|Hometown:||St. Charles, Ill.|
Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
• 2014 MLB Draft Pick (Milwaukee Brewers, 19th Round)
• Third-Team All-Big Ten (2014)
• 2014 NCBWA Mid-Season Stopper of the year Watch List (1-of-50)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)
• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring 2012, 2013, 2014)
2014: Zach Hirsch was a third-team All-Big Ten selection and was selected in the 19th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers • Led the Huskers with a 1.72 ERA in 2014 and held opposing batters to a .193 average • ERA was the second-lowest single-season ERA in school history, topped only by Bill McGuire’s 1.29 ERA in 1984 • 31 appearances in 2014 were the most by a Husker since Brett Jensen made 33 appearances in 2005 • Threw a season-high 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and earned the win in a 8-6 comeback victory over Binghamton at the NCAA Tournament on May 31, his final game as a Husker • Gave up a season-high three runs (one earned) in an 8-4 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten title game on May 25 • Fourth save of the year following 2.0 innings of one-hit scoreless relief in a 3-2 victory over Michigan State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on May 22 • Tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief on Senior Day in a 7-4 win over Illinois on May 17 • Notched third save of the year with 2.0 innings of perfect relief to close out a 2-1 win over Illinois • Combined with starter Chance Sinclair to retire the final 17 Illini batters of the game • Threw a scoreless eighth in a 5-3 win at Michigan State on May 10, allowed one hit and struck out one • Tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief in a 8-4 win over Penn State that secured a series sweep • Threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief in a 4-1 win at Omaha on April 30 • Came in with the two runners on, including the tying run at first base and one out against Michigan on April 26 • Retired two Wolverines to keep the Huskers ahead 3-1 and Josh Roeder closed the game with a perfect ninth • Took his first loss of the year on April 18 in a 12 innings defeat to Northwestern, 2-1 • Pitched 3.0 innings of relief against the Wildcats,giving up one run on three hits and no walks, while striking out three • Went a season-high 3.0 innings in relief at Minnesota on April 11 • Gave up his first run in seven appearances, but improved to 4-0 on the year after NU rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth to win 8-6 • Improved to 3-0 on the year after throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief at Creighton on April 8 • Retired the final eight batters he faced while NU’s offense rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to win 4-2 • Threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief in a 5-4 loss to UNLV, gave up one hit and struck out three • Earned his second save of the year with 2.1 inning of scoreless relief in a 7-3 win at Wichita State on March 25 • Allowed one and no walks against the Shockers, while striking out three • Finished off a 5-1 win at Iowa on March 22 with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts • Improved to 2-0 on the year with 1.1 innings of relief in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of No. 25 UC Irvine on March 15, allowed only one hit, a solo home run • Picked up his first career save with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief against Northern Colorado on March 11, also notched a season high five strikeouts while allowing only two hits and no walks • Earned his first win of the year in a 12-4 victory of St. John’s in NU’s home opener on March 7 • Threw 2.0 shutout innings against the Red Storm, giving up one run and one walk, while striking out one • Gave up his first hit and first run of the year at The Citadel on Feb. 28 after throwing four no-hit, scoreless innings over three appearances to start the year • Kept the Huskers in the game against Utah on Feb. 23 with 2.0 innings of no-hit scoreless relief, but NU fell 4-3 • Threw 2.0 innings of no-hit relief over two appearances during the opening weekend in Tempe, Ariz. • Notched a pair of strikeouts in the season opener against Pacific on Feb. 14.
2013: Hirsch was developing into a solid left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen in 2013, but then missed the final 31 games of the season with a wrist injury to his non-throwing hand • Finished the year with a 3-2 record in 11 appearances, including one start • Struck out 19 and walked six in 26.1 innings of work • Lowered his ERA from 7.53 to 4.78 over his final five appearances • Gave up just two earned runs over his final 12.0 innings of action • Delivered 2.2 innings of shutout relief and earned the win on March 31 against Northwestern with four strikeouts • Picked up his second win of the season on March 29 in a 16-inning marathon with Northwestern at Hawks Field • Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, gave up two hits and struck out two • Gave NU 3.1 innings of shutout relief at Illinois on March 23 • Nebraska went on to win the game, 6-4, to clinch the series • Took the loss at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on March 20 • Was tagged for four runs on four hits in 0.1 innings of work • Picked up his first win of the year after throwing 3.2 innings of relief at No. 25 UC Irvine on March 16 • Retired the first 10 Anteaters he faced, while giving up one run on a pair of hits • Pitched 4.0 shutout innings of relief against Northern Colorado on March 6 and matched a career high with six strikeouts • Gave NU a perfect 0.2 inning of relief at Texas on Feb. 22 • Made his lone start of the season at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16 • Was touched for a career-high tying seven runs (all earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings • Gave up three of his six walks on the year in the loss to the Titans at Goodwin Field.
2012: Hirsch started a team-high 13 games in 2012 after not starting a game and making 13 appearances out of the bullpen during his first season of action at Nebraska as a redshirt freshman in 2011 • Posted a 4-5 record on the year with a 5.52 ERA over a team-high 60.1 innings of work • Struck out 32 batters, while issuing just 14 walks • Made his first and only relief appearance against Michigan State at the Big Ten Tournament • Threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief against the Spartans • Earned his fourth win of the season in the second game of a doubleheader sweep at Ohio State on April 15 • Struck out two and gave up two runs over 6.0 innings against the Buckeyes • Gave NU a career-high tying 7.0 innings against Illinois on March 25, as he gave up just three hits in a 13-3 win • Registered three strikeouts and gave up five hits over 5.1 innings in a win over Louisiana Tech on March 15 • Went a career-high 7.0 innings and punched out six batters for the second straight start in a 4-1 loss to West Virginia during the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome on March 2 • Set a career-high in strikeouts with six and earned his first career win against Utah in 6.0 innings of work at the Kleberg Bank College Classic on Feb. 24 in Corpus Christi, Texas • Started the season opener against Gonzaga in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 17 and wasn’t a factor in the decision after striking out two and giving up two runs on five hits over 4.2 innings of work.
2011: Hirsch appeared in 13 games and posted a 2.04 ERA in his first season of action in 2011 • Pitched 17.2 innings, giving up 15 hits and four earned runs, while striking out 13 • Had two or more strikeouts five times • Came in against No. 11 Texas A&M on May 14 and held the Aggies scoreless for 3.2 innings, as he gave up two hits and struck out three • Pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball with two strikeouts against No. 5 Texas on May 7 • Went 6.2 innings over six games without giving up a run after giving up two to Texas State in his Husker debut on Feb. 18.
2010: Hirsch took a redshirt season after undergoing elbow surgery in February of 2010.
Before Nebraska: Hirsch was one of the top high school pitchers in Illinois playing for Coach Todd Genke at St. Charles North High School • Compiled a 17-5 career record with a 0.99 ERA in his three varsity campaigns • Struck out 175 batters and allowed just 108 hits in 148.1 career innings • Named first-team all-state as a senior, going 5-2 with a 1.15 ERA, as he fanned 66 and allowed 39 hits in 55 innings • Selected to play for Team Illinois by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association • Chosen as a three-time all-area pick and three-time unanimous Upstate Eight Conference honoree • Went 4-3 with a 0.87 ERA as a junior, allowing 34 hits over 48.1 innings, while posting a 58-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio • Turned in a dominant sophomore campaign, going 8-0 with a 0.93 ERA, striking out 51 and allowing 35 hits over 45.1 innings of work • Pitched for the Downers Grove Longshots and Coach Rob Rooney, going 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 26 innings in helping his club qualify for the Connie Mack World Series in 2008 • Was a member of the school’s honor roll and named academic all-conference in both baseball and basketball as a junior.
Personal: Born on July 6, 1990, in Peoria, Ill. • Parents are David and Nancy Hirsch • Has one younger sister, Taylor, and one brother, Daniel • Earned his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in May 2013 as a finance major • Was featured on NBC’s Today Show in December of 2009 for his friendship with Graham Jackson, a St. Charles North High school student with Asperger’s syndrome.