College baseball: Washington pitcher Joe DeMers throws first perfect game in school history
What a month of February it's been for college baseball pitchers in 2018.
Just one day after North Dakota State's Riley Johnson threw the first no-hitter of the season, Washington's Joe DeMers followed with a perfect game in a 2-0 win over UC Riverside Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The perfect game was the first in school history, and just the fifth in Pac-12 history.
DeMers struck out nine batters while retiring 12 by way of the groundout and only six by flyout. He recorded all 27 outs on an efficient 84 pitches.
According to Washington Athletics, DeMers' outing was the first no-hitter for the Huskies since a combined no-hitter in 2006 pitched by Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadone.
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DeMers has yet to allow an earned run through 15 innings pitched this season.
Dating back to 1959, there had been 26 perfect games thrown in Division I baseball before Saturday, and it's only fitting that DeMers makes No. 27. Check out the full list:
|DATE||PLAYER||TEAM VS. OPPONENT|
|Feb. 24, 2018||Joe DeMers||Washington vs. UC Riverside|
|March 25, 2017||Cory Abbott||Loyola Marymount vs. BYU|
|March 11, 2016||Jesse Scholtens||Wright State vs. Dayton|
|March 21, 2015||Drew Rasmussen||Oregon State vs. Washington State|
|March 4, 2014||Javi Salas||Miami (Fla.) vs. Villanova|
|March 29, 2011||Will Roberts||Virginia vs. George Washington|
|April 9, 2003||Greg Prenger||Ohio State vs. Oakland (7 innings)|
|March 2, 2002||Eric Brandon||Auburn vs. Murray State|
|April 29, 2000||Chad Blackwell||Iowa vs. Northwestern (7 innings)|
|April 26, 1997||John Stewart||Western Mich. vs. Akron (7 innings)|
|April 13, 1996||Chris McConnell||St. Francis (NY) vs. Marist|
|April 30, 1991||Jason Johnson||Auburn vs. LaGrange (7 innings)|
|May 3, 1987||Mark Bowlan||Memphis vs. Louisville|
|March 14, 1987||Kevin Sheary||Miami (Fla.) vs. Southern Illinois|
|May 3, 1980||Cliff Faust||Nebraska vs. Kansas (7 innings)|
|April 19, 1980||Joe Housey||New Orleans vs. Southeastern La. (7 innings)|
|March 10, 1973||Joe McIntosh||Washington St. vs. Whitworth (7 innings)|
|March 20, 1972||Jim Jacobsen||Oklahoma St. vs. Houston (5 innings)|
|April 17, 1971||Bill Balfoort||Buffalo vs. Rochester (NY) (7 innings)|
|March 26, 1971||Larry Angell||Washington St. vs. Eastern Wash. (7 innings)|
|March 22, 1968||Rick Austin||Washington St. vs. Gonzaga (7 innings)|
|May 5, 1967||Bruce Baudier||LSU vs. Alabama (7 innings)|
|1967||Larry Gonsalves||Fresno St. vs. Cal Poly|
|April 20, 1965||Bob Schauenberg||Iowa vs. Central (Iowa)|
|April 20, 1965||George Dugan||Murray St. vs. Austin Peay|
|May 3, 1963||Don Woeltjen||Georgia vs. Georgia Tech|
|April 10, 1959||Dick Reitz||Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins|