: Abeita was a two-year starter behind the plate who earned first-team All-Big 12 and ABCA Midwest Region honors in 2008 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist hit .337 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs, ranking among Big 12 leaders in average (19th), on-base percentage (.471, third) and walks (43, fourth) Tied for the team lead in hits with 63 while finishing second in both homers and RBIs Reached safely via a hit or walk in 54 of 56 games in 2008, while his 10 homers were the most by a Husker catcher since Jed Morris had 23 in 2002 Hit .400 (4-for-10) with three RBIs and three walks during the NCAA Tournament, including a 3-for-3 afternoon against Eastern Illinois on May 30, his 18th multi-hit game of the year Was 2-for-12 with a homer and two RBIs at the Big 12 Tournament Was 3-for-9 with a homer, three RBIs and three walks in the series loss at No. 12 MU Homered and tied a career high with four RBIs vs. Creighton on May 13, going 2-for-4 Delivered his second walk-off hit of the season, with a ninth-inning single to cap NU’s five-run rally in a 9-8 win over Texas A&M on May 11 Was 4-for-11 with two runs scored in a twinbill against UL-Lafayette, driving in the winning run to cap the 14-inning nightcap Was 3-for-7 with five walks and four runs scored in the series win at Baylor Went 2-for-6 with four walks and four runs scored in two games against Creighton Powered the Huskers to a series win over Kansas, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with five RBIs and three walks, including a 2-for-4 effort with a career-high four RBIs on April 19 Hit .400 (4-for-10) with an RBI and three runs scored in the sweep of Texas Tech, going 2-for-4 with a double in the series opener on April 4 Went 4-for-11 with four RBIs against No. 13 Texas, driving in three runs in the series opener before going 2-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI the following night in a 2-0 win Hit .455 (5-for-11) with two RBIs and two runs scored against Oklahoma, as he matched his career high with three hits - including a ninth-inning homer - in the finale on March 23 Hit .333 (3-for-9) with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in the series sweep of Kansas State, as he also drew three walks and stole a base against the Wildcats Matched his career high with three runs scored against Nebraska-Kearney on March 4, going 2-for-3 with an RBI Went 2-for-2 and scored twice, as he reached safely in all four plate appearances against UC Riverside on March 2 Delivered a three-run pinch-hit homer to give the Huskers a 3-1 lead against UC Riverside on March 1 - the first pinch-hit homer by a Husker since the 2005 season Torched UC Riverside in a series sweep, hitting .444 (4-for-9) with two homers, five RBIs and five runs scored Went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in a victory over the Cardinal on Feb. 22 Hit .300 (3-for-10) with a homer, four walks and three runs scored in the series loss at Stanford
2007: Abeita earned the starting role behind the plate prior to the start of Big 12 play and put together a solid first season as a Husker Appeared in 46 contests, hitting .286 with a homer and 20 RBIs to garner honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors Made 40 starts and was the Huskers’ starting catcher until breaking his fibula in a home plate collision against Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament on May 24, forcing him to miss the NCAA Regional Closed the year on a tear, hitting .357 (15-for-42) with four doubles and six RBIs in his final 14 games before the injury Totaled 11 multi-hit games on the year, including a career-high three hits against Baylor on May 11 Drove in 17 of his 20 runs in Big 12 action, hitting .303 and appearing in all 27 contests Went 5-for-10 with a pair of walks in the series win over Baylor, highlighted by his first career three-hit game on May 11 Batted .500 (3-for-6) with a pair of walks in two contests vs. No. 18 Coastal Carolina Hit safely in all three games against Kansas State, batting .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, two sacrifices and two RBIs, including a crucial two-run double in the series-clinching win on April 28 Belted his first homer as a Husker in the series opener against No. 4 Texas on April 20 Was 2-for-4 with an RBI against No. 11 Wichita State on April 11 Went 3-for-12 with an RBI in three starts against Oklahoma State, including a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and two runs scored on April 7 Had two hits and an RBI in NU’s 12-10 win over Creighton at Rosenblatt Stadium on April 3 Performed well in a series loss at No. 14 Texas A&M, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with four RBIs, three runs scored and a pair of multi-hit games Matched his season high with three RBIs, going 2-for-4 in the finale against the Aggies on April 1 Sparked NU’s win over Western Illinois on March 20, going 1-for-2 and scoring twice, as he doubled in the ninth and eventually came around to score the game-winning run in a 3-2 win Performed well in NU’s Big 12 opening series at Texas Tech, driving in five runs while hitting .272 with a pair of doubles, highlighted by a 2-for-5 night with two doubles and three RBIs on March 16 Broke a season-opening 0-for-8 slump with his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 in NU’s 4-3 win over No. 22 Alabama on March 10.
North Central Texas College/Duncanville High School: Abeita was a two-year starter for Coach Scott Harp at North Central Texas College, helping the squad to a 39-18 record and a third-place finish at regionals in 2006 Garnered NJCAA all-star honors as a sophomore, hitting .303 with five homers, 11 doubles and 27 RBIs as one of seven players from NCTC who signed with Division I programs in 2006 Selected to the Texas/New Mexico Junior College All-Star game in the fall of 2005 Spent the summer playing in the Texas Collegiate League for the Graham Roughnecks, batting .293 with four homers, 18 RBIs and nine doubles Hit .330 with four homers, 20 RBIs and 15 doubles during his freshman year at NCTC, while also posting a .990 fielding percentage and throwing out 42 percent of would-be runners Was a three-year performer for Coach Bob Rombach at Duncanville High School, hitting .400 with seven homers as a senior en route to earning NHSCA All-Star and all-district honors Helped his team to a third-place finish at the 2002 state tournament Led the Dallas Knights to the 2002 Mickey Mantle World Series title, winning four games on the mound and also serving as his team’s designated hitter Chose NU over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Dallas Baptist.
Personal: Born on April 7, 1986, in Oak Cliff, Texas Parents are Ron and Anne Abeita Has two sisters (Lauren and Addisun) Majors in sociology.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2007.... .286 46-40 133 24 38 10 0 1 20 16 23 1-2
2008.... .337 56-54 187 45 63 7 0 10 49 43 29 7-7
TOTAL... .316 102-94 320 69 101 17 0 11 69 59 52 8-9