Bulldogs set school record for best start with near no-hitter

By Mike Radomski

(ATHENS, Ga.) – Trevor Holder and Dean Weaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, as the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats 7-0 on Friday night.

Holder started for the Bulldogs and pitched seven no-hit innings against the Bobcats. The right-hander walked three Quinnipiac hitters, but also struck out seven in arguably his best collegiate start.

Holder retired the first seven hitters he faced including the Bobcats 1-2-3 in the first inning. In the bottom half, Georgia took the lead on an RBI infield single from Colby May. Jonathan Taylor, who reached base 3 times in the game, reached on a walk, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error from catcher Mike Marmo.

Holder used the 1-0 lead to his advantage as he continued to dominate Quinnipiac hitters. Holder allowed a one-out walk to Tyler Turgeon but induced a Jeff Carino 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Bobcat starter Chris Gloor retired 10 straight hitters before running into more trouble in the fifth. Michael Demperio led off with a solo home run to left-center field to give Georgia the 2-0 lead. Four batters later, Colby May crushed a two-run home run to right field as Georgia expanded the lead to three.

Holder continued to overpower Bobcat hitters, allowing just two more walks as he finished with seven no-hit innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia added more insurance runs putting three more up on the scoreboard. Colby May would add another RBI on a double to left field, and Bryce Massanari would add one of his very own as the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead.

For the eighth inning, Bulldogs coach David Perno turned the ball over to Dean Weaver hoping for the first Bulldogs combined no-hitter since 1999. Weaver retired all three Bobcat hitters he faced in the eighth and took the no-hitter into the final inning.

In the ninth, Weaver retired Carino on a groundout for the first out but was unable to set down Bobcats leadoff hitter Ben Farina. The Bobcats center fielder hit a line drive single to left field to break up the no-hitter. Mickey Amanti would also single up the middle, but Weaver induced Marmo to ground out to end the game.

Georgia won 7-0 and improves to a school record 10-0 on the season. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 0-4 but will continue to look for their first win of the season tomorrow when the teams continue with game 2 of the series at 3:00. All games of the spring break road trip can be heard on the WQAQ Sports stream with the pregame show starting five minutes before the start of the game.

Click here to view the box score from this game.

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