North Dakota State athletics have had a pretty good year so far. Their football team, in the lesser Championship Subdivision, won games at two FBS schools (Minnesota, Central Michigan) and their basketball team won a game at then-9th-ranked Marquette. And now their baseball team threw a combined no-hitter against Creighton University yesterday! Just one problem:
No hitting of their own, and too many walks. NDSU was swept in a double-header in Omaha, but the real story was that first game. The two runs came naught off hits, but rather pitcher Chad Berg’s four walks and hit-by-pitch in the first inning. Chris Paterson relieved Berg in the second inning to finish the game, allowing no hits of his own.
No-hitters have happened in the majors that led to runs — but no such 9-inning games that turned out to be losses — and for some reason Darryl Kile’s no-no in 1993 sticks out in my mind, when Kile’s no-hitter came in a 7-1 victory over the Mets.
And now for something incredibly obscure that ties those two games together. Creighton outfielder Joe Servais is the cousin of former catcher Scott Servais, who was … yeah, that’s right, Kile’s catcher in the 1993 non-shutout-no-hitter. While nobody cares, insanely obscure facts must be shared when stumbled upon. Them’s the rules