Georgia baseball pitcher Heath Holder holder thew a no-hitter for the Lexington County Blowfish on Bark in the Park night. Really, he did, on Bark in the Park night.
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Georgia Bulldog baseball’s Heath Holder earned himself an extra doggie biscuit Tuesday night, throwing a no-hitter for the Lexington Blowfish on “Bark in the Park Night” at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium – canines free with paying human.
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Holder had the Florence Red Wolves chasing their tails all night, unleashing a curve ball for strikes late in the game after moving quickly through the early innings with a strong fastball. After, Jared Williams fetched Chaz Pal’s fly to left field for the final out, Blowfish manager Jonathan Johnson howled , “Keith pounded the fast ball early and got quick outs.” (WISTV.com)
Holder earned his chance at the no hitter in the eighth inning, flushing a man off first for a bunt attempt strike out and throw out double play.
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It was a rough, rough night for both teams at the plate, the Blowfish calling home their lone run on the teams third hit of the night in the bottom of the seventh, a double by Madison Stokes.
Holder struck out seven and walked four in the 1-0 win in front of 1,114 masters and their pets at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. It was the first no-hitter of the 2015 Coastal Plain Summer League season, and the first-ever at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.
“I came in this summer trying to boost my confidence coming back from surgery,” said Holder in a postgame interview reported by Emery Glover of WISTV.com. “It means a lot because I proved to myself that I can command a fastball down in the zone, and if I do that, that’s all that matters. I can get guys out.”
Holder, a 6-4, 203-pound native of Loganville, missed the 2015 Bulldog season while recovering from elbow surgery and his absence was a key factor in the Bulldogs disappointing 2015 season. The rising redshirt senior is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in five starts for the Coastal plains League Blowfish. In 27 innings, Holder registered 25 strikeouts and 13 walks. The Blowfish improved to 13-12 while the Red Wolves dropped to 15-9. Holder’s no-hitter was just the second in Blowfish history.
Tuesday’s game was the first of four Bark in the Park events where fans may bring their dogs free. There has been no announcement about adjusting the Blowfish pitching rotation for the Big Dawg to pitch on the next Bark in the Park night.