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Baseball: HCC team gets two no-hitters in one week

10:08 AM EDT, March 13, 2012

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For the second time in a week Sunday, a member of the Harford Community College baseball team (11-4) tossed a no-hitter.

Freshman Matt Petrizzi struck out six batters en route to the no-no in a doubleheader sweep of Jamestown (0-5) Sunday. The Fighting Owls won both games via the 10-run rule, 17-7 and 10-0.

Petrizzi toed the rubber for just the second time this season and held a Jayhawk offense that had totaled nine hits in the opener off the scoreboard. He struck out six, walked one and hit another in five innings. He had six flyouts, two of which were caught on the run by the corner outfielders, and a pair of groundouts.

Catcher Nick Octavi caught his second no-hitter of the week, calling pitches for the freshman hurler. He caught Taylor Nace's no-no last Wednesday and both of Jamie Pashuck's no-hitters last season.

On the offensive side of the plate, the Fighting Owls continued their streak of double-digit hit totals with 14 base knocks in each contest, marking the seventh time in eight games with such a feat.

Jon McAllister went 3-for-5 in the opener with a career-best five RBIs. Cory Shaver also had three hits in the win, while Anthony Ortiz, James Wilson and Kyle Lindsey each had two hits in the opener.

Bobby Kohl went 3-for-3 in the nightcap and Lindsey, Wilson, Sean Downing and Ronnie Zeberlien added two hits.

Freshman righthander Nace tossed his no-hitter a week ago to earn his first collegiate victory with a 12-0 win over Delaware County. Nace struck out a career-high 10 batters while tossing 100 pitches in the seven-inning win.

Nace, making his second career start after starring at Susquenita High School, allowed just one runner to reach second base, walking five batters in the win. The Harford outfield had a boring day, since no Phantom player sent a batted ball past the infield dirt in the entire game.

The Fighting Owl offense ended the game early after a pair of six-run innings forced the 10-run rule. Anthony Ortiz went 3-for-3 with three singles and Kyle Lindsey and Jon McAllister both went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Dennis Mitchell connected on a three-run home run in the fourth inning into the trees in right field.

Justin Malehorn went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. In all, the Fighting Owls collected 14 hits, marking the third time in four games Harford has totaled double-digits hits. The team had a season-high 16 hits in a win over Delaware Tech.

But the story of the day was Nace's dominance on the rubber. His no-no was the third in the past two seasons for Harford baseball. Last season, freshman Jamie Paschuck tossed two no-hitters in a two-week span before transferring to the University of Maryland for his sophomore season. The 10 strikeouts are the most since Jason Seitler struck out 10 Hawks in a 4-1 win over Hagerstown on April 30, 2011.

Overall for the season, Nace (1-0) has three appearances, two starts and 10.2 innings of work. He has struck out 12 with a 3.38 earned-run average.