To say Ian McCole was in the zone on Thursday would be an understatement. The Saint Joseph grad student threw just the seventh no-hitter in program history en route to an 18-0 Hawks win over Saint Bonaventure at Handler Park.
McCole only needed 109 shots to accomplish the feat. He walked a batter and felt six. It’s the first no-hitter for the Hawks since Randy Mower, Dominic Favazza and Chris Prescott shut out Saint Peter’s on March 16, 2008. It’s also the first solo no-hitter since Dave Landers on April 27, 1970, in a 4 -0 win at Albright.
McCole faced just three batters over the minimum, with one walk and two hits.
“Just a terrific performance from Ian today,” head coach Fritz Hamburg told SJUHawks.com. “We really needed some sort of pick-me-up to get us back on track; Ian answered that bell and more. The whole team did a great job offensively and more, making exceptional plays to give Ian the opportunity to do what he did, it was just awesome to be a part of it.
Nate Thomas led the offensive assault for the Hawks, recording five RBIs while smashing a pair of homers. Brett Callahan and Brendan Hueth contributed with three RBIs each.
The Hawks (26-23, 10-11) currently sit sixth in the Atlantic 10 standings; the top seven teams compete in the conference’s postseason tournament. The club has two games left with Saint Bonaventure this weekend to close out the regular season. A single win earns a playoff berth.
“It was a great all-around game,” McCole told SJUHawks.com. “Our offense took a ton of the pressure off me starting in the second set and made it easy for me to have the success I had. Our defense made plays all day and Andrew [Cossetti] called a great game. [It was a] big team win and just what we needed to get the momentum back on our side as we try to qualify for the [Atlantic 10] tournament.”