Matt Boyd has kept baserunners in check all season. He helped set the tone early against Indiana on Wednesday by turning away a pair of would-be stealers.
The left-hander walked Chris Sujka to start the bottom of the first inning, but erased him two batters later by throwing to first base as Sujka took off and was eventually tagged out at second.
Boyd threw to first again in the third frame as Justin Cureton bolted after reaching on a walk. Again, an Indiana runner was thrown out at second.
Boyd said the move was one he learned from Bellevue (Wash.) Community College coach Mark Yoshino when he was about 8 years old.
“He said he used to walk guys on purpose to pick them off,” Boyd said. “That wasn't on purpose today by any means, but it's been a weapon for me growing up.”
Only two of 11 baserunners attempting to steal against Boyd were successful all season entering Wednesday. The caught Hoosiers allowed the senior to face the minimum number of batters into the fifth inning.
Basil says no to no-hitter
Michael Basil knew his Indiana team didn't have any hits into the fifth. The senior changed that when Boyd threw him one too many breaking balls.
“Any baseball player wants to be the first one to break up a no-hitter,” Basil said. “It's kind of insulting to your team if someone throws a no-hitter. No one wants to let that happen.”
Basil waited on an offering before looping it into right-center field with one out in the fifth. But down just 1-0, he said the Hoosiers were still pressing for a run more than just an individual hit.
“We were hoping we could capitalize after that,” Basil said. “But (Boyd) is a great pitcher and he shut us down.”
Boyd joked he might have been jinxed in the dugout by Jon Casey, the 27-year-old son of Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, during the top of the fifth.
“(He was like), 'Throw a no-hitter. Throw a no-hitter. Throw a no-hitter,'” Boyd said. “It was about the most I got all day. I laughed about it.”