OLEAN, NY – Saint Joseph’s graduate student Ian McCole made history on Thursday, throwing the seventh no-hitter in Saint Joseph’s baseball history as the Hawks cruised past St. Bonaventure, 18-0, in the first of a three-game set.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph’s (26-23 overall, 10-11 Atlantic 10) got things started in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Drapeau† A two-run home run by Brett Callahan in the third was followed two batters later by a solo shot from Nate Thomas to make it a 4-0 lead heading to the fourth.
• Bases-loaded walks to Jake Artz and Thomas, followed by Andrew Cossetti being hit by a pitch, pushed the lead to seven before Brendan Hueth’s two-run single made it 9-0 after four.
• The Hawks would add a six-spot in the sixth after an RBI double by Hueth, a two-run double from Tim Cavanaugha double from Drapeau, and singles by Luca Trigianic and Callahan.
• Thomas finished off the scoring with a three-run home run in the top of the eighth.
• McCole made quick work of the Bonnies in the ninth, inducing a fly ball to left before a pair of groundouts to Liam Bendo at second. Appropriately, it was McCole covering first for the game’s final out to secure the no-hitter.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• McCole allowed one walk and hit two batters while striking out six, facing three over the minimum on the day. It’s his second complete game in a Hawk uniform; he went the distance in a 5-1 win over UMass on April 9, 2021.
• Thursday’s win is the first no-hitter for the Hawks since Randy Mower, Dominic Favazza, and Chris Prescott blanked Saint Peter’s on March 16, 2008. McCole’s effort is the fourth solo no-hitter in program history, and the first since Dave Landers achieved the feat on April 27, 1970, in a 4-0 win at Albright.
• The last Atlantic 10 pitcher to unfurl a no-hitter was Cody Luther of Saint Louis, who held St. Bonaventure without a hit on April 13, 2019.
• On the offensive side, Thomas had a game-high five runs batted in while Callahan was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Hueth added three RBI of his own.
“It was a great all-around game,” McCole said. “Our offense took a ton of pressure off me from the second inning on and made it easy to have the success I had. Our defense made the plays all day long and Andrew [Cossetti] called a great game. [It was a] big team win and exactly what we needed to get the momentum back on our side as we try to qualify for the [Atlantic 10] tournament.”
“Just a tremendous performance by Ian today,” head coach Fritz Hamburg said. “We really needed some kind of pick-me-up to get us back on track; Ian answered that bell and then some! The entire team did a great job offensively and even more so, making some outstanding plays to give Ian the opportunity to do what he did. It was just great to be part of it.”
The teams will continue the series on Friday. First pitch is set for noon.