Kalamazoo extends streak to 79 years

Kalamazoo athletics photo by Kimberley Moss


The Kalamazoo College men's tennis team clinched at least a share of its 79th consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 9-0 win over Adrian in the Markin Center on Wednesday, April 20.

Kalamazoo's string of championships dates back to 1936. The Hornets have won the title outright every year except for three seasons (1944-46) during World War II when no competition was held, in 1962 and 2003 when the Hornets shared the championship with Hope, and in 2013 when Kalamazoo, Hope, and Calvin shared the title. Kalamazoo has lost only three conference dual matches since 1935.

Kalamazoo swept the three doubles matches before winning all six singles matches in straight sets.

The win lifts the 24th-ranked Hornets to a 6-0 record in the MIAA (14-1 overall) with one league contest remaining.

Branden Metzler/Zack Ray (1 doubles) and Daniel Henry/Allen Vinson (2 doubles) each won by scores of 8-0. Eric De Witt/Ricardo DelOlmo-Parrado won 8-2 at three doubles.

Metzler was first off the court in singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win at one. Elan Dantus clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win at two.

De Witt (3), Vinson (4), Spencer Navarre (5) and Ray (6) each won their singles matches in straight sets.

Thayer racks up record 21 K's, adds perfect game

Lindsey Thayer had a week that would be tough for anyone to beat, throwing a no-hitter on Tuesday, striking out 21 on Friday and finishing with a perfect game on Saturday. 
St. John Fisher athletics file photo 

St. John Fisher junior pitcher Lindsey Thayer just wrapped up a week for the ages, throwing a no-hitter on Tuesday, tying the Division III record with 21 strikeouts in a game on Friday and finishing with a perfect game on Saturday for the Cardinals.

Thayer, who is 16-4 on the season, also notched her 1,000th career strikeout as part of the bargain.

Last year's national strikeout leader, with 12.9 per seven innings pitched, Thayer has been even more unhittable in 2017. She has racked up an 0.45 ERA while striking out 14.0 per seven innings in helping lead the Cardinals to a 27-5 mark on the season, 10-2 in the Empire 8.

Thayer's 21 strikeouts eclipsed her previous career high of 20, which she set in a win over Rochester Institute of Technology on April 14, 2016. Thayer became just the second player ever to notch 21 strikeouts in seven innings joining Jennifer Martinez of St. Joseph's (L.I.), who did it twice. She is the first to accomplish the feat since May, 2008. Thayer actually had a chance to strike out 22 in the 3-0 win vs. Nazareth, as Marissa Tortora reached first on a wild pitch after striking out in the second inning, but Sarah Papponetti managed to put the ball in play, grounding out on a comebacker in the third.

Thayer tallied 17 strikeouts over seven innings Saturday in a 1-0 win vs. Alfred, the perfect game. The ball only made it out of the infield once as St. John Fisher's Julia Sortisio squeezed a fly ball to center field. The game's lone run came in the third inning when Ashley Prince doubled off the top of the outfield fence before being driven in by a base knock up the middle by Sarah Kubik.

Thayer was just one batter from perfection in Tuesday's win as well, striking out 18 and walking just one in a 6-0 non-conference win vs. Keuka. It was Thayer's second career complete game no-hitter. She also threw five innings in a combined no-hitter vs. Elmira on April 1.

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