Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
• 2011 MLB 50th-Round Draft Pick (Kansas City)
• 2008 MLB 49th-Round Draft Pick (Tampa Bay)
• Third-Team All-Big Ten (2013)
• Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2013)
• Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (2011)
2013: After graduating in December of 2012 with his degree in communication studies, Kash Kalkowski (KAL-cow-ski) was a third-team All-Big Ten pick at first base for the Huskers as a senior • Hit over .300 for the second-straight season with a .304 average • Led the team in RBI's (44), doubles (13), triples (3) and home runs (3), while ranking third in runs scored (40) and fifth in hits (65) • Was hit-by-pitch 21 times, tying him with Dave Crain (1995) and Derek Dukart (1994) for third-most in a single season in school history • Was hit-by-pitch 47 times in his career, tying him with Bryan Peters for third-most in school history • Prodcued 17 multi-hit games on the year, including three four-hit games, and also delivered 10 multi-RBI games, including a team-best three four-RBI games • Had a career-day in 7-6 win against Indiana on May 25 at the Big Ten Tournament, an elimination game for the Huskers • Went 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer, a double and four RBI's • Entered the tournament with a .295 average and ended the year at .304 after going 9-for-24 with six RBI's and six runs scored • Was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team • Was 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored in a 9-6 win over Michigan on May 17 • Scored three runs for the second-straight game at Creighton on May 14 • Was 4-for-5 with a homer and three singles in a 8-0 win at Minnesota on May 12 • Was his second four-hit game of the season and third of his career • Matched a career-high with 3 runs scored • Led off the fourth with a homer on a full-count, proved to be the eventual game winner • Posted a pair of extra-base hits in a 6-0 win at Minnesota on May 10 • Doubled in the sixth and tripled in the ninth • 11th double of the season in a 5-3 loss in the first game of a doubleheader to Oklahoma State on April 27 • 10th double of the season in a 5-3 loss to Creighton on April 26 • Nearly hit for the cycle against Kansas State on April 24 • Was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple • Produced his fifth career four-RBI game of his career in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Purdue on April 20 • Three of the four RBI's came on a base-loaded double • Drove in the first run of the game in a 4-2 win over No. 10 Arkansas on April 16, as NU swept a doubleheader from the Hogs • Set a career-high with 2 doubles against Ohio State on April 12, driving in a career-high tying four runs for the fourth time in his career • Notched his fifth double of the season and 25th of his career at Iowa on April 6 in a 12-8 NU win • Launched his first home run of the season in the first inning at Iowa on April 5 • Was a three-run homer with two outs that aided in a 12-5 Husker win • Struck out four times in a game for the first time in his career on March 31 against Northwestern • Was 4-for-7 in a 16-inning win over Northwestern on March 29, his second career game with four hits • Walked two times in a game for the second time in his career at Kansas State on March 26 • Hit a triple at Illinois on March 22, his first since 5/19/11 against Missouri • Was the only player on either team with more than one hit at UC Irvine on March 16 • Also scored the game’s eventual game-winning run and notched his third double of the season • Was 3-for-3 against Northern Colorado on March 6, while tying career highs in runs (3) and stolen bases (2) • Drove in the Huskers’ first run of the season with and RBI single at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 15.
2012: Kalkowski posted a career-high .310 batting average in 2012, after nearly hitting .300 at .299 in 2011 • Hit four home runs and drove in 37 runs in 42 games • Played multiple positions for the Huskers, as he started at first base, right field and as the team's designated hitter during the year • Was 3-for-9 at the Big Ten Tournament over three games with two doubles and three RBI • Opened NU's final regular-season series at Michigan with a three-RBI day on May 17 • Produced a 6-for-13 performance in three games at Indiana, including a 3-for-5 day with three RBI in the series opener on May 5 • Hit is fourth home run of the season on April 15 in the first game of a double-header sweep at Ohio State on April 15 • Was 3-for-5 with one RBI against Iowa on April 8 to help the Huskers capture a series win • Drove in two runs and was 2-for-4 at the plate at Kansas State on April 3 to aid in the Huskers' three-game season sweep of the Wildcats • Opened Big Ten play against Illinois with a 5-for-12 performance in three games, as he also produced five RBI and hit a home run in game two of the series on March 24 • Tied a career high with four RBI against Northern Colorado on March 20, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run • Hit a home run in the season opener against Gonzaga in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 17.
2011: A 50th-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2011, Kalkowski ranked second on the 2011 Huskers in RBIs (42), doubles (12), triples (3) and home runs (5) • Hit .299 on the season with a .378 on-base percentage and 58 hits in 194 at bats • Notched two or more RBIs in 11 games in 2011, including two games where he had four RBIs • Had a 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 19 to March 15 • Posted a .307 average with five RBIs in NU’s final series of the year against Missouri • Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored, one double and one stolen base against No. 5 Texas on May 8 • Produced a pair of doubles and two RBIs in two games at Oklahoma on April 22 and 23 • Went 4-for-13 (.307) during NU’s home stand against Kansas State in April • Hit a first-inning two-run home run and stole a base against Wichita State on April 12 in a 5-4 win at home • Was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 6-1 win over Doane on March 30 • Opened Big 12 play by going 8-for-13 (.615) in a three-game series at Texas Tech with two doubles and two RBIs, including a 4-for-4 performance in the series opener on March 25 • Finished the Northern Colorado series on March 23 with a 2-for-4 day and three RBIs in a 13-2 win • Opened against North Dakota on March 18 with a 3-for-4 performance, as he hit one home run and drove in four of the Huskers’ 10 runs • Tied NU’s game with UCLA on March 5 with a seventh-inning solo shot to help the Huskers win 2-1 in 12 innings • Was 4-for-6 with four RBIs and two stolen bases in two games against Sam Houston State on Feb. 26 and 27 • Hit a grand slam in his fifth career at bat against Washington on Feb. 19 to lead NU to a 10-3 win.
2010: Kalkowski redshirted following shoulder surgery in September of 2009.
2009: Kalkowski was one of three true freshmen to pitch for the Huskers, going 1-2 with a 7.08 ERA in 19 contests • Worked extensively out of the bullpen, but also made a pair of starts • Struck out 32 over 34.1 innings and ranked second on the squad with 17 relief appearances • Also was used as a designated hitter, going hitless in three at-bats • Started against CSU Bakersfield on May 9, allowing six runs over a career-high four innings of work, but was not involved in the decision • Made a pair of appearances against Missouri, highlighted by 2.1 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts on May 1 • Went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits at Kansas on April 23, as he didn’t allow a run for the first 2.2 innings of the appearance • Fired 2.1 innings of two-hit relief against No. 23 Texas A&M on April 18 • Pitched well in a relief appearance against No. 9 Texas on April 11, allowing one unearned run and fanning three over two innings • Made his first start against Creighton on April 7, allowing three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings of work • Made two appearances against No. 11 Oklahoma, allowing only one hit over two shutout innings in the series opener • Pitched twice against No. 11 Oklahoma State, fanning two over 1.2 innings on March 20 • Fanned three over two innings of one-hit relief to close out NU’s 12-6 win over Cal State Northridge on March 7 • Took the loss in NU’s 10-inning setback to St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Feb. 28, allowing two runs over 1.2 innings of work • Earned his first college win over Missouri State on Feb. 27, tossing two frames of one-hit relief, while fanning three after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the eighth • Spent part of the summer in La Crosse in the Northwoods League, going 1-1 with a 0.79 ERA in four outings before an injury curtailed his summer • Fanned nine and allowed just four hits over 11.1 innings, as he held foes to a .108 batting average.
Before Nebraska: Kalkowski was one of the most dominant two-way performers in the state, leading Grand Island High School and Coach Rick Kissack to their first state title in 2008 • Named the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger Nebraska Player of the Year and was chosen as captain of both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald’s all-state teams • Compiled a 6-1 record with three saves and a 1.51 ERA, fanning 65 over 55.2 innings, as he ranked among the state leaders in all four areas • Hit .460 with four homers, 32 RBIs, 34 runs scored and 27 stolen bases from his shortstop position • Compiled a 9-1 record with a 1.15 ERA and two no-hitters during American Legion ball, while hitting .506 with 10 homers, 63 RBIs, 66 runs scored and 17 stolen bases • Named honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star’s 2007 all-state team, going 6-2 with a 0.81 ERA, while leading the state with a .506 average with five homers and 34 RBIs • Collected first-team all-state honors as a sophomore, hitting .405 with 25 RBIs, while also winning five games with a 0.53 ERA • Played basketball for the Islanders for three years • Named to the Honor Roll all four years at GIHS and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born on March 5, 1989, in Grand Island, Neb. • Parents are Karlye and Deb Kalkowski • Has one sister, Jennifer Forsberg • Gradudated in December of 2012 with a degree in communication studies.