Honors & Awards
• Three Letters (2010, 2011, 2012)
• 2012 MLB Draft Pick (Miami Marlins, 35th Round)
• First-Team All-Big Ten (2012)
• 2012 Kleberg Bank College Classic All-Tournament Team
• Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
• Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Member (2010-11)
• Two-Time California Collegiate League All-Star (2010, 2011)
2012: Named the first-team All-Big Ten shortstop in 2012, Chad Christensen put together his best season as a Husker, as he led the team in home runs (10), RBI (48), total bases (114), steals (8), multi-hit games (23) and multi-RBI games (13), while ranking second on the teams in runs (49) and third in hits (71) • Hit over .300 for the first time in his career with a .311 batting average • His 10 home runs were three more than the seven he hit during his first two years combined at Nebraska • Led the team with 25 two-out RBI after producing just four as a sophomore in 2011 • Hit his 10th home run of the season at the Big Ten Tournament in a 12-3 win over Penn State on May 24 • Went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Michigan on May 17 to help the Huskers secure a bid to the Big Ten Tournament • Hit a solo home run against Minnesota on May 13 to contribute to a sweep of the Golden Gophers at Hawks Field • Went a combined 5-for-13 in three games against Indiana with six RBI and two home runs • Came through with four hits in series win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, while also scoring four runs • Carried the Huskers to their first Big Ten series victory with a 13-3 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini on March 25, as he went 3-for-5 with one double, four RBI and three runs scored • Scored three runs and hit his second triple of the season against Northern Colorado at home on March 20 • Hit a home run in each of the first three games of a four game series with Louisiana Tech • Went 8-for-18 against the Bulldogs with eight RBI, six runs, one double and three homers • Produced a pair of multi-hit games against then No. 21 California at Hawks Field, including a home run against the Bears on March 10 • Tied a career high with an 11-game hitting streak from Feb. 25 to March 11 • Was 2-for-4 with three RBI in a 9-6 win over Kansas State on March 6 in NU's 2012 home opener • Completed a Husker comeback against UNLV at the Kleberg Bank College Classic on Feb. 26 with a two-out two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to propel NU to a 8-7 win and a perfect 4-0 record at the tournament • Was named tournament MVP, as he was 6-for-18 with six RBI, two doubles and a home run • Opened the season with a perfect 3-for-3 day, including a home run, against Gonzaga in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 17.
2011: Christensen was one of three Huskers to start all 55 games in 2011 • Ended the year with a .292 batting average • Ranked second on the team in hits with 61, trailing Cody Asche’s team-high 68 hits • Scored 24 runs to rank fifth on the squad • Was stellar with the glove at shortstop, with just nine errors on 294 attempts for a .969 fielding percentage • Notched two or more hits in 15 games, including three or more hits in four games • Posted a career-long 11-game hitting streak (March 13-26), which topped his previous best of 10 straight games with a hit • Batted .333 (4-for-12) during the Huskers’ final road series at Texas A&M with a double and one RBI • Helped the Huskers win the series finale against No. 5 Texas at Hawks Field with a 1-for-3 performance and one run scored • Hit .375 (3-for-8) in a pair of wins over Northern Colorado • Recorded four hits in a four-game sweep of North Dakota • Posted a 3-for-4 day with two RBIs in a 13-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney • Hit his first career triple in a 3-for-6 game against Missouri State on Feb. 20 • Hit his lone home run of the season on Feb. 19 in an 8-1 win over Air Force at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos • Started the season with a five-game hitting streak, including a pair of three-hit performances against Washington on Feb. 19 and Missouri State on Feb. 20.
2010: Christensen became Nebraska’s starting shortstop during the second half of the 2010 season, hitting .262 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 42 contests • His six homers were the most by a Husker freshman since Alex Gordon hit seven in 2003 • Had eight multi-hit games and four contests with at least two RBIs during his freshman campaign • Went 2-for-8 with a double in two games against Texas Tech • Was 1-for-3 with a walk at Iowa on April 27 • Went 2-for-8 with a sacrifice against Baylor • Had a 10-game hit streak snapped against Wichita State on April 13, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base • Hit .500 (20-for-40) with four homers, 11 RBIs and an .875 slugging percentage during a 10-game hit streak from March 28 until April 11 • Was 6-for-11 at No. 20 Kansas State, going 2-for-3 with a homer on April 1 before collecting his second three-hit game of the season in the finale • Went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs against Creighton on April 6 • Hit .462 (6-for-13) with a homer and a double at Oklahoma State, going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two runs scored on April 4 • Hit .444 (4-for-9) with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in the sweep of South Dakota, recording a pair of multi-hit games in the process • Made his first career start at shortstop against No. 12 Oklahoma on March 26, going 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and a stolen base • His second-inning homer against Oklahoma was the first homer by a Husker shortstop since April 20, 2007 • Came off the bench for a pinch-hit single against Northern Colorado on March 23 • Was 2-for-4 with a homer in two games against Houston Baptist, belting a pinch-hit homer in the nightcap on March 13 • Became the first Husker freshman to homer in his debut since 1999, going 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in a start against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 26.
Before Nebraska: Christensen was one of the top infielders in the Midwest playing for Coach Bryon Schletterback at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Four-year performer who finished his career holding school records for batting average (.438), homers (42), RBIs (163), hits (208), runs scored (166), walks (66), wins (20) and saves (nine) • Named first-team Super State as a senior shortstop after hitting .524 with 16 homers, 49 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 26 stolen bases in helping Washington High School to the state tournament in 2009 • Earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors at shortstop as a junior, hitting .565 with 17 homers en route to earning Mississippi Valley Conference MVP honors • Was a three-time all-metro and all-conference pick, as he hit .408 with seven homers during his sophomore campaign • Was a three-sport athlete, as he played basketball and ran track in high school • Named all-metro in basketball during his senior year • Was on the honor roll throughout his entire high school career and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born on Oct. 6, 1990, in Waterloo, Iowa • Parents are Dick and Tracy Christensen • Has two younger brothers, Drew and Austin • Austin is a freshman on the 2012 Husker baseball team • Majored in finance and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2013.