February 27, 2017

2018 no-hitters

Kyle Babb combined with three other pitchers to notch the season's first no hitter in Oglethorpe's 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 two. 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.

Otterbein commenced its annual spring-break trip in exciting fashion Thursday evening, throwing a combined no-hitter courtesy of four separate pitchers during a dominating 12-0 victory over Mitchell College on March 1. It is believed to be the first nine-inning no hitter in school history. The Cardinals, improving to 2-0, received six hitless innings from All-OAC and All-Mideast Region starter Craig Prince out of the gate in which he fanned eight batters, walked three and hit two others across 91 total pitches.
Freshman Ethan Doty looked strong in his first collegiate appearance, coming on for Prince in the sixth and sitting down five-straight hitters. He made two batters whiff and induced three groundouts, one that ricocheted off his shin and as he was forced to track it down before flipping to an outstretched LUke Barber at first. Senior Jake Walters entered in the eighth to secure a massive out, facing Mitchell All-American second baseman Kyle Hartenstein in a situational lefty-lefty matchup. Walters got Hartenstein to chase a pair of sliders that culminated in a timely strikeout. Junior Chris Sparks, a Youngstown State transfer, took the rubber in the ninth and persevered through a few nail-biting plays to culminate the memorable evening.

Sophomore righty Bobby Hegarty tossed a five-inning no-hitter on Saturday March 10 in the second gamef a scheduled doubleheader as Scranton opened its spring break trip with a sweep of SUNY Maritime, 5-2 and 5-0. Hegarty allowed just one walk while striking out three in the no-hitter as the game was shortened to five innings due to darkness. He allowed just two base runners – the first on a one-out error in the bottom of the first inning, and the other on a one-out walk in the third. He retired the final seven batters he faced and allowed only three balls to leave the infield. The no-hitter by Hegarty is only the fourth on record in Scranton baseball history and the first since April 24, 1993, when Chris Lunney held Delaware Valley hitless in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader.

Juniors Tyler Peck and Mason Collins were dominant in nine no-hit innings on the mound, but Chapman fell 2-0 to Whittier. Peck and Collins made Panther history as they combined for Chapman's first no-hitter since 1973. Peck was masterful on the mound. He struck out 10 over seven and a third. Collins struck out three more. Peck and Collins combined for nine no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts and three walks. 

Isaiah Ausby pitched a seven inning no-hitter as Cavenovia defeated Maine-Farmington 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader to kick-off the Wildcat's spring trip on March 12, 2018.

Junior Nick Roberti pitched the first no-hitter for Washington College in six years in the second game of the Shoremen's doubleheader sweep of Bethany on Friday March 16th in Fort Pierce, Fla. After the Shoremen held off the Bison, 5-4, in the opener, Roberti tossed his gem in a 13-0 game-two victory. Roberti faced just three batters over the minimum in his seven-inning no-no. He struck out four batters and walked none.