North Dakota State's Riley Johnson tossed just the 16th no-hitter in Summit League history and first since 2010 to highlight Friday's baseball action.
North Dakota State 2, Central Connecticut State 0
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (gobison.com) -- Riley Johnson tossed the first solo no-hitter of the 2018 college baseball season as the North Dakota State University baseball team posted a 2-0 shutout victory over the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils Friday, Feb. 23, at South County Regional Park in the opening game of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
A sophomore right-hander from Apple Valley, Minn., Johnson became the first Bison to throw a solo no-hitter since Jay Mitchell accomplished the feat against Augustana (S.D.) during the 2004 season. Former NDSU baseball players Chad Berg and Chris Paterson pitched a combined no-hitter at Creighton in 2008.
Johnson struck out a career-high eight batters and tallied just one walk in his nine, no-hit innings, improving to 2-0 on the season.
In other action, Fort Wayne took game one of its series at Little Rock by a 3-2 score to record its second victory on the young season.
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