Feb 10, 2020 2:53 AM

Galliher perfect game highlights opening-day sweep

Posted Feb 10, 2020 2:53 AM

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WICHITA – What could be the only thing to top a run-rule victory in Game 1 of a season-opening doubleheader?

How about a perfect game in Game 2.

Making her Hutchinson Community College pitching debut Sunday, freshman Jordan Galliher twirled a perfect game in a 9-0 five-inning victory over the Allen Red Devils to complete a sweep at Two Rivers Youth Complex.

Freshman Sadie Loney was impressive in her debut, allowing just one run on four hits over four innings to earn her first victory as the Blue Dragons roared out of the 2020 season gate with a 19-1 victory in the first game on Sunday.

The Blue Dragons (2-0) will return to Wichita on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Friends University Junior Varsity before heading to Fort Worth, Texas and the Cowtown Classic next weekend.

GAME 2 RECAPGalliher retired all 15 batters she faced. She started her career with back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning. Over the next 10 batters, Galliher had three groundouts and only one of three fly-ball outs left the infield. Galliher then struck out the side – Allen's Nos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters – in the fifth inning.

The perfect game wasn't official yet after that fifth inning.

The Dragons led 6-0 in the fifth inning. Freshman Lexi Williams capped a big day with her first career home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-0. Maryssa Rollin reached on an error and was pinch-ran for by Trinity EnsmingerNatalie Bevan then doubled before Ashley Wilson secured Galliher's gem with a three-run home run, her second homer in as many at-bats, to reach the run rule and win 9-0.

Galliher needed only 58 pitches to complete the no-hitter. She had only three two-ball counts and no three-ball counts versus the 15 batters she faced.

The game was scoreless through two innings. Taylor Ullery's sacrifice fly to deep left field scored Izzy McCarty to plate Hutch's first run in the third inning. Hutch broke it open with four runs in the fourth. Wilson hit a two-run home run. Kylee Dunn scored on McCarty's double and Bailey Pennycuff's single drove in McCarty for a 5-0 lead.

Wilson drove in a career-high five runs with her first career multi-home run game. She went 2 for 3. McCarty was the only other Dragon with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles. Natalie Bevan also doubled as Hutchinson had seven hits in the game against two Red Devil pitchers.

GAME 1 RECAPThe Blue Dragons hammered out 13 hits and took advantage of six Allen errors in Game 1 to give Loney all the run support she needed.

Loney worked the first three innings scoreless. Loney faced a little trouble in the first inning with two runs on and two out, but got a strikeout to end the inning. Loney retired the Red Devils in order in the second and third innings before giving up a leadoff home run to Riley Zook in the fourth.

Loney threw 59 pitches in four innings and allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking none. Rollin worked the fifth inning and struck out the side to end the game.

By the time Loney gave up that home run, the Blue Dragons had built an 18-0 lead through three innings with three in the first, four in the second and a whopping 11 runs in the third.

Rollin highlighted the first with a two-run home run. Ullery hit a two-run home run to start off the third-inning explosion.

The Blue Dragons had seven extra-base hits and 13 hits overall.

Ullery was one of five Blue Dragons with two hits. She had four RBIs and three runs scored. Rollin was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs. McCarty was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs. Williams and Bevan both had two hits.

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Cold Shooting Dooms Shockers at No. 25 Houston

HOUSTON , Texas– Not much went right for Wichita State in a 76-43 loss at No. 25/25 Houston on Sunday afternoon at the Fertitta Center.

Dexter Dennis scored 10 points and collected six rebounds for the Shockers (17-6, 5-5 American) who suffered their most-lopsided defeat (33 points) since 2003.

Jaime Echenique grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to go with seven points, three steals and a block.

Quentin Grimes scored 14 points to lead a group of five double-digit scorers for Houston (19-5, 9-2), which took over sole possession of first-place after losses by co-leaders Tulsa and Cincinnati earlier in the day.

He was joined by DeJon Jarreau (12 points, seven rebounds), Marcus Sasser (11 points), Caleb Mills (11 points) and Nate Hinton (10 points, nine rebounds).

Wichita State missed 17 of its first 21 shots. Houston capitalized with runs of 16-2 and 9-0 to build a 38-18 halftime lead. It was the Shockers first 20-point halftime deficit in more than a dozen years.

Houston turned WSU's 10 first-half turnovers into 14 points.

The Shockers committed just two more turnovers in the second half but never found their shooting touch.

WSU made just two three-point field goals on 24 attempts and finished the game at 26.4 percent from the field.

Houston – which entered the day ranked second nationally in rebound margin – won the battle of the boards 44-30. The hosts shot an even 50 percent from the field.

The Shockers' four assists tied a Marshall Era low. WSU had four in a 70-69 neutral court win over LSU on Dec. 18, 2010.

The loss was WSU's fifth in seven games on the heels of a 15-1 start.

Houston won its fifth-straight in the series and narrowed the Shockers' all-time lead to 17-14. WSU is 3-10 all-time in Houston (0-2 at the Fertitta Center).

WSU ends the weekend alone in sixth-place in the AAC race – a game back of SMU and Memphis, which are both 6-4.

UP NEXT:

The Shockers go back out on the road Thursday against the UCF Knights (13-10, 4-7). The 6 p.m. CT tip airs nationally on ESPN2. WSU won the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 25 in Wichita, 87-79.