During a Friday night game, an outstanding streak had been broken. The baseball mound was on fire as the Penn Baseball Squad faced off against William Woods on February 17.
Junior pitcher, Felipe Hernandez, had successfully broken a three-year long stretch when he threw the first Statesmen no-hitter. The matchup against William Woods was a complete shut out as the Statesmen leaped to an lead in the first inning with six runs. Senior, Cory Russell, hit a two-run double to crown the inning.
When Hernandez was warming up, his arm felt really great. And commented that it hadn’t felt that great in a long time. In an interview with Dino Landucci, Hernandez said he knew he was throwing a no-hitter when no one would talk to him or shake his hand.
“I really realized and I started focusing a little bit more.”
The rest of the runs added up in the third and fifth inning. Aaron Petrash, Freshman, went 3-for-3 at the plate and had two scoring runs. Jeysen Delgado, Junior, also went 2-for-3 hitting while Julian Villegas, Junior, and Wilson Lorenzo, Sophomore, both concluded at 2-for-4.
Hernandez is not out here to party, “after this, I’m looking to get another W… I’m out here to get a championship, doing this for my family and doing it for William Penn.” After the no-hitter pitched by Hernandez against William Woods, the Statesmen faced Columbia on Saturday, February 18.
Following his performance, Hernandez was honored with the Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the week after only being in uniform for for two weeks.