Tech No-Hitters: 5 For; 3 Against
Through their existence, the Red Raider baseballers have played 1,712 games ... but the ones that perhaps got the most ink account for just two percent of those outings --the no-hitters!
Tech's first no-no came just seven games deep into the first season! The next two no-hitters Tech was involved in were in losing causes -- and came almost exactly 11 months apart -- and were by the same school: Texas Lutheran. And the first of those gems proved to be a perfect game. Six of the eight no-nos have come in the month of April.
Tech's first two gems came nine years and three weeks apart.
It only took four years between the second and third gems, but it's been done
just once in the last 26 years -- that in 1990. Here are some tidbits about those games:
- April 19, 1926: Texas Tech 3, McMurry 0. Volney "Satch" Hill not only threw a no-hitter but also drove in two of the three runs the Red Raiders scored. Hill, who threw four complete games in five starts, had hurled an 11-inning game against Daniel Baker that was halted by darkness (at 3-3) in his first outing as a Raider. The spitball artist also led the team in hittin
- April 23, 1955: Texas Lutheran 15, Texas Tech 0 in Seguin. Southpaw Pete Correa faced the minimum 27 batters. However, Correa, who threw 75 strikes in 105 efforts, walked second baseman Fulton Smith to open the sixth, but pinch-hitter John Henry Bates grounded into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch. Correa fanned 15 batters and went 2-for-5 at the plate. Here's how his strikeouts came by inning: 1, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3.
- March 28, 1956: Texas Lutheran 7-0 in Seguin. Ray Erxleben allowed just one base runner inimproving his record to 3-0. Erxleben faced only 29 batters (one reached on an error and the other walked). After three starts, all compelte games, Erxleben had pitched 29 innings, 27 of them scoreless, struck out 29, walked 10 and allowed just one earned run. In the nightcap, Pete Correa fanned 15 batters and walked only one in running his record to 3-1 and had a no-hitter until Red Raider outfielder Dave Allen blooped a single down the first base line in the eighth inning of a 2-0 game.
- April 2, 1962: Texas Tech 2, Eastern New Mexico 0 in Lubbock. Ramey Brandon. In hot water much of game due to seven bases on balls and two wild pitches. One batter reached third and three others made second. In the third Gordon Hill walked, was sacrificed to second and took third on a wild pitch. On a potential wild pitch, catcher Doug Cannon threw Hill out at the plate with Brandon covering. In the fourth Brandon walked two but one was out stealing and the other was caught trying to go from first to third on an error by second baseman Ronnie Ayers. ENMU went down 1-2-3 in the second, fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh the first two batters walked but Brandon fanned the third man. The final batter bounced into a 4-6-3 (Ayers-Charles Harrison-Bob White) to end the game. Brandon also had one of Tech's seven hits in the game.
- April 27, 1966: Texas Tech 17, West Texas State 0. Lee Watts' three-run homer highlighted a 14-run first inning in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The game was never in doubt as the Red Raiders managed 17 runs on 17 hits. Dave "The Cisco Kid" Callerman pitched four innings and Pat Abbott retired the side in order in the fifth inning, when the game was called by the "mercy rule". The home game was played at Tech Diamond. Neither Tech pitcher walked a batter, but one Buffalo reached base on an error.
- April 30, 1967: Abilene Christian 1, Texas Tech 0, in Lubbock. Bill Gilbreath always gave Texas Tech fits -- and this day was no different. Gilbreath faced only 21 batters in the 7-inning game, fanning 14 and walking three en route to his eighth win in nine decisions on the year. The game's lone run came in the fourth when, with one out, Jimmy Lawson drew a walk, John Moss doubled and then Alvin O'Dell's sacrifice fly scored the run. Tech, in the nightcap, recorded 17 hits in a 19-1 blowout.
- April 23, 1971: Texas Tech 1, at Baylor 0. Ruben Garcia, who had flirted with no-hitters twice earlier in the year, needed eight innings to post his school-record setting seventh win of the season. The Brownfield southpaw allowed only four base runners: one on an error in the first and a hit batter in the second. After that he retired 19 straight batters before walking a pair of pinch-hitters in the eighth (extra inning, since first games of Southwest Conference doubleheaders were 7 innings and the nightcap was 9 unless the first game went extra innings). Doug Ault's leadoff double to left center in the eighth, Roy Carver single and Dave Hazzard's sacrifice fly scored the game's only run. Garcia, who collected his second hit of the year, recorded his fifth shutout, seventh complete game, notched his 105th strikeout, and lowered his ERA to 0.55, all Tech records at the time.
- March 20, 1990: Texas Tech 11, College of Southwest 0. Four Red Raiders split the honors. Jeff Beck pitched three perfect innings. In the first all three batters bounced back to the mound. In the second the Mustangs went down f9, 3-1, line to second. In the third it was f9, f8, f3. Kevin Kirk worked the 4th and 5th, walking one and hitting a batter with two down in the fourth. Brian Boesiger got two strikeouts and a fly to left in the sixth and Kurt Shipley got a pop to left, a 4-3 grounder and then ended the game with a strikeout. Tech ptichers faced only 23 batters and just one runner advanced to second. A nine-run second inning by Tech put the second game of the twin bill game out of reach.