A Near No-Hitter in Atlanta

Sean NewcombI took in my first Major League Baseball game of the 2018 season on Sunday afternoon as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.

Two of my Alabama baseball friends, Ricky Pendley and Buddy Hughes joined me on the trip to Atlanta.  Ricky and I took in Dodgers-Braves game last season, giving Ricky game in all 30 current MLB parks.  Buddy joined is this season and completed his circle of the 30 current MLB parks

I have seen a game in 34 different MLB stadiums, but have only seen 19 of the 30 current parks. Still some work to do for me, but one day I will get there. Continue reading “A Near No-Hitter in Atlanta”


SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 4)

sec-baseball-logoFormer Vanderbilt standout Walker Buehler threw six no-hit innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a combined no-hitter with 4-0 in over the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the 298th no-hitter in MLB history and the 18th combined no-hitter in MLB history. The Dodgers have 23 no-hitters, but this was the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Buehler, the 23-year-old rookie making only his third career start, pitched six innings and was removed after making 93 pitches, having struck out eight and walked three. Buehler has been handled delicately since requiring Tommy John surgery in 2015 and being drafted in the first round.

In keeping with the pitching theme, Auburn RHP Casey Mize and Florida RHP Brady Singer were dominant on Friday night. Mize tied the Auburn single-game record with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game victory over Vanderbilt.  Singer posted his 10th win of the season with a complete-game shutout at Texas A&M.

Here is Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 4)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 22)

sec-baseball-logoSouth Carolina and Tennessee picked up wins in the only two games on the SEC docket on Sunday afternoon.

South Carolina completed its three-game sweep with a thrilling comeback win over LSU.  The Gamecocks trailed 6-0 in the sixth inning before scoring the game’s final eight runs against the LSU bullpen.  Justin Row hit a game-tying two-run home run the seventh inning and LT Tolbert delivered the game-winning two-run single in the eighth.

Tennessee claimed a home series win over Texas A&M.  Justin Ammons put the Vols ahead with a go-ahead single in the sixth inning.  The UT bullpen closed the game with 3.1 scoreless innings. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 22)”

Maine Tosses No-Hitter in 1-0 Loss

Maine LogoMaine threw the 21st no-hitter in Division I baseball on Saturday, but found itself on the short-end of a 1-0 loss to UMass-Lowell. John Arel struck out 12 batters in the Black Bears first no-hitter since 2003. It marked the second time UMass-Lowell has been the victim of a no-hitter.

via River Hawks No-Hit, But Win to Split Doubleheader Against Maine – University of Massachusetts Lowell

CS Fullerton Tosses No-Hitter

CSF LogoCal State Fullerton right-hander Colton Eastman threw the fifth no-hitter in school history with a 3-0 win at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday. Eastman logged the first no-hitter by the Titans since 2014 and the first no-hitter in school history on the road. The previous four no-hitters came at Goodwin Field on the Fullerton campus. UCSB was no-hit for the first time since 1967.

Eastman’s no-hitter was the 17th Division I no-hitter this season, the most in NCAA history since aluminum bats were introduced in 1974. It was the second no-hitter in as many days as Lehigh no-hit St. Peter’s in a 14-0 win on Wednesday. Peter Woltersdorf  (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP) and Matt Svanson (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) combined on the no-hitter against the Peacocks.

Eastman Tosses 17th No-Hitter of D-1 Season


SEC Baseball Recaps (March 16)

sec-baseball-logoIt was Opening Night in the SEC. Alabama outlasted Georgia in 13 innings, while Casey Mize and Grant Koch helped Auburn and Arkansas to opening night wins. Mize punched out 13 batters in a 4-1 win over Texas A&M. Koch belted two home runs in a 9-4 win over Kentucky.

Alabama’s Hunter Alexander (0-for-8, 6 K) tied the NCAA single-game record with six strikeouts in the 13-inning win over Georgia. Sacramento State’s Brain McCall (vs. Pacific, May 7, 1996), Maine’s Peter Bushway (vs. Providence, May 13, 1983), Air Force’s Bob Wagner (vs. UC Santa Barbara, March 25, 1975) and Texas A&M’s Rob McAdams (vs. Texas, May 10, 1962) also had six strikeouts in one game in NCAA history.

On the national scene, USC and South Florida had no-hitters each of the last two nights. Kyle Hurt, Austin Manning and Connor Lunn combined on a no-hitter in the Trojans 2-0 win over Utah in the Pac 12 opener for both teams on Thursday night. It was the first no-hitter by USC since 1974.  South Florida also threw a combined no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Army on Friday night in Tampa. Shane McClanahan and Carson Ragsdale posted the first combined no-hitter in school history. It was the fourth no-hitter for USF, and first since 2010. That makes 13 no-hitters this season in college baseball.

Here are the SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 16)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a bizarre series with Northeastern. Casey Mize no-hit the Huskies in Friday’s series opener. The Tigers then jumped on the Huskies on Saturday and took a 14-1 lead into the ninth inning.  That’s where the momentum changed. Northeastern scored seven runs in the ninth inning and lost 14-8, but rode that surge into a game-three win. Northeastern starter Sean Mellen no-hit the Tigers for 7.2 innings in the Huskies 2-1 win in the finale. Edouard Julian stroked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to break up the no-hitter and shutout. After being no-hit in the series opener, Northeastern out-hit Auburn 22-17 in the final two games.

Alabama senior second baseman Chandler Avant accounted for four of the Crimson Tide’s five runs in the series-clinching 5-2 win over New Mexico State. Avant went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs in the win. He broke the Aggies no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored the tying run on Jett Manning’s RBI ground out. He stroked an RBI double and scored on Manning’s RBI single in the Tide’s three-run seventh inning. He capped his day with an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Kentucky has been impressive all season, but have taken to the next level this weekend at home against No. 3 and previously -undefeated Texas Tech. The Wildcats had taken the first two games of the series, winning 10-7 and 11-6.  Troy Squires went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in Saturday’s series-clinching win.

Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss did not play on Saturday due to weather issues. The three teams played double headers on Friday and will conclude their weekend series with a single game on Sunday. Arkansas hosts Kent State, Miss. State hosts Utah Valley State and Ole Miss faces Eastern Illinois. Arkansas and MSU split their double headers on Friday, while Ole Miss swept EIU.

In other weather related news, Vanderbilt and USC were rained out today in Los Angeles. The Commodores wrap up their 7-gama road trip against TCU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Dodger Stadium in the annual Dodgertown Classic.

Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina wrapped up their weekend series on Saturday.

On the national scene, Hofstra threw its second no-hitter of the season in 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore. John Rooney (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) and Seamus Brazill (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the no-hitter. Brazill was involved in both no-hitters this season. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lamar on Feb. 24.  Hofstra had never pitched a no-hitter prior to this season.

Five teams entered the weekend undefeated on the season.  Texas Tech (at Kentucky) and Oregon State (Cal State Fullerton) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday.  Florida State (at Wake Forest) and Auburn (Northeastern) lost for the first time on Saturday. That leaves Louisville (14-0, 2-0 ACC) as the lone unbeaten team.  The Cardinals go for the series sweep on Sunday against North Carolina.

Here are Saturday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)”