University at Buffalo softball coach Trena Peel thought starting pitcher Tori Speckman was not quite in top form on Saturday. The game’s boxscore indicates otherwise.
Speckman threw a no-hitter against Ohio University, walking three batters and striking out 10 in a 4-0 victory. Speckman earned her 11th win of the season.
“I can’t say enough about Tori Speckman this afternoon,” Peel said. “She was off her game a little and still managed to throw a no-no. Great pitchers find a way to make it work on their bad days.”
The no-hitter was the third in UB softball history. The others belong to Stacey Evans against Toledo in 2004 and Terese Diaz against St. Bonaventure in 2010.
“It’s great to finally play seven complete innings of error-free defense and play 21 perfect outs,” Peel said. “I’m proud of Tori Pettine’s defensive contributions. She made some game-changing plays at third base.”
The Bulls’ batters had just four hits, by Sammi Gallardo, Ryleigh Fitzgerald, Savanna Norcio and Karly Nevez. They scored two runs in the second inning and two in the sixth.
Buffalo will wrap up the two-game series with Ohio this afternoon at 1 p.m.
BASEBALL: Canisius split a doubleheader at Fairfield winning the opener, 4-2, and losing, 4-3.
Rohn Pierce (Newfane) fell one out shy of his second straight complete game. Pierce (6-1) went 8∏ innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Canisius moved to 19-9 and 7-1 in MAAC play.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Freshman Jeff Edwards had his first career hat trick as Canisius cruised to a 9-4 win over Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Junior Carrie-Jo Farrugia registered five goals to surpass 50 in her career as Niagara beat Monmouth, 12-8.
Niagara evened its record at 5-5 and 1-1 in the MAAC.
The five goals were a career-high for Farrugia, who now has 54 and 90 points in 40 games.