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Austin Christensen
Player Profile:
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Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
High School: John F. Kennedy
Experience: High School

Honors & Awards
• Two Letters (2014, 2015)
• 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List (1-of-36)

Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013; Spring 2013, 2015)

2014: After missing two seasons with an elbow injury, Austin Christensen hit and pitched for the Huskers in 2014 • Made 26 starts at first base, producing seven multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games • Made 11 appearances on the mound, including three starts • Started the Big Ten Championship game and a game in the NCAA Tournament • Ended the year with a 3-0 record and a 4.95 ERA in 20.0 innings of work • Started Nebraska’s 8-6 win over Binghamton on May 31 at the NCAA Stillwater Regional • Didn’t factor into the decision though, giving up three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings • Started the Big Ten title game against Indiana on May 25 • Went 2.2 innings, and gave up three runs on four hits and a pair of walks • Earned the win after throwing 2.0 innings of perfect relief in a 7-6 comeback win over Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on May 21 • Tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief in a 5-1 loss to Illinois on May 16 • Improved to 2-0 on the year with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in a win over Northwestern on April 19 • After nothing a scoreless eighth, Husker offense took the lead in the bottom of the frame • Made his first career start on the mound against Kansas State on April 15 • Lasted 1.0 inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits, with all four runs scoring with two outs, but did strikeout a pair of Wildcats • Notched a perfect ninth inning of relief at Minnesota on April 13, and Huskers went on to win the game, 3-2, in 10 innings • Threw 2.0 innings of perfect relief at Arkansas on April 1 with a pair of strikeouts • Hit first career triple in the seventh inning against UNLV on March 28 • Made his Husker debut on the mound with an inning of relief at Kansas State on March 26 • Gave up one unearned run on one hit • Drove in the game-tying run with two outs and then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off single by Jake Placzek on March 19 against Creighton • Was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base against the Jays • Produced sixth multi-hit game of the year by going 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of No. 25 UC Irvine on March 15 • Was 2-for-3 and drove in the eventual-game winning run on March 11 against Northern Colorado with a bases loaded sacrifice fly • Stole his first career base and scored the game-winning run on a walk-off single by Taylor Fish against St. John’s on March 8 after reaching earlier in the ninth on a two-out single • Was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored in a 12-4 win over St. John’s on March 7 • Drove in Nebraska’s first run of the game in a 6-3 loss at The Citadel on Feb. 28 with a double off the right-field wall • Had a stellar weekend in three games at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge • Was 5-for-12 with a team-high six RBIs, including three RBIs and a double in a win over Washington on Feb. 22 • Delivered his first career multi-hit game with a 2-for-5 performance in a 9-2 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Feb. 21 • Produced the eventual game-winning hit with a two-out, two-RBI  single in the sixth with the bases loaded • Made his Husker debut during the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz. • Went 1-for-6 in three games with a pair of walks • Notched his first career hit and scored a pair of runs in a win over Gonzaga on Feb. 15.

2013: Christensen missed the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery in the Fall of 2012.

2012: Christensen redshirted the 2012 season due to an elbow injury.

Before Nebraska: Christensen was named the 2011 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year and was an honorable-mention Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Preseason All-American after leading the state in batting average (.555), hits (61), home runs (19) and strikeouts by a pitcher (82) • Also ranked in the state’s top three in runs (50) and RBIs (52) • Set school career records in home runs (42) and pitching wins (28) • Led John F. Kennedy to the 2011 Iowa 4A playoffs, but lost in the first round • Hit three home runs in a single game against Ottumwa on June 8, 2011 • Batted .492 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs as a junior, while also going 10-4 on the mound with a 1.94 ERA and 86 strikeouts • Led the Cougars to the 2010 Iowa 4A state title and was named State Championship Player of the Game • Was a four-time first-team all-metro, all-conference and all-district selection on the diamond.

Personal: Born on May 6, 1993, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Parents are Dick and Tracy Christensen • Has two brothers, Drew and Chad • Chad was a two-time All-Big Ten performer on the diamond for the Huskers from 2010 to 2013 and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins following his senior season in 2013, also drafted by the Miami Marlins following his junior season in 2012 • Majoring in history.

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