EXPRESS NO-HIT CARDINALS, STRIKE OUT 18

by Matt Neal

The Express arms were dominant and the bats had just enough juice, scratching across some late insurance runs as Strasburg won at Front Royal 5-0 last night, no-hitting the Cardinals in the process.

Gene Hurst (Samford) was the winning arm on the mound, starting for Strasburg and going 5 scoreless innings while allowing no hits, striking out 7 and walking none. Brian Coffey (New Mexico) finished the 6th inning recording 2 strikeouts and allowing no hits. Newcomer Evan Rathburn (Central Missouri) and his 90 mph fastball powered through the next 2 innings allowing no hits and striking out 6 of the 7 batters he faced. Eric Sottile (Samford) took his low 90’s heater to the mound in the 9th and struck out all 3 batters, securing the first team no-hitter in Express history.

The staff, as a whole, combined to strike out 18 Cardinals while facing only two batters beyond the minimum. They were a single BB and HBP away from a team perfect game. The Express threw 96 of 125 total pitches in the zone, good for a strike percentage of 77%.

Offensively Nicholas Toney (FAU) led the way with two hits including a home run and two runs scored. Brandon Henson (VCU) finished the evening 2-for-5 while Brett Hawkins (Young Harris), JoJo Ortiz (U of Louisiana-Monroe) and Sonny DiCharia (Samford) each recorded a hit and a RBI. Drew Minter (Houston) and Griffin Cheney (Georgia State) each contributed a double on the evening.

Congratulations to the Express quartet!

 

A No Hitter

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