The Hope College baseball team opened the 2019 season in grand fashion Friday by firing the eighth no-hitter in team history.
The Flying Dutchmen recorded an 11-0 victory in seven innings against Clarkson University (N.Y.) in Auburndale, Florida.
Starting pitcher Sean Hoey (West Ottawa HS) combined with relievers Matt VanDyken (Zeeland East) and Max Gaishin (Stevensville-Lakeshore) to no-hit a Clarkson team that scored 13 runs in its first game on Friday.
A righthander, Hoey threw 79 pitches over 5 2/3 innings before exiting due to a pre-determined pitch count. He struck out nine and walked three.
"Sean was on his game. He was pretty dominant," head coach Stu Fritz said. "He established his fastball early and mixed in his curveball and split-fingered. He kept them off-balanced. He just got to his pitch count, and we had to take him out.
VanDyken recorded the final out of the sixth inning. Gaishin retired three of the four batters he faced in the seventh.
Hope's last no-hitter was in 2009 by Derek Fairchild against Albion College.