Feb. 27, 2006
The performance was dominating, even masterful. In just his second start at Lipscomb University, 6 ft. 6 right hander Matt Schnelly threw a masterpiece, three hit complete game shutout. For the Bisons, the performance was enough for their second win of the season. For Schnelly, it was enough to be named the A-Sun pitcher of the week, an honor he shares with Mercer's Shawn Barrett.
For nine remarkable innings, Schnelly dominated a Pittsburgh team that was picked to finish second in the preseason Big East polls. After giving up a hit to the first batter of the game, Schnelly held the Panthers hitless until the eighth inning.
"I would say that the biggest factors for my success was just studying the scouting reports and hitting my spots," Schnelly said. "As long as you execute your pitches you are going to be fine. Also our defense helped me out a couple of times. Tadd [Brewer] and Whit [Reed] turned that double play to get me out of trouble. Without the team behind me I wouldn't have done as well."
In nine innings Schnelly gave up just three hits, two walks and hit one batter. He struck out eleven. The A-Sun honor was the first ever for a Lipscomb baseball player, and his complete game shutout was the first one in the A-Sun this season.
"Those kind of performances do not come around very often," Lipscomb head coach Wynn Fletcher said. "A lot of things have to go your way. Schnelly was able to command three pitches, which you don't see a lot at this level. He never gave hitters a chance to see the same pitch twice and he never missed his location. It was fun to watch."
The win is Schnelly's first as a member of the Bisons. In 13.2 innings this season, he has given up just two earned runs, four walks, and seven hits. He has struck out 13. Schnelly has not given up a run in his past 12 1/3 innings, and lowered his ERA to a team leading 1.32.