David Hartnett (’82) – Baseball
David Hartnett to enjoy one of the best pitching careers in Columbus history. In both his junior and senior years , he led the Explorers in appearances, innings pitched, fewest walks and most strike outs. He was named the team’s most outstanding pitcher both years.
During his senior year, the Explorers finished with 27 wins – at the time a school record. That year, David won 7 games including 2-0 shutout against a powerful Miami Springs.
David also played football and basketball at Columbus. David was a member of the school’s National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 of his class.
David received a baseball scholarship to Creighton University in Omha where he immediately established himself as a pitching force. As a freshman, David led the Blue Jays in appearances with 16 and followed that up his sophomore year with a 7-2 record and a 2.01 earned run average. That still ranks as the third best pitching season in Creighton history. That year, he was named Creighton’s most outstanding player and he was an honorable mention academic all-american.
A four year letterman at Creighton, David distinguished himself both on the field and in the classroom. He was named to the Missouri valley all academic team all four years and he received Creighton’s prestigious Carl Reinart Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 1986.
David went to work a large accounting firm for two years before returning to school to receive his law degree. He has practiced law for 20 years.
He is has been married for 16 years to Allison, who is here tonight along with David’s children, Alex and Katelyn.