Former Carroll Dragon Ross Stripling put his name in the Texas A&M baseball history books this weekend. Stripling, a senior right-hander, tossed the 11th no-hitter in Aggie history last Saturday against San Diego State.
On the strength of his impressive outing, Stripling was named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
Stripling also tossed the no-hitter on the same day he graduated from A&M with a finance degree. The Aggies won 1-0 as Stripling had seven strikeouts and allowed only one walk and threw 106 pitches. He improved to 9-2 and has a 2.36 earned-run average this season.
It marked the Aggies first no-hitter since 2004. Stripling was a ninth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies last year, but opted to return to the Aggies. At Carroll, he was a member of the Dragons 2008 Class 5A state runner-up team as a senior.
Photo courtesy Texas A&M
The Carroll Dragon baseball team started the 2012 season with an impressive debut. Two Dragon pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 2-1 season-opening win Thursday against Midland in the Round Rock tournament. Tyler Alexander and Ben Leeper combined for the no-hitter at Dell Diamond. Alexander started and Leeper went the final two innings and earned the victory as the Dragons scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dragons followed the opening victory with a 17-1 win against Austin High on Friday. The Dragons had six extra base hits including doubles by Tyler Barnes (2), Kyle Treta, Chris Altimont, a triple by Darien McLemore and Jack Stone added a home run. Greg Maisto earned the victory on the mound.
TOURNAMENT UPDATE: The Dragons finished the Round Rock tournament 3-2. After winning the first two games, the Dragons suffered back-t0-back losses to Austin Anderson (9-6) and Stony Point (6-2) before rebouding with a 9-1 victory against Wolfforth Frenship to end the tourney. Carroll returns to action in the Mid Cities Tournament on Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m. vs. Allen at L.D. Bell.
Mid Cities Tournament Schedule: http://www.leaguelineup.com/dragonbaseball2004/files/Mid%20Cities%20Tournament.pdf