Erik Bird is a sophomore relief pitcher for Nebraska who will contribute a
weekly journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007. Bird, a native of Omaha,
Neb., went 0-2 with a 0.82 ERA as a freshman and becomes closer for the
Cornhuskers this year. Opponents hit only .218 and only 2 of 23 inherited
runners scored off of him in 2006. Bird's brother Brandon pitched for Creighton
and helped the Bluejays to the NCAA tourney in 2005.