FDU junior becomes fourth pitcher to pull off no-hitter
Last month, junior right handed pitcher Kenny Carrier joined a select group of men and became the fourth pitcher in Devils’ history to throw a complete game no-hitter, a feat he accomplished in the April 2 game against Desales University.
Carrier was shaky in the first inning and started the game with a lead off walk. After allowing a couple of other batters to reach base on walks and errors, Carrier allowed a run to cross on a wild pitch.
From there on out, Carrier played a perfect game, retiring 18 straight batters and striking out six to claim his first collegiate no-hitter. FDU went on to win the game 3-1 with RBIs from fellow juniors Christopher Franco and Reynaldo Diaz.
After shutting down DeSales’ bats for the afternoon, Carrier received a lot of recognition. Following the game, he was named the Middle Atlantic Freedom Conference pitcher of the week. Only a day later, Carrier received more good news, being named the ECAC Metro Pitcher of the week. He was also named to the D3baseball.com team of the week as a starting pitcher.
The D3baseball.com team of the week recognizes the best Division III players in the country from the previous week.
Most no-hitters that we see in the MLB are usually talked about throughout a decent portion of the game and when the final out is recorded it receives a big celebration from the team and fans. However, that was not the case in this situation because nobody really knew that Carrier achieved a no-hitter.
Junior outfielder Garrett Ruoff said, “When Kenny struck the last kid out and the bench went pretty nuts, I was a bit confused. I knew this was a big game but I didn’t think an ordinary win called for that reaction. I had no idea he had a no-hitter going, all I knew was that we were winning.”
Freshman pitcher Anthony Cuomo, who was enjoying an off day during Carrier’s no-hit bid, said, “A couple of us on the bench started talking around quietly mentioning that he had it going but we didn’t say anything else because we didn’t want to jinx him. We figured everybody else knew but I guess they were too focused on the game.”
Since the Devils went down 1-0 after the first inning, it slipped everyone’s mind that there was even a chance of a no-hitter.
“I had no idea I had a no-hitter. I knew I was throwing well but after you walk the lead off man you kind of forget about all that stuff,” Carrier said.
The no-hitter couldn’t have come at a better time both for Carrier and the Devils.
FDU had already dropped their first two conference games to Misericordia, putting them in a huge hole to start their season and leaving them desperate for a win. Carrier had been consistently good for the Devils as a sophomore during the 2016 season, contributing as the team’s number two ranked starting pitcher.
In the 2017 season, Carrier became the number one starter for the Devils but struggled in the start of the season. The no-hitter propelled his season back on track.