Top 5 Nebraska batters of all-time ft. Alex Gordon 

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Alex Gordon features among Nebraska Baseball's best batters of all-time

Nebraska Baseball sealed their first-ever Big Ten Conference Tournament with a narrow 2-1 win over Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday. With this win, the Cornhuskers – who finished second in the Big Ten regular season – ensured they will make the postseason, with their journey beginning in the NCAA Stillwater Regional, where they have been grouped with hosts Oklahoma State, Florida and Niagara.

While their batting department has done little of note this season, they have been consistent, which has been key to their success. However, the Cornhuskers have produced some incredible hitters who were once generational in college baseball.

Here are Nebraska's top 5 best hitters of all time.

Alex Gordon isn't just one of Nebraska's greatest hitters, but possibly one of their greatest players overall.
Alex Gordon isn't just one of Nebraska's greatest hitters, but possibly one of their greatest players overall.

Top 5 Nebraska hitters of all time

#1. Alex Gordon (2003-2005)

Gordon is arguably the greatest hitter Nebraska has ever produced. During his time as a Cornhusker, he scored 44 home runs and drove in 189 runs in three seasons, both totals being the fourth-highest in program history.

His final season with the Huskers is undoubtedly his greatest season in college baseball. He finished with 19 home runs, 66 RBIs and 23 stolen bases, leading Nebraska to a sweep of the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles. That year, he was the No. 2 pick in the MLB draft, with the Kansas City Royals snapping him up.

His other accolades include being a two-time First-Team All-American and winning the 2005 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

#2. Darin Erstad (1993-1995)

Erstad was one of the Huskers' most gifted talents, playing both baseball and football. His baseball exploits are the stuff of legend, recording 41 home runs and 182 RBIs at an average of .356.

Like Gordon, Erstad's last season with the Huskers was among his greatest for the university. The outfielder recorded 19 home runs and drove in 76 runs with an average of .410, earning him First-Team All-American status and finishing as a finalist for the 1995 Golden Spikes Award.

He went one better than Gordon in the 1995 MLB draft, with the Los Angeles Angels (then California Angels) selecting him as the No. 1 pick. To date, he remains the only Cornhusker to earn a No. 1 MLB draft pick. He rewarded the Angels' faith in him, winning the 2002 World Series and claiming the Gold Glove on three occasions.

#3. Matt Hopper (2000-2003)

Hopper's freshman season was among the finest in Nebraska's history, recording 21 home runs and 71 RBIs, both the highest totals of any Cornhusker freshman, at an average of .352. His exploits that season won him First-Team Freshman All-American status and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Overall, Hopper's 64 home runs, 246 runs scored, 271 RBIs and 338 hits are the highest in Cornhusker history. In his final season, he led Nebraska in batting average (.382), home runs (22), runs scored (74) and RBIs (66). With Gordon as his teammate, Hopper helped the Huskers win the 2003 regular season while he won the Big 12 Player of the Year in that season.

He was ultimately picked up by MLB outfit Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round of the 2003 MLB draft.

#4. John Cole (1999-2001)

Cole was among the standouts of Nebraska's 2001 season, where they reached the College World Series for the very first time. He recorded 11 homers and 61 RBIs at an average of .418. In addition, he also recorded 28 stolen bases, helping them win the Big 12 regular season and tournament double that year.

Overall, he has the sixth-highest batting average in Huskers history at .380 and is in the top 10 of their hits and stolen bases list, with 222 and 59, respectively. His incredible 2001 season earned him a spot in the Seattle Mariners, who selected Cole as a fifth-round MLB draft pick.

#5. Ken Harvey (1997-1999)

Harvey has a spectacular reputation for his hitting prowess for Nebraska. His .426 batting average is the second highest in Huskers history, while he also features in their all-time top 10 list for home runs (35).

In the 1999 season, he hit 23 home runs and 86 RBIs. He did this with a batting average of .478, which was the highest across the nation. This earned him first-team All-America status that year, while helping them win the Big 12 tournament title as well. The Kansas City Royals took note of his talent and signed him as a fifth-round draft pick in the 1999 MLB draft.

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