Top Performers: Week 2
VMI's Garrett throws first DI no-hitter; UK's Reed makes history
Reed Garrett threw the first regular season no-hitter in Gray-Minor Stadium history, and the first no-hitter of this year's Division I season, this past Friday against Lafayette, blanking the Leopards on 117 pitches. He struck out 13, including nine of the last 14 hitters, and allowed only one baserunner, that coming on a 3-2 walk in the fifth inning. It was the first no-hitter in the Big South since May of 2011.
After a hitless start to the season Nick Lynch batted .474 (9-for-19) and slugged 1.105 to help the Aggies to tie for the Gael Invitational's best record, driving home seven runs and scoring six of his own. The junior unloaded home runs in each of the Aggies' first three tournament games, including a two-home run game against Kansas State. He opened the weekend with a solo shot in the opener against host Saint Mary's, finishing 2-for-4, before following that up with a 2-for-5 outing in an 8-7 win against Portland on Friday, driving home the game-winning run with a first-inning RBI single and adding a two-run home run in the third.
Tennessee Tech's Daniel Miles was at the forefront of an offensive onslaught this past week that led to a 5-0 record and helped the Golden Eagles outscore their opponents 64-16. The third baseman batted .474 with nine hits and seven runs scored. More impressively, he led the team with 11 RBI in five games while crushing two home runs and a double. Miles swung his way into the record books on Saturday, breaking the Tech single-game mark for RBI in a contest, driving in eight runs in the second game of a doubleheader against NYIT.
UNC-Wilmington's Nick Monroe faced the minimum 27 batters and allowed a one-out single in the ninth to come up just short of a perfect game as UNCW raced past Liberty 11-0 Sunday. Monroe needed just 92 pitches to toss his first career complete game shutout in just his second career start. The righthander walked none and struck out four. It was UNCW’s first one-hitter since Bradley Holt one-hit Northeastern in a seven-inning contest in 2008 in Boston. Liberty’s Becker Senkey broke up the perfect game with a clean single to right center.
Aaron Nola fired a no-hitter for seven innings Friday night against Virginia Tech before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction. Nola threw 87 pitches in seven shutout frames, allowing no hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. It was the deepest an LSU pitcher had gone in a game without giving up a hit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders threw 8.2 hitless innings at Ole Miss.
Kentucky's A.J. Reed belted five homers and drove in 11 runs in a three-game span, while making a little history. Reed is the first Wildcat to hit five home runs in three games and became the first player to hit two home runs in an inning for UK since Jason Kipnis in 2007. Friday saw Reed hit two home runs -- including a grand slam -- and pick up the win on the mound with seven, one-run innings of work. Saturday, Reed gave UK the lead with a two-out, two-run single in the third inning at Old Dominion, before tying the game later in the seventh inning with a solo homer. In a Sunday win against St. John’s, Reed belted two homers to complete his historic stretch.
Maryland's Jake Stinnett tossed eight innings of one-hit ball against Bryant Saturday and struck out a career-high 11 batters in a 3-0 win. He retired the first 17 batters he faced and took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh. In all, Stinnett faced 26 batters -- two over the minimum -- in his eight-inning stint. Stinnett is one of only three Maryland pitchers in the last five seasons to total 11 or more strikeouts in a game. Jimmy Reed had 11 against Boston College on May 16, 2013 and Sander Beck struck out 11 against Army on Feb. 25, 2011.