Garett King may not look imposing at 6-foot-3 and 168 pounds, but he carried a ton of weight on the mound Tuesday night for Nebraska in a 5-1 victory over Creighton before a crowd of 7,319 fans at Haymarket Park.
"If he ever gets strong and gets velocity, look out," Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said. "He's a strike thrower. He really worked the plate. He worked inside, especially on the lefties and got ahead in the count.
"Just another nice outing by the kid."
King, a freshman from Anaheim Hills, California, said he didn't know much about the fierce NU-CU rivalry, but he never gave Creighton a chance. He struck out five, walked none and allowed just two hits to help Nebraska (22-7) finish off a 16-game homestand with a 15-1 record.
"Being a Southern California guy, it maybe wasn't as big as last week for me (when he beat Cal State Fullerton)," King said. "But you've got 7,300 fans here and it's an atmosphere and I wanted to rise to the occasion. And I know it's a rivalry that's pretty important around here."
Creighton (15-8) saw its seven-game winning streak snapped. King (3-0) gave up a triple, almost snagged by Husker right fielder Austin Darby, in the fifth, and a single in the seventh.
Papillion-La Vista grad Jake Placzek also rose to the occasion.
The second baseman provided the power as he seemed to dent the wall twice, once on a double in the second inning and added a triple to left in the fourth, driving in two runs. He is hitting .500 with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs in four games against Creighton.
He flew out in the the first inning and added an infield single in the eighth.
"Coaches tell me good things happen when I swing the bat," said Placzek, who missed much of the early season with finger injuries. "I got more aggressive and didn't try to work the count. I just happens I got some hits. I think playing Creighton is just as big as playing Texas." Placzek was 4-for-9 in NU's three-game weekend sweep of Texas.
Freshman Scott Schreiber singled in the second inning. He stole second and scored on an error. Ryan Boldt then singled in Elijah Dilday and Placzek doubled to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead. Placzek then tripled in Boldt in the fourth and scored on a single byh Blake Headley.
King cruised through the first four innings in order, gave up the triple, then sent down the next seven batters in order. He finally gave way to Jeff Chesnut, who was perfect in the ninth.
The Huskers travel to Werner Park in Papillion for a Wednesday 6:35 p.m. game against Nebraska-Omaha.
"I don't think about the wins and losses but how we approach the game and except for the one afternoon with Florida Gulf Coast, which we ended up winning, I couldn't be more proud of these guys," Erstad said. "We're going out there and pitching to contact and trying to allow no more than three passes per game. We're rewriting that lately." NU allowed two walks in a 3-1 win over Texas Friday, three in a 15-inning game Saturday and no walks Sunday and Tuesday.
The Huskers have also turned in dynamic fielding, with one error in the last 48 2/3 innings.
"When you do that," Erstad said, "it's going to work."