Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
• 2009 MLB Draft Pick (LA Dodgers, 39th round)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011; Spring 2012, 2013)
2013: Ryan Hander started his senior season as a starter, but then transitioned into a bullpen arm for the Huskers following the emergence of sophomore lefty Aaron Bummer into the weekend rotation • Started a career-high eight games over a career-high tying 16 appearances • Threw 49.2 innings on the year, which topped his career total of 48.0 innings entering the season • Punched ouut 41 batters on the season, also topping his career total of 38 entering the season • Made his final appearance at Nebraska as NU's starter against Minnesota on May 24 in an elmination game at the Big Ten Tournament • Went 4.2 innings and struck out four Gophers in a 7-4 Husker win • Threw an inning of no-hit relief at Minnesota on May 12, aiding in NU’s 8-0 shutout win • Pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless no-hit relief against Kansas State on April 24 • Threw an inning of perfect relief at Purdue on April 22, including two strikeouts • Made his first relief appearances of the year against Ohio State on April 14 • Was a career-high 3.2 innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and no walks, while striking out five • Lasted a season-low 2.1 innings in a start at Iowa on April 6, giving up a career-high six runs on seven hits • Didn’t factor into the decision, as Nebraska won the game, 12-8 • Gave NU 4.1 shutout innings at No. 25 UC Irvine on March 16 • Struck out five Anteaters, while allowing two hits and 2 walks • Pitched a career-high 6.2 innings at Louisiana Tech on March 8 • Struck out six, but gave up five runs on seven hits • Sent the Bulldogs down in order four times • Tied a career-high with seven strikeouts at No. 25 Texas on Feb. 24 • Went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs on a career-high eights hits and no walks • Made his fifth career start and season debut at No. 22 Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16.
2012: Hander started the season in the Nebraska bullpen, before joining the weekend rotation for the final two weeks of the regular season • Started against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament and earned the win with a career-high seven strikeouts over a career-high 6.1 innings of work • Was Nebraska's first ever win at the Big Ten Tournament • Ended the year with the third-lowest ERA on the team at 2.97 in 16 appearances, including four starts • Posted a perfect 3-0 record on the year and was part of two combined shutouts • Struck out 25 and walked 10 over 33.1 innings of work, while holding opposing hitters to a .232 batting average • Took the mound at Michigan on May 18, worked just 4.0 innings and struck out two in a no decision • Went a then-career-high 5.0 innings in a start against Minnesota on May 12 to earn his second win of the season • Made his first start of the season against Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park on April 24 • Threw 2.0 innings of one-hit ball and struck out three • Gave up his first run of the season on March 13 against South Dakota after throwing 8.1 innings of scoreless relief over six games • Came out of the bullpen against Illinois in NU's Big Ten opener on March 23 and delivered two innings of no-hit ball with three punch outs • Picked up first win of the season on March 7 against Nebraska-Kearney when he gave up one hit and struck out two in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.
2011: Hander made seven relief appearances for the Huskers last season, totaling six strikeouts over 8.2 innings of work • Pitched 2/3 of an inning at Kansas on April 10 with one strikeout • Came in and worked a perfect eighth inning against Oklahoma State on April 2 • Threw two innings and struck out two in a 10-1 win over North Dakota on March 18 • Came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fourth inning against UCLA on March 6 with the Huskers down 4-0 and held the Bruins scoreless for 2.1 innings in a game NU won.
2010: Hander was one of seven freshmen who saw time on the mound in 2010, going 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in six games • Held opponents to a .200 batting average while allowing one hit in his final 5.2 innings of work dating back to his collegiate debut on Feb. 26 • Pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn a victory against Texas Tech on May 23 • Enjoyed his best performance of the year, fanning two over a shutout inning of relief at Creighton in Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on May 18 • Walked two over 0.2 scoreless innings against North Dakota on March 31, but did not pitch again until May 18 because of an elbow injury • Retired the only batter he faced at No. 2 Texas on March 21• Fired two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts against Nebraska-Kearney on March 10 • Allowed four runs on three hits in his collegiate debut against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 26.
Before Nebraska: Hander was one of the top multi-sport athletes in the upper Midwest playing for Coach Dane Yde at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School • Selected in the 39th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft • Was the state’s No. 2 high school draft prospect by Baseball America • Two-way performer who was a first-team all-state performer at third base, hitting .623 with four homers and 21 RBIs in just 53 at-bats • Posted a 3.10 ERA on the mound, as he fanned 49 in just 24.2 innings of work • Dominated during the American Legion season, going 5-0 with a 3.70 ERA, as he fanned 53 over 29 innings, while also hitting .401 to lead his team to a 32-24 record and a fifth-place finish in the state tournament • Enjoyed his best performance against Sioux Falls East, fanning 12 over five innings while also going 5-for-6 with a double and four RBIs • Lettered in baseball for four years, fanning 23 over 16.1 innings with a 3.91 ERA as a junior, while also hitting .310 with seven RBIs in 29 at-bats • As a junior in American Legion, he struck out 61 over 40 innings with a 3.90 ERA, while also hitting .350-4-35 • Turned in a 17-strikeout, seven-inning no-hitter, while also hitting a grand slam in the same game as a junior • Played football for four seasons, throwing for 2,329 yards and 20 touchdowns in the regular season as a senior to earn all-city honors • Led his team to an 11-2 record and a state title in 2008 • Was a member of the honor roll with a 4.0 GPA.
Personal: Born on Aug. 1, 1990, in Sioux Falls, S.D. • Parents are Chuck and Gayle Hander and has one brother, Jon • Major is business administration.