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Friday, February 20, 2009

KU pitcher Shaeffer Hall throws no-hitter in season-opener

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Kansas University junior left-hander Shaeffer Hall pitched the fifth individual no-hitter in school history as the Jayhawks downed Air Force, 5-0, on Friday in the first game of the Service Academy Classic at USA Stadium.

The Jayhawks dropped the second game to Memphis, 5-4.

Hall, a 6-footer from Lee’s Summit, Mo., pitched a complete-game no-hitter. He struck out seven while walking three batters.

“(Hall) was really special today,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “For him to go out there and no-hit a team on just 104 pitches is an outstanding accomplishment. It’s one of the best performances by a pitcher that I’ve seen in my 30 years of coaching.”

Hall walked the first hitter and then retired 17 in a row before allowing another walk in the sixth.

“I was feeling good warming up, but the nerves kind of got to me early,” Hall said. “As the game went on I felt like I got stronger. I got behind a couple of hitters in the first inning, then I went out in the second and third inning and felt a lot better; more like myself.”

Hall became the first Jayhawk pitcher to throw a complete game no-hitter since David Hicks no-hit Northwest Missouri State on April 2, 1980.

A group of five Kansas pitchers no-hit Texas Southern on Feb. 1, 2004, in the most recent no-hitter by a KU team.

Hall’s toughest spot came in the sixth inning with KU ahead, 1-0. Hall issued two-out walks to Nathan Carter and hit K.J. Randhawa. Second baseman Robby Price made a nice play on a ball hit into the hole on the right side to end the inning.

Hall said it was his first no-hitter since his junior year in high school. That no-no was a seven-inning game.

“This time was a little more special,” he said, “going nine innings. I’m pretty excited about it.”

The Jayhawks led Memphis, 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Memphis scored three runs off closer Paul Smyth.

Comments

bvrams 11 years, 11 months ago

Rock Chalk baby... that is great news... if we want to be considered one of the top sport schools in the nation, we need to get more baseball wins... look at texas and stanford, we can compete and beat them in mens basketball and football, our lady hoops are coming along, we just need to keep improving baseball and softball, and we can compete. Rock Chalk

truefan 11 years, 11 months ago

I agree bvrams, but this is only one win for our baseball team. We lost our power hitters from last year and if our new lineup doesn't work then this could be a long season for KU baseball. We'll just have to see how it goes.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 11 months ago

BREAKING NEWS -

KU lost to Memphis! The Memphis TV sports folks are eating this up. Some sort of shallow revenge it seems.

Todd Conner 11 years, 11 months ago

Lets not forget what just happened. When is the last time a Kansas Baseball pitcher threw a no, no? Congrats Hall, on a accomplishment that few get to live. Good luck this year, and rock chalk baby!!!

sevenyearhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

KICK ASS!!!

Great story, glad to see some baseball coverage ...

Too bad about the loss to Memphis - where's MARIO when you need him? :D

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