Nebraska right-hander Colby Gomes has been named to the NCBWA 2019 Division I Freshman All-American Team. He’s among three relief pitchers on the first team.
The others are South Carolina’s Brett Kerry and UC Santa Barbara’s Michael McGreevy.
Gomes was the only Big Ten player receiving first-team recognition. Ohio State’s Seth Lonsway, a starting pitcher, and Michigan’s Willie Weiss, also a reliever, were second-team selections.
Gomes pitched in 19 games, including 17 in relief. His record was 0-3 with a 4.09 earned-run average and 13 saves, including six in Big Ten games—he was 0-1 with a 1.00 ERA in conference play.
The Millard (Neb.) West product, the 2018 Perfect Game Player of the Year, also was a regular at first base for Nebraska, batting .209 with a home run and 18 runs-batted-in.
Previously, Aaron Palensky and Cam Chick, also Husker newcomers, received second-team All-Big Ten recognition, Palensky, a sophomore transfer from Southeast Community College, as an outfielder, Chick, a freshman, as the designated hitter. Chick also was included on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Palensky, who started every game, was the only Husker to hit over .300 for the season. He finished at .320 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Chick batted .240, with four home runs and 31 RBIs.
Chick hit .316 in conference play, Palensky .323.
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.