Statitudes: Best numbers from Week 8
|.900||North Carolina's Trent Thornton tossed a three-hit shutout as UNC topped Boston College 7-0 in the series opener Friday afternoon. Thornton's sixth win of 2014 was also his 18th as a Tar Heel, and his 18-2 career record gives him the best winning percentage (.900) in school history for any pitcher with at least 20 decisions.|
Senior Robbie Cafiero’s ninth-inning two-run home run gave Hofstra a thrilling 3-2 win against visiting NYIT Wednesday. The home run was Cafiero’s first in a Hofstra uniform and came against the team he started his collegiate career with as a freshman in 2011.
Alabama A&M beat Samford on Wednesday for the first time with a 5-3 win. Samford was 21-0 against Alabama A&M since 1997.
The third consecutive extra-inning game between Central Arkansas and UALR finally went in the Bears' favor Wednesday night as they downed the Trojans 5-4 in 11 innings. Nate Ferrell hit a one-out fly ball to center field that the UALR center fielder dropped, allowing the winning run to score and end a game that lasted 3:50 and saw both head coaches ejected during a heated 10th inning.
UC Santa Barbara defeated Cal Poly on Friday. UCSB designated hitter Robby Nesovic swatted a three-run home run off Matt Imhof in the third, scoring senior left fielder Joey Epperson and junior third baseman Peter Maris. Tyler Kuresa took advantage of a frustrated Imhof in the very next at-bat, lining his eighth home run of the season for UCSB's first set of back-to-back roundtrippers since the 2009 season.
VMI's Will Connerley was the first Keydet since April 1, 2006 to be hit by a pitch three times in one game as VMI was plunked six times Wednesday night in an 8-6 win against VCU. It's the team’s most hit-by-pitches drawn since nine in that same 2006 tilt.
Miami's Sebastian Diaz walked five times in his first collegiate start on Wednesday against Bethune-Cookman, marking the first such performance since UM's Mike Fiore walked five times against Mercer in 1988. Miami won the game 10-1.
Sam Roberson tied a school record with five runs scored in Southeastern Louisiana's 20-4 win Wednesday against Alcorn State. He tied the record, held by Chris Finley (Western Kentucky, 1992) and Adrian Newell (Southern, 1998).
Three Youngstown State relievers combined to hold Pittsburgh without a hit in the final six innings, and the Penguins rallied for a 7-6 victory against the Panthers on Wednesday. Pittsburgh led 6-3 after a four-run top of the third, but YSU scored the final four runs of the game to beat the Panthers for the first time since April 4, 2007.
New Mexico beat rival New Mexico State 17-7 on Wednesday. NMSU used 10 relief pitchers, falling two short of the Division I record of 12 used by Butler in 1998. Texas Tech was the last team to use as many as 10 when the Red Raiders used 11 relievers against Howard-Payne in 2004.
|13||Illinois-Chicago overpowered Purdue by a final score of 18-5 on Tuesday night at Granderson Stadium. The 13-run victory is UIC’s largest triumph against a Big Ten opponent since May 9, 2006, when the Flames dominated in-state rival Northwestern by a margin of 23-5 at Les Miller Field.|
|14||Kent State and Ohio combined for a Division I record 14 hit batsmen in last Tuesday's game –- and that was just in seven innings of game one of a doubleheader. The Golden Flashes were hit by nine of those pitches and won the game 16-5. William & Mary and James Madison combined for 13 in 2013 while Baylor and TCU combined to plunk 13 in 2012.|
|16||Northwestern State's bullpen held Louisiana Tech to no runs in the final six innings to the Demons their first win against the Bulldogs since 2008. The win also moved NSU to 16-12 on the season, which ties the total wins last year's club gathered.|
|16||UC Davis beat Cal State Fullerton 3-2 on Friday. The victory ended a 16-game losing streak against the Titans, improving UC Davis to 14-12 overall and 1-3 in Big West Conference play this season. The Aggies hadn't defeated Cal State Fullerton since April 26, 2008, and marked their first win over a ranked team since a 3-2, 10-inning victory against a No. 18-ranked UC Irvine squad on April 22, 2011.|
|16||Kentucky defeated Florida 17-1 on Friday. Kentucky equaled its largest margin of victory in SEC play in program history, done last in 16-run wins against Vanderbilt in 1993 and Tennessee in 1990.|
|18||Nathan Kirby threw a no-hitter in No. 1 Virginia's 4-0 victory at Pittsburgh Friday. Kirby struck out 18 batters, one off the school and ACC single-game record, in UVa's first no-hitter since 2011. In recording his first career complete game, Kirby (6-1) fell one strikeout shy of the school and ACC records. The school record for strikeouts is 19, set by Harry Thomas in 1974 against Clemson. That total is tied with NC State's Shawn Senior (vs. Howard, 1993) and North Carolina's Roger Williams (vs. Duke, 1985) for the ACC record.|
|19||Mason Davis singled with one out in the 10th and scored on a wild pitch, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving The Citadel a 3-2 victory against Coastal Carolina Tuesday night. Including their 12-4 victory at Riley Park last week, the Bulldogs completed a sweep of the home-and-home series against the Chanticleers for the first time since 1995.|
|21||Arkansas defeated South Carolina in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader. The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 21 consecutive SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second-longest streak in the league behind Vanderbilt at 23.|
|200||Richmond won its fifth consecutive game Wednesday night, defeating Longwood on the road 6-4. The win marked the 200th career victory for first-year Spider head coach Tracy Woodson.|
|1,200||LSU coach Paul Mainieri earned his 1,200th career win in a 10-3 victory against McNeese State on Wednesday. Mainieri's career record moved to 1,200-633-8 in 32 seasons as a college head coach, is one of only nine active NCAA Division I head coaches to reach the 1,200-win mark.|