April 15, 2000
On a picture-perfect Saturday night in Waco, Kyle Evans became the first Baylor pitcher to toss a complete-game, nine-inning no-hitter since 1979. Even more amazingly, Evans was two walks and an error away from a perfect game but still faced the miniumum 27 batters thanks to a pair of double plays and a runner caught stealing.
Evans' no-hitter was the first at Baylor since Andy Beane no-hit Texas Tech and was the first in Big 12 Conference history.
The closest call of the night came in the eighth when Iowa State's Jade O'Brien sharply hit a ball that appeared destined to drop in right field. But first baseman Mike Huggins took two steps toward second base, reached out and snagged the ball out of the air.The crowd gasped as the ball left O'Brien's bat and erupted when Huggins made the play.
One night prior, Baylor ace Chad Hawkins held Iowa State to only two hits. But Evans was two steps better.
The Bears scored all four runs in the fifth inning off Iowa State starter Mike Laesch. Jace Brewer started the fifth with a towering fly ball that ISU left fielder Mike Runk lost; Brewer reached third on the play. Steve Dorneman doubled to score Brewer, and Preston Underdown laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Dorneman to third. Dorneman then scored on a passed ball.
Anthony Hensley's walk preceded Jaime Bubela's double to right, putting runners at second and third.Tim Hartshorn followed with a single to bring home both runners. Four of Baylor's five hits on the night came in the deciding fifth inning.
Head coach Steve Smith said after the game he considered visiting the mound in the late innings. Catcher Bryan Loeb advised against making the trip.
"I've done something like that in intrasquad scrimmages when a guy has something going like this," Smith said."But Loeb said he would tackle me if I tried to go out there."
-By Doug Cofer, Baylor Bear Insider