Kaiser High School graduate Chris Mathewson threw seven of nine innings in the first no-hitter in Long Beach State history on Sunday.
The true freshman threw the first seven innings of a 4-0 gem over Wichita State. He walked one and struck out eight.
Mathewson retired the first 11 batters he faced and the final six he faced.
He was followed to the mound by another freshman, Darren McCaughan, who wen the last two innings.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men and women both advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason by winning the SCIAC tournaments.
The Stags (21-6) will face Texas Lutheran (18-9) on Friday at East Texas Baptist. It is their 12th postseason appearance, the last coming in 2012. It will be the first for Texas Lutheran.
On the women’s side, the Athenas (24-3) will face Puget Sound (23-4) on Friday at George Fox (Ore.). The Athenas also were the top team in the regular season.
Every pitcher dreams of throwing a no-hitter. University of Redlands freshman Felix Minjarez did just that, helping the Bulldogs to a 10-0 win over the University of La Verne in SCIAC play.
Minjarez, a Riverside native, walked one and struck out four in the eight-inning no-hitter.
The lone La Verne baserunner came via walk in the third inning, but that was the home team’s only opportunity.
Minjarez fed off a Bulldogs offense that pushed across 10 runs in the contest, as highlighted by a six-run fourth inning.
Second baseman Christoper Scalisi went 4 for 5 to lead the offense. Left fielder Mitch Samson had two hits, two RBI and scored twice.