Oklahoma City University pitcher Chris Pike threw a second consecutive no-hitter Friday during the Stars’ 18-0 rout of Southwestern Christian at Dolese Park. The senior right-hander threw a perfect game on March 7 against St. Gregory’s.
On Friday night, Pike struck out 17 in seven innings. The only thing that kept the Southhampton, N.Y., native from a second-straight perfect game was one walk.
He has 35 strikeouts over his last two starts.
Pike was chosen on Monday as Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after the first no-no — and he will likely be a candidate to take the honor again next week.
OCU coach Denney Crabaugh can relate to Pike being in a zone. Crabaugh threw consecutive no-hitters when he played for Southeastern Oklahoma State.
“Welcome to the club,” Crabaugh said. “It was another dominating performance. He was in total control.”
OCU, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, lost the second game of the doubleheader 1-0.
HANCOCK GUEST SPEAKER
Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, will be the guest speaker at a leadership luncheon presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 17. For reservations, call (405) 427-1400, extension 304, or send an email to email@example.com.
BRONCHOS ADVANCE THREE
Central Oklahoma wrestlers Cory Dauphin, Casy Rowell and Chris Watson advanced to the semifinals Friday at the NCAA Division II Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bronchos’ trio each won twices to move into Saturday’s semifinals, which begin at 9 a.m. The finals begin at 6 p.m.
Rowell will take on Brenden Murphy of McKendree (Ill.) at 133 pounds; Watson faces Brock Smith of Nebraska-Kearney at 165; and defending national champion Dauphin will wrestle Zak Vargo of Lake Erie (Ohio) at 157 pounds in a rematch of last year’s finals.
Dauphin is 35-0 this season and has won a school-record 53 consecutive matches.
ON THE LINKS
•The Oklahoma women’s golf team was in sixth place, but only three strokes behind co-leaders Ohio State and Florida State, on Friday after the first round of the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. No. 17-ranked OU had a 15-over-par 295 as a team; Anne-Catherine Tanguay was the Sooners’ top individual with a 2-over 72. She is tied for seventh place out of 81 golfers.
•The Oklahoma State men’s team was third after one round of the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Cowboys were 6-under 282 as a team and trailed leader California by 14 shots. Wyndham Clark paced OSU with a 4-under 68. He was tied for third place, four strokes behind leader Brandon Hagy of California.