FROM STAFF REPORTS
CNHI News Services
LEWISTON, Idaho —
Cody Faulkner tossed the fourth no-hitter in the 57-year history of the Avista-NAIA World Series, as No. 4 Northwood (Texas) eliminated No. 8 Sterling (Kan.), 1-0, Saturday morning at Harris Field. The no-hit bid is the first since 1992 when Rick Riddle of Wilmington (Del.) held Mount Olive (N.C.) hitless in 1992. The victory is the first-ever for Northwood at the World Series.
With the win, Northwood (44-12) advances in the elimination bracket to play the loser of No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) (49-10) and No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (42-13) Monday at 12 p.m. PDT. Sterling (48-14), who was making its first-ever appearance at the World Series, is eliminated from the championship after going 0-2.
Faulkner, who was making his 13th start of the season for the Knights, had previously not gone deeper than seven innings in a game this season. He threw a total of 96 pitches, struck out one, walked two and faced 28 batters in the contest. Additionally, the left-hander’s performance is his third shutout of the year. Faulkner moves to 7-2 on the season, which ties him for second on the squad in wins.
Northwood scored the only run of the game in the top of the first inning on Adam Humes’ bases loaded sacrifice fly that scored Logan Brumley from third. Brumley set the table with a leadoff single and advanced to second when Herb Romero walked on five pitches. Red River Conference Player of the Year Elvin Rodriguez singled to load the bases with no outs.
Sterling starting pitcher Steven Cazares (9-2), who was making his fourth start of the season for the Warriors, had a nearly equal performance to Faulkner in the loss. He scattered six hits and allowed one run in nine innings en route to his third-straight complete game. Prior to the game, Cazares ranked second in the NAIA with a 0.86 earned run average and had only allowed one run in his last five outings.