While Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden, and Paul Jones were showing off their arms in the Blue-White game on Saturday, Penn State pitcher Steven Hill was showing off his at Iowa.
The junior from Colleyville, Texas threw a no-hitter against the Hawkeyes in a 2-0 victory on Saturday that marked the first time a Penn State pitcher threw a no-hitter in a Big Ten game. It was also the first no-hitter thrown by a PSU pitcher since Nate Bump did it in 1995 against Duquesne.
Freshman catcher JC Coban supplied all the offense Hill needed when he hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning that plated the only two runs in the game. Hill, who allowed only two base runners and threw just 105 pitches, took over from there, winning his fourth consecutive game and running Penn State’s winning streak up to five games.
“When you are in it,” PSU coach Robbie Wine said, “you don’t really think about it. And still it really hasn’t sunk in yet. But for Steve Hill to go out there and do that for the team in such a crucial game, it’s huge. For the season it means a lot and for him, he’ll remember that forever. It’s just a fun event and once again, it reinforces why you coach.”
Penn State finished the weekend by taking two of three from Iowa, but missed a chance for a sweep with a 4-2 loss to the Hawkeyes on Sunday. The Lions have now won 12 of their last 15 games, and after a miserable start that saw them as much a 11 games under .500, the team has fought back to an 18-21 record, including 6-6 in the Big Ten.
Penn State next plays at home against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday.