Senior Griffen Everitt at bat versus Iowa
Senior Captain Griffin Everitt at the plate for the Huskers versus Iowa

Following its 2021 Big Ten Championship, Nebraska needed to replace the majority of its starting lineup. With a roster packed with young talent, coach Will Bolt needed a veteran to round out the squad. 

Senior catcher Griffin Everitt was a mainstay on the 2021 team, and according to Bolt, made leaps in his hitting during the off season. He is one of only two players to start every game this season, and has recorded some of the highest batting stats on the team. In a season full of struggles for Nebraska, Everitt’s play has kept Nebraska afloat.

Everitt transferred to his home town of Lincoln after the shortened 2020 season from Kansas City Kansas Community College. In his final season as a Blue Devil, he recorded six home runs, 26 RBIs and a .483 batting average in just 20 games. The transfer to Nebraska was an adjustment, but after Everitt got a year of experience, including a trip to the Fayetteville regional, under his belt, his confidence grew.

“Coming in last year I was a new face to the rest of the program,” Everitt said to reporters on Feb. 22. “I thought I had a lot of experience under my belt, but obviously it was a lot to take in. The way we do things here, and really just having that full year of experience here and that regional experience in Fayetteville, that has really contributed to my confidence and my ability to lead this team.”

    After his steady performance in the 2021 campaign, Everitt was named a team captain. He has been a consistent presence on a roster filled with new faces and helped them to develop as players. At the start of the season, Everitt spoke about being selected to be a captain for the Huskers. 

    “It’s an honor, especially being from Lincoln, Nebraska,” Everitt said. “It’s truly special to me. It’s something that maybe I didn’t even know I was going to be coming out of junior college, but it’s really an honor and it means a lot to me.”

    Even as Everitt found his voice on the team, he chose not just to lead with words. 

    “I’m gonna lead by example, the guys are never going to have to question my intentions,” he said to reporters on Feb. 22. “I’m not always gonna be a man of many words like KP [senior captain Kyle Perry] is, but I’ve learned the right times to speak up and chances where I can teach guys and bring them up.”

    Everitt’s leadership on the field is shown in the numbers he has put up this season. 

He is hitting .289 which leads the team, leads the team in home runs with seven, and is second on the team in hits with 46, which trails 2021 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Max Anderson, who has 50 hits. He has started all 43 games as the Huskers catcher, a level of consistency only Anderson has matched. 

    One of Everitt’s biggest strengths is the connection with the pitchers on the Nebraska roster. He’s only allowed two passed balls, where the catcher failed to hold onto the pitch resulting in a base runner advancing, the entire season to this point, tied for the top spot in the Big Ten. This is made more difficult by the number of different pitches in each Nebraska pitcher’s arsenal, including Koty Frank’s slider change, a pitch Everitt had never caught before joining the Huskers. 

“He has the absolute trust of all of our pitchers,” coach Will Bolt said to reporters on Feb 22. “All of the bullpens that he catches, just his leadership, that’s the next step he’s taken as a catcher. You hear his voice a lot more and his body language exudes a lot more confidence.”

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Senior captain Griffin Everitt prepares for the pitch from Emmett Olson versus Iowa.

Everitt’s offensive output has also come a long way from his first appearance as a Husker. Leading the team in multiple offensive stats, he earned, and has maintained, a spot as the three hole hitter for the Huskers. Everitt has consistently found hits, and had a six game hit streak in early April.

“For him, the difference between now and the beginning of the season last year, and even at the end of the year when he was going better, he’s able to get the barrel to the fast ball a lot more consistently,” Bolt said. “That lets you relax a little bit more in the box. I think he feels he’s in a better spot all the way around.”

    The Big Ten Tournament in Omaha is right around the corner, starting Wednesday, May 25, but Everitt and the Huskers since the start of the season have been focused on the day ahead of them. 

    “Something that we’ve been trying to stress since day one is just taking each day at a time and not looking ahead,” Everitt said. “Being where our feet are and really just attacking each day and getting better in that regard.”

The Huskers finish their 2022 campaign with a road trip to Minnisota from May 6 through May 8, and Illinois from May 13 through May 15, before they return to Hawks Field for a four game stand against Oral Roberts on May 17, and Michigan State from May 19-21.