Oklahoma Baseball went 2-1 at the Shriner’s Hospital For Children Classic in Houston, Texas over the weekend. Sunday’s 1-0 victory came via a spectacular pitching performance from junior Dane Acker who tossed a no-hitter against 14th ranked LSU.
Acker struck out 11 of the 29 batters he faced, walking one and putting two on with hit by pitch. He’s the first Oklahoma baseball player to throw a 9-inning no-hitter since Jim Husling in 1989 against Old Dominion. It was the first no-hitter thrown in the 20-year history of the Classic.
“That last inning, I just told myself to throw it in there and make them hit it, and let our guys make a play, and they did,” Acker said. “Their pitcher did a great job as well, so it was just a battle all game. I just kept telling myself to calm down, take a breath, pound the zone and get in there and let my defense work.”
LSU hurler AJ Labas matched Acker pitch-for-pitch through seven innings. He struck out seven Oklahoma batters, with no walks, and allowed one hit batter.
Oklahoma catcher Justin Mitchell broke up the pitcher’s dual when he led off the eighth with a solo home run, the first of his career.
Mitchell’s dinger was the first hit for either team and the only run scored on the day.
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