August 19, 2013

One Strikes Out...One Just Strikes

A pair of baseball seniors capped standout four-year careers atop the all-time record book.

Pat Christopher

Apr. 2, 2013: With two on and two out in the top of the eighth, Pat Christopher blasted a shot over the right-field fence for his 146th career hit, breaking a tie for the McDaniel career record and capping a 9-0 victory at Washington (Md.). With his team ahead 6-0 and Jonathan McKinney on second and Tyler Jackow on first, Christopher broke his tie with Russell Coover '10 for the final runs of the game.

The outfielder was a four-year starter and two-time captain. Christopher broke six career records, including finishing his career with 167 hits. He also finished first in runs scored with 100. A career .331 hitter, he recorded 81 RBIs and was 35-for-46 in stolen bases. A three-time All-Centennial Conference selection, he was named honorable mention as a sophomore and to the second team as both a junior and senior.

Zach Jones

Apr. 27, 2013: Needing six strikeouts to tie a 42-year-old record, senior Zach Jones did that to lead off the fifth inning and took the mark by himself an inning later en route to a 10-strikeout game and a McDaniel sweep of Ursinus. Behind Jones' complete-game effort, the Green Terror took the opener 5-3 before completing the sweep 8-1 to reach the 20-win mark for the second straight season.

The right-hander ganerned a pair of all-region honors for his season. He was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team and to the third team by d3baseball.com on May 20. Jones earned his first all-region nod after becoming just the sixth Green Terror player to earn first-team All-Centennial Conference (CC) honors. He led the team with a 2.44 earned-run average, which ranked sixth in the conference. He finished the season with a 10-1 record and was the only CC hurler to reach double-digit wins this season. He was also the first player in program history to reach 10 wins in a season. He finished the season with 83 strikeouts, which was second in the CC, against just 18 walks in 77 1/3 innings. Jones made 12 starts with five complete games and three shutouts. He finished his career with a program-record 221 strikeouts in his career and threw a no-hitter on Mar. 9.

Everyone should have known it was going to be a great year for Jones early...

Mar. 9, 2013: Senior Zach Jones threw McDaniel's first no-hitter in nearly 12 years to lead his team to a doubleheader sweep of Penn State-York.

Jones struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one baserunner – a fifth-inning, one-out walk – in a 10-0 game-one win for the Green Terror (5-2), who completed the sweep with a 14-2 victory in the nightcap. Freshman Zach Kronick nearly bettered his namesake, retiring the first 18 batters of his collegiate career with eight strikeouts before allowing a leadoff single in the seventh and exiting the game with his team in command, 14-0.

Jones finished off the Green Terror's first no-no since Dan Elbaz against Lincoln on Mar. 14, 2001 with a pair of lineouts and his career-best 12th K. Elbaz's game was shortened to five innings. The last seven-inning no-hitter was by George Cossabone against Vassar on Mar. 20, 1995.

That performance by Jones led to:

Mar. 11, 2013: Zach Jones has been named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week of Mar. 4-10.

Mar. 12, 2013:  Zach Jones has been named the d3baseball.com Team of the Week for the week of Mar. 4-10.

Mar. 14, 2013: Zach Jones has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association National Division III Pitcher of the Week for the week of Mar. 4-10.

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