MU's Klobosits throws first career no-hitter
Senior Caitlin Klobosits recorded her first collegiate no-hitter to lead Mansfield to a 5-0 win over Salem International in the first day of the West Virginia Wesleyan Tournament in Salem, VA Friday afternoon.
"I knew I had a no-hitter going into the last inning," Klobosits said. "But I really tried to put it out of my mind when I got to the mound and just concentrate on the hitters."
The lefty dominated batters all afternoon, tying her career-high with 14 strikeouts on the day including striking out the side in the seventh inning. She walked four batters, including two on 3-2 counts with two outs in the seventh.
"The last pitches on the 3-2 counts were close but the call just didn't go my way," said Klobosits who had never thrown a no-hitter in college or high school before. "It was a feeling of joy and relief after that last swing."
While Kolbosits was untouchable on the mound, her teammates gave her an early lead when sophomore Courtney Bauder led off the game with a solo home run. Stephanie Simmeth followed with a single and scored when the next batter, Kate Pratt, sent a long fly ball over the centerfield fence for her third home run of the season and a 3-0 Mansfield lead.
Klobosits struck out the side in order in the bottom of the first and struck out the side again in the second with only a two-out walk to Cady Ficarro blemishing her consecutive strikeout streak.
Klobosits fanned 10 batters before Salem got a runner past first base in the fifth inning when Ficarro walked again and advanced to third on two passed balls before Klobosits got a ground out to end the inning.
Mansfield added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Courtney Lauer led off the inning with a single down the leftfield line. Chara Dixon pinch ran for Lauer and stole second before advancing to third on a single by Bauder.
Bauder stole second giving Mansfield runners on second and third with no outs when Simmeth drove in a run with a single to center. She was followed by Patt how lifted a sac fly to plate the final run of the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Klobosits fanned the first two batters looking before issuing back-to-back walks on 3-2 counts. She settled down to record the final out on a swinging strikeout.
Mansfield had nine hits in the game with Bauder and Simmeth each going 2-4 and driving in a run. Bauder's home run was her third of the season.
Klobosits, the current PSAC Central Pitcher of the Week, has been almost untouchable over her last two starts striking out 27 and allowing just three hits over that 15 inning stretch. Her back-to-back shutouts extend her streak of scoreless innings to 18. She improves to 4-0 on the season.
The no-hitter was the first for a Mountaineer pitcher since teammate Kate Pratt opened the 2011 season with a five inning no-hitter in a 9-0 win over St. Rose.
Brittni Hall suffered her first defeat in three decisions in taking the loss for Salem International.
Mansfield improves to 4-4 on the season. The Mountaineers play Fairmont St. and Winston-Salem on Saturday.
Mansfield 5, Salem International 0
Mansfield 300 000 2 5-9-0
Salem Int. 000 000 0 0-0-0
Mansfield (4-4): Caitlin Klobosits (W, 4-0) and Chara Dixon
HR - Courtney Bauder (3), Kate Pratt (3) RBI - Pratt 3, Bauder, Stephanie Simmeth
Salem International (5-6): Brittni Hall (L, 2-1) and Katie Chyrssofos