Junior hurler only allowed three base runners to reach
May 2, 2011
Story courtesy of Davenport Sports Information
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Matt Loomis pitched a nine inning complete game no-hitter in a 5-0 Davenport (Mich.) victory over visiting Aquinas (Mich.) in the second game of a doubleheader on April 29. The Saints won the first game 6-1.
In Loomis’ outstanding performance, the junior only allowed three base runners to reach (one walk, one error and one HBP). Loomis struck out nine Aquinas batters, including the final three Saints in the ninth inning.
“He was in complete control on the mound throughout the game,” Davenport head baseball coach Wes Cummings said. “This was a special day. It was a must win game and it was great to see Matt step up and perform like that in a pressure situation.”
Loomis got all the offense he needed in the first inning when Brandon Bongard reached home for the Panthers’ first run.
The Panthers added three more runs in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 4-0. With runners on the corners, Drew Kennedy’s sac fly brought in Bongard from third base. Back-to-back wild pitches from the Saints allowed two more runs to score for the Panthers in the frame.
DU added its final run in the sixth inning for the final 5-0 score. The Panthers offense finished with 12 hits in the contest.
The Panthers dropped game one of the doubleheader 6-1 against the visiting Saints. Rob Bolster put the only Panther run on the board when he hit a booming home run to right center in the third inning. The home run gave DU an early 1-0 advantage.
The Saints, however, scored the next six runs. Aquinas scored two runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh in the seven inning contest. The Saints took the lead on a two-run home run in the fifth. With runners on second and third, a double down the right-field line brought home two more Saints’ runs. Aquinas added two more in the seventh.
Tucker Gernhard started for the Panthers in game one, going five innings and allowing 10 hits.