Ehlers to make appearance in weekend series

Nebraska freshman pitcher Logan Ehlers is scheduled to make his first appearance of the 2011 season this weekend.

Nebraska freshman pitcher Logan Ehlers is scheduled to make his first appearance of the 2011 season this weekend.

The Cornhuskers will welcome the two-time Nebraska Gatorade High School Player of the Year back for a four-game series with Kansas, after the NCAA ruled him ineligible for the first 33 games of the season.

Ehlers was 8-2 with a 0.27 ERA last year for Nebraska City High School in 2010. After turning down the opportunity to go pro when the Blue Jays drafted him in the 8th round, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for 60% of the season after an investigation of the star recruit's relationship with an adviser he retained after the draft.

"I strongly believe in Logan Ethers and his family. Hopefully everyone is looking forward to the point he is pitching for program and not looking back," said Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson on Sports Nightly, part of the Nebraska Sports Network.

"It's nice to have him back. Logan needs that opportunity. I anticipate him getting an inning, two, or maybe three at Kansas, and an opportunity to get an inning or two at Wichita State (Tuesday). We will be able to use him for some weekends."

Ehlers has been able to continue working out and practicing with the team. He went to the mound twice in the Red-White Series, striking out 10 batters in six innings in his second appearance.

"Logan deserves the opportunity, just like everyone other freshman, to go through some growing pains," said Andersond during the Sport Nightly's interview. "To get out there, to feel some butterflies, hopefully have some success, and unfortunately probably have some failure. He has to learn from it.

"I think the biggest growth in a season is gaining composure, going through a rough inning and getting out of it. Understanding that you don't always have to huff and puff and blow the house down. You have to sit back and think about what you need to do."

Before being suspended, the freshman was thought to be a strong candidate to make the starting rotation at the beginning of the year. Reportedly, Ehlers turned $800,000 from the Blue Jays to head to Lincoln. While the NCAA allows retaining an advisor, that advisor is not allowed to talk to professional clubs.

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