Honors & Awards
- 2010 Major League Baseball Draft Pick (Oakland Athletics, 16th round)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2009)
- 2008 MLB Draft Pick (Arizona Diamondbacks, 16th round)
2010: Hughes was a hard-throwing left-hander who went 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 appearances, mostly in middle and short relief • Pitched an inning of relief against Creighton at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, allowing one run on three hits in NU's 21-5 win on May 18 • Fired a shutout inning of relief against Southeast Missouri State on May 8 • Tossed a shutout inning of work at Iowa on April 27 • Retired the only hitter he faced against Creighton on April 20 • Tossed a scoreless inning of relief at Oklahoma State on April 2 with a strikeout • Worked the ninth inning against Northern Colorado on March 24, allowing one run on a hit in NU's 15-2 victory • Fanned one, but walked two in 0.1 innings of relief at No. 2 Texas on March 21 • Allowed three runs on four hits over a season-high two innings at No. 14 UCLA on March 5
Before Nebraska: Hughes spent the last two seasons pitching for Steve Friend at Chabot (Calif.) College • Drafted in the 16th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft • Saw action in eight games in 2009, going 0-0 and fanning 17 over 14.2 innings of work while holding opponents to a .271 average • Made one appearance for the Beatrice Bruins and Coach Bob Steinkamp over the summer, allowing one run on two hits in three innings of work • Threw just 11.1 innings as a freshman, but posted a 2.43 ERA with 11 strikeouts • Attended Foothill High School • Was an all-state track athlete as a discus thrower, but did not play baseball in high school • Holds school records in both the discus and shot put at Foothill High School.
Personal: Born on May 20, 1988, in Livermore, Calif. • Parents are Ernie Hughes and Maureen Gonzales and his stepfather is Dick Gonzales • Ernie played in the NFL for six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins • Has four sisters (Jennifer, Christine, Tiffany and Ashley) • Majors in sociology and carried a 3.71 GPA during his first semester at Nebraska.