On Feb.28, junior pitcher Mitch McLeod tossed a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Mid-America Christian in the second game of a doubleheader in one of the early highlights of Wesleyan’s baseball season.
McLeod did not allow a batter to reach base via a hit and struck out 11 in the memorable game. He walked five hitters but retired the 21 batters who came to the plate as both teams did not commit an error in the seven-inning game.
He also used 106 pitches to go the distance, one other runner reached base on a dropped third strike, and just one ball made it out of the infield as he recorded seven ground ball outs.
“The no-hitter was something I will never forget,” he said. “Sometimes as a pitcher you get dialed in, but even then you still have to catch some breaks and have things fall your way and luckily for me they did.”
McLeod continued to talk about the defense and how the fielders deserved credit for the no-hitter.
“Props to my defense,” he said. “They deserve as much credit as anyone, and I am glad they have my back.”
McLeod, who is from Troy, Ala., and played at Central Alabama Community College before coming to Wesleyan, has been an integral part of the team and hopes to continue to make major contributions.
“In the fall when I got here,” he said, “I just wanted to find a spot where I could help the team and contribute. Fortunately I feel like I have found that and I could not ask for a better opportunity. I like our chances this year. We have had some younger guys step up for us and hopefully we can get hot and make a run into April and May, but there is some areas we can always improve on – myself included.”
McLeod helped the Rams win two of three games in a Sooner Athletic Conference series against St. Gregory’s (Okla.) on March 21-22 in Fort Worth.
His midseason statistics for the 16-13 overall (8-4 SAC, fourth place in the standings) Rams include 55 innings pitched (17th nationally in total innings), 47 strikeouts, a 2.78 earned run average and a 3-3 overall record.