Top Performers: Week 4
Miami's Salas throws perfect game; Oklahoma's James hits .684
Oregon State's Jace Fry pitched the fifth no-hitter in school history on Saturday a 2-0 victory against Northern Illinois in the opener of a doubleheader at Goss Stadium. Fry struck out a career-high 10 and allowed only two baserunners, on walks in the fifth and ninth innings. He threw 67 strikes in 99 pitches and his second career shutout took just 1 hour, 46 minutes to complete, the quickest game in Goss Stadium history.
Despite going just 2-4 last week against Long Beach State, Mississippi State and UC Santa Barbara, Arizona's Trent Gilbert had a fantastic was red-hot at the plate. In the Wildcats' two wins (Friday and Saturday), Gilbert went 8-for-10 with a home run and eight RBI. Gilbert is now second on the team in batting average (.406) and RBI (16).
Oklahoma's Mac James hit .684 last week as Oklahoma went 4-1 at home. He hit in all five games to run his hitting streak to eight games. James totaled six runs scored and six driven in. He went 3-for-3 with a RBI double and a stolen base against Abilene Christian on Wednesday. On Sunday against Rutgers, he went 4-for-4, his second four-hit game of the season, scored three runs and hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the weekend series, he hit .750 (9-for-12), while he slugged 1.000 for the week to go with a .714 on-base percentage.
Kolton Mahoney threw BYU’s seventh no-hitter in school history during a 5-0 win against Nicholls State last Thursday. He struck out 11 batters and walked two in his nine innings. Mahoney lowered his ERA from 3.15 to 2.17 as his record improved to 2-2 last week. Mahoney struck out NSU batters every inning, including two in both the third and ninth innings.
Miami's Javi Salas threw just the 23rd perfect game in modern Division I history (since 1957) in a 17-0 victory against Villanova last Tuesday. Salas became the second Miami Hurricane to throw a perfect game and the first since Kevin Sheary on March 14, 1987. He struck out Villanova pinch hitter Derrick May Jr. for the final out of the game, sending his teammates into a frenzied celebration in front of the mound. Just how rare is a perfect game at the Division I level? Try 1 every 37,089 games pitched since 1970 -- that's 0.00270-percent of the time.