We don’t typically post about college no-hitters as they’re dime a dozen, but Virginia’s 4-3 11-inning no-no over William and Mary was quite the feat.
The Cavaliers were one out away from recording a 3-2 no-no loss when a bases-loaded wild throw on senior Justin Novak’s chopper down the third base line scored the tying and winning runs.
Here are the details on the pitchers:
|Bobby Nicholson (5⅓)
Blake Rohm (⅔)
Grant Donahue (1)
Riley Wilson (⅓)
Mack Meyer (1)
Bennett Sousa (2⅔)
|University of Virginia (ACC)|
|Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Virginia Cavaliers 4, William & Mary Tribe 3 (11 innings)
Davenport Field (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Nicholson threw 5⅓ scoreless innings and enjoyed a 2-0 lead but was pulled after walking two Tribe batters in the sixth. Rohm came in and immediately threw a wild pitch, putting two runners in scoring position before loading the bases on a walk, but only gave up a single run.
In the seventh, Donahue hit Zach Pearson, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before reaching third on a wild pitch. Pearson scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Trehub.
The game remained deadlocked at 2 until the top of the 11th, when William & Mary pulled ahead 3-2 on three Virginia errors, putting Sousa on the hook for the potential no-no loss.
In the bottom half of the frame, Virginia loaded the bases on Charlie Cody’s single up the middle, Tanner Morris’ hit batsman, an Alex Tappen sacrifice bunt and a Brendan Rivoli walk.
It was Virginia’s first no-hitter since Nathan Kirby in 2014.
Watch the highlights here: