Chamberlain, Dorn, Jensen get Preseason Honor

A trio of Husker baseball players were honored Tuesday, as they were selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Preseason All-America team. The Huskers included starting pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Johnny Dorn, who were both second-team honorees, and closer Brett Jensen, a third-team selection.

Joba Chamberlain turned in an impressive first season at NU, going 10-2 with a 2.81 ERA to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. A projected first-round pick in next June's draft, Chamberlain struck out 130 in 118.2 innings in 2005, including a 13-strikeout effort against Miami. He also picked up the Huskers' first-ever CWS win with a victory over Arizona State in Omaha.

Johnny Dorn enjoyed the finest freshman pitching season in school history, going 12-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 104 innings of work. The Grand Island, Neb., native led all freshmen nationally in wins and ranked among the Big 12 leaders in ERA and opponent batting average (.199), as he earned third-team All-America honors in 2005.

Brett Jensen is one of the nation's top closers after saving a school-record 16 games in 2005. He posted a 2-5 record and a 1.96 ERA in 33 games. He was 16-of-17 in save chances, ranked third nationally in saves in 2005 and is the nation's top returnee in saves from a year ago.

The Huskers will begin the 2006 campaign on Feb. 16 against Charleston Southern, while the home opener against Alabama is set for Friday, March 10.


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