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.
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 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, was the starting pitcher in a Cardinal no-no on March 14, 2009.