Peterson Dominates Valparaiso With One-Hit Shutout
April 18, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Junior Cody Peterson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before settling for a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Valparaiso University Friday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
After suffering their first loss at home in almost two years, the Panthers (12-16, 5-6 Horizon League) bounced back behind Peterson, who came close to finishing with the first no-hitter in program history with his masterpiece against the Crusaders (14-17, 6-5 Horizon League).
"Just an unbelievable job, outstanding on both sides of the plate," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "He had command of two and sometimes three pitches and we made some really good plays defensively behind him. He really dictated the tempo. That was exactly what this team needed ... somebody to step up and take control and it was pretty fun to watch."
The only blemish came in the eighth inning. With one out, and an 0-2 count on the batter, a slow roller back up the middle got past Peterson, forcing a bare-handed try that came up empty in allowing the infield single.
"Ryan made a great effort at it," Doffek said. "It's a do-or-die play and that is what happened. It's unfortunate that was how it ended. But either way, it was just a phenomenal game that he pitched."
Outside of that, Peterson (4-1) was outstanding. He threw 116 pitches, walking just one - which came in the ninth inning - while striking out a season-high eight batters.
The only time Valpo had runners in scoring position came in the second inning. A pair of hit batters put runners on first and second with two outs, but a ground ball ended it.
Peterson retired 17 batters in a row from that point, getting a phenomenal diving play from junior Ryan McShane on a line drive back up the middle to end the sixth inning and keep the no-hitter intact at the time.
Offensively, the offense banged out 11 hits, led by a 3-for-3 day from sophomore Nick Unes. Junior Tyler Hermann was 2-for-4 and scored a run, while sophomore Mitch Ghelfi and junior Tell Taylor each had key two-out RBI base hits to get UWM the runs it needed.
The last one-hitter for Milwaukee came almost three years ago when Chad Pierce achieved the feat against Youngstown State April 29, 2011.
These two teams wrap up the series tomorrow, set for a first pitch of 1 p.m.