Sac State pitcher Colin Hunter no-hits Northern Illinois in college debut

Second Division I no-hitter in Hornets’ history


Jordan Latimore

The Sac State baseball team swarms freshman starting pitcher Colin Hunter on Feb.19, 2022 at John Smith Field after he threw the second no-hitter in Sac State Division 1 history. Hunter recorded nine strikeouts and didn’t allow a walk in his collegiate debut.

Dylan McNeill

Even after Saturday’s game freshman pitcher Colin Hunter was still at a loss for words on what to make of his first-ever college appearance.

“I’m still in the moment, it’s kind of unreal what happened, it’s pretty amazing,”,” Hunter said.

Hunter  threw  the second Division I no-hitter in the program’s history against Northern Illinois University Saturday  in an 8-0 victory at John Smith Field.

The two Northern Illinois baserunners both came on errors, a fielding error in the fifth, and a throwing error in the seventh.

The game marked Sac State’s first no-hitter since 2017 when Hornet Justin Dillon threw a no-hitter against Northern Kentucky. Dillon’s no-hitter went a full nine innings, while Hunter’s was just seven innings, making it the first game of a double-header for the Hornets on Saturday. 

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“It is crazy, it still doesn’t even feel real honestly, it’s awesome,” Hunter said.

The Hornets are now 2-0 through two games in the 2022 season, having outscored Northern Illinois 19-7 in the series thus far.

“That was truly incredible, he’s been throwing so well throughout the fall,” sophomore catcher Carson Blatnick said. “He’s put in so much work, we were happy to see it pay off for him today.” The bottom of the seventh began with a sliding play by senior third baseman Steven Moretto, who made a sliding play to his right to keep Northern Illinois out of the hit column.

The next batter, junior Carlos Aranda hit another ball to the third baseman Moretto, this time Moretto’s throw sailed over Sac State junior first baseman Martin Vincelli-Simard, Aranda advanced to second on the wild throw, Aranda was the lone Northern Illinois base-runner to reach scoring position.

With a runner on second and one out, Hunter struck out his ninth and final batter of the game, putting himself one out away from the Sac State record books.



“It was electric, after the first inning I knew Colin (Hunter) was in a groove,”  Blatnick said. “It was a bunch of fun catching him, it all just kind of clicked.”

The Hornets celebrated Hunter’s historic start to his collegiate career by moshing in the infield after sophomore shortstop Jorge Bojorquez’s putout sealed the no-hitter.

“For his first college start, that was pretty special,” manager Reggie Christiansen said..

Hornets’ baseball joined Division I in 1990. While this is only their second no-hitter since they merged, Sac State has enjoyed 10 straight winning seasons under Christiansen.

“He throws a lot of strikes, commands the baseball with three pitches, and works fast. We expected him to go out there and compete like he did,” Christiansen said. “But that was pretty special.”