With two CVCC pitchers making their first starts of the season, both Logan Haner and Jon Kizzar tossed absolute gems in shutting out the Eagles of Faulkner University, 10-0 and 16-0 in a Monday, non-conference matchup.
In game 1 Haner baffled the Eagles for 6 complete, 4 hit innings in which he struck out a season high, 12 batters. He struck out the side on two different occasions, and had at least 2 strikeouts in 5 of the 6 innings.
The Pirate offense scored early and often, putting three on the board in the first on Kenny Ford’s single and Ryan Hagan’s 3 run homer. Hunter Webb’s RBI groundout added another to the Pirate total in the second, while Jake Maziar upped his RBI total in the 3rd to push the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, Haner continued his dominance while the offense continued to build. Although dominant, Haner did a magnificent job in working out of a handful jams early on, but quickly went into shutdown mode the rest of the way.
Up 5-0, the offense put up a pair of big innings to finish off the Eagles, as a 3 spot in the 5th, keyed by Trent Simpson’s 2 run double and a 2 run 6th, led by Ford and Hagan ended the game early with a 10-0 run rule finish.
As dominant as Haner was in Game 1, Jon Kizzar one upped him in game 2, as he took a no hit bid down to the last out.
Offensively, the Pirates put up big numbers, with Jake Maziar and Grayson Ivey hammering back to back RBI doubles in the first. A 5 run 2nd, with run scoring hits by Hagan, Maziar, Ivey and Will Campbell put the game away early with a 7-0 lead for Kizzar to work with.
And boy did he work. After going 6 up and 6 down through 2 innings, he issued a walk to break up the perfect game, however he rebounded by striking out the next 2 batters to end the inning.
Offensively, the Pirates kept adding, as Ivey hammered a homer and came up a single shy of hitting for the cycle. CVCC added 8 in the 5th with Timmy Kennedy, Drew Lingo, Frank Wager, and Will Tillery getting in on the RBI hit action. Once the dust settled, CVCC held a 16-0 lead.
While CV kept scoring, Kizzar kept dealing, as he was perfect in the 4th and retired the first two batters of the 5th. With the mercy rule in effect, Jonny K only needed the final out to finish of the no-no. After a going 3-0 on the batter, he cruised a fastball in, assuming he was taking, and the Faulkner batter, hit a clean single to right center field to spoil the no hit bid.
However, Kizzar retired the next batter and ended the game with only the 2 out single and walk as the only blemish on his scoreline for the day. With his one hit shutout, Kizzar added 8 strikeouts to his total.
The sweep ran the Pirates record to 27-9 on the season with a 4 game set with Jeff Davis awaiting on Thursday and Saturday.