July 30, 2015

Collins and Pierson-El tabbed by B1G

Nebraska junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins and sophomore receiver/punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El are IMNDKXCJYSODTKZ_20141101234345among 11 Big Ten players named to the conference’s preseason Players to Watch list.

Nebraska was one of four schools with two players on the list, including Wisconsin in the West Division and Ohio State and Michigan State in the East Division.

Collins led the Huskers with 14 tackles for loss, including four and-a-half sacks in 2014, in being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection .

Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt return average in 2014, and tied for the national lead with three punt return touchdowns. He was a second-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of Amercia and a freshman All-American by several organizations in 2014.

Husker standouts to compete at Pan Am Juniors

Nebraska sophomores Landon Bartel and Angela Mercurio will represent their countries at the Pan American Junior cornhuskersChampionships this Sunday in Edmonton, Canada.

Bartel will compete in the high jump for Team USA. He qualified by finishing second at the USA Junior Championships in June, clearing seven feet one-and-a-half-inch.

Mercurio will represent Canada in the triple jump, as she won the Canadian Junior Championships in July with a wind-aided 40 feet three-and-a-half-inches.

Storm Chasers draw closer in division race

Miguel Almonte and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as Omaha blanked Round Rock, 2-0, Tuesday night in storm-chasers-logoopener of a four-game set at Dell Diamond.

The victory, coupled with an Oklahoma City loss at Memphis moves the Storm Chasers to within four games of the Dodgers in the Pacific Coast League American North Division race.

The Storm Chasers won their league-best 17th game in July and are 34-19 since the beginning of June, the best mark in the Pacific Coast League over the last two months.

Omaha pitcher dealt to Oakland

The Kansas City Royals have made a trade and an Omaha Storm Chasers pitcher is part of the deal.brooks

Kansas City acquired Oakland infielder Ben Zobrist and sent two pitchers to the A’s, including Omaha right-hander Aaron Brooks. The 25 year-old Brooks was 6-5 for the Storm Chasers with a 3.71 earned run average.

Earlier this week John Lamb and Brandon Finnegan were sent to Cincinnati as part of a deal for Johnny Cueto.

Cueto trade effects Storm Chasers

The much talked about trade of pitcher Johnny Cueto from Cincinnati to Kansas City will have an impact on the Omaha 543424Storm Chasers.

Left-handed pitchers John Lamb and Brandon Finnegan were part of the deal and were assigned to the Reds’ AAA team in Louisville.

Lamb turned 25 last week and is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins this season. The 22-year-oldFinnegan was involved in nine transactions before Sunday’s trade, pitching for Class AA Northwest Arkansas, Omaha and Kansas City.