Maine 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.
Cal 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.
It 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)”
Auburn 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)”
Auburn’s Casey Mize faced one batter over the minimum as he tossed a complete-game, no-hitter in the Tigers 6-0 win over Northeastern on Friday night. Mize threw the ninth no-hitter in college baseball this season and the second by an SEC team. Missouri, led by Bryce Montes De Oca had a combined no-hitter last Friday against Maryland-Baltimore County. It was the ninth no-hitter in Auburn history, and first since 2002.
Auburn is one of three undefeated Division I teams in the nation, joining Florida State and Louisville. Kentucky handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season with a 10-7 win over the Red Raiders in Lexington. Cal State Fullerton knocked previously undefeated Oregon State 5-3 in Corvallis.
Pitching was the story on Friday as Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss also tossed shutouts. A trio of Gators combined on 2-hit shutout against Rhode Island. Brady Singer fired seven scoreless innings (2 H, 2 BB, 8 K). Four Bulldogs combined on 3-hit shutout (14 Ks) against Toledo. Chase Adkins (2-0) tossed six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Ole Miss Brady Fiegl (4-0) logged seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. South Carolina recorded 17 strikeouts in the win over Princeton.
A number of SEC teams have altered their weekend schedules due to weather. Alabama, Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss played double headers on Friday. Florida, South Carolina and Missouri will play two games on Saturday due to weather concerns. More changes could be made to the schedule as the front approaches.
Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 9)”
Mississippi State pitching dominated the nation’s top ranked offense, holding the New Mexico State Aggies to one run and eight hits in the two-game midweek series. MSU blanked the Aggies 6-0 on Wednesday night in Starkville.
Five Alabama pitchers combined on 3-hit shutout in 3-0 win over Southern Miss. Garret Rukes and Brock Love are less than one year removed from Tommy John surgery. In six combined appearances this year, the duo has spun 13 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts.
UCF swept Florida in a 2-game midweek series. The Knights scored 12 of their 13 runs in the series with two outs. Florida pitchers issued 19 walks in the two losses.
Vanderbilt took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Long Beach State but allowed three runs in four hits in decisive seventh inning. The Dirtbags are in the midst of seven straight SEC games (Ole Miss, Vandy and at Texas A&M).
Here are Wednesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 7)”
Missouri tossed a combined no-hitter, Florida’s Wil Dalton belted three home runs and Alabama and Texas A&M fell from the ranks of the unbeaten to kickoff the third weekend of non-conference play.
Bryce Montes De Oca (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K), Giovanni Lopez (1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) and Nolan Gromacki (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the school’s 10th no-hitter in a 7-1 win over Maryland-Baltimore County. It was the first no-hitter by the Tigers since Max Scherzer and Michael Cole combined to no-hit Texas Tech on April 1, 2005.
Wil Dalton had three home runs and six RBIs in the Gators 12-5 win over Stony Brook. Dalton homered on the fourth pitch of the game to give the Gators an early lead. He added a game-tying 2-run home run in the fifth inning and capped the scoring with a 3-run home run in the eighth inning.
Alabama and Texas A&M both suffered their first loss of the season. The Crimson Tide suffered a 2-1 loss in 11 innings at Oklahoma, while the Aggies suffered a 4-2 loss to Louisiana Tech at the Frisco (Texas) College Classic.
South Carolina posted a walk-off win over rival Clemson, giving coach Mark Kingston a win in his first game against the Tigers.
Here is a recap of Friday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 2)”