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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Komine wins before 18,758

Advertiser Staff

Two-time All-American Shane Komine, making his first start since April 5, pitched five scoreless innings as No. 13 Nebraska beat instate rival Creighton, 9-1, last night at Omaha, Neb.

A Rosenblatt Stadium crowd of 18,758 — the third largest ever for a regular season NCAA game — watched Komine strike out seven and improve his season record to 6-0.

"The crowd and the atmosphere really got me going," said Komine, a 1998 Kalani High graduate from Kaimuki. "It felt pretty good to-night and I didn't have any problems."

Komine, who had been sidelined by tendinitis in his right (throwing) elbow, permitted two singles and lowered his ERA to 1.84. He left with the Cornhuskers ahead 1-0.

"I was excited before the game," Komine said. "It was just like the College World Series. We had a great crowd with a lot of support and I went out there and tried to enjoy it."

Freshman Phil Shirek pitched the final four innings for Nebraska and also struck out seven.

Will Bolt and Jeff Leise had two RBIs apiece during a five-run eighth inning that allowed the Cornhuskers (36-17) to build a 7-1 lead.