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#9 Hailey Decker
Position: Infielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'4"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Keizer, Ore.
High School: McNary
Club: Northwest Bullets
Career Honors & Awards
  • Invited to Try Out for 2010 U.S. Junior National Team
  • Two-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll

Career Capsule
Hailey Decker played a key role in helping the Huskers to a No. 8 final ranking and a berth in the 2013 Women’s College World Series. Decker stepped into an immediate starting role as a freshman, starting all 61 games at second base, as she was the Huskers’ lone freshman to start every game. Along the way, Decker emerged as one of Nebraska’s top sluggers, ranking second on the team with 13 doubles, third with 29 RBIs and fourth with six homers and 19 extra-base hits.

One of the nation’s top recruits out of high school, Decker’s potential was on display throughout the season. Her 13 doubles ranked third on Nebraska’s all-time freshman chart, while her six homers and 29 RBIs were both the eighth-highest total ever produced by a Husker freshman. Decker, who also averaged the fewest strikeouts of any Husker in 2013, improved throughout her freshman season. With a season of experience under her belt, Decker could be poised for a breakout sophomore season, as demonstrated by her 18-for-26 (.692) performance during Nebraska’s eight-game fall season against Division I opponents.

Freshman Season [2013]
Decker started all 61 games at second base for NU in 2013, and she put together one of the finest statistical seasons by a freshman in school history. Decker hit .244 and produced six homers, 13 doubles and 29 RBIs. She tied for 10th in the Big Ten in doubles and was third on the team in RBIs.

Decker ranked highly among past Husker freshman standouts. Her 13 doubles were the third-most by a freshman in school history, and her six home runs and 29 RBIs both ranked eighth on Nebraska’s all-time freshman chart. She put herself in elite company, as four of the seven players ahead of her on the NU freshman home run and RBI lists went on to become All-Americans. Decker also produced 19 extra-base hits, another total that ranked among the top 10 freshman marks in Husker history. Decker’s power helped her slug .429. She also drew 19 walks and struck out just 12 times, averaging fewer strikeouts per at bat than any other Husker and among the league leaders in the Big Ten. She posted 11 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI efforts, while also drawing multiple walks in five contests.

A highly-regarded recruit, Decker put her potential on full display on the first day of the season. She opened her career with a two-run home run in her first at bat against Illinois-Chicago, becoming the third player in school history to homer in her first career at bat. She finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the season opener, before going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in the second game of the day at New Mexico State. Her two doubles against the Aggies marked one of four games in 2013 where Decker produced more than one extra-base hit. Two weeks later, Decker put together her first perfect effort at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs against Maryland. She then slugged a double and a homer while producing two RBIs the next weekend at Oklahoma State.

Decker’s numbers increased during the Big Ten portion of Nebraska’s schedule, when she hit .293 with six doubles, a homer and 13 RBIs. Her biggest hit of the conference season was in the rubber match against No. 9 Michigan, when she hit a go-ahead three-run homer with Nebraska trailing in the bottom of the sixth inning. She finished 2-for-3 in the game with a double, a homer and three RBIs as the Huskers won the season series over the Wolverines. Decker also excelled in the postseason. She slugged two doubles in Nebraska’s Women’s College World Series-clinching victory at Oregon, her home state school. Then in Oklahoma City, Decker ignited Nebraska’s comeback from a four-run deficit against No. 2 Florida with a fifth-inning solo home run.

Defensively, Decker’s quickness and strong arm played a key role in Nebraska leading the nation with a school-record 49 double plays. She posted a .967 fielding percentage on the year and did not commit an error in 22 of her final 24 games.

Before Nebraska
Decker was a four-time all-state selection and two-time Oregon Offensive Player of the Year at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore. On the national level, Decker was one of 42 athletes invited to try out for the U.S. Junior National Team in the spring of 2010. Decker was one of the youngest players invited to try out, as most of the invitees had completed their high school careers, including current Husker senior Taylor Edwards.

In her four-year high school career, Decker posted a .599 batting average with 43 doubles, 12 triples, 27 home runs and 150 RBIs. She added 50 stolen bases on 55 attempts and posted a .709 on-base percentage and a 1.031 slugging percentage.

As a senior, Decker batted .633 with 12 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 31 RBIs. She also added 12 stolen bases and 41 runs scored. Decker walked 25 times as a senior and was limited to only 60 at bats. She was selected as Oregon’s top hitter for the second straight season and was named the Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year.

As a junior in 2011, Decker was widely regarded as Oregon’s top hitter. Despite being pitched around and drawing 28 walks, Decker batted .642 with seven doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 40 runs scored, a .735 on-base percentage and a 1.254 slugging percentage. Her speed was also on display, as she stole 18 bases. Her coach, Jeff Auvinen, estimated that Decker was intentionally walked 20 times. Decker put up her impressive numbers despite battling an arm injury that limited her to hitting-only duties for part of the year. For her efforts, she earned recognition as the Oregon co-player of the year in Class 6A, the state’s largest classification. Decker also earned Central Valley Conference player-of-the-year honors for the second straight season.

As a sophomore in 2010, Decker hit .538 with six doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a 1.077 slugging percentage. She was the conference player of the year, in addition to being a first-team all-state selection.

Decker burst onto the scene as a freshman, batting .538 with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 runs scored and 31 RBIs. She also posted a .954 slugging percentage and .557 on-base percentage, while helping McNary to the second round of the state playoffs. McNary made four state tournament appearances during Decker’s career.

Decker played her club ball for the Northwest Bullets, the same team as Husker senior Kylee Muir. Decker earned invites to the adidas Futures National Camp and the OnDeck Softball National Elite Futures Camp in 2009.
    
Personal
Hailey Cassandra Decker is the daughter of Steve and Maite Decker and was born on March 31, 1994, in Salem, Ore. She has a younger sister Cammie (16). Hailey’s father was a former major league catcher who played for the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Steve Decker also managed the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants, for two seasons in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, he became the Coordinator of Minor League Hitting Instruction for the Giants’ organization. Both of Hailey’s parents were All-Americans at Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school in Lewiston, Idaho. Hailey’s mother, Maite, was also an academic All-American volleyball player for the Warriors. Hailey is a psychology major.

In the classroom, Hailey earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of her first two semesters.

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2013

.244

61-61

168

27

41

13

0

6

29

19

12

.319

.429

2-5

.967

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