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#3 Dawna Tyson
Position: Infielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'5"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: Corona
Club: Corona Angels
Honors & Awards
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 11, 2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013)

Career Capusle
Dawna Tyson performed well enough to earn significant playing time as a freshman on a talented 2013 Husker roster that featured seven all-conference performers. She made 29 total starts last spring, earning 20 starts as the designated player and nine starts at first base. She split time early in the season with Mattie Fowler at first base, before sharing time the rest of the year with second-team All-Big Ten selection Courtney Breault as the designated player.

Despite the challenge of not being an everyday player, Tyson responded by batting .264 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 91 at bats. Tyson also drew eight walks and was hit by eight pitches to post a .374 on-base percentage. Her eight hit-by-pitches ranked second among all freshmen in school history and in a tie for 10th overall. Tyson produced six of her eight multi-hit efforts in an eight-game stretch in March during her first period of consistent playing time. Her production and experience gained during that stretch should bode well for Tyson as she bids for a full-time starting role in 2014.

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.

Personal
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 (29), Tori (24) and Dominique (20). 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 earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2013

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