Honors & Awards
• Three Letters (2008, 2009, 2010)
• 2009 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2007, 2008, 2010; Spring 2008, 2009, 2010)
2011 Outlook: Matt Freeman is looking for a return as a prominent pitcher on the NU staff after seeing limited action in 2010 following shoulder surgery • Is one of two three-year letterwinners on the 2011 Huskers along with Casey Hauptman • Had a strong summer playing for San Luis Obispo in the California Collegiate League with three NU teammates (Cory Burleson, Chad Christensen and Sean Yost) • Produced a 4-2 record with a 4.26 ERA for the Blues, while ranking third in appearances (17) • Struck out 34 hitters and walked only five in 31.2 innings • Made two appearances in October’s Red-White Series, striking out four and giving up three hits in 3.0 innings • Held opponents to a .153 average in 14 appearances as a sophomore in 2009 • Hails from the same high school as former Major League pitcher Jason Christiansen.
2010: Freeman returned to action following shoulder surgery and compiled a 0-0 record with a 4.05 ERA in five games • Fanned two and allowed one hit in an inning of relief against Creighton on May 18 • Fired a scoreless inning of relief at Missouri on May 15 • Pitched 0.2 innings of relief against Kansas on April 17, allowing one run on a homer • Allowed one run on three hits while fanning three over two innings at No. 20 Kansas State on April 11 • Made his first appearance since April 7, 2009, against Northern Colorado on March 24, tossing two innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts.
2009: Freeman worked out of the bullpen and as an occasional mid-week starter for the Huskers before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in April • Made 14 appearances, posting no decisions, a save and a 6.10 ERA • Allowed 11 hits and fanned 20 over 20.2 innings, as he held foes to a .153 batting average • Struggled with control, walking 24 and hitting eight batters • Helped NU go 3-0 in his starts, including a win at No. 15 Arkansas on March 18 • Started against Northern Colorado on March 24, fanning a career-high five hitters over three no-hit innings, but walked four Bears • Threw two shutout innings in a pair of appearances against No. 11 Oklahoma State • Made two appearances in the two-game series at No. 15 Arkansas, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings of work, including a career-high four innings in a start on March 18 • Earned his first college save against Cal State Northridge on March 7, allowing one run on four hits, as he threw the final three innings of an 11-5 Husker victory • Made his first career start against North Dakota on Feb. 25, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three in a pre-determined start • Pitched effectively in the series finale at Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 21, fanning four of the five hitters he faced over 1.2 perfect innings • Spent the summer of 2009 playing for Athletes in Action in Alaska, as he returned to competition for the first time since late April.
2008: Freeman was one of three true freshmen who saw significant action for the Huskers • Worked out of the bullpen in long and middle relief, posting a 4.66 ERA in nine contests • Pitched at least an inning in all nine appearances and allowed earned runs in two outings • Began his college career by not allowing a run in his first five appearances • Made two long relief appearances in Big 12 action, pitching at No. 12 Missouri and No. 21 Oklahoma State • Fanned two in a perfect inning of relief against Western Illinois on April 30 • Allowed an unearned run in an inning of work against Creighton on April 23 • Gave up the first runs of his college career at No. 21 Oklahoma State on April 12, allowing three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work • Pitched a perfect ninth inning against Northern Colorado on March 25, completing a 10-0 shutout of the Bears • Fanned a pair in a shutout inning of work against Arkansas on March 19 • Pitched a perfect inning against South Dakota State on March 11 • Threw in the series opener against Northern Colorado on March 8, allowing one hit in a shutout inning of work • Made his Husker debut against UC Riverside on March 1, fanning two over 1.1 innings of shutout baseball • Played for Wilmington (N.C.) in the Coastal Plains League after the season, going 2-5 with a 4.19 ERA, as he led the team in starts (10) and ranked second in both strikeouts (44) and innings pitched (62.1).
Before Nebraska: Freeman was one of the top pitching prospects in Nebraska playing at Elkhorn High School for Coach Jerry Frerichs • Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year as a senior • Swept first-team all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald in 2007 and was chosen for the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region team • Tabbed as the honorary captain of the World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team after compiling a 5-1 record, three saves and a 0.76 ERA as a senior to lead Elkhorn High School to a 27-5 record and a Class A state title • Fanned 55 in 37 innings while opponents hit .154 against him • Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the postseason, as he did not allow a run in 17 innings of work, highlighted by a complete-game three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over top-seeded Grand Island in the semifinals before earning the save in the state title game • Garnered honorable-mention all-state accolades as a junior, going 6-2 with a 1.25 ERA, and fanning 50 over 44.2 innings • Ranked in the top 10 in the state in wins, ERA and strikeouts in 2006 • Participated at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., in 2006, helping the SPARQ Midwest Area Code Team to a perfect 5-0 record and a tournament title • Graduated from Elkhorn High School with honors, as he finished with a 3.8 GPA.
Personal: Born on Jan. 11, 1989, in New Orleans, La. • Parents are Mike and Amy Freeman • Majored in nutrition science and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in August of 2012.