EMERSON, Ga. — Payton Kinney made his first complete game as a Maverick one to remember.
A senior right-hander, Kinney threw a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Ohio on Sunday at Perfect Game Park.
Making his fifth career start for UNO, Kinney struck out nine and walked four as he threw 140 pitches. He retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced, including the final eight. He struck out the final two batters swinging to punctuate the second no-hitter in UNO’s Division I era.
The Norris High School graduate transferred to UNO last year from Southeast Community College. He made 16 appearances last year with three starts and went 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA. His longest outing for the Mavericks had been six innings.
UNO’s first Division I no-hitter was a combined one Feb. 21, 2015, against Chicago State.
Kinney pitched with the lead as the Mavericks (4-7) scored two runs in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Keil Krumwiede singled in Max Gamm, and Thomas DeBonville scored on an error.
The Mavericks tacked on single runs in the third and fifth, and that was more than enough for Kinney, who was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA on the season before Sunday.
With the win, UNO split its four-game series with Ohio (6-6).
UNO next will play Tuesday at Minnesota.
Ohio (6-6)…….000 000 000 — 0 0 3
UNO (4-7)…….201 010 00x — 4 8 1
W: Kinney (1-1). L: Kuster (0-1).