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Gardner: 2 no-nos in row


Towson senior Andre Gardner threw his second straight no-hitter yesterday -- just missing his second straight perfect game -- by striking out 15 of the 16 batters he faced in a 10-0, five-inning victory over visiting Woodlawn.

The only Woodlawn batter to put a ball in play was Elbarko Carr, who sent a pitch toward center in the third inning, only to be robbed by senior shortstop Mike Williams.

On April 14, Gardner struck out 15 Pikesville batters in a six-inning, 11-0 perfect game.

Yesterday, the only batter to reach against him came after a dropped third strike.

Gardner also contributed a double in Towson's four-run fourth.

"I know Andre from summer leagues," said Woodlawn coach Rob Plummer. "He has to be the best pitcher in Baltimore County. He got stronger as the game went on."

The New York Mets have been following Gardner's progress this season, Plummer said.

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