Conference tournament weekend is such a great time for college baseball, because there’s always weird things going on.
Well, the MAC wanted to get in as much weird as possible on Saturday.
The day started with 3-seed Ohio taking on 6-seed Bowling Green for the second time this week. The Bobcats had already downed BGSU by a score of 6-2 in the tournament’s first game on Wednesday.
Well, Ohio would win again, eliminating the Falcons, but it came in the form of a no-hitter.
The Bobcats’ Connor Sitz allowed no hits and five walks in nine shutout innings. Of his 126 pitches, 71 were strikes.
Sitz is not exactly the pitcher you would expect a no-hitter to come from this season, as opposing hitters are batting .274 against him in 2015.
But he did it, and it was the first time Ohio’s thrown a no-no against a D-1 program, and the first in the history of the MAC Conference Tournament.
This came just two days after the Bobcats hit three home runs in the 11th inning on Thursday to defeat Western Michigan 4-1.
The no-hitter was just the beginning of the theatrics though for the MAC on Saturday.
8-seed Akron was trailing 5-seed Ball State 8-1 entering the ninth inning.
But the Zips won the game.
Akron plated eight runs in the ninth inning, sending twelve batters to the plate during the rally.
After Ball State starter Scott Baker was lifted with one out in the inning, three Cardinals relievers combined to give up five hits and two walks while recording just one out.
Ball State had scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take the seven-run lead, but Billy Salem’s second single of the inning ended the game, and kept Akron’s season alive.
There’s the potential for Akron to play Ohio on Sunday in the Championship game. They will have to defeat Ball State a second time Saturday night.