April 7, 2009
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Following his complete-game no-hitter at Lehigh last Saturday, Navy baseball southpaw Sam Long (So./Newnan, Ga.) was recognized as the ECAC Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
The honors have poured in for Long this week, as on Monday afternoon, he was distinguished as one of the Louisville Slugger's National Players of the Week in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Hours later, he earned Patriot League Pitcher-of-the-Week honors for the first time in his career.
In a 3-1 series-opening win at Lehigh, Long did not allow a hit over his seven innings to record the eighth no-hitter in program history and Navy's first complete-game no-hitter against a Patriot League opponent since Scott Kozink held Lehigh hitless on April 12, 1999. Long fired 110 pitches on the afternoon, 65 of which were strikes, with five walks and four strikeouts. He forced the Mountain Hawks into 11 groundball outs and induced a double play.
Long's no-hitter was the ninth in Patriot League history, the seventh in league play and the sixth complete-game performance in a league game. The Navy sophomore's effort was the first by a league pitcher since Holy Cross's Scott Hampe held Lehigh hitless during the 2007 season.
A product of Newnan, Ga., Long owns a 3-0 record with a Patriot League-best 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings. He has struck out 47 batters - tops among Patriot League pitchers - and walked only 14, while holding the opposition to a .250 batting average (32-for-128) - the second-lowest mark in the league.
The Midshipmen (11-17-1) return to action tonight at 6 p.m. when they take on UMBC (4-18) in Baltimore. Live stats will be available via GameTracker on www.NavySports.com(.)