From the inside

Coming off a blanking of Fresno State, Nebraska appears to be back to the form that took them to the CWS last season. As per their prior two years, NU started off slowly, but it seems as time goes, so goes the gelling of this conference Heavyweight. Will Bolt talked a bit about the weekend series, some of the highlights and his impressions from the three-game stanza as Nebraska moves closer to conference play.

Going into this series, Nebraska seemed in a funk, but quickly dispersed the lag in exchange for a little "swag" as Nebraska got back to being Nebraska by routing Fresno State.

Shane Komine again thrilled the fans and confounded the competition as he had his typical stellar performance, tossing 8 innings, giving up no earned runs and striking out 8 batters. As Will stated in a very sarcastic tone, Komine had yet another "tough outing".

Jamie Rodrigue followed that up with his own brand of brilliance, pitching a complete-game shutout, striking out 5. "Awesome" is how Will described his performance against Fresno.

The third day saw Shirek and Hale start off the game and Jason Burch close with an impressive 6 scoreless innings in relief. All in all, Nebraska did just what most expected them to do, get back on track.

Going into Fresno State, Nebraska was coming off of a rather lackluster, but typical start. Coming out of this series, Nebraska looks to have it's "form" back and just in time for conference play starting this week against Baylor in Waco. What's the difference now as to just a week or so ago? Will commented about some of his thoughts as to the improvement. "We started getting some timely hits", Bolt said. "That was a big improvement I think. We were driving in guys with runners in scoring position and two outs, I thought we did a pretty good job of that. As far as executing, we were a little better with the bunts and what-not."

Against an opponent like Fresno, especially in as convincing fashion as it was, Nebraska looks to be getting their legs back, so to speak and appears to be on the right track. "I think we are feeling a little bit better", Bolt said. "I think we got double-figures in hits two out of the three games maybe, so it seems like everyone has gotten comfortable and their timing down right in time for conference play."

And what perfect timing as Nebraska starts off conference play by traveling to Waco to play the always-impressive Baylor Bears. Heading the way for Baylor is probable first-round pick, Steven White who has yet to taste defeat this season, followed closely by Justin Taylor who like White hasn't yet seen a loss to his name this year standing at 3-0. If that isn't enough, you can add in pitchers like Jared Theodorakas who tossed a one-hitter against perennial baseball powerhouse, USC. "They are going to be pretty solid on the mound", Bolt agreed and they will obviously test NU's new-found rhythm in their hitting.

Baylor marks the first conference series and then, it's finally home for the first series in conference play. After the Baylor series, we will again take a look with Mr. Bolt at the week that was and their up-coming opponent, the Texas A&M Aggies.

Check out Deep Thoughts with our own Scott "huskerkid" Kuhn as he gives you his insight into the week that was and don't forget to visit the Baseball Forum to discuss this topic or any other baseball-related subjects you might have.


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