David Adam

It's been a while since a no-hitter has been thrown in QU Stadium

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 17, 2017 10:20 am Updated: Jul. 17, 2017 10:27 am

Has there ever been a no-hitter in QU Stadium? If so, who threw it and what year?

Several teams -- high school, college and professional -- have called QU Stadium home. First, let's start with the Quincy Gems.

Michael Cole from the University of Missouri was reported to be the first Gem to throw a no-hitter. He accomplished the feat on June 14, 2004, in a 4-0 victory over Springfield at QU Stadium. The game was stopped because of rain in the sixth inning, and Central Illinois Collegiate League officials decided the next day to count it as an official game.

Cole made only four appearances, all starts, for the Gems in 2004. He tossed a 1-0 shutout against Galesburg on July 14 that season. However, he was dismissed from the team shortly after that game.

Cole was 20 years old when he was arrested in May 2005 after he allegedly stabbed another man in Columbia, Mo., in a dispute over bottles of alcohol. He was kicked off the team at Missouri, but the charges against him were dropped in March 2006.

The only other no-hitter in Gems history was thrown less than a month later, but it wasn't at QU Stadium. Brad Stone, a Quincy University sophomore, struck out nine in seven innings in a 4-0 victory over Twin City in the first game of a doubleheader in Bloomington.

In the second game of that doubleheader, Twin City's Dan Frega held the Gems hitless for seven innings and was one out away from finishing off the gem when he threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score from third base with the tying run in the top of the seventh. Kevin Reynolds broke up the no-hitter with a single in the eighth, but the Gems lost 1-0.

The Gems haven't had a no-hitter since joining the Prospect League in 2009. Only five no-hitters have been thrown in the league's nine seasons. The most recent was by Travis Lakins of Chillicothe, who threw a perfect game against West Virginia on June 20, 2014.

The most recent no-hitter in Quincy University history was thrown by Christopher Conner, who blanked Kentucky Wesleyan 4-0 on March 17, 2008, in Owensboro, Ky. Conner didn't walk any batters but hit a batter to ruin a bid for a perfect game.

Other no-hitters by the Hawks were by:

Nick Dunning, 9-0 over Kentucky Wesleyan at QU Stadium on April 7, 2007.

Brad Stone, 14-0 over Lincoln in the season opener (location unknown) on Feb. 14, 2006.

Brandon DeJaynes, 2-0 over Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis., on April 12, 2003.

Ryan Birmingham over Columbia Union (score unknown) in Savannah, Ga., on March 12, 1998.

Mark Mueller over Missouri Baptist (score unknown) at QU Stadium on April 28, 1995. Mueller also threw four innings of no-hit relief in the second game of the doubleheader that day.

Stories in The Herald-Whig noted that two other no-hitters have been thrown in QU history, but who threw them and when they were thrown was unavailable.

Two no-hitters were thrown by Quincy pitchers when they were playing in the Midwest League. They were by:

Vincent Scales, 2-0 over Clinton on May 6, 1962. It was Scales' first pro game, and it also was the first game of the season. Quincy was a Class D affiliate of the New York Mets that season.

Chris Heintz and Dave Langrock combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 loss to Fox Cities on May 30, 1965. Quincy was a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs that season.

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