NU Softball BIO
Dawna Tyson
Player Profile:
Dawna Tyson 814545
Position: Infielder
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: Corona
Club: Corona Angels
Honors & Awards
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 11, 2013)
  • Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2014 & 2015)
  • Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2015 Season Highlights

  • Started 31 games, including 22 at first base and nine as the designated player
  • Owned six multi-hit games and five games with multiple RBIs
  • Hit a career-high .301
  • Went 3-for-8 with three walks, two runs and two RBIs in Nebraska's three-game sweep of Wisconsin
  • Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in game two of a doubleheader with North Dakota State on March 31
  • Hit a double and drove in a run in game one of a doubleheader at Iowa on March 25
  • Went 6-for-13 with two home runs and six RBIs the week of March 11-14
  • Went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. DePaul on March 14
  • Went 2-for-2 with a home run vs. Boise State on March 13
  • Hit a pinch-hit, walk-off three-run home run vs. UNO on March 11 to wrap up Nebraska's run-rule victory
  • Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two walks in a pair of games vs. South Dakota on March 7 & 8
  • Produced an RBI vs. No. 12 UCLA on Feb. 22
  • That same day, went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, two-run double against Oregon State
  • Recorded her first multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 effort against Texas Tech on Feb. 7
  • Produced a walk, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI in her season debut at New Mexico State on Feb. 6

Sophomore Season [2014]   
After a productive freshman season as Nebraska’s designated player, Dawna Tyson served as the Huskers’ starting first baseman as a sophomore in 2014. Tyson began the year splitting time as the designated player, but a season-ending injury to returning starter Mattie Fowler thrust Tyson into the starting spot at first. Tyson started Nebraska’s final 51 games at first base in 2014. Overall, Tyson earned 55 starts as a sophomore after starting four of the first 11 games as the designated player.

Tyson batted .201 as a sophomore, while providing outstanding defense at first base. Tyson scored 12 runs and seven of her 28 hits went for extra bases, as she produced five doubles and two homers. She added 10 RBIs on the season, including four with two outs. Tyson produced five multi-hit games and had one multi-RBI effort, while tying for the team lead with seven sacrifices. She improved throughout the season, batting .255 in Big Ten Conference play with only five strikeouts, which tied for the second-fewest of any Husker with at least five at bats. Tyson added three doubles, a homer and three RBIs during the conference season.

Tyson hit her first home run of the season Feb. 28 at Oklahoma State, then tallied her first multi-hit effort with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double and an RBI the next day against No. 13 Oklahoma. At Illinois on April 5, Tyson produced her only multi-RBI effort of the year, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Each of her two hits against the Fighting Illini were doubles. Tyson produced a perfect day at the plate against Ohio State in game one of an April 19 doubleheader, going 3-for-3 while setting a career high in hits. Tyson finished her year by adding a pair of RBIs in the NCAA Tournament. In one of the biggest hits of the season, Tyson produced a clutch two-out, RBI single to drive in the eventual winning run in a 2-1 elimination victory over Kansas that set the stage for Nebraska to twice defeat Missouri the next day to win its second straight NCAA Regional title.

Defensively, Tyson committed only three errors in 442 chances at first base, posting a .993 fielding percentage. Off the field, Tyson was an academic All-Big Ten selection, and she was also named to the 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Freshman Season [2013]
Tyson found a way to crack a talented Nebraska lineup as a freshman, earning 29 total starts in 2013. Tyson started 20 games as the Huskers’ designated player and made nine starts at first base. She hit .264 on the season with three homers and 16 RBIs. Tyson ranked third on the team with eight hit-by-pitches, and she tallied eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI efforts.

Tyson started the season opener and quickly picked up her first career hit, run and RBI. She went 2-for-3 with a walk in her next start and made it a three-game hit streak when she went 1-for-1 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches the next weekend. After seeing sporadic playing time in February, Tyson started all but one game during the month of March. She earned the playing time thanks to an outstanding three-week stretch.

Tyson began her hot streak with a 3-for-7 doubleheader at Oklahoma State on March 3. She hit her first career homer in game one and added a three-run homer in game two. Tyson had two hits in game two of the doubleheader, beginning an impressive streak that saw her post five consecutive multi-hit games and six multi-hit efforts in a seven-game stretch. After homering in both games against Oklahoma State, Tyson made it a home run in three consecutive starts, and she tied her career high with three RBIs the next weekend at Wichita State, when she went 2-for-2 and scored a career-high two runs. She was honored by the conference as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week following her performance at Wichita State.

In her home debut the next weekend, she went 4-for-6 in a doubleheader with New Mexico State. She added two more multi-hit games in mid-week action the next week to bring her season average to .396 on March 20. Tyson’s final multi-hit game came as part of a 2-for-4 effort that included a run scored at Iowa on April 6. Each of her final 10 at bats came in a pinch-hitting role over the final month of the season.

Defensively, Tyson committed only two errors in 74 chances at first base to post a .973 fielding percentage.

Before Nebraska
One of three Californians in Nebraska’s freshman class, Tyson was a standout for Corona High School and for the Corona Angels club program, coached by her father Marty. Dawna also has family connections to Nebraska, as her sister Tori was a pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers from 2008 to 2011.

Dawna completed her high school career at Corona High School in Corona, Calif., in the spring of 2012, recording her team’s only two hits in a first-round playoff loss. She was a four-time all-league selection for Corona, earning first-team accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior. Following her senior season, Tyson was one of 22 seniors from Riverside County selected to participate in the Orange and Riverside counties all-star game. She was joined on the team by fellow Husker sophomore Emily Lockman.

As a senior, Tyson was a first-team All-Big VIII league selection, and she earned All-Inland Valley honorable-mention accolades from the Press-Enterprise. As a junior in 2011, Tyson was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Tyson earned a spot on the Southern Section Division I second team as a sophomore in 2010, while also being recognized as an all-area honorable-mention selection.

Tyson helped lead Corona High School to a runner-up finish in the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. In her second straight season as a team captain in 2010, Tyson hit .341 with a .491 on-base percentage, 16 walks and 23 RBIs. She was the team leader in RBIs and her .341 average tied for team-high honors.

In addition to her individual high school accolades, Tyson was invited to attend a pair of elite camps. In 2008, she attended the West Coast All-Stars National Elite-64 Futures Camp, and she attended the adidas Futures Top-100 camp in 2009. Both camps are invitation-only events designed for the top softball prospects in the country.

Tyson also helped the Corona Angels retain their status as one of the nation’s premier club programs. With the Angels, Tyson won a 10-and-under national championship, finished third at the 12-and-under national championship, finished second and third at the 14-and-under national championship and third at the 2010 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. She also helped the Angels win the ASA 18-and-under Champions Cup in both 2010 and 2011.

Dawna Symone Tyson is the daughter of Marty and Donna Tyson and was born on Jan. 29, 1994, in Riverside, Calif. Dawna has three sisters, Dena, Tori and Dominique. Dawna comes from a softball family, as her father Marty coaches the Corona Angels, one of the top club programs in the nation. Dawna’s sister Dena played at Washington from 2004 to 2007, earning first-team NFCA All-America honors as a senior in 2007, which included a trip to Bowlin Stadium for an NCAA Regional. Tori Tyson spent three seasons as a pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers from 2008 to 2010, before an injury forced her to miss her entire senior season in 2011. Dawna is a communication studies major, and she is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was recognized for her work in the community by earning an appointment to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014 and 2015.


















.264 43-29 91 10 24 0 0 3 16 8 10 .374 .363 0-0 .973


.201 59-55 139 12 28 5 0 2 10 10 14 .273 .281 0-0 .993


.301 36-31 83 11 25 3 0 3 19 15 3 .422 .446 0-0 .995


.246 138-115 313 33 77 8 0 8 45 33 27 .344 .348 0-0 .991
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