Mike Willis recalls his career
April 20, 2011
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Traughber's Tidbit: In March 1971, Vanderbilt pitchers recorded three no-hitters (two back-to-back) in five games. On March 18, in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader, Mike Willis defeated Louisville, 3-0. Willis struck out 14 Cardinals (including the first eight), walked two while one batter reached base on an error.
In the nightcap of that same doubleheader, Vanderbilt's Doug Wessel tossed a 2-0 shutout against the Cardinals while allowing no hits. Wessel struck out 12 batters while walking three Cardinals in the back-to-back gems. Vanderbilt's Chuck Boyette was the catcher in both games.
On March 20, 1971, Commodore pitcher Ed White threw a no-hitter in the second game of another seven-inning doubleheader against Calvin College. White struck out seven batters while giving up one walk in the 13-0 victory. Greg Collins was the Commodore catcher of record. All no-hitters were seven innings and played on McGugin Field.
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