CONWAY, S.C. – Redshirt junior pitcher Kaylin VanDomelen threw UND’s first no-hitter against a Division I opponent, shutting down UConn, 4-0, on Sunday morning at the final day of the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
The Banks, Ore., native also provided the offensive spark, hitting her second home run of the weekend to get UND on the board in the fourth inning.
VanDomelen has had a stellar start to the year, as she leads the Big Sky Conference with an earned-run average of just 1.45 through 58.0 innings of work. She also leads the league with 61 total strikeouts. On offense, she holds a .300 average this season, second on the team, and has a team-high 18 hits.
“We got an outstanding pitching performance today from Kaylin, we played solid defense and got timely hits when we needed them,” head coach Jordan Stevens said. “It was a good way to end the week with a good win against an athletic club in UConn.”
UConn matched VanDomelen’s prowess to start the contest, as neither side was able to get a hit through the first three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Talyor Nadler led off with a base on balls, before VanDomelen stepped up to the plate to end her opposition’s bid for a no-hitter, hitting her second homerun of the weekend to break the stalemate. Sophomore catcher Maddy Clowdus followed suit and hit her first career home run as the Fighting Hawks used back-to-back home runs to go up 3-0.
North Dakota’s defense continued to dominate, and the Fighting Hawks got their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Clowdus recorded her second hit of the game to score Natalie Gerber for the 4-0 lead.
VanDomelen finished off the Huskies with two strikeouts to start the seventh before the final batter grounded out to first.
The Fighting Hawks are now 9-11 to start the season and will head to Los Angeles next weekend, March 10-12, for a joint invitational hosted by Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge.