BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Brandon Hedrick continued his mastery on the mound Friday, tossing a no-hitter in a rain-shortened 5-0 Union victory over Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Montreat (N.C.).
Hedrick (Corbin, Ky.) fanned six and walked two in improving to 3-0 on the season. On the season, the right-hander boasts a 2.55 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings of work.
The no-hitter is the first by a Bulldog since Marcus White blanked Pikeville (Ky.) on Feb. 23, 2008.
With the win, No. 16 Union improves to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the AAC, while Montreat falls to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
Rain set in after Montreat batted in the top of the fifth and did not let up during daylight hours, forcing the contest to be called.
Union and Montreat will attempt to play two games, a seven-inning and a nine-inning contest, Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
Offensively, Demetrius Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was the spark plug for the Bulldogs as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI. He led off the bottom of the first with a double down the left-field line and later scored on Tyler Brake's (Burlington, Ky.) single up the middle for a 1-0 Union lead.
In the second, Union broke loose for three runs with Davis driving in one with another double down the left-field line and Ryan Satterlee (Youngstown, Ohio) and Brian Mouton (Oakland, Calif.) each knocking in a run with back-to-back sac flies.
Steve Schleek (Kansas City, Mo.) added a run-scoring single in the third to make it a 5-0 contest.
In addition to the two walks, Montreat did a third runner on base thanks to catcher's interference.
Since 1998, this is the fourth no-hitter in program history.