On May 2, Alex Wimmers (Bourne '09) pitched a no-hitter for Ohio State as the Buckeyes beat rival Michigan, 6-0. This was the ninth all-time no-hitter by an Ohio State pitcher but making this one even more special is the fact that it was the first-ever nine inning no-hitter in the 126 year history of OSU baseball. Wimmers is on the National Pitcher of the Year watch list. Despite the four walks, he faced just one over the minimum number of batters thanks in large part to help from catcher Dan Burkhart who threw out all three runners who attempted to steal. Burkhart was recently added to the Hyannis Mets roster.
In the no-hitter, Wimmers struck out 14 while walking four in his 133 pitch effort. After a no-decision in a 5-4 loss to Illinois this past Friday, Wimmers has a record of 8-1 with a 2.75 ERA. His 14 strikeouts were the sixth time this season he has had double-digit strikeouts in a game and he ranks first in the Big Ten in that category with 110. As noted by Willie in a recent comment to a CodBall post, it will be very interesting to see if Wimmers will be the fifth Brave invited to Team USA when the next round of invitations are made.
Burkhart is putting together a very impressive season of his own. He is batting .366 with 9 HR and 55 RBI.
FUN FACT: Batterymates Wimmers and Burkhart attended grade school and high school together. That could make for some friendly competition when Burkhart steps in the batters box to face Wimmers in those Braves-Mets games this summer.