Miami righthander Javi Salas threw just the 23rd perfect game in NCAA Division I history Tuesday night as the No. 16 Hurricanes blasted Villanova 17-0. The senior righthander struck out six, including pinch-hitter Derrick May Jr. for the final out, igniting a celebration in front of the mound.
“I don’t even know what to think,” Salas said in a release. “In that last inning, I was trying to keep my adrenaline down. The fans were getting up, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s a dream come true.”
Salas needed just 113 pitches to become the second Miami pitcher to throw a perfect game and the first since Kevin Sheary on March 14, 1987. Salas said he didn’t realize he was perfect until he got the silent treatment from teammates in the sixth inning.
“I got back in the dugout and I was kind of isolated and no one was talking to me,” he said. “That’s when I realized what I had going. I had a couple of 3-1 counts there that I was hoping I didn’t walk a guy. I had to keep my approach and stay aggressive going after these guys. Luck had it for me today.”
In other action Tuesday, No. 2 Florida State got a strong performance from senior righthander Peter Miller in a win over South Florida. Miller struck out 11 over five innings in a 5-1 victory.
“We played a solid game tonight,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “Our pitching tonight was outstanding. Peter Miller gave us exactly what we wanted—five innings.”
No. 3 South Carolina continued its momentum from a weekend sweep of Clemson with a 7-1 win over Stetson. Freshman lefthander Josh Regan gave up just one run over five innings. Grayson Greiner went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
No. 5 Oregon State extended its winning streak over Portland to 19 games with a 5-0 win. Freshmen Jake Thompson and Trent Shelton combined on a two-hitter and Michael Conforto drove in three runs.
No. 8 Vanderbilt shut down Tennessee Tech 4-0 as Walker Buehler pitched six, two-hit innings and got strong relief from impressive freshman Hayden Stone. Stone dominated, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth and the first two men in the ninth before closing it out on a pop out to short. In Stone’s first 10 innings as a collegian, he has struck out 17, given up no runs and just two hits.
No. 13 UCLA was upset at home by Loyola Marymount, 6-1. Senior Patrick McGrath gave up just a run on five hits over seven while freshman David Fletcher paced the Lions’ offense by going 3-for-5.
In another upset, Clemson continued its struggles, getting blasted by Western Carolina 18-10. Senior catcher Adam Martin led WCU’s offense with four hits, including a homer, while Cody Jones matched a career-high with five RBIs. The Catamounts have an explosive offense, but giving up 18 runs is hardly the way the Tigers wanted to recover from a disheartening sweep against South Carolina.