SAN ANGELO, Texas (Feb. 16, 2019) – Lubbock Christian University was held to just one run on five hits Saturday afternoon as Angelo State evened up the series, forcing a rubber game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
LCU was held to its lowest hit and run totals of the 2019 season in the game, as Ram starting pitcher worked a no-hitter through four innings and only gave up four hits overall in 7.1 innings on the mound. Baker was relieved by Nick Coffman, who continued the strong ASU day on the mound, allowing just one hit in his 1.2 innings on the mound.
Angelo State gave Baker an early lead to work with, scoring single runs in the first and second innings off LCU starter Callan Johnson. Johnson, making his third start of the year, suffered his first loss in 2019, scattering six hits over 4.1 innings and giving up all four runs the Rams scored in the game. Johnson is now 2-1 this season and saw his ERA rise to a still-respectable 3.12.
Baker's no-hitter bid actually lasted four and two thirds innings, as he got two outs deep in the fifth before Braden Hayward broke things up. The Lubbock native smacked a single to right field, which was followed immediately by another single from Andres Negron. Baker held on though, striking out Eddy Vasquez to end the Chaps' first scoring threat of the day.
The Ram offense came back with another pair of runs in the fifth inning, as a pair of one-out walks both came around to score.
Lubbock Christian's second inning with hits was in the top of the eighth, when they also got their lone run. Negron led off the run-scoring effort with a clean, one-out single. Negron advanced to second on a wild pitch and then came into score when Eddy Vasquez doubled him in, marking the Chaps' only extra-base hit in the game.
Reliever Logan McCrummen did his part for LCU after coming in to relieve Johnson in the fifth. McCrummen pitched the final 3.2 innings on the mound, allowing five hits, but keeping all the baserunners from coming around to score.
LCU's final chance for a comeback was in the top of the ninth, as James Hardberger tried to spark a two-out rally with a single, but Coffman closed out the game for the Rams with a pop out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
5 – LCU's five hits were its lowest total in a single game this season
9 – None of the Chaps' nine leadoff batters on the day reached base
.395 – Keaton Greenwalt failed to get a hit in a game for the first time this season, lowering his batting average to .395