FIU Baseball opens its 42nd season Feb. 14 at home against Rutgers with a four-game series. To count down to the start of the new FIU baseball season, FIUSports.com will have an FIU baseball daily fact, historical tidbit or current player’s jersey number associated with the number of days left until the first pitch. There are 5 days left until Opening Night:
5 -- FIU pitchers have thrown five no-hitters in the program's 41-year history with one of those five no-hitters being a combined effort.
The first two no-hitters tossed by FIU pitchers occurred on consecutive days in 1976. Dave Deacon authored the first no-hitter by an FIU pitcher. Deacon no-hit Florida Tech on April 18, 1976 at FIU. The following day Mark May no-hit St. Thomas in a 5-0 FIU home victory.
It took just three years before the next FIU no-no. On May 11, 1979, Chris Lein threw a no-hitter against Eckerd College in Lakeland. Lein had a career year in 1979 winning 15 games, which is still an FIU single-season program record. Evan Thomas equaled that record with 15 wins in 1995. Lein also pitched a single-season program record six shutouts in 1979.
FIU waited 25 years before another of its pitchers threw a no-hitter. This time it was a combined no-hitter pitched by Mark Worrell and Frank Gonzalez at Florida A&M on February 21, 2004. There was a twist to this no-hitter: the game went just seven innings because it was the second game of a doubleheader and the seven innings of play were agreed upon before the game started. Still, the outing by Worrell and Gonzalez counts as a no-hitter because a game is official after five innings.
Kyle Fitzpatrick pitched the most recent FIU no-hitter when he handcuffed Northeastern, 4-0, on March 2, 2011 at the FIU ballpark. Fitzpatrick needed just two hours and 14 minutes to throw his gem. Fitzpatrick missed a perfect game by one walk, one hit batter and one FIU error.
FIU batters have only been no-hit once in the program's history. Howard University pitcher Gregory Fleet no-hit the then-FIU Sunblazers in 1977 at FIU.