This is the ninth in our Top 12 of 2012 series. Every day for the rest of 2012, we will count down the Top 12 moments/games of the year with each program represented. With two Little East Conference Champions, a handful of wins against nationally ranked teams and several program firsts-2012 was quite the year.
Twenty-three Division III pitchers threw no-hitters in 2012, but none were more surprising or impressive than freshman Kyle Szatrowski's (Agawam, Mass.) complete-game no-hitter April 25th against the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
The freshman southpaw stepped on to the Yetten Field Mound April 25 with 0 career wins, a 5.00 ERA in five appearances and just three career starts. Twenty-seven outs later he became the first pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter and the first player in school history to be named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Pitcher of the Week.
When Szatrowski took the mound that evening just after 7 p.m. on a chilly April evening, he had no idea what was about to happen. The southpaw retired the first four hitters he faced, before plunking a batter and walking another in the second inning.
His mild wildness would continue as he would strike another batter in the third and walk one Leopard in the fifth and sixth innings.
At the same point, the Beacons gave Szatrowski all the support he would need with 2 runs in the third and a single run in the fourth, fifth and seventh. During the middle innings, the scoreboard went off in center field, leaving many of the fans and some of Szatrowski's teammates in the dark about the potential accomplishment.
After a 1-2-3 seventh inning, Szatrowski walked another batter in the eight inning, the final Leopard to reach base in the contest. UMass Boston took their time in the bottom of the eight, loading the bases with two outs, before going down quietly.
That set the stage for Szatrowski and battery mate Jack DeBiase. The freshman pair watched anxiously as Szatrowski's 2-2 pitch to the first Leopard hitter was sent flying into shallow left-center field, only to watch shortstop Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) range over and get there just in time.
After an easy groundout to second base for the second out, Szatrowski beared down against Conner Flisnik. The Leopards shortstop took the first three pitches to work a 2-1 count, before sending a sharp grounder to Moquette; as the Beacons shortstop sent the ball across the diamond, the UMB dugout emptied and swarmed their freshman hero.
With the majority of their rotation back in 2013 and a solid group of position players, UMass Boston will look to make some more history in the new year with another big run.