May 4, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Ohio State sophomore right-hander Alex Wimmers tossed the first-ever nine-inning no-hitter in program history in a 6-0 win over Michigan May 2.  He was selected Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his performance.

The native of Cincinnati, Ohio, struck out 14 batters in the first game of the series against the Wolverines in his sixth outing with double-digit strikeouts this season.  Wimmers walked four in the game, but faced just one over the minimum as three were caught stealing by catcher Dan Burkhart. 

"Wimmers had command of all three of his pitches," said Ohio State head coach Bob Todd. "He did not give in to their hitters. There's a method to his madness and he simply was not going to give in to the hitters."

Wimmers, who is just one of nine Ohio State pitchers to reach the 100-strikeout mark in school history, paces the Big Ten with 103 on the season.  He also tops the league with a .193 opponent batting average.

No. 27 Ohio State took two of three games in the series, and currently sits in third place in the Big Ten standings.  It was the first time Michigan has been no-hit in 27 years.

BACK TO FORM:  Second-ranked Rice University kept up its winning ways as the Owls held on to sole possession of first place in the Conference USA standings behind sophomore right fielder Chad Mozingo.

The native of Spring, Texas, returned to the starting lineup last week for the first time since April 17 after nursing an injury, and came back with full force to hit .467 with three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored. 

Mozingo contributed the game-winning hit against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and scored the game-winning run in the second game of the series against league foe Houston.  He was named C-USA Hitter of the Week for his stellar play.

ANOTHER NOTCH: Florida State clinched its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division title after sweeping Virginia last weekend while extending their nation's longest winning streak to 12 games. 

Junior second baseman Jason Stidham sparked the Seminoles by reaching base safely in 12 of 15 plate appearances, batting .700 and slugging 1.700 for the series.  The native of Palm Bay, Fla., belted a home run in each game of the series, stretching his streak to four games with a round-tripper, and did not strike out against the Hokies last weekend.  He was perfect in the field against Virginia Tech, and was a part of FSU's first triple play since 1997 in the win on May 3.  Stidham garnered ACC Player of the Week for his efforts.

The division crown secures the Seminoles no lower than a No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C., May 20-24.

NOTABLE:  After sweeping then-No. 11 Georgia on the road last weekend, Florida vaulted 13 spots to No. 11 in the latest Baseball America Top 25.  The Gators have reeled off eight straight victories to move into first place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division standings ... Connecticut's George Springer blasted three home runs as the Huskies went 5-1, including a series win over Notre Dame last week.  Springer became the program's freshman record-holder with 14 homers on the year ... Kansas State tied a school record for wins after posting a sweep at Oklahoma State last weekend.  The Wildcats are 35-11-1, and are knotted with the 1976 K-State squad.  The Cats stand in second place behind Texas in the Big 12 standings, and have won seven straight games.