Fourteen innings of District 8-4A play. Zero runs allowed.
After staff ace Dominic Jokel shut down San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday, Trent Morrison followed suit with another gem Friday night.
Morrison took a no hitter into the seventh inning and ended up with a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Stephenville (12-9, 2-0) knocked off Waco University (10-10, 0-2) 7-0 at James T. Young Baseball Field.
The Yellow Jackets had only three hits against left-handed University pitcher Joe Cervantez, who also went the distance.
But all three hits came in the same inning - the second - including a 3-run double by junior catcher Tyler Floyd to open up a 5-0 Stephenville advantage.
A double by Ryan Harper and a walk issued to Chase Varnado set the stage for Brian Picha's RBI single to get the scoring started in the bottom of the second.
Varnado ended up at third after the hit by Picha, who stole second.
James Hailey drew a two-out walk to load the bases before Witt Westbrook picked up an easy RBI when he was hit by a pitch.
Hitting Westbrook proved to be Cervantez's biggest mistake of the night, as it kept the inning alive and the bases juiced for Floyd.
The catcher smashed a line drive that glanced off the edge of the glove of diving University first-baseman Marcos Cruz and got away down the right field line.
All three Jacket runners scored as Floyd coasted into second with a standup double, his 17th two-bagger of the season. He hits .471 for the year with a team-leading 29 RBIs.
"It was a first-pitch fastball, and that's what I wanted," Floyd said. "I didn't want to wait until later in the count when I would be getting off-speed stuff."
Floyd narrowly missed knocking a pair of fly balls over the fence. His first at bat yielded a deep fly out to center. After his big double, his third at bat in the fourth inning produced another deep fly, this one coming within a few feet of leaving the yard.
"The first one I didn't see, but the second one I thought was definitely headed out," he said with a laugh.
The only thing keeping both balls in the part was the South breeze blowing in from left-center field.
Stephenville made it 6-0 in the third when Harper scored another run - this time of the unearned variety. He drew a one-out walk and stole second before Picha stepped up to the plate.
The senior second baseman bounced one to his University counterpart, David Jacinto, who bobbled the ball momentarily then couldn't fire to first in time. Harper was sprinting the whole way and went around third and on home with ease.
Jokel, a senior who was playing third base with Morrison on the mound Friday, reached on an error in the fifth, advanced to second on a wild pitch then finished the scoring with another unearned run when he rounded third and reached home standing up on an RBI ground out by Harper.
University had no answer, as Morrison kept the Trojan lineup off-balance all night with his mix of a two-seam fastball, change-up and breaking ball.
"I had my stuff working pretty good," said Morrison, who fired 60 strikes on 87 total pitches. "After we went through their lineup the first time they didn't have a hit, so when we put five runs up there I felt pretty comfortable."
Stephenville head coach James Boxley was impressed with Morrison's performance.
"Trent did a heck of a job," Boxley said. "He threw strikes, kept the ball down and kept them off-balance. We also made some good plays behind him. The couple double plays we turned certainly helped."
Even the Trojans' two seventh-inning hits were weak singles. One of those runners was erased on the Jackets' second double play of the night when Picha snared a line drive out of the sky and fired to first in time to double him off.
The other runner reached third, but it didn't matter as the final out was recorded on a weak grounder to Stephenville short stop Chase Varnado.
University's only runners before the seventh came when Morrison hit two batters with pitches - one in the fourth inning, the other in the sixth - and when he issued a walk in the fifth.
The walk led to the Jackets' other double play as Morrison fielded a one-hopper on the hill, tossed the ball to second where Varnado covered the bag then fired to Connor Washington at first for the second out.
Morrison's earned run average fell to 2.24 for the season. It was the junior's first shutout.
Stephenville visits Killeen Tuesday before the big showdown Friday at No. 2 Waco Midway, which shares the top spot in the 8-4A standings with the Jackets.
"The Killeen game comes first. Killeen's a favorable opponent," Boxley warned. "We need to take care of that one and get to 3-0 because Midway will probably be 3-0. Then we can battle them to see who's in first place."