MORAGA, Calif. - History was made on Sunday afternoon as Ryan Brockett of the Saint Mary's baseball team tossed the first-ever no-hitter at the new Louis Guisto Field. On an afternoon which saw the Gaels win 15-0 over Chicago State, Brockett (1-1) threw a gem, going the complete game allowing no hits, walking two and striking out 11. He threw 113 pitches, 77 for strikes.
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 4-3, while Chicago State drops to 0-6.
"This is the second ever no-hitter I have seen as a head coach, and that covers over 900 games," said head coach Jedd Soto. "I thought Brockett was sharp, I felt Riley Heinzer called a great game and (Markus) Melgosa had the great catch in left field."
Right off the bat, the Gaels jumped on the Cougars in the first inning, scoring eight runs on five hits. Anthony Villa had the first big hit with a two-run single and DonAndre Clark followed with a bases loaded triple as SMC sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning.
As much as Brockett was in the zone during the game, it was final out of the second inning which proved to be the no-hit savior. With two outs and one on, CSU's Jeremy Legania blooped a fly ball toward the line in left. Melgosa went into a full sprint and dove, making the highlight catch. Little did the Gaels and fans know, that the catch would be a special catch in the end result.
"All of my pitches were working this afternoon," said Brockett. "The Cougars are a free swinging team... I just worked to get ahead early in the count... I had a good tempo going... I thought I did a good job in mixing up my pitches and changing speeds."
Brockett got stronger as the game went on. Melgosa's catch in the second inning triggered off 15 consecutive outs as the next CSU base runner to reach was by a walk in the seventh inning. The other CSU base runner reached on a walk in the first inning, but was picked off.
"I'm proud of the team," said Soto. "Today we put it all together with timely hitting and good defense... I'm proud of Brockett, it's something we do not see very often."
Offensively, the Gaels were led by the middle of the line up. The 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 8-for-16 with 8 runs scored and four RBI. Collin Ferguson went 2-for-5 with three runs, Villa went 3-for-6 with three RBI, and Brendan Kalfus went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Anthony Gonsolin and Ricky Boas also had multi-hit games.
Heinzer did not record a hit but had two RBI.
The loss went to CSU's Eric Hall (0-2).
Saint Mary's is back in action on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts Stanford at 2:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.