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Skyler Messinger

Position IF
Height 6'3"
Weight 220 lbs.
B/T R/R
Class R-Junior
Hometown Niwot, Colo.
High School Niwot HS

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2019 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors
  • Named to 2019 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team

2020 (SHORTENED SEASON DUE TO CORONAVIRUS)

  • Started all 17 games at third base, finishing with a .250 batting average (15-for-60) with four doubles, one home run and eight walks
  • Finished second on the team in hits (15) and tied for first in total bases (22)
  • Hit lone home run of the season at Belmont (2/16)
  • Logged four multiple-hit games – at Charleston Southern (2/22), at Charleston Southern (Feb. 23), vs. Ball State and vs. Indiana State (3/6)
  • Recorded two multi-RBI games – vs. Ball State (2/29) and vs. Indiana State (3/6)

2019 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Started in 57 of the 58 games he played in
  • Batted .280 (58-for-207) with 16 doubles, three triples, 31 RBIs and 20 walks
  • Opening Day third baseman at USC Upstate (2/15)
  • Started the season with second-career home run on first pitch he saw against the Spartans (2/15)
  • Hit third home run of career vs. Texas Southern (2/23)
  • Personal-best two stolen bases vs. Northern Illinois (3/1)
  • Batted in a season-high three runs against Missouri State (4/9)
  • Tied for second-best on the team with three triples
  • Led the team in doubles with 16
  • Stole a career-best nine bases

2018 (FRESHMAN)

  • Started 35 of the 55 games he played in
  • Batted .223 (27-for-121) with seven doubles, one home run and one triple with 16 RBIs
  • Notched first start of career against Murray State (2/18) where he also swiped his first-career bag
  • Boasted first multi-hit game of career against Northwestern (2/24)
  • Recorded a double and a run scored against Texas Southern (3/2)
  • Drew a walk and scored a run at then-No. 4 Florida State
  • Drove in first-career RBI against then-No. 20 St. John’s (3/10)
  • Followed that up with the first home run of his career against the Red Storm (3/11)
  • Started all three games at Baylor (3/23-25) where he turned in a combined eight assists, including a career-high five on Friday (3/23)
  • Career-high three hits, including first-ever triple, against Morehead State (3/31)
  • Recorded team’s only extra-base hit (2B) against then-No. 5 Texas Tech (4/8)

NIWOT HS

  • Four-year letterwinner for head coach Craig McBride at Niwot High School
  • Batted .484 with eight doubles, four triples, four home runs and 21 RBIs in 19 games his senior year
  • Two-time all-conference honoree his freshman and junior years
  • Northern Conference Player of the Year his senior campaign
  • Academic all-state his junior and senior years.

PERSONAL

  • Born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Son of Cary and Barbara Messinger
  • Has one brother, Connor
  • Brother played four years of collegiate baseball splitting evenly between Omaha and Nebraska-Kearney
  • Grandfather, Tom Messinger, played golf and hockey at Michigan
  • Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft
  • Plans to major in sport management