Harms Throws Two-Hit Shutout in Rangers Sweep; McDermott Earns 300th Victory
Denver, Colo.: The Regis University baseball team pretty much knew their RMAC Tournament fate heading into the series finale doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney but the Rangers want to make a case for a NCAA regional bid and that is exactly what they did on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Junior Aaron Harms started his sixth game of the season and was opposed by Ethan Poulsen for Nebraska-Kearney. Harms had the game of his career and one the Rangers haven't seen in over a decade.
Harms (7-1) set down the first 12 batters he faced, while striking out four of them. Harms walked the first batter of the fifth inning but was helped by his defense as Chandler Klute grounded into a 463 double play. His no-hitter would be spoiled on the next batter when Danny Droll doubled down the left field line. He was able to get Eric Ringblom to fly out to centerfield to end the inning.
He sat down the next eight batters before hitting Droll in the eighth inning. Harms then got the next two batters to fly out to get out of the inning unscathed. Evan Connell hit a single in the ninth but the Nebraska-Kearney (18-31, 17-23 RMAC) was unable to get anyone across.
Harms threw a two-hit shutout striking out six and walking just one. It was the first complete game shutout with less than three hits since Ian Ferguson did the same thing against New Mexico Highlands April 18, 1999.
Regis (28-21, 23-17) has won eight of their last nine contests and will enter the RMAC Tournament as the #4 seed. The Rangers scored two in the first innings on two hits and also aided by two UNK miscues.
The Rangers scored one in the third, one in each of the sixth and seventh and three more in the eighth. Steven Brault collected two doubles, while Nick Billinger, Alex Haag, and Cody Hastings each had two hits. Billinger drove in two runs to pace the Rangers.
Junior Kyle Mack took the bump for the Rangers and looked to follow in his teammate, Aaron Harms footsteps. He was opposite Cory Ridenour for UNK.
The Rangers scored five runs in the bottom of the first highlighted by Braults three-run double. RU scored two more in the second when Haag hit a double that plated Billinger and Ryan Eustice. A five-run fourth inning put the game away with Cody Hastings hitting a three-run bomb.
Mack was exceptional in his six innings of work allowing just four hits and just one run while striking out six and improved to 5-3 on the season. Brault, Hastings and Haag each had three RBIs, while Billinger and Dave Holland each collected two hits.
The 28 wins this season are the most since the 2006 team had 30.
Head Coach Dan McDermott notched his 300th career victory as the Rangers skipper. Already the leader in wins at Regis, McDermott has 645 career victories at Regis and Briar Cliff (Iowa) University.