Jordan Uhing pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday, as the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford softball team swept the Medaille Mavericks in an AMCC doubleheader.
Uhing's no-hitter is the third in program history, and the first since Morgan Bellush accomplished the feat in 2018. Behind the strength of Uhing's performance, the Panthers won the game, 10-0. They also won the nightcap of the twin bill 4-3.
“Throwing a no-hitter has been a goal of mine here at Pitt-Bradford,” said Uhing. “I didn’t know how long it would take to reach, or even I would, but I worked hard for it and I am very proud of myself with how far I’ve come.”
Head coach Tina Phillips has been at the helm of the Panthers for all three of their no-hitters. “I’m just thrilled for Jordan. It’s an incredible milestone for a pitcher,” she said. “She was in total control today and worked ahead to great effect.”
Uhing made quick work of the Mavericks in the bottom half of the first inning, getting a groundout and two strikeouts to begin her outing.
Medaille's only runners of the contest reached in the second. Uhing allowed a one-out walk and then saw the next batter reach base on a fielder's choice that did not result in an out. However, Uhing was able to get out of the jam by striking out the next two batters.
From there, Uhing was dominant as she retired 14 straight batters to end the game. Uhing struck out seven Mavericks in the game but did not accomplish the feat on her own, as she did get some help from her defense.
In the bottom of the third, shortstop Gabby Carpenter made two strong plays to preserve the no-hitter. First, she got to a ball in the hole and made a long throw across the diamond in time to nab the runner.
On the very next play, Carpenter ranged to her glove side, just reaching a grounder up the middle. She then made an off-balance throw that just beat the baserunner thanks to a big stretch from Hannah Lathrop at first.
“Jordan was fantastic today, and the defense played really well behind her as well,” said Phillips. “Gabby and Hannah made some really great plays to add to a great day for our program.”
Offensively, the Panthers scored three quick runs in the first and added one in the fourth. They exploded for six in the sixth inning, allowing Uhing to complete the no-hitter with just six innings played.
With a 10-run lead, Uhing came back out for the sixth needing three outs to complete her no-hitter. Lathrop made another big play at first, scooping a low throw on a bunt attempt to start the inning. After that, Uhing got two more grounders to close the game and the no-hitter.
Uhing was also complimentary of her battery mate Katie Marx, as well as pitch caller and assistant coach Courtney Schuler.
“I have to give props to the two people that called the game,” said Uhing. “My catcher, KT, who is my rock behind the plate, and Coach Court, who always knows what I want to throw in certain situations.”
This was the first no-hitter of Uhing’s collegiate career. She had come close before, as a sophomore she threw a one-hit shutout against Alfred State. Before her senior season began, Uhing was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. She has lived up to the billing, as through six starts, she is 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA. She is tied for the league lead in ERA, wins and is second in strikeouts.
Uhing and the Panthers are 10-4 this season with an 8-2 record in conference play.