MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After not allowing a single hit in six innings of work during a 1-0 win over NESCAC West Division-rival Middlebury in Game 1 of a three-game series on Saturday at Dresser Diamond, junior Mike McCaffrey of the Wesleyan University baseball team was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday.
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McCaffrey (2-2), who also garnered Pitcher of the Week acknowledgement on April 3, 2017, is the third Cardinal to earn a weekly conference award in baseball this spring, as junior Ryan Earle earned Pitcher of the Week recognition on March 19, and senior Matt Jeye was tabbed as the Player of the Week on March 26. Wesleyan has compiled a 13-6 overall record and an unblemished 3-0 mark in the NESCAC West Division.
McCaffrey was throwing his best stuff from the beginning on Saturday, striking out the side in the first inning en route to striking out six of the first seven batters he faced. The left-handed pitcher finished with 10 strikeouts and walked five batters, and he turned the ball over to junior Pat Clare, who recorded a 1-2-3 seventh, as Wesleyan compiled its first no-hitter since April 11, 1981. The last player to accomplish the feat was Ed Keohan '83 during a 7-0 win over Clark.
McCaffrey, who hails from Warwick, R.I., currently leads the NESCAC with 37 strikeouts on the season, as he also earned the win on the mound during the team's 5-2 season-opening win over Dubuque in Tucson, Ariz., on March 11, as he only gave up one earned run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, to go along with five strikeouts.
Wesleyan is scheduled to compete against non-conference foe Salve Regina on Tuesday at 4 p.m. from Dresser Diamond.