That the UMass Lowell baseball team salvaged a split in a doubleheader with Maine on Saturday was unsurprising.
What was surprising was that it did so without registering a single hit.
It was just the second time in program history the River Hawks were held without a hit. The last came in 1977, which, naturally, resulted in a loss.
This time, senior Ben Prada led off the third inning with a walk. He stole second and third, then scurried home on a wild pitch.
That was all it took.
Hey @RedSox, let’s still be friends and all….but we got no-hit today and won ??♂️
— UMassLowell Baseball (@RiverHawkBB) April 22, 2018
The Black Bears, meanwhile, had runners on in every inning except the final two, including a two-on, no-out opportunity in the fifth.
They finished with five hits, but Andrew Ryan (Rochester, Mass.) earned the win and Luke Tomczyk registered the save for UMass Lowell. The game was seven innings because it was part of a doubleheader.
Earlier in the season, on Feb. 17, the River Hawks were one strike away from tossing a no-hitter themselves, against Morehead State, but a single broke up the bid in the bottom of the ninth.
In this game, UMass Lowell struck out 12 times in 17 at-bats and never got that elusive hit. It was a bittersweet end, as the River Hawks were simultaneously on the right and wrong end of history.