College Baseball Notebook

Oregon State remains the hottest team in the nation; Loyola Marymount finds perfection; Mount St, Mary’s finally wins. Catch the latest college baseball news.

LEAVE IT TO (THE) BEAVERS: Oregon State (20-1, 6-0 Pac 12) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games following its three-game sweep over Arizona this past weekend in Corvallis. OSU leads the nation in ERA (1.48), hits allowed per nine innings (5.43), WHIP (.087) and winning percentage (.982) this season. Oregon State’s 20-1 record matches the 1962 club for the best record 21 games into the season. The 1962 team started the season 23-1 after opening the year with 18 consecutive wins. OSU opens a four-game road swing through California beginning with today’s 3 p.m. (PT) game at St. Mary’s.  OSU plays a three-game Pac 12 series this weekend at Stanford.

PERFECTION: Loyola-Marymount junior RHP Cory Abbott recorded the first perfect game in school history in Saturday’s 2-0 win over BYU. Abbott struck out 13 batters and needed only 106 pitches to complete the gem. For his efforts, Abbott was named National Pitcher of the Week and West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. It marked the 27th perfect game since the NCAA began tracking them in 1957. Abbott’s perfect game marks the fourth straight season there has been at least one perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball. Wright State’s Jesse Scholtens had a perfect game against Dayton last season.

MOUNT ST. MARY’S ENDS NATION’S LONGEST LOSING STREAK: Freshman catcher Sean Kelly hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Mount St. Mary’s to an 8-7 win over LIU-Brooklyn on Friday, March 24. Kelly’s home run came after LIU-Brooklyn tied the game with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Mount St. Mary’s snapped its 23-game losing streak, dating back to a 2-1 win over LIU-Brooklyn on April 30, 206. Mount St. Mary’s won the series with an 18-8 victory on Saturday. The last three wins by MSM have come against LIU Brooklyn.

ST. PETER’S STILL WINLESS: St. Peter’s (0-5) remains the only winless team in Division I college baseball. The Peacocks have played the fewest games of any team in the country. St. Peter’s was the last team to open the 2017 season on March 8 at LIU-Brooklyn. The Peacocks have also had four games postponed due to weather. St. Peter’s plays all four games on the road this week, beginning with Wednesday’s game at Lehigh. The Peacocks play a three-game series at Niagara this weekend.

NO-HITTERS: There have been seven no-hitters in Division I baseball this season. Elon’s Robbie Welhaf and LSU’s Jared Poche’ threw no-hitters just hours apart on the second day of the college baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Here is the complete list of 2017 No-Hitters:

Robbie Welhaf (Elon) vs. Longwood College (Feb. 18)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
First no-hitter in school’s Division I history

Jared Poche’ (LSU) vs. Army (Feb. 18)
7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
6th no-hitter in school history; first since 1979

Justin Dillon (Sacramento State) vs. Northern Kentucky (Feb. 26)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K
First no-hitter in school’s Division I history

Danny Hrbek (Radford) vs. Quinnipiac (March 4)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
First 9-inning no-hitter in school history

Parker Rigler (Kansas State) vs. Eastern Illinois (March 5)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
K-State’s first no-hitter vs. Division foe since 1976 vs. Oklahoma State

Cody Anderson, John Rosenstein, Isaac Mullins and Scotty Sunitisch (Washington St.)
vs. Stephen F. Austin (March 5)
9 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 K
First no-hitter since Kurt Waananen no-hit Rockford College in 1985
First combined no-hitter since 1974 (David Wright, Roger Stein – Idaho)

Cory Abbott (Loyola-Marymount) vs. BYU (March 25)
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K
First perfect game in LMU history; third no-hitter in school history

 

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