Andrew Hill fired the 13th no-hitter in program history, and the sophomore's electric stuff was just what the 11th-ranked College of Wooster baseball team needed to get back on track on Sunday afternoon at Allegheny College. Wooster stormed back to take game two 16-0 after dropping its first North Coast Athletic Conference contest of the season 6-1 in Sunday's opener.
Hill's first one-two-three inning of the game came in the second, and by the end of that frame, the right-hander was wheeling and dealing. While Hill's 39 strikeouts are tops for Wooster (18-8, 9-1 NCAC), it was the defense behind the righty getting the job done all afternoon and keeping the no-no intact. Twelve of the 13 batters Hill faced between innings two and five were retired, and only one by means of a strikeout. A one-out third-inning walk was the only blemish on Hill's line during that 13-batter stretch.
Hill issued a leadoff walk in the sixth, but quickly recovered to induce a pair of ground outs before Ben Kosbie chased a 2-2 offering to get the sophomore out of the inning with his second strikeout of the game.
Andrew Vincent watched a 1-2 pitch go by for the final out of the game.
Noteworthy, Hill's no-hitter is the program's first since Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads' perfect game at Hiram College on April 15, 2012.
Offensively, Wooster logged four multi-run innings in the nightcap, starting with a five-run second. Junior Nick Strausbaugh's two-run single down the left field line brought in senior Harrison Walls and freshman Tyler Chumita, both of whom singled earlier in the inning. Junior Dan Harwood took care of the rest with a three-run round-tripper out to right center.
Two innings later, Wooster broke the game wide open, as a three-run fourth upped the Scots' lead to 9-0. Freshman Ben Gbur delivered the big knock of the inning, as his two-run single plated Harwood and senior Garrett Crum.
Chumita carried Wooster across the finish line from an offensive standpoint. The rookie, who was making his first collegiate start, finished 5-for-5 with four RBI, two of which came on a sixth-inning single, and the final two came likewise in the seventh.
In Sunday's opener, Allegheny's (16-13, 6-5 NCAC) Sean Kealey (4-3) kept Wooster in check with seven innings of two-hit baseball. Wooster didn't get its first base knock of the contest until freshman Ben Hines singled to right center with two outs in the fifth.
Wooster's run came in the seventh, with junior Dan Gail's RBI ground out plating Crum, who had the Scots' other knock in the game, which came at the start of the inning.
Allegheny did the majority of its damage in the third inning. Austin Bristol's two-run single up the middle accounted for the game's first two runs, and by inning's end, Tommy Cannon and Phillips had RBI singles marked down on the scoresheet.
Senior Chandler Dippman allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits in his three innings of work. The right-hander fell to 5-3 on the year.
Despite only playing in game two, Chumita led all players on the day in hits and RBI.
Bret Kelly led Allegheny with three hits, and he was one of two Gators with a pair of RBI.
Next, Wooster plays its fifth Ohio Athletic Conference foe of the year, as the Scots are slated to visit the University of Mount Union (17-11) for a single game on Tuesday at 4 p.m.