Gareth Stroh, a Nebraska native who transferred back to his home-state school and earned the role as the Husker baseball team’s Friday starter, has entered the transfer portal and is looking to move on as a graduate transfer, he confirmed to the Journal Star on Tuesday.
A left-handed pitcher, Stroh made two starts in a Husker uniform, earning the win in NU’s season-opener against Baylor. He finished 1-0 with eight strikeouts, one walk, and a 6.10 earned-run average in his only two appearances.
Originally from Gibbon, Stroh, whose younger brother Seth will play baseball at Wichita State next season after a standout athletic career at Kearney High School, gave NU a veteran presence with Big Ten experience at the front of its rotation.
But like every other baseball player across the country, his season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stroh’s season actually ended earlier than that. He missed Nebraska’s trip to Arizona State in late February after experiencing discomfort in his left elbow, and didn’t play the rest of the season.
Nebraska coach Will Bolt said during an appearance on “Sports Nightly” in early May said that Stroh was nearing the end of his rehab, and, if the season were still going, that he would have been back pitching for the Huskers at that point.
Next season will be Stroh’s sixth in college baseball.
He played one year at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and two seasons at Purdue before transferring to Nebraska and sitting out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.