Going from no hits to double-digit strikeouts, Tyler Tuthill found a different way to put together an impressive pitching performance.
Despite another strong Friday showing from Tuthill, Miami pieced together enough offense to post a 4-2 victory against the visiting Mountaineers in their series opener. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.
After striking out three batters in 6.2 no-hit innings against ULM, Tuthill extended his hitless streak to 10 consecutive innings over his last three appearances with a clean start at Light Field and then finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts during his seven innings of work against the Hurricanes. He allowed just two earned runs in his 112-pitch outing Friday and exited with Miami (25-15) ahead 3-1.
The Hurricanes scored on a groundout off reliever Eli Ellington in the eighth before App State attempted to rally with two away in the ninth. Peyton Idol (2-for-3, two runs) reached base for the third time with his second single and then scored on Bailey Welch’s double off the top of the wall. A strikeout ended the game.
The Mountaineers (16-24) finished with a 6-5 edge in hits, as Idol also scored on Kendall McGowan’s fifth-inning single. Tuthill allowed only four hits and posted the most strikeouts by an App State pitcher since Colin Schmid had 11 against UNCW in 2018. The last App State pitcher with more than 11 strikeouts in a game was Matt Andress with 12 in six innings against Niagara in 2010.
Tuthill, whose previous high of eight strikeouts occurred in a complete-game shutout of UTA in 2019, had one strikeout in a 1-2-3 first and three more in a perfect second before a top-of-the-third lightning stoppage delayed play for 45 minutes.
A one-out bloop double between two defenders, a bunt single and a walk loaded the bases in the bottom of the third for Miami’s Anthony Vilar, whose two-run double was the only hard-hit damage off Tuthill. He stranded two runners in scoring position with a strikeout and lineout to center, then struck out the first two batters in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Idol’s leadoff walk in the fifth set up McGowan’s run-scoring single with two away, and Tuthill added another strikeout in a drama-free bottom of the fifth. He recorded two more strikeouts in the sixth, when a safety squeeze bunt scored a runner who had been hit by a pitch and moved from first to third on a dirt-ball advancement/throwing error beyond second.
Hayden Cross, making his first start at catcher since leaving an April 20 game, combined with Welch to throw out a steal attempt in the seventh before Tuthill ended the inning with his 11th strikeout.