Top Performers: Week 10
ECU's Hoffman fans 16; Austin Peay's Robles throws one-hitter
East Carolina's Jeff Hoffman struck out a career-high 16 batters lifting East Carolina to 1-0 win against Middle Tennessee Thursday night in Conference USA action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Hoffman, who evened his record at 3-3 on the season, scattered three hits over eight scoreless frames allowing one walk. To go along with his C-USA best 16 strikeouts, Hoffman recorded four fly ball outs and four grounds outs, while retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. In all, Hoffman struck out at least one hitter in all eight innings and multiple batters in six innings. His 16 total strikeouts are the most by a C-USA pitcher this season, is tied for fifth all-time in school history, and is the most since Ayden Butler fanned 17 against St. Augustine in 1992.
Milwaukee's Cody Peterson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before settling for a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against Valparaiso Friday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field. The only blemish came in the eighth inning. With one out, and an 0-2 count on the batter, a slow roller back up the middle got past Peterson, forcing a bare-handed try that came up empty in allowing the infield single. No one has thrown a no-hitter in school history. He threw 116 pitches, walking just one - which came in the ninth inning - while striking out a season-high eight batters. The only time Valpo had runners in scoring position came in the second inning. A pair of hit batters put runners on first and second with two outs, but a ground ball ended it. Peterson retired 17 batters in a row from that point, getting a phenomenal diving play from junior Ryan McShane on a line drive back up the middle to end the sixth inning and keep the no-hitter intact at the time.
Austin Peay's Alex Robles twirled a complete-game one-hitter to lead Austin Peay to a 3-0 win against Belmont on Thursday afternoon at Rose Park. Robles kept Belmont off balanced the entire game. He retired the first seven batters he faced before giving up his lone hit, a bloop single to right field. Robles would allow two walks, one in the fourth and another in the sixth, but worked around the free pass each time. He finished the game retiring the final 11 batters he faced. He struck out a career-high nine batters in the contest, allowing one hit and two walks, facing three more batters than the minimum. The one-hitter was the first by a Govs pitcher since 1997 when Craig Smith tossed a one-hitter in a seven-inning contest against Morehead State.