Surry’s Tuttle no hits sixth ranked Pasco Hernando

Dobson, NC – March 7, 2015.

Travis Tuttle was nearly perfect Saturday as he hurled a no-hitter in Surry Community College’s 3-0 victory over sixth-ranked Pasco-Hernando in Dobson.

Tuttle, a freshman transfer from Appalachian State University, retired the side six of seven times as he needed just 85 pitches to complete the seven-inning no-no in the second game of a doubleheader. Tuttle struck out six and was two bases on balls removed from a perfect game against the Conquistadors, ranked sixth nationally in the NJCAA Division II. It was the first no-hitter by an SCC pitcher since Aaron King did it in 2008 against USC-Sumter.

“Travis Tuttle was close to perfect in Game 2,” Surry Community College head coach Jamie Lowe said. “I’m really proud of how he settled down and pitched well, like he’s capable.”

Caleb Cox drove in a run for the Knights in the first inning, the only run support Tuttle would need. Surry would add a pair of unearned runs as insurance later as the Knights improved to 4-10.

After the game, Tuttle, a Reagan High School product, was extremely humble about the no-hitter, giving all the credit to his defense. In particular, he said first baseman Caleb Cox made a great diving play and flipped the ball back to Tuttle for the final out in the third inning. Then in the seventh, right fielder Cody Nipper made a sliding catch to help preserve the no-no.

“Those two really stood out as exceptional plays, but it wasn’t just those two guys, everybody contributed and did a heck of a job playing defense today,” said Tuttle, adding that Saturday was his first no-hitter at any level of baseball. “Whenever you throw a no-hitter, obviously it feels great, but I really have to give the credit to my teammates. Everybody had my back from the first pitch. And Ross Hoffner, my catcher, he and I were on the same page all day as far as calling the pitches. It was a great job by him back there today.”

Surry dropped the first game of the doubleheader 1-0.

“I’m proud of how our guys played today against a nationally-ranked team. We had the run on that would have tied game one in the seventh inning, we just didn’t execute a sac bunt that cost us,” Lowe said. “Corbin Easter and Seth Brim threw well in the loss.”

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