SMU No-Hitters

It was a memorable 24 hours for Saint Mary's University pitchers. 
R.J. Brown (Broadview, Ill.) tossed his second no-hitter of the season—becoming the first Saint Mary's pitcher on record to post two no-hitters in one season—in leading the Cardinals to a 4-0 Game 1 win over Carleton Friday afternoon.
Saturday morning, Saint Mary's fastpitch hurler Ashley Betzold (Farmington, Minn.) tossed a five-inning no-hitter, her first career no-hitter, in the Cardinals' 10-1 Game 2 win over Concordia.

Brown—who allowed just three base runners, two via Cardinal errors and the other on a second-inning hit batter, en route to his first no-hitter against Aurora on March 17—was just as stingy against Carleton on Friday. The junior right-hander once again allowed just three base runners—one on a third-inning walk and the other two on back-to-back walks in the fourth—while striking out three. He induced the Knights into 10 groundball outs and eight fly ball outs.
Brown is the first Division III pitcher with two no-hitters since Ferrum's

Jake Perkins posted a pair of no-hitters during the 2014 season. Brown is the first MIAC pitcher with two no-hitters in a season since 1977, when Saint John’s Rick Laba achieved the feat in 1977—no-hitting Gustavus (2-0) and Augsburg (2-0).

Betzold, meanwhile, faced just 19 batters en route to collegiate no-hitter No. 1, inducing Concordia into nine ground-ball outs and four flyouts, while walking two and striking out two. Concordia scored its hitless run in the third on a pair of fielder's choices, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

Ironically, Betzold's no-hitter is Saint Mary's first since Betzold's sister, Mallory, tossed no-no on March 14, 2009.


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