Monday, March 15, 2010

Kahnle tosses a no-no for Lynn

Tommy Kahnle, seen here pitching for the South Troy Dodgers in the summer of 2008, pitched a no-hitter for Lynn University Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

The press release from the Lynn University sports information department:

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University redshirt sophomore Tommy Kahnle pitched the program's first no-hitter in 11 years as part of a doubleheader split with Saint Leo to kick off the Sunshine State Conference slate on Saturday. The Fighting Knights dropped the opener 9-7 before Kahnle's no-no in the seven inning second game downed the Lions 7-0.
A day off the Knights' last no-hitter on March 12, 1999, the accomplishment is just the third in program history and the second done by just one pitcher. The no-hitter in 1999 against Bridgeport was shared by Michael Mendez, Roddy Barnes and Billy Horn. Lynn's other no-hitter came in 1988 as Jim Soricelli shut down Ramapo.

Kahnle (1-1) struck out seven and walked five and hit one in the victory. He faced just five batters more than the requisite 21 in the game.

Backing their pitcher's attempt at history, the Blue and White (9-12-1, 1-1 SSC) came alive at the plate. Lynn scored seven runs on 11 hits as four players recorded multiple hits.

Senior first baseman Chris Chavez paced the LU offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a pair of runs scored and batted in each. Fellow seniors Einar Atencio and Kyle Holloway both added a pair of base knocks while junior Patrick Roedel also had two.

Saint Leo (11-12, 1-4 SSC) claimed the opening nod of the twinbill with steady late-inning production. Lynn jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the first four innings before the Lions clamped down and outscored the Blue and White 8-3 over the next four stanzas.

Richie McVey and Holloway both homered in the loss while Holloway, Dane Derstine and Matt Noble each recorded multiple base hits.

The Knights' pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts, including seven by starter Dan Wright (2-3) and five by Evan Ellison in relief.

Kahnle, a Shaker High grad, also spent a number of summers at Geer Field in Troy playing for the Dodgers.

As a freshman, he closed out the National Championship game against Emporia State as Lynn, a Division II school, won its first ever national title.

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