|High School:||Creighton Prep|
Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
• Signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 season (St. Louis Cardinals)
• 2014 NCAA Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team
• Third-Team NCBWA All-American (2012)
• Sporting News Preseason All-American (2014)
• Fouth-Team College Sports Madness Preseason All-American (2014)
• Second-Team Preseason NCBWA All-American (2013)
• Honorable-Mention Preseason College Baseball Insider All-American (2013)
• Second-Team Perfect Game Summer All-American (2013)
• Second-Team ABCA All-Midwest Region (2012)
• 2x First-Team All-Big Ten (2012, 2014)
• Second-Team All-Big Ten (2013)
• Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2012)
• Big Ten Player of the Week (April 22, 2013) (Feb. 18, 2014)
• 2012 Dairy Queen Classic Silver Stick Award
• 2012 Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team
2014: A three-time All-Big Ten performer and 2012 All-American, Michael Pritchard ended his four-year Husker career ranked fifth in school history with 251 career hits • A career .339 hitter, Pritchard left NU tied for 10th in school history with 45 career doubles • Was selected to the 2014 NCAA Stillwater Regional All-Tournament team and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick for the second time in his career in 2014 after being a first-team selection in 2012 • Strung together a 25-game hitting streak in 2012 to tie for the third-longest streak in school history and added a 20-game hitting streak in 2013 to become the first player in school history with a pair of 20+ game hitting streaks • Also put together a 57-game on base streak that spanned the final 42 games of the 2013 season to the first 15 games of the 2014 season • Hit .314 in 2014 with 75 hits, 45 runs, 21 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 49 RBIs • Walked 27 times, while striking out just 24 times • Was a combined 4-for-11 with three RBIs in three gams at the NCAA Stillwater Regional • Roped 21st double of the year and walked twice in a 6-1 win over Michigan on May 24 • 20th double of the year in a 3-2 win over Michigan State at the Big Ten Tournament on May 22 • Produced 20th career multi-RBI game and scored the game winning run on Tanner Lubach’s walk-off sacrifice fly in a 7-6 win over Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on May 21 • Notched 65th career multi-hit game in his final game at Hawks Field on May 17, a 7-4 win over Illinois • Was 3-5 with a double and took over 10th place on Nebraska’s all-time career hit list with his 243rd career hit • Tied Alex Gordon for 11th in school history with his 240th career hit, a leadoff single in the seventh • Hit third home run of the year and extended hitting streak to 15 games in a 4-1 win at Michigan State on May 11 • Extended season-long hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning double in a 8-4 win over Penn State on May 4 • Was 2-for-6 with three RBIs in series opening win over Penn State on May 2 • 15th double of the year in a 7-5 loss at Michigan on April 27 • Seventh multi-hit game in last 10 games at Michigan on April 25, including a two-out, three-RBI double in the fourth • Was his 14th double of the season and seventh over last 10 games • Fourth straight multi-hit game in a 2-1, 12-inning loss to Northwestern on April 18 • Doubled for the third straight game, while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored against Omaha on April 16 • 60th career multi-hit game came on a career-high five hit night, as he was 5-for-5 with a double in a 14-5 win over Kansas State on April 15 • Went 2-for-4 with a double to help NU sweep Minnesota on April 14 • Was 2-for-5 with a homer and double, also scored two runs, in a 8-6 win at Minnesota on April 11 • Went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs in a 10-6 loss to Kansas State on April 9 • Was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly in his first four trips to the plate before delivering a two-out, two-RBI walk-off single in a 4-3 comeback win over Ohio State on April 5 • Completed his first three-RBI game of the season and his 13th career multi-RBI game • Put the Huskers on the board with a RBI single in the eighth and later in the inning scored the eventual game winning run in a 3-2 win over Ohio State on April 4 • Busted out of a 2-for-25 slump in a 7-3 win at Wichita State on March 25 with a 3-for-5 night, including three runs scored and a double • Snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a his 200th career hit in the first inning at Iowa on March 21 • Became the 21st player in school history to reach 200 career hits • Was ejected from the first game of Nebraska’s doubleheader sweep of No. 25 UC Irvine on March 15 and then had to miss game two • Saw his nation-leading on-base streak come to and end on March 14 with an 0-for-4 performance against No. 25 UC Irvine • Produced his second straight three-hit game on March 11, including a pair of doubles to give him five doubles over two games • Went 3-for-5 with three doubles in a win over St. John’s on March 9 • Was the first Husker to slug three doubles in a game since Cody Asche in 2011 • After starting 0-for-3 against St. John’s on March 8, roped an RBI single in the sixth that extended his on-base streak to 54 straight games • Was 2-for-4, with a pair of runs, RBIs and stolen bases in a 12-4 win over St. John’s on March 7 • Was his second career game with a pair of stolen bases • Notched a single in the top of the eighth inning to extend his on-base streak to 51 straight games on March 1 • Failed to get a hit for the first time all season at The Citadel on Feb. 28, the Huskers eighth game of the season, but extended his on-base streak to 50 straight games with a walk in the first inning • Went 1-for-5 against Utah on Feb. 23, extending his on-base streak to 49 games • Top streak at Nebraska since 2000, as it topped Luke Gorsett’s 48-game streak • Produced his fourth multi hit game in seven games, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a 13-3 win over Washington on Feb. 22 • Was 1-for-4 in a 9-2 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Feb. 21 • Marked the first game in 2014 where Pritchard didn’t have an RBI and also didn’t have an extra-base hit • Extended his on-base streak to 47 straight games with two-out single in the sixth inning against the Beavers • Opened the season at the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz., by hitting .500 (7-for-14) over four games • Hit his first home run in the weekend finale against Gonzaga, one of his five extra-base hits of the weekend • Drove in a pair with a triple against Gonzaga on Feb. 15 • Posted a double and two RBIs against No. 2 Oregon State on Feb. 15 • Opened the season by going 2-for-3 with two triples in a win over Pacific • Was the first Husker to hit two triples in game since Jeff Leise against Western Michigan on March 26, 2002.
2013: Injuries cost Pritchard 10 games in 2013, but the preseason second-team All-American still finished the season tied for the team lead in doubles (13), while also raking fourth on the squad in both hits (66) and runs scored (34) • Also ranked third on the team with 20 multi-hit games • Made Husker history by becoming the first player at Nebraska to produce a pair of hitting streaks of 20 or more games • Produced the third-longest streak in school history at 25 games in 2012 and followed with a 20-game streak in 2013 • Ended the season with an active 42-game on-base streak • The longest streak since Luke Gorsett reached in 48-straight games in 2006 • Went 6-for-23 at the Big Ten Tournament and had at least one hit in five of the six postseason games • Went 0-for-3 in the final game of the season against Indiana in the Big Ten title game, but did draw a pair of walks to extend his on-base streak • Extended his on-base streak to 35 games with a 3-for-4 night against Michigan on May 17 • Notched his 13th double of the season, stole his fourth base of the year and drove in a run in the 9-6 win • Was 2-for-3 against Michigan on May 16 • Was also walked twice in the game, his third two-walk game of the season and seventh of his career • Was 2-for-4, both doubles, in an 8-0 series-clinching win over Minnesota on May 12 • Was the second time in his career he had roped two doubles in a game • Scored the eventual game-winning run in a 3-2 win over No. 16 Indiana on May 5 • Reached base on a one-out single and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Tanner Lubach • Stuck out twice in a game for just the third time in his career against No. 16 Indiana on May 4 • Notched his 10th double of the season in the 8-6 loss • Saw his 20-game hitting streak come to an end at Creighton on April 26 • Was 0-for-2 with an RBI, also walked and laid down a sac bunt • Became the first Husker in school history to put together two separate 20-game hitting streaks when he pushed his 2013 streak to 20 games with a double in the first inning against Kansas State on April 24 • Pushed his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-out single in the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Purdue on April 20 • Extended it to 18 games with a one-out double in the fourth inning of game two • Was 2-for-4 against Ohio State on April 14, his third multi-hit game of the weekend • Drove in a career-high four RBIs at Iowa on April 6 in a 12-8 NU win • Came up twice with the bases loaded, delivered a two-RBI double and a two-RBI single • Had a pair of hits in each of the first two games against Northwestern, aiding in NU’s sweep of the Wildcats • Was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored at Kansas State on March 26 • Roped his third double of the year in game one of a doubleheader at Illinois on March 23 • Scored two runs and walked twice at Illinois on March 22 • Produced his first multi-hit game of the season on March 19 at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton with a double and two singles • Also notched his first RBI of the season on the night • Hit his first double of the season at No. 25 UC Irvine on March 15 and scored the Huskers’ only run in 2-1 loss • Returned to the Husker lineup for a doubleheader at Louisiana Tech on March 9 after missing 10 games due to injury • Injured during the first game of doubleheader at No. 22 Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16. • Produced a single to lead off the first game of the season at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 15.
2012: Pritchard was named a third-team All-American by the NCBWA after putting together one of the best seasons by a Husker hitter in recent memory, as he tied Derek Dukart (1994) for the third-longest hitting streak in school history at 25 games • Streak started in the Huskers’ Big Ten opener against Illinois on March 23, when he produced two hits, and came to an end in the series opener against Minnesota on May 11 • Notched a pair of hits 10 times during the streak, including three or more hits twice • Teammate Richard Stock ended the season with a 21-game hitting, marking the first time in school history that a pair of teammates put together 20-game hitting streaks in the same season • Also a first-team All-Big Ten selection, led the Huskers with a .387 batting average and produced a team-high 82 hits, tying him with Adam Bailey (2010) for the most hits by a Husker in a season since Ryan Wehrle had 84 in 2006 • Led the Huskers with a .447 on-base percentage and was one of the toughest outs in the country with just 10 strikeouts in 212 at bats • His one strikeout for every 21.2 at bats ranked eighth in the country, and he was one of just two players from a BCS conference to rank in the top 10 • During the regular season, he led the Big Ten with a .379 average and was sixth in the league in hits with 75 • Among other Big Ten designated hitters, no other DH in the league had more than 50 hits on the year and Pritchard’s 10 doubles were the most among Big Ten designated hitters • Hit .333 with 32 hits and 22 runs scored in 24 Big Ten games • Continued to swing a hot bat into the postseason with a 7-for-14 performance at the Big Ten Tournament, including a perfect 4-for-4 day in the Huskers’ opener against Michigan State • Was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team • Was named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team and took home the Silver Stick Award as the tournament’s top hitter, going 5-for-8 on the weekend with one double, three RBIs and four runs scored.
2011: Pritchard saw action in 34 games, including 19 starts, as a freshman • Started at designated hitter in the final seven games of the season • Hit .304 on the season with 28 hits in 92 at bats, while adding 15 runs • Hit .384 (5-for-13) in three games against Missouri, including a 3-for-5 performance in the season finale to move his average from .287 to .304 for the year • Went 2-for-3 and scored the Huskers’ only run in a 5-1 loss at No. 11 Texas A&M on May 15 • Opened the series with the Aggies on May 13 with a 3-for-4 performance • Was one of the lone bright spots for the Huskers in a 16-5 loss to Texas on May 7, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles • Led off the top of the ninth inning against Kansas State on April 18 with a pinch-hit single and later scored on a single from Kash Kalkowski to notch the eventual game-winning run in a 5-4 Husker win • Recorded a six-game hitting streak from March 19 to March 26, as he went 7-for-20 (.350) during the streak • Earned the first start of his career at center field on March 5 in a 2-1 extra-inning win over No. 5 UCLA • Reached on a throwing error in his first career at bat against Missouri State on Feb. 20.
Before Nebraska: Pritchard was one of the top outfielders in the state of Nebraska playing for Pat Mooney at Creighton Prep High School • Earned first-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star as a junior and senior • Hit .428 over his last two seasons with 15 home runs and 80 RBIs, including a .405 average with a state-best seven homers in 2010 • Posted an .860 slugging percentage as a junior while 22 of his hits went for extra bases • Set a school single-season record with eight homers • Propelled Creighton Prep to a 2009 state runner-up finish by hitting .563 with four doubles, a triple, a grand slam and 10 RBIs in the state tournament • Played American Legion ball for three summers, hitting .458 with seven homers and 60 RBIs in 2010 • In three years of American Legion play, slugged 21 homers while hitting .424.
Personal: Born on Nov. 10, 1991, in Omaha, Neb. • Parents are John and Jenelle Pritchard • Has one sister, Claire, and three brothers, Matt, Jared and Jack • Major is criminology and criminal justice.