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 Trigiani 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 is 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 whole 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.