Komine's return sparks Nebraska
All-American Shane Komine of Honolulu pitched three scoreless innings of relief in his first appearance since April 5, as No. 13 Nebraska defeated Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), 7-3, in a baseball game yesterday at Lincoln, Neb.
Komine, who entered to a standing ovation from the crowd of 2,253, walked the first batter he faced on four pitches, then erased the base runner with a ground-ball double play. Komine allowed one hit and struck out two in a 38-pitch stint.
"I was a little rusty," Komine said. "I felt a little more comfortable getting the first inning out of the way. I still have a long way to go to get to where I was before the injury."
Komine, a 1998 Kalani High graduate, was benched for 35 days with tendinitis in right (throwing) elbow.
"If he is not 100 percent, he is pretty good at where he was," Nebraska coach Dave Van Horn said. "I'd say he was probably 90 percent. "
Pair from Kaua'i advance: Kaua'i surfers Keala Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard advanced to the third round of the women's division of the Billabong Pro Teahupoo yesterday at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
The first and second rounds were completed in wind-blown waves of 3 to 4 feet yesterday. Kennelly won her first-round heat to advance directly to the third round.
Ballard placed second to Kennelly, but also advanced to the third round.
Megan Abubo of Waialua was eliminated in the second round.
The men's division was postponed.
Volleyball champs featured: University of Hawai'i men's volleyball coach Mike Wilton and the NCAA champion Warrior team will be the guests of honor tomorrow at the Honolulu Quarterback Club's weekly luncheon-meeting at the Pagoda Restaurant.
UH middle blocker Dejan Miladinovic will be honored as the club's outstanding male sports person for April. BYUH tennis player Petra Gaspar won the female award and will be honored at a later date. She is currently at the NCAA Division II championships in Kansas City, Mo.
Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. The public in invited.