In a Big 7 Conference doubleheader against Volunteer at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, the Tribe’s Brogan Beckner and Jaden Alderson combined for a no-hit, five-inning shutout in the opener and Jake Timbes pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in the nightcap.
D-B (13-7, 6-1) won the first game 11-0 and the second 6-0.
Beckner struck out nine through three innings before giving way to Alderson, who faced seven batters over the final two innings. Beckner, a 6-foot-4 left-hander who is committed to Virginia Tech, didn’t want to come out of the game but relented knowing he’ll be going in next week’s Big 7 showdown with Science Hill.
“I wanted to keep going, but you have to do what’s best for the team,” Beckner said. “Today, the fastball was working well and that was about all I needed. I tried to work the curveball, but I couldn’t throw it early in the game, so I just stuck to the fastball.”
Cade Maupin added damage at the plate. He had a three-run triple to highlight D-B’s six-run first inning. Maupin had another hard-hit ball that resulted in an error on Volunteer’s shortstop and two more runs in the second and added a single in the fourth.
“It felt really good because that’s the first ball I’ve hit good all year. It was big for me,” Maupin said of his triple. “I just tried to hit it hard today. When you hit it hard, good things happen.”
Dalton Harkleroad added a pair of RBI singles and Aaron Farley singled twice. Timbes took a bases- loaded walk and scored two runs.
“It was a big game for Maupin and, here’s the thing, if he doesn’t get that hit with two outs in the first inning, it’s a 1-0 game,” Tribe coach Ryan Wagner said. “It could have totally changed the outcome of the game, and that’s why baseball is such a different game. It could have been a real nail-biter.
“Brogan was good, but we’ve tried to limit his pitch count this week because he’s gone long the last three outings more than we would have liked. We had the opportunity to do that and we felt good about Jaden because he’s a good pitcher as well.”
Timbes had his own mojo going, striking out eight and giving up just two walks. He aided his cause with a solo home run for the game’s first score.
The Indians added two more runs in the first inning. Derrick Thurston connected for an RBI double and later scored after a passed ball and a steal at home.
Up by three runs in the second, Harkleroad had his third RBI single of the night for a 4-0 lead. An inning later, Maupin stroked a two-run double for the game’s final runs.
Eli Dixon and Tucker Bellamy were the losing pitchers in the two games for Volunteer (1-12, 0-10).