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WKU's Thurston no-hits IU for 8 innings
Former Madison Cub gets no decision as Hoosiers win 1-0 in 10 innings
Courier Sports Staff
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 AM
Western Kentucky's Ryan Thurston no-hit 18th-ranked Indiana through eight innings before leaving with a no-decision in a 1-0, 10-inning loss to the Hoosiers on Wednesday in Bloomington.
Thurston, a freshman from Madison, was making just his second career start for Western Kentucky and was in mid-season form. The lefty struck out seven, walked two and hit three in eight-plus innings. He also picked off two batters, one of his specialties.
Thurston was nearly untouchable in the first eight innings. Only two Hoosiers reached scoring position against the southpaw and none reached base via hit.
Indiana (22-11) finally broke through against Thurston when All-American catcher Kyle Schwarber hammered a deep double to right-center field to open the ninth inning and end the no-hit bid and Thurston's day after 112 pitches.
Thurston's night ended after Schwarber's hit and relievers Brennan Pearson and Ian Tompkins pitched WKU out of the jam to extend the contest to extra innings.
Hoosier fans gave Thurston a standing ovation when he left the game.
Clint Hardy led off the 10th for Western Kentucky (19-18) with a base hit and eventually reached third on a passed ball and a sacrifice. But the Hilltoppers failed to get him in.
Indiana made Western pay for the missed opportunity when Will Holden lashed a one-out single in the 10th, stole second and scored on Tim O'Conner's bloop single just a foot inside the right field line.
Thurston's outing was the longest by a Western Kentucky freshman since Justin Hageman threw a complete game against Florida Atlantic on May 7, 2011.
WKU out-hit the Hoosiers 6-3 but the Big 10's best pitching staff kept WKU out of the run column, holding the Hilltoppers scoreless for the first time in nearly a year.
Thurston is now 0-0 with a 2.50 ERA on the season for Western Kentucky. He has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 18 innings of work with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .167 on the season against him.
The Indiana-Western Kentucky game will be aired on the Big Ten Network at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Western returns home for a three-game series with Sun Belt Conference foe South Alabama this weekend.
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