Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, May 26, 2001


Shane Komine:
Wins Cornhuskers' regional
opener against Northern Iowa

Komine named
to All-America
first team

Kalani grad responds to
the honor by tying 2
school records

Staff and wire services

Shane Komine, a junior right-hander for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was named to the Louisville Slugger's All-American first team yesterday.

The team is selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper based on performances up to the regional playoffs.

Komine, a Kalani High School graduate, was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. He complied a 12-1 record with a 3.63 earned run average during the regular season. Komine struck out 127 in 1062/3 innings while walking just 31.

Yesterday, Komine tied Nebraska records with his 13th win of the season and 30th of his career as the Cornhuskers belted Northern Iowa, 16-6, in front of a school-record crowd of 4,604 in the NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament at Buck Beltzer Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Komine, who won his 13th consecutive game, allowed two earned runs on six hits in eight innings. He struck out nine Panthers while walking one.

Despite a strong performance, Komine said he battled stiffness in his back most of the afternoon.

"I just wanted to go out and throw strikes. The back was a little tight, but I did exercises to take the pressure off. I wanted to go out and throw well," Komine said in a statement issued by the university's athletic department.

"Throughout the game I loosened up more and found a way to use my arm more than my back. I threw mostly fastballs and curve balls to keep them off balance."

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