2018 no-hitters

Kyle Babb combined with three other pitchers to notch the season's first no hitter in their season opener.
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The Oglethorpe baseball team got its 2018 season off to an outstanding start Saturday at Anderson Field, as they swept the visiting Covenant Scots in a doubleheader while throwing the fourth no-hitter in the program's Division III era in a 4-1 win in Game 2.

Junior lefty Kyle Babb, freshman righty Alex Smith, sophomore righty Noah Cole and sophomore righty Jack Bartlewski combined to throw the program's first no-hitter since Tim Crowley accomplished the feat against Sewanee in 1996. The no-hitter also served as the first time more than two pitchers combined for the feat in Oglethorpe's Division III history. Babb went four innings and earned the victory, allowing a run on three walks but striking out six Scots hitters. Smith, Cole and Bartlewski each pitched an inning, with Bartlewski earning the save. Bartlewski and Cole each struck out the side in their inning of work.

The Petrels got the scoring started in the first inning of the contest, as senior right fielder Adrian Celata singled in senior center fielder Patrick Burnette to give the Petrels a 1-0 lead. Covenant scored their lone run in the third, as they used a couple of walks and a hit batsman to load the bases and plated a run on a sacrifice fly. The Petrels took the lead back in the fourth, though, scoring three unearned runs and pulling out to a 4-1 advantage. They got a couple aboard via an error and a walk, then freshman shortstop Alex Featherstone gave the Petrels the lead back with a sacrifice fly. Burnette followed with a single up the middle to score another run, then sophomore catcher Andrew Mink brought home another run with an infield single. Oglethorpe was able to cruise to the victory from there thanks to the performance of the pitching staff.