Husker Baseball Signs Two JUCO Standouts

Lincoln – University of Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson announced Wednesday that Craig Corriston (Paris, Texas/Paris JC) and Thad Weber (Friend, Neb./Hutchinson CC) have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play baseball at the University of Nebraska for the 2007 season.

Corriston, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound utility player, plays for Coach Deron Clark at Paris Junior College. He has led the Dragons to a school-record 33 wins, including a second-place finish in their division, heading into the regional playoffs next weekend. Corriston is hitting .372 with six homers and 52 RBIs. He also ranks among the national leaders with 20 doubles and is among the Region XIV Conference leaders with 15 stolen bases. Corriston, who began his career at San Jacinto JC, was a multi-sport athlete (football, baseball and track) in high school, earning District 15-4A Offensive MVP and all-region honors as a senior. He also looked at Northwestern State, Lamar and UT-San Antonio before choosing to become a Husker. Corriston is the second player in as many years to come to Nebraska from Paris JC, joining current Husker Andrew Brown.

"Craig is a young man who we could use in a variety of spots, whether it is in the infield or outfield, because of his athleticism and arm strength," Anderson said. "Offensively, he has the ability to hit into the gaps and has shown the ability to steal bases. I think he fits the mold of player we are looking for because he could hit anywhere in our lineup."

Weber has been one of the top two-way junior college players in the country, leading Coach Kyle Crookes' team to a 43-11 record, the Jayhawk League West Division title and a No. 7 national ranking. Weber was chosen as the MVP of the Jayhawk West Conference on Monday as well as a first-team pick as both a pitcher and a first baseman. At the plate, Weber is hitting a team-high .464 with six home runs and a team-high 61 RBIs. He has 24 doubles, two triples and a slugging percentage of .741 with a .505 on-base percentage. On the mound, Weber is 9-0 with a 2.14 ERA after tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout in the opening game of the Region VI playoffs. In that outing, Weber struck out a career-high 12 hitters en route to his fifth complete game of the season. On the season, he has 57 strikeouts in 55.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .194 average. As a freshman, Weber hit .380 with nine homers and 45 RBIs, leading Hutchinson CC to a Jayhawk West title and the school's first NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Weber looked at Coastal Carolina, Illinois-Chicago and Oral Roberts.

"Thad is a young man we've known about for a long time, and we are thrilled that he is coming back to Nebraska to be a part of this program," Anderson said. "He has been the best player throughout the year in the Jayhawk League and has the ability to be a two-way player for us next season. He is a good middle of the order guy with the ability to hit for doubles and has some pop in his bat, while making good contact. Thad could play either corner infield position or could pitch for us, as a starter or in a number of roles out of the bullpen. His development during his junior college career has been great, and we hope to see that continue at Nebraska."

The Huskers are 36-6 on the season and ranked third in the country by all three major polls heading into a weekend series at Oklahoma State.

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