Scotty Sunitsch tossed the first solo nine-inning no-hitter for Washington State since 1976 in the Cougars’ 7-0 victory over the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Sunday.
Sunitsch (3-1) threw just 95 pitches in striking out a career-high nine while walking two and hitting two batters in the senior left-hander’s 78th career appearance, tying Seth Harvey for third-most in WSU history.
Sunitsch was part of a combined no-hitter last season, pitching the ninth inning. The Cougars had seven-inning no-hitters in 1977 and 1984. Eric Wilkins went nine innings in no-hitting Oregon State in 1976.
Sunday’s no-hitter was the 25th in program history.
Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew and Mason De La Cruz had two hits each for the Cougars (9-17, 4-8 Pac-12). Plew hit a two-run triple in a three-run fifth inning and Robert Teel added a three-run double in the seventh. The Cougars collected nine hits and five walks against four pitchers for the Ducks (18-12, 5-7).
Left fielder Derek Chapman, who had just entered the game, saved the no-hitter in the ninth inning when he made a sliding catch of a line drive by the Ducks’ leadoff hitter. Sunitsch struck out the next two batters.
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