College baseball: Maryville's Robbie Gordon pitches perfect game
St. Charles, Mo. - Senior Robbie Gordon pitched the first perfect game in Maryville University baseball history as he retired all 21 batters he faced in a 2-0 victory over Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon in St. Charles, Mo. His perfecto was also the first no-hitter in Saints history. The Saints won the second game of the doubleheader 7-5 to earn a split of the four-game series.
Gordon set the tone in the top of the first as he struck out two of the first three Chargers he faced. In the bottom of the second, Tyler Catlett singled and scored on Sean Murphy's RBI double for the only run Maryville would need. In the fourth inning, the Saints tacked on another run. Zack Ruckman doubled, and Tyler Omlid put down a sac bunt. Mitch Carriger had an RBI grounder to double the Maryville lead.
In the top of the seventh, Omlid snared a liner for the first out, and Carriger caught a pop fly for the second out. To close out the perfect game, Gordon induced a grounder to third and Louis Niemerg calmly scooped the ball and fired over to first for the final out as the Saints sprinted out of the dugout to celebrate. Gordon notched nine strikeouts, seven ground outs and five fly outs in his perfect outing.