Saturday Roundup: Parade Of No-Hitters Continues

It seems like every other day, there is another no-hitter (or two) in college baseball. Last weekend, it was Maryland’s Jake Stinnett. On Tuesday, it was Miami’s Javi Salas, who threw a perfect game. On Thursday, it was Brigham Young’s Kolton Mahoney.

Saturday saw two more no-hitters. Oregon State’s Jace Fry no-hit Northern Illinois in a 2-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader. Fry walked just two and struck out 10, needing 97 pitches to complete the no-hitter. It came a day after Ben Wetzler held the Huskies to just one hit over eight innings. Northern Illinois finally broke a 16 ..."-inning hitless streak in the fourth inning of the nightcap, but the Beavers went on to win it 12-2 in seven innings. Jared Casper hit a grand slam and Gabe Clark hit a three-run homer in support of Scott Schultz (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

Jace Fry (Photo by Bill Mitchell).

Jace Fry needed just 97 pitches to no-hit Northern Illinois. (Photo by Bill Mitchell).

Later in the day, three Alabama pitchers combined to no-hit Mississippi Valley State in a 7-0 win. Justin Kamplain struck out 12 and walked two over seven innings before giving way to Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett, who worked a scoreless inning apiece.

Saturday almost saw a third no-hitter in bizarre fashion. Three pitchers for top-ranked Virginia held Duke hitless into the eighth in the second game of their doubleheader, but the Blue Devils still won 3-2 despite finishing with just one hit. Josh Sborz walked eight over 3 2/3 inning, including four straight batters in the fourth. Reliever David Rosenberger took over with the bases loaded and walked a fifth straight batter before getting out of the jam, but Virginia could not get its offense going against Andrew Istler (8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), who hit his spots with an 88-90 fastball and kept Virginia’s dangerous lefthanded hitters in check with a very good changeup, while also mixing in a 78-79 mph power curveball effectively. The Cavaliers did win the first game 3-2 behind Nathan Kirby (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 4-0.

There were no showdowns between Top 25 teams Saturday, but there were a number of upsets. Let’s touch on those in an abbreviated roundup.

Top 25 Upsets

Maryland at (2) Florida State: Freshman Mike Shawaryn (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) stymied the Seminoles in Maryland’s 5-1 win. LaMonte Wade and Kyle Convissar had two RBIs apiece to help Shawaryn improve to 4-0, while Brandon Leibrandt (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) took his first loss.

(4) Cal State Fullerton at Baylor: Brad Kuntz (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K) worked around five walks to outduel Justin Garza (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in Baylor’s 1-0 win. The Bears got their lone run in the first inning when Darryn Sheppard doubled and scored on Adam Toth’s RBI single.

Hawaii at (10) Texas: Scott Squier (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) threw a seven-inning complete game to beat Dillon Peters (5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER) in Hawaii’s 6-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was suspended by rain with the score tied 2-2 in the eighth.

(11) Cal Poly at Seattle: The Mustangs built a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, when Seattle chased Slater Lee (5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) in a 10-run frame. Cal Poly answered with six runs in the top of the seventh, only to see Seattle score four more in the bottom of the frame and hold on for a 15-14 upset. Chase Fields, Landon Cray and Brian Olson combined for eight hits and 11 RBIs for Seattle, while Zack Zehner had four hits to lead the Mustangs.

(12) Mississippi State vs. UC Santa Barbara: The Bulldogs fell to 0-3 at the Hi Corbett Classic with a 7-6 loss to UCSB. Robby Nesovic (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the Gauchos, and Trevor Fitts (2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) struggled for MSU. UCSB has two wins against Mississippi State this weekend, but it also lost to host Arizona on Saturday, 10-5. Kevin Newman (3-for-5, 5 RBI, 3B) powered the Arizona offense behind Cody Hamlin (7.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER).

Houston at (13) UCLA: The Bruins lost their third straight and fell to 7-7 overall, as Houston followed Friday’s win at USC with a 4-3 win Saturday at UCLA. Jake Lemoine scattered 10 hits over seven innings but allowed just three runs, and the Cougars came back from an early 3-0 deficit with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Grant Watson (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision for the Bruins.

Grant Watson

Grant Watson pitched well in a no-decision, but UCLA fell to Houston on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

Ohio State at (14) Oregon: Ryan Riga (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-0 win, leveling the series. Matt Krook (5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 10 K) was tough to hit but did not have great control, and he fell to 0-1. The Buckeyes broke open a 1-0 game with four in the ninth against Oregon’s bullpen stalwarts Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed.

Old Dominion at (18) Rice: The Owls pulled out a 3-2 win in 17 innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, then lost 2-1 in 10 innings in the nightcap. In the first game, Ford Stainback singled with one out in the 17th and scored two batters later on Skyler Ewing’s walk-off single. Matt Ditman, Jon Duplantier and Ryan McCarthy worked a combined nine innings of two-hit relief in that one. Rice got more strong pitching from Kevin McCanna (9.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the nightcap, but he was the tough-luck loser after ODU broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the 10th on Tyler Urps’ RBI single.

Michigan State at (22) Texas Christian: The Spartans clinched the series with a 4-1 win behind Mick Van Vossen (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Anthony Cheky went 4-for-4 to lead MSU’s 14-hit attack. Preston Morrison (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) fell to 1-2 for the Frogs, who have lost five of their last seven games.

(24) Fresno State at Air Force: The Falcons won the series opener 6-2, as Tyler Ward (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led the Air Force offense against Jordan Brink (7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). Cameron White (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) earned the win. The second game Saturday was suspended by darkness with Fresno leading 6-5 in the seventh.