March 31, 2014

Baseball Report (Week 5) - Braden Johnson Tosses 1st No-Hitter in HCAC Since 2005

GREENWOOD, IN - Transylvania University freshman pitcher Braden Johnson (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) tossed the first no-hitter in the HCAC since 2005 Sunday.  Johnson led the Pioneers to a 12-0 win over Defiance as the Pioneers (10-10, 4-2 HCAC) earned a three-game sweep over the Jackets (7-11, 1-5 HCAC).

Johnson tossed a nine-inning no-hitter in Sunday's 12-0 win. The freshman right hander faced 28 batters and recorded five strikeouts in the victory. 

The effort was the first no-hitter in the modern era of Transylvania baseball and was the first in the HCAC since 2005.  It was only the fourth no-hitter in the history of the conference.

The freshman was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's NCAA DIII National Player of the Week for his efforts.

Transylvania will play host to Hanover in a single game contest Tuesday and will welcome Earlham to Lexington for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.

In other HCAC action...

Rose-Hulman (11-4, 6-0 HCAC) remained atop the standings with its second straight series sweep.  The Engineers swept Hanover (6-10, 2-4 HCAC) behind the hitting of sophomore Kody Alayon (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll).  Alayon finished 6-for-11 (.545) at the plate with four runs scored, one double, five RBI, and four stolen bases in the series win. The sophomore committed zero errors in 19 attempts at shortstop and turned five double plays in the field.

Anderson (12-4, 5-1 HCAC) earned a series sweep of Mount St. Joseph (6-11-1, 1-5 HCAC) over the weekend.  The Ravens pulled out a 6-5 win on Saturday and swept Sunday's doubleheader 6-4 and 12-7.

Franklin (13-7, 4-2 HCAC) took two of three from Earlham (11-7, 3-3 HCAC) in Richmond over the weekend. Junior pitcher Seth Powers (Greenfield, Ind./H.S.) struck out 14 batters in tossing his first career complete-game shutout in Sunday's 2-0 win over Earlham. The 14 strikeouts were the most for Franklin since Hayden Cleveland recorded a HCAC-record 15 strikeouts against MSJ last season.

Manchester (10-9, 4-2 HCAC) earned a home sweep over Bluffton (7-11, 0-6 HCAC) this weekend.  Freshman Tailur Szarenski (Bluffton, Ind./H.S.) hit .462 with a slugging percentage of 1.077 against the Beavers. The freshman drove in six runs and added two doubles and two home runs during the series.

For a complete recap of Week 5 in HCAC Baseball, click here