Sam Derr no-hits Keene State in NCAA tournament opener 3-0
UNION, N.J. -- Sam Derr threw a no-hitter as Lebanon Valley beat Keene State 3-0 in its NCAA Regional opening-round game at Kean.
Derr threw the first no-no of her career and the first in postseason history for Lebanon Valley (33-4).
Tessa Deardorff drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth, plating sister Katie Deardorff, while Emily Johnson drilled a two-run single in the sixth to make it a 3-0 game. Katie Deardorff tied the LVC all-time hits record with her 170th base knock. Derr (23-1) threw her 14th shutout of the season, and also collected her 100th hit in an LVC uniform with lead-off double in the sixth.
"Everything worked, I pitch to contact and our defense was great as usual," Derr said. "I couldn't be more proud of the team."
Johnson, who caught her first collegiate no-hitter, felt something special was in the works before the game even started.
Mariah Crisp (14-9) threw a fine game for Keene State, frustrating LVC with nine strikeouts until their fifth-inning breakthrough. Katie Deardorff led off with a bunt single and stole her way over to third, and with two outs, Tessa Deardorff blooped a single into left to plate the go-ahead run.
LVC tacked in a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, with Derr doubling and Hartman reaching on an error during a sacrifice attempt. Kim Ortiz-Marrero ran for Hartman and stole second, and with one out, Johnson ripped a single to right-center to plate both runs.
Derr faced only three more than the minimum; Keene State put two on in the second, both on errors, and a walk in the third was the last runner they had on as Derr retired the final 13 batters she faced in a 96-pitch, five-strikeout performance.