The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Nebraska sophomore designated hitter Michael Pritchard has been named a third-team All-American by the organization. The honor is the first of Pritchard’s career and marks the second straight season the Huskers have produced an All-American, after third baseman Cody Asche was a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball in 2011.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2012, Pritchard put 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.
Hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the 2012 campaign, Pritchard 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. Pritchard also 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.