Honors & Awards
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008)
2009 Outlook: Senior right-hander Erik Bird will be relied on for his leadership for the 2009 Husker staff Leads NU with 58 appearances over the last three years, easily the highest total on the staff Worked exclusively out of the bullpen his first two years before emerging as one of the Huskers’ top midweek starters in 2008 Went 5-1 in 17 appearances last year, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.14 ERA in his seven starts Understands the importance of competing on the mound and has experience he can rely on from his first three years at NU Will be counted on heavily on the Husker staff, whether it is as a starter or reliever Showed the ability to work in a number of roles, and the coaching staff will look to maximize his opportunities.
2008: Bird put together his best season as a Husker, going 5-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 17 outings out of the bullpen and as a mid-week starter Ranked fourth on the squad in wins and starts and fifth in innings pitched, establishing career bests in all three categories Pitched effectively as NU’s mid-week starter, going 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts, pitching at least five innings in five of his last six outings Did not pitch in the Big 12 or NCAA Tournament Did not pick up a decision in his six Big 12 relief appearances Collected his fifth win in his final start of the year against Creighton on May 13, tossing five innings of one-run ball, scattering three hits in an 8-1 win in front of 14,680 at Rosenblatt Stadium Made two appearances against No. 9 Texas A&M, allowing one run on one hit while striking out a batter Fanned a career-high five hitters over two innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory in NU’s 4-3, 14-inning win over UL-Lafayette on May 3 Garnered his third win of the year versus Western Illinois on April 30, throwing five shutout innings while scattering three hits Pitched in long relief in the series finale at Baylor on April 27, allowing one run on four hits over 2.2 innings of work Turned in one of the best performances of his career against fifth-ranked Wichita State on April 15, tossing a career-high 6.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing three singles and fanning four in a 3-0 win Garnered his first collegiate win against Northern Colorado on March 25, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings, as he struck out three Pitched well in a no-decision against Arkansas on March 19, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings, as he struck out a then career-best four hitters Made his first career start against South Dakota State on March 11, tossing three innings of one-hit shutout baseball with a trio of strikeouts Fired two shutout innings against Nebraska-Kearney on March 4, scattering two hits in an 11-2 Husker win Took the loss against Stanford on Feb. 24, allowing a double to the only hitter he faced in a 4-2 setback.
2007: Bird worked out of the Husker bullpen in a number of roles, going 0-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 17 appearances Overcame a bumpy early-season stretch to pitch well during the second half of the year, posting a 1.35 ERA in his final 10 outings Averaged over a strikeout per inning during that stretch and did not allow an extra-base hit working in situational relief Collected his three saves against New Mexico, UT-Arlington and No. 27 Florida Atlantic Pitched once during the NCAA Regional, retiring the only hitter he faced against No. 14 UC Riverside on June 1 Did not record a decision in four Big 12 Conference appearances Pitched a scoreless third of an inning of relief against No. 27 Creighton at Rosenblatt Stadium on May 15 Struck out the only man he faced against No. 18 Coastal Carolina on May 5 Tossed a scoreless 0.2 innings versus No. 4 Texas on April 21 Retired all four hitters he faced, including a pair of strikeouts against Iowa on April 10 Tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief versus Northern Colorado on March 28 Collected his third save by getting the final out in an 8-7 win over No. 27 Florida Atlantic on Feb. 25 Got the Huskers out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve a save in NU’s 5-4 win over UT-Arlington on Feb. 17 Came in with the bases loaded and a 2-0 count and struck out the only hitter he faced to preserve NU’s win over New Mexico in the season opener on Feb. 16 Spent the summer pitching for Falmouth, helping the Commodores to the Cape Cod League Championship Series Compiled a 2-1 record with three saves and a 2.96 ERA in 16 appearances, fanning 18 over 24.1 innings without issuing a walk Ranked second on the team in saves and third in appearances.
2006: Bird quickly adapted to the college ranks, serving as one of NU’s primary set-up men as a true freshman Was 0-2 with a sparkling 0.82 ERA, as he tied for second with 24 appearances Ranked second on the team with four holds and allowed just two of 23 inherited runners to score Held opponents to a .218 average, allowing one extra-base hit in 22 innings Collected his first college save against Creighton on April 18, retiring all four Bluejays he faced and setting a season high with two strikeouts to preserve a 4-2 win Went 18 outings before surrendering his first earned run, giving up a triple to take the loss at Oklahoma State on May 6 Made 11 appearances in Big 12 play, going 0-2 with a 1.80 ERA Did not allow a run in two postseason outings, tossing a perfect inning of relief in NU’s regional opener against Manhattan on June 2 Gave up one run over 2.0 innings of work in a setback against Oklahoma on May 19 before tossing a scoreless inning of relief in the regular-season finale two days later Got the Huskers out of a two-on, two-out jam against Texas Tech on April 29, throwing 1.1 innings of no-hit relief in NU’s 11-inning win Worked a scoreless inning against Wichita State on April 25, combining with Jon Klausing and Zach Herr on a two-hit shutout Helped NU get out of a two-on, no-out situation in the eighth inning at fifth-ranked Texas on April 23, striking out All-American Drew Stubbs to help preserve NU’s shutout Made two appearances against Missouri, tossing two innings of shutout relief Fired a scoreless inning of relief in NU’s 2-1, 11-inning win over Alabama on March 10.
Burke High School: Bird was one of the state’s top performers pitching for Coach Mike Sortino at Omaha Burke High School Was one of the state’s top two-way performers, going 15-2 with a 1.14 ERA Struck out 141 and walked only 20 during the spring and summer seasons, while also hitting .340 with 14 homers and 71 RBIs Was a two-time All-Nebraska selection and was chosen as the state’s American Legion Player of the Year in 2005 Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, going 5-1 with four saves and a 1.90 ERA for the Bulldogs Ranked among the state leaders in strikeouts (85), ERA, saves and wins in helping Burke to a state tournament appearance Was pegged a second-team all-state pick after going 6-2 as a junior Lettered three seasons in both baseball and football at Burke Earned a spot on the honor roll.
Personal: Born on March 25, 1987, in Omaha Parents are Robert and Linda Bird Has one brother (Brandon) and one sister (Jennifer) Majors in communication studies Brandon pitched for Creighton, helping the Bluejays reach the NCAA Tournament in 2005.