Most pitchers go their entire careers without pitching a no-hitter. Stony Brook’s Frankie Vanderka now has three.
The senior righthander struck out 10, walked two and hit one in his nine-inning no-hitter Saturday, leading the Seawolves to a 7-0 win in the first half of a doubleheader sweep. His previous no-hitters came in 2011 against NJIT and 2013 against Fordham. Vanderka is no fireballer, but he’s the closest thing college baseball has to Nolan Ryan—Mr. No-Hitter.
There were 16 Division I no-hitters in 2013; the previous three years there were seven, six and four. There have been nine no-hitters through six weeks this year.
I spent Saturday night driving from Dallas to Norman, Okla., so the roundup is later than usual today, and will be tighter as well, focusing on Top 25 showdowns and upsets. Let’s get to it.
Top 25 Showdowns
(2) Florida State at (13) Clemson: The Seminoles rebounded from Friday’s loss by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, 11-1 and 4-3, to take the road series. D.J. Stewart (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) spearheaded FSU’s 18-hit barrage behind Brandon Leibrandt (9 IP, 4 H,1 R, 0 ER) in the first game. Three Seminole relievers worked a combined four innings of two-hit, shutout relief of Mike Compton (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) in the nightcap, and FSU came from behind with three in the seventh to win, capped by John Sansone’s go-ahead RBI double.
(3) Virginia at (25) Miami: The Hurricanes surged ahead for good with three runs in the sixth behind Chris Diaz (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and tacked on four more later to win 7-1. Zack Collins belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Nathan Kirby (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took his first loss of the year.
(6) Vanderbilt at (21) Mississippi State: The Bulldogs clinched the series with a 6-3 win behind Ross Mitchell (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), who turned in a second straight strong start. Seth Heck and Derrick Armstrong had two RBIs apiece to lead the MSU offense against Jared Miller (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER), who took his first loss. The loss snapped Vanderbilt’s remarkable streak of 23 consecutive regular-season series victories (including 15 straight SEC series), which dated back to April 20-22, 2012.
Top 25 Upsets
(1) South Carolina at Kentucky: The Wildcats handed South Carolina its first series loss of the year, clinching the set with a 2-1 win behind Chandler Shepherd (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), who outdueled Jack Wynkoop (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Michael Thomas (2-for-3, R, RBI) led the UK offense. The Wildcats are 3-0 this year against top-ranked teams (they opened the season with a win against preseason No. 1 Virginia)
Arizona State at (4) Oregon State: The Sun Devils snapped OSU’s 11-game winning streak with a 3-2 win in 10 innings. Jake Peevyhouse (3-for-3, 2 R) doubled in the ninth and scored on Dalton DiNatale’s RBI single to tie the game against Andrew Moore (8.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), and R.J. Ybarra’s RBI double in the 10th won it. Ryan Kellogg (9 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win.
California at (7) Cal Poly: Mitchell Kranson’s two-run single highlighted Cal’s four-run second in support of Kyle Porter (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), and the Bears went on to an 8-3 win. Justin Calomeni (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) fell to 5-1 for the Mustangs.
Long Beach State at (9) Cal State Fullerton: The Dirtbags evened the series with a 3-2 win behind Andrew Rohrbach (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). LBSU overcame an early 2-0 deficit, going ahead for good with two in the sixth to hand Phil Bickford (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) his first career loss.
(10) North Carolina State at Maryland: The Terrapins clinched the series with a 7-4 win behind Mike Shawaryn (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who improved to 5-0. The Terps jumped out to an early lead against Logan Jernigan (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) and never looked back. Charlie White (2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI) led the offense for Maryland, which improved to 15-6 overall, 4-4 in the ACC. The Wolfpack has lost five straight games to fall into a 3-5 hole in conference play.
(16) Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas: The Bears clinched the series with a 4-2 win, handing the Bearkats their first losing weekend of the year. Chris Townsend had two RBIs in support of Chris Caudle (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER).
Georgia Tech at (17) North Carolina: The Yellow Jackets swept a doubleheader to win the series, winning 6-5 in 13 innings and 9-1. Georgia Tech got RBI singles from Connor Justus and Mitch Earnest in the 13th inning of the opener, during which the teams produced 15-hits apiece, led by UNC’s Wood Myers (5-for-7, 3 RBI). Matt Grimes (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) matched his longest career outing in the nightcap, and Keenan Innis (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led Tech’s 14-hit attack against Zac Gallen (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) and the Tar Heels. Georgia Tech (15-7) has won back-to-back series against ranked ACC teams by sweeping Saturday doubleheaders.
Auburn at (18) Tennessee: The Tigers clinched the road series with a 4-2 win behind Keegan Thompson (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), who improved to 5-0. Hunter Martin (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) was solid in defeat for the Vols. Auburn broke open a 2-0 game with two runs in the seventh, highlighted by Dan Glevenyak’s RBI triple. Auburn improved to 17-7 overall, 4-1 in the SEC by winning its third straight quality series (Mercer, Texas A&M and Tennessee).
Loyola Marymount at (24) San Diego: Edwin Garcia (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the LMU offense behind Patrick McGrath (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), as the Lions clinched the road series with a 5-3 win. Troy Conyers (7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) took the loss for the Toreros, who have dropped four straight games. LMU improved to 15-8 overall, 5-0 in the WCC.