Sandifer’s no-no leads Francis Marion
Tenth no-hitter in school history beats Winston-Salem State
FLORENCE, S.C. – Sophomore right-hander Don Sandifer tossed the 10th no-hitter in school history, allowing only two baserunners, as Francis Marion beat Winston-Salem State 13-0, Saturday afternoon in non-conference play.
FMU (6-3) picks up its fourth consecutive win, while Winston-Salem State drops to 5-6. Francis Marion will play host to Benedict College at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Sandifer (2-1), a native of Bamberg, S.C., fanned a career-high 14 batters and walked only one. That free pass came with two outs in the fifth inning. Earlier in the frame, a Ram batter reached on an FMU infield error but was then erased on a double-play line-out. The 14 punchouts were the most by a Patriot in four seasons and only three shy of the school record.
The 2010 Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year recorded eight ground ball-outs, one line-out, one pop-up, and only two fly-ball outs.
It is the first no-hitter for a Patriot since righty Dylan Owen beat UNC Pembroke, 9-0 on March 12, 2005. It is only the seventh nine-inning no-hitter in the history of the Peach Belt Conference. Owen was also the last Patriot to strike out 14 batters in a game.
At the plate, the Patriots pounded out 18 hits. FMU scored the only runs it would need in the bottom of the first on a two-homer to left field by senior first baseman Preston Shuey. Senior Brooks Arnette capped the afternoon with a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the eighth.
Shuey finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three driven in. Senior shortstop Tyler Cappelmann also had three hits and drove in one. Four other Patriots registered two hits apiece: Michael Wilson (2-for-5), Brock McCallister (2-for-5), Tyler Boyd (2-for-4), and Brian Paulhus (2-for-5).
Winston-Salem State starter Casey Starbuck (1-1) absorbed the loss as he allowed three runs in two innings.