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#27 Austen Urness
Position: Outfielder/Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'5"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lake Elsinore, Calif.
High School: Lakeside
Club: Corona Angels

Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)

Freshman Season [2014]
Austen Urness fought through adversity to put together a productive freshman season for Nebraska in 2014. She appeared in 42 of Nebraska’s 62 games, earning 38 starts, including 26 in the outfield. Urness earned 14 starts in left field, 11 in right and one in center, while also starting 12 games as the Huskers’ designated player. Urness had earned 25 consecutive starts in the outfield before a scary situation at Kansas on March 15.

In the seventh inning of a 1-0 victory over the Jayhawks, Urness suffered a concussion while trying to make a running catch in left field. She had to be carted off the field and taken to the emergency room, where she spent four days in the hospital. Urness missed nearly a month recovering from the injury and passing all of the necessary tests required to be cleared to resume competition. Upon her return, Urness was primarily limited to hitting-only duties.

Despite the injury and missed time, Urness produced a .274 average with six doubles, one triple, four homers and 22 RBIs in her freshman season. She produced seven multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI efforts on the season. Urness was batting .313 prior to suffering the concussion and had been Nebraska’s cleanup hitter in 17 of the Huskers’ first 26 games. Overall, Urness hit out of the No. 4 spot in the lineup 19 times as a freshman, tying for the most starts in the cleanup role of any Husker in 2014. Urness was a good fit for the role, as she batted .356 with runners in scoring position on the season.

Urness produced a run, a hit and a double in her first career start against No. 12 Florida State in the second game of the season. She collected a hit in five of her first six starts, before producing back-to-back multi-hit games in mid-February. She went 2-for-4 with another double and her first career RBI against Sam Houston State on Feb. 16. In her next game, Urness was 2-for-3 with her first career triple in the Huskers’ victory over 12th-ranked Texas A&M. She led Nebraska to another victory over a ranked opponent in game two of a March 1 doubleheader at No. 13 Oklahoma, when she went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI against the Sooners. Urness then produced a career-high three hits while adding two RBIs and two runs scored back in her home state of California against Cal State Fullerton on March 8.

Urness delivered a two-run, RBI double in a pinch-hit at bat against Iowa on April 12 in her first appearance since suffering the concussion. She earned her first start after the injury the following weekend against Ohio State, going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a Husker victory. Urness had homered only once in her first 33 games before homering three times in her final nine contests. As she begin to regain her rhythm at the plate, Urness posted a strong finish to her freshman season.

She hit her second career home run against Indiana on May 3. She then hit a clutch three-run homer against No. 15 Missouri to help Nebraska force the if-necessary game in the NCAA Columbia Regional the Huskers would go on to win. Her success continued the following weekend, when she again hit a three-run homer against No. 2 Alabama and four-time All-America pitcher Jaclyn Traina. Over her final four games last season – all NCAA Tournament road games against top-15 opponents – Urness produced two homers and seven RBIs. With two home runs in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Urness became the first Husker freshman to hit multiple home runs in a single postseason.

Off the field, Urness was named to Nebraska’s 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Before Nebraska
A top recruit, Urness was a standout catcher for Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore, Calif. A four-time, first-team all-league selection and two-time Sunbelt League MVP, Urness earned a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section first team her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons.

Urness boasted a career .474 batting average (139-for-293) with 35 doubles, seven triples, 28 home runs, 122 RBIs and 97 runs scored. She slugged .928 in her career and reached base in better than 50 percent of her career plate appearances.

As a senior in 2013, Urness put up impressive numbers. She hit .614 (35-for-57) with eight doubles, one triple and seven home runs. Urness produced 34 RBIs and 22 runs scored, while drawing 19 walks. She posted a .718 on-base percentage and 1.158 slugging percentage, while stealing 12 bases in 14 attempts. Urness produced at least two hits in 12 of the Lancers’ 22 games and had 10 multi-RBI performances. She hit two home runs as part of a 4-for-4 effort that included a double and five RBIs against Elsinore. She added five more RBIs, a double and a homer against Paloma Valley. Urness was an All-CIF selection and the Sunbelt League MVP as a senior.

As a junior in 2012, Urness helped Lakeside to a 15-10 record. She batted .437 (31-for-71) on the year with seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Urness tied for the team lead in triples and ranked second in slugging percentage (.887), home runs, hits and RBIs. She added 11 walks against only three strikeouts while posting a .518 on-base percentage. Following her junior season, Urness earned All-Inland Valley honorable-mention accolades from the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Lakeside finished 19-7 and won its second straight Sunbelt League championship during Urness’ sophomore campaign in 2011. She helped the Lancers to the title by hitting .443 (35-for-79) with nine doubles, nine home runs, one triple, 32 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Her nine home runs accounted for half of Lakeside’s team total (18), helping her post a team-leading .924 slugging percentage. Urness repeated as a first-team All-CIF Southern Section honoree in 2011, while also earning repeat accolades as a first-team all-valley and all-league selection. She was tabbed as the Sunbelt League MVP.

As a freshman in 2010, Urness helped lead the Lancers to a 23-3 record, including a perfect 15-0 Sunbelt League record. Despite her freshman status, Urness batted .442 (38-for-86) with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 31 RBIs and 26 runs scored. She led Lakeside in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and runs scored, while also posting a team-best .814 slugging percentage. For her efforts, Urness was a first-team All-CIF Southern Section selection, in addition to earning first-team all-league and all-valley honors.

In club ball, Urness enjoyed an outstanding career for the Corona Angels. The sixth Angel to sign with Nebraska over the past five years, Urness finished in the top three in four national championship tournaments during her career, including second-place finishes at the 14-and-under and 16-and-under championships.

Personal
Austen Urness was born in Princeton, N.J., on Nov. 8, 1994. The daughter of Kimberlee and Troy Urness, Austen has two older brothers, Kristopher (32) and Tanner (20), and one older sister, Sarah (27). Austen’s dad Troy played baseball at Georgia Southern and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Austen has not declared a major.

 

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2014

.274

42-38

106

19

29

6

1

4

22

9

22

.378

.462

1-1

.941

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