Freshman Colby Gomes was one of 32 players named a freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Monday. Gomes was a first-team pick by the NCBWA as one of the top three freshman relief pitchers in the country.
A two-way player for the Huskers, Gomes biggest impact came on the mound where he was Nebraska’s closer. The Omaha native ended the season with a team-high 13 saves, which tied him for 11th most in the country this season and were the most by a freshman in the Big Ten Conference. Gomes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in saves, trailing a trio of juniors – Garrett Acton (Illinois – 19), Grant Leonard (Iowa – 14), Andrew Magno (Ohio St. – 14).
Gomes 13 saves tied him for third in the NU single-season record book.
In 22.0 innings of work Gomes gave up just four extra base hits on the year and struck out 19.
Gomes also made 43 starts in the field and produced a .209 batting average with 31 hits, including eight doubles and one home run. He scored 19 runs and drove in 18.