How it Happened
Houston freshman pitcher Trystan Melancon pitched a no-hitter and got plenty of run support as Rhode Island fell 12-0 in five innings late Friday night at the Houston Classic.
Rhody (0-2) got its first two runners on to start the game. Ali Summers was hit by a pitch, and Emily Zembik reached on a fielder's choice. Summers was safe at second, thanks to an error. Summers moved to third with one out on Houston's second error of the inning, but she was stranded there.
From there, Melancon was in command. She retired 15 consecutive batters, striking out eight along the way.
Houston (4-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Shelby Miller that drove in Maya Thomas. The Cougars added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With runners on second and third a two out, a hot smash went off second baseman Emily Zembik, allowing two unearned runs to score.
The lead continued to grow in the bottom of the third, as a single run made it 4-0 Houston. In the home half of the fourth, the Cougars put the game away with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to set up the victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Ali Summers was hit by a pitch for the 17th time in her career. She was the lone Ram to reach base safely
- Freshman Sarah Gunderson made her first career start, pitching 3.1 innings.
- Freshmen pitchers Madi Lewis and Alex Pleasic each made their collegiate debuts in the circle, coming on in relief.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney made a beautiful diving catch on a looping line drive in the bottom of the fourth.
- The no-hitter by Trystan Melancon was the first against Rhode Island since April 14, 2015 when Caroline Raymond of Massachusetts pitched a five-inning gem.
Stat of the Day
12:18 a.m. – The first pitch from the game was not thrown until 12:18 a.m. EST due to weather delays throughout the day in Houston.
Rhode Island plays two more games Saturday at the Houston Classic. The Rams play Incarnate Word at 10 a.m. EST and then will face Ole Miss at 3 p.m. EST.