Ryan Boldt gives Huskers jolt, just love Erstad used to do

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 10:00 AM

Erstad played at Nebraska, was the No. one overall choose in the one thousand nine hundred ninety-five draft and spent fourteen years in the large leagues. He also happens to be the Cornhuskers' fifth-year coach and the guy who recruited Boldt out of Ruddy Wing, Minnesota.

Ryan Boldt gives Huskers jolt, just love Erstad used to do

Since he arrived at NE three years ago, Ryan Boldt'south game has drawn comparisons to that of former major leaguer Darin Erstad.

Erstad played at Nebraska, was the No. one overall choose in the one thousand nine hundred ninety-five draft and spent fourteen years in the huge leagues. He also happens to be the Cornhuskers' fifth-year coach and the guy who recruited Boldt out of Ruddy Wing, Minnesota.

So, Coach, is Boldt another Erstad?

"Other than he'south faster than I'm and stronger than I am, sure," a smiling Erstad said Thursday.

Boldt'south bat has helped the Huskers (17-7) win eight straight games, the second-longest streak in the country behind Southeastern Louisiana's fourteen in a row. He's had three hits in each of the latest four games and two or more hits in all but five games this season.

Erstad, the only player to win Gold Gloves at three different positions, said he'south most impressed with Boldt'south work in center field.

"I've said all along he could play in the large leagues today, right now, defensively," Erstad said. "No doubt in my mind. I believe he'south that good. At the plate, he'south still coming. His approach is way better than mine ever was (in college)."

Boldt missed his senior season in high school in two thousand-thirteenth because of a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, but the Boston Ruddy Sox still drafted him in the twenty-second round. He said he chose to go to college for the opportunity to memorise under Erstad.

The 6-foot-two, 220-pound Boldt'south numbers have gotten better each year. He hit .311 as a sophomore, .344 as a sophomore and presently is at .358. After hitting three homers in his first one hundred nineteen games at Nebraska, he's hit four in his last twenty-one games.

"We're winning a lot of games, and I've been fortunate sufficient to have a lot of balls fall for hits," Boldt said. "Hitting, you never know what you're going to get. You can square it up and they can capture it, or you can obtain jammed and it can fall. It'south kind they're falling right now."

Erstad has taken a more active role with the offense this season and has emphasized being more aggressive in favorable counts for the hitter.

"That'south where our mindset has changed from the past as distant as getting your swing off and trying to drive a baseball," Boldt said.

Boldt, who's mostly batted leadoff the latest two seasons, also has a career-high thirteen steals.

"We're getting more freedom on the bases," Boldt said. "That'south been a large step for us, to get another bag, obtain guys in scoring position. College baseball, an extra ninety feet is huge. To be able to free up and do that's a huge key for us scoring more runs."

Boldt said he grew up a MN Twins fan and didn't chase Erstad'south career with the LA Angels, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. Erstad, who retired after the two thousand nine season, was a hard-nosed player who hit .282 for his career, could thieve a base and had some population in his bat.

Boldt heard the comparison to Erstad long ago and calls it "cool."

"He respects the game so much and he knows the ins and outs," Boldt said. "Just knowing the game of baseball and how it should be played is the biggest thing. I've always had that a small bit. To have a deeper insight into that's a special thing because you won't discover many guys who have as much respect for the game as he does."

Boldt is eligible for the draft again this year and is projected as the No. thirty-nine choose by MLB. com. If he were taken in that slot, he'd be the program'south highest choice since Alex Gordon of the KS City Royals went No. 2 overall in 2005.

"I don't focus too much on the draft," Boldt said. "It'south obviously there and it might be in the back of my mind at times. If I play as well as I can and assistance the team win, everything will get care of itself."

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