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Combined no-hitter is special opening memory

Sophomores Randy Cseh and Keith Zigler help PHCC get off to a fast start with the program's first no-no.

By STEVE LEE
Published February 1, 2005


NEW PORT RICHEY - Baseball is all about numbers and on Friday Pasco-Hernando Community College recorded the most notable number in school history.

A zero. As in none, nada.

Sophomore pitchers Randy Cseh (Central) and Keith Zigler (Citrus) combined on the Conquistadors' first no-hitter in a 12-1 win over Florida College. It came in the school's 617th game.

"Isn't that something," said Steve Winterling, the only coach in PHCC's 14 seasons. "Opening day's exciting as it is and to have a no-hitter is even more spectacular. The nice thing is, you had some local boys involved."

Cseh, a right-handed starter, allowed an unearned run, struck out five and walked one in eight innings. Zigler took over in the ninth. The lefty fanned one and did not walk a batter.

Centerfielder Kyle Scott preserved the no-hitter by snaring Brian Barker's sinking line drive for the first out in the ninth.

"Kyle got a terrific jump," Winterling said. "He charged (the ball) and made a running catch."

Brandon Mand, who had a three-run double and had a team-high five RBIs, Rocky Rocamora and Jonathan Richardson each had two hits.

PHCC improved to 3-0 with Saturday's 10-7 win over St. Johns River and a 13-10 defeat of Seminole on Sunday.

PHCC broke open a scoreless game against St. Johns River with a nine-run fourth, highlighted by Geoff Rottmayer's three-run homer. Starter Josh Smith scattered nine hits in six innings to earn the win and Zigler got a save.

Kyle Albright, Ryan Pearson, Mand, Rottmayer and Scott each had a home run in the Seminole game. Chris Noriega earned the win and Zigler notched his second save.

PHCC goes for a fourth straight victory when it hosts Daytona Beach CC at 3 p.m. Wednesday.