Nebraska junior Luis Alvarado informed HuskerOnline Monday morning that he intends to return for his senior season.
Alvarado was drafted in the 13th round (No. 393 overall) by the Seattle Mariners after posting a standout year both pitching and hitting for the Huskers.
The Salinas, Puerto Rico, native pitched for NU for the first time this spring and emerged as a closer with great results.
He posted 10 saves and allowed just three earned runs in 15 2/3 innings (1.72 ERA) while striking out 15 with a fastball ranging from high 80s-low 90s. The left fielder also hit a pair of homers, hit .283 and doubled 12 times in 57 games, including a walk-off single on May 7 against Rutgers.
Alvarado is majoring in Restaurant and Tourism Management, which he said was a huge factor in his decision to come back to Nebraska.
“I want to come back to school and finish as much as I can,” Alvarado told HuskerOnline.
Alvardo said that NU head coach Darin Erstad didn’t push him one way or another on his decision and that it was made by him and his family.
Nebraska will now have both Alvarado and outfielder Scott Schreiber coming back for their senior seasons. With standout Jake Meyers gone, those two will be the undoubted leaders in 2018.
"I want to finish school and repeat as Big Ten champions."Alvardo said.