Butler's Rossmiller makes history for Thiel
Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Senior Nick Rossmiller (Butler) achieved perfection for the Thiel baseball team and was rewarded by being named the Presidents' Athletic Conference pitcher of the week.
Rossmiller improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.78 by throwing the first perfect game in school history — and 16th in NCAA Division III history — by shutting down Hiram College, 14-0.
Rossmiller threw 82 of his 106 pitches for strikes and he had six strikeouts. For the season, he has allowed just 12 hits — and has recorded 23 strikeouts — in 23 innings.
“It's the first one I've ever thrown at any level,” Rossmiller said.
It was the fifth no-hitter in Thiel history and first since 2005.
• Thiel senior infielder Eric King (Butler) was batting .324 with three RBI through nine games.
• Freshman Mick Fennell (Butler) got off to a hot start at Cal (Pa.). He started 10 of the team's first 16 games, batting .303 with six RBI. He also was 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and one save in three appearances. He had 11 strikeouts and two walks in 16 2⁄3 innings.
• Pitt senior Evan Oswald (Butler) was batting .347 with one home run and nine RBI in 18 games.
Washington & Jefferson junior pitcher Madison Rotto (Freeport) pitched a shutout and struck out a career-high 11 batters March 17 against Thomas (Maine) during a competition in Clermont, Fla. Rotto, who also combined for a shutout of Gallaudet, was nominated for Presidents' Athletic Conference pitcher of the week. Rotto added a three-run homer in a loss to Benedictine (Ill.). • Freshman Emily Watson (Seneca Valley) had wins for W&J on the trip, beating Hope (Mich.) and Lawrence (Wisc.).
• Slippery Rock senior Jenna Geibel (Butler) was batting .333 with one homer and five RBI through six games.
Westminster freshman Troy Abbott (Seneca Valley) was nominated for Presidents' Athletic Conference men's tennis player of the week. He won his singles and doubles match against Bethany.
Junior outside hitting Nathan Steele (Seneca Valley) ranks second on the Penn State Behrend volleyball team in kills and points. As a sophomore, he was named the team's most improved player.
Sophomore pole vaulter Dylan Bilka (Seneca Valley) of Penn State Behrend qualified for the NCAA indoor championships. He holds the school record in the pole vault at 4.92 meters, a mark he set this season in the ECAC indoor championship.
Sophomore diver Heath Calhoun (Butler) became a four-time All-American after placing ninth on the one meter and second on the three meter at the Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Senior goalkeeper Kaitlin Sterling (Seneca Valley) had five saves and recorded the win for Indiana (Pa.) in its season-opening win over Tiffin.
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