NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Graduate student Riley Sorenson of the Merrimack College baseball team was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday following his no-hit outing on Friday that saw Merrimack top Sacred Heart in NEC play.
In addition to his third weekly honor from the conference, Sorenson was the recipient of the Golden Spikes Performance of the Week on Tuesday, which is awarded weekly to the nation’s top individual performer in all of Division I college baseball. Sorenson’s effort bested performances by three other finalists from Ohio State, Oregon State and Sam Houston State.
Sorenson threw the first no-hitter in the baseball program’s Division I history on Friday, defeating Sacred Heart in a 2-1 game on Friday. The no-hitter was the eighth in Division I this season, and saw Sorenson retire the final 17 batters he faced. The right-hander set a single-game career high with eight strikeouts and recorded his fourth victory of the season. He lowered his season ERA to 2.59 after the performance.
The Sandwich, Mass. native ranks in a tie for the first in the NEC in wins (4), third in innings pitched (31.1) and sixth in ERA (2.59). He’s also holding opponents to a .211 batting average, the seventh lowest in the NEC.
Sorenson and the Warriors will be back in action tomorrow against Holy Cross at 5 p.m. out in Worcester, Mass.