WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jordan Barrett and George Kirby combined to throw the first no-hitter in CAA Tournament history, but the Elon University baseball team lost a 1-0 game to the College of Charleston Cougars in an elimination game on Thursday afternoon.
Barrett (4-5) threw 4.2 innings before departing shortly after a rain delay. He gave up one run and walked two, while striking out a pair. Kirby threw 3.1 innings, walked one and fanned three.
Elon (24-32) had seven hits in the game, including three from Joe Satterfield.
Bailey Ober (7-2) picked up the win after throwing 5.0 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and struck out seven hitters. Nathan Ocker earned his fourth save by throwing the final 4.0 innings.
The Cougars’ (27-30) lone run was driven in by Bradley Dixon.
How It Happened: With the game scoreless in the middle of the fifth, rain moved in and forced a delay of just over an hour and a half. Elon stuck with Barrett following the delay, but the senior was not as sharp as he had been as the Cougars loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter with one out. A grounder at the bag at first was fielded by Shawn Blake who stepped on the bag and threw home, but the throw was just last as Erven Roper scored to make it 1-0.
Elon looked like it may be in position to tie it in the top of the eighth when Satterfield led off with a double and moved to third on a fly out. With the contact play on, Satterfield took off on a ground ball to first, but the Cougars were able to throw home and eliminate the chance of the tying run scoring before getting a fly ball to left to end the inning and cling to the 1-0 edge.
Kory Shumate drew a walk on the 12th pitch of his at bat to lead off the Elon ninth, but advanced no further as the next three hitters were retired.
Notes: The no-hitter was the second of the year for the Phoenix… Elon last threw a pair of no-hitters in 1979… Barrett became the sixth Elon pitcher to ever record 100 or more strikeouts in a season and the second this year… His 100 Ks this year rate sixth on the program’s single-season chart… Satterfield ended the year with 47 hits, the 10th-most by an Elon freshman at the Division I level… His 14 doubles tied for the second-most by an Elon freshman at the Division I level… Elon fell to 5-8 in one-run games on the year, including a 2-6 mark in one-run contests against CAA opponents.