• Made 13 appearances, starting seven games.
• Made first start of season at Central Arkansas, throwing
1.0 inning and striking out one.
• Threw 2.0 innings with increased pitch count at Stephen F.
Austin (2/28), whiffing two.
• Didn't make it out of first inning against Northern
Colorado (3/6), allowing seven runs.
• Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in start at #25 Kansas
• Allowed four earned runs in sixth start of season at his
former school in Nebraska (4/6).
• Gave up another four runs in one inning in second match-up
with Nebraska (4/20).
• Recorded first career save against Iowa (4/28) pitching to
the last batter of the game.
• Threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief against Wichita
State on May 8, wrapping up three straight scoreless appearance streak from
• Finished year seventh in ERA on Creighton’s all-time list with a 3.21 mark.
• Made nine appearances and had seven starts as team’s primary mid-week starter.
• Won three of his last four outings, posting a 1.72 ERA in those starts.
• Made longest start of season with 5.2 innings of work against Kansas State (4/30).
• Threw five scoreless innings of relief at Nebraska, his former school, on April 7 for his third win of the season.
• Pitched his best on the road, going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three appearances.
• Struck out a season-high three, and allowed a season-low four hits in five innings of work against North Dakota.
• Did not allow a home run all year.
• Led the MVC with a 2.30 ERA.
• Tied for the team lead with 14 games started on the mound.
• Third on the team with 70.1 innings pitched.
• Second on the team with a .231 opposing batting average.
• Was unbeaten through his first nine appearances.
• Did not allow more than two earned runs in an outing through his first 14 appearances.
• Was a Northwoods League All-Star during the summer.
• Earned his first win of the season at Chicago State (3/16) by hurling 5.0 innings and striking out three.
• Had his best start of the season vs. Illinois State (3/30), throwing 7.0 shutout innings with seven strikeouts, a season-high.
• Went 5.2 innings without allowing an earned run vs. Wichita State (4/13).
• Gave up two hits in that outing, one of two times on the season he allowed two hits or less.
• That outing also started a streak of five consecutive outings without allowing an earned run, spanning 24.0 innings.
• Came on vs. Iowa (4/16) for his only relief appearance of the year, throwing a perfect inning, striking out one.
• Threw 6.0 scoreless innings vs. Evansville (4/26), striking out five, without walking a man.
• Had his best road outing of the season at Southern Illinois on May 3.
• He went 6.1 innings without surrendering an earned run while striking out six in that game.
• Lost for just the second time in 15 appearances on the season against Missouri State (5/22).
University of Nebraska (2006-07)
• Appeared in four games as a reliever in 2007 after redshirting his first year with the Huskers in 2006.
• Logged only 2.1 innings and allowed seven runs.
• Struck out and walked three batters each.
• Pitched one inning in Nebraska’s NCAA Regional game against Arizona State (6/3).
• Named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in fall 2005 and spring 2006.
Ralston High School (2002-05)
Lettered four seasons in baseball for the Ralston Rams and head coach Curt Shockey, father of former CU player Colin Shockey ... Was a three-time all-state performer ... Recorded a 5-3 record with a 2.27 ERA as a senior, striking out 68 and walking 20 in 52.1 innings of work ... Was school’s 2005 Male Athlete of the Year ... Nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman in 2005 for his athletic and academic achievements ... In American Legion play following his senior season, he hit .452 with seven homers and 36 RBI ... Struck out 14 in a nine-inning one-hitter against No. 4 Creighton Prep as a freshman ... Also played basketball and football at RHS, earning all-conference recognition after guiding the Rams to a Class B state football playoffs in 2004 ... Helped his basketball team to state runner-up finishes in both 2002 and 2003 ... Named to the honor roll all four years and graduated with high honors.
Birthday: November 5, 1986
Parents: Donald and Connie Nihsen
Siblings: Jason and Dustin
Why Creighton?: Close to home
Favorite Athlete: Pavel Nedved
Favorite MLB Team: Mariners
Did You Know?: Was in rodeos at Ak-Sar-Ben from age 8-12