Ware Throws No-Hitter, Hits For Cycle In Game

Editor/Collegiate Baseball

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in college or professional baseball history, a pitcher not only threw a no-hitter but hit for the cycle in the same game.

This remarkable achievement was accomplished by LHP/DH Brady Ware of the University of Indianapolis during a 14-0, 7-inning win over Drury.

The graduate student from Poway, Calif. fired the first no-hitter for the Greyhounds since Jordan Tackett in 2015 while completing the school’s first cycle since Jake Hartley in 2013.

He fired a 7-inning complete game with 11 strikeouts.

Batting fourth in the lineup, Ware went 4-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored.

“Considering that I had never thrown a no-hitter in my life or hit for the cycle, even in Little League, it really was pretty amazing how this all came together,” said Ware.

“In the beginning of the season, I was struggling a little bit with my hitting. The week leading up to that game, I started seeing the ball a little better. Just prior to the game, I was hitting the ball well in batting practice.

“Pitching has been a struggle this season. I pulled my right oblique muscle two weeks prior to the no-hitter. Just before I warmed up in the bullpen, I got some heat put on the right oblique muscle to loosen it up. My pitching coach even had a 60-pitch pitch limit for me. Obviously, I went beyond that as I threw 110 pitches over 7 innings.

“Since the injury, this was my first time trying to get on the mound again.”

The oblique muscles extend from your ribs to the pelvis on the left and right side of the body and allow for proper twisting of the trunk.

Prior to this historic game, he had only pitched in 9 1/3 innings total all season.

“As I took my warmup pitches on the mound prior to the game, I was just trying to stay nice and relaxed and stay away from re-injuring my oblique again. I was more focused on that than anything else. I don’t recall how my pitches were looking and how my command was.”

When he took the mound in the top of the first inning, he struck out two of the first three batters and retired the first 11 batters he faced.

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