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Nebraska's Scott Schreiber (11) connects for a three-run homer off Northern Colorado starting pitcher Ian Doughty in the third inning Tuesday at Haymarket Park. It was the first of two homers for Schreiber in the Huskers' 8-0 win over the Bears.

FRANCIS GARDLER/Journal Star

Scott Schreiber got into a routine Tuesday in Nebraska's home opener against Northern Colorado.

"Fastball in, then breaking ball — happened to be up and I got some good swings," said the sophomore who walloped two home runs to left-center field and drove a ball deep into the netting above the wall in left for a double to lead Nebraska to an 8-0 victory over the Bears.

The two teams meet again at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

His first and last trips to the plate ended in strikeouts, but in between he brought the crowd of 2,800 to its feet with towering shots.

"I think I'd pitch me fastball in, then change-ups, but when those change-ups are up, I should have a chance to drive the ball," said the first Husker to hit home runs in back-to-back plate appearances since 2006.

NU coach Darin Erstad, whose team is 4-6 with five losses to ranked teams, said the Huskers have power in their lineup, especially with Schreiber.

"God gives certain people certain skills, and he has some raw ones, but he has potential," Erstad said of Schreiber. "He is learning and growing and he's aggressive at the plate, but when you have athleticism, hand-eye coordination and power — I'll take that."

Nebraska worked hard to recruit Schreiber out of Menasha, Wisconsin.

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"When you see a human giant like him and what we saw out of him in high school, is what we saw here today," Erstad said.

Schreiber is hitting .272, about the same as last season, but he's already surpassed his home run total (three) with four homers this season. He had just 18 RBIs last year but has eight now, and has raised his slugging percentage to .591.

"I'd like to get on the field, but we're easing me into things right now," said Schreiber, who is the designated hitter and played first base last year. "I do what the coaches tell me. I think working with Erstad has been huge — he's one of the greatest hitters."

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Center fielder Ryan Boldt slashed a triple and a pair of singles, and catcher Taylor Fish hit his fourth double and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday.

The Huskers added some strong pitching with starter Garett King and relievers Zack Engelken and Byron Hood.

King, who was rocked in his first two outings, was strong Tuesday. The sophomore right-hander allowed two hits in six innings. Engelken, who also started early in the season, struck out five in two innings, and Hood, a redshirt freshman from Norris, blew through the ninth inning.

King held his velocity, Erstad said. "He kept attacking and he definitely will be a big part of what we do this season."

Erstad said Engelken, who had been very strong in his first innings, showed a lot of power and Hood took advantage of his chance to pitch.

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