A late addition to the Husker roster, Ryan Bonesio (pronounced Bo-KNEE-see-o) transferred to Nebraska from Arizona State, where he spent the fall semester. A hitter with some power, Bonesio could provide another potent left-handed stick in the Husker lineup. He could also help on the mound after going 4-4 in 62.1 innings of work as a starter at Navarro College last spring.
Bonesio was a two-year starter at first base for coach Skip Johnson at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Last spring, Bonesio earned first-team All-Texas Eastern Athletic Conference and second-team all-region honors, batting .367 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. He also had 13 doubles for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 44-17 record. As a freshman, he batted .324 with four homers, 38 RBIs and 11 doubles, helping his squad to the Texas East Athletic Championship. For his efforts, he was selected to the 2000 Texas Junior College All-Star game.
The Colony High School
Bonesio was a three-year starter at first base and pitcher for Coach Mike Eiffert at The Colony High School. A three-time all-district selection, he earned the honor at three different positions (DH, 1B, P) during his high school career. As a senior, he batted .424 with four homers and 32 RBIs. Bonesio hit .364 as a junior with a pair of homers and 22 RBIs in 1998. During his sophomore season, he earned All-Metrocrest Newcomer-of-the-Year honors after batting .338 with a pair of homers, 19 RBIs and 11 doubles.