Oklahoma scene: OCU pitcher Chris Pike throws second consecutive no-hitter

The senior right-hander struck out 17 in an 18-0 rout of Southwestern Christian. Pike was one walk away from a second-straight perfect game.
From Staff Reports Published: March 14, 2014
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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 sgriffin@oksportshof.org.

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.