Florida Gators' Jonathan Crawford throws no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jonathan Crawford threw the seventh no-hitter
in NCAA Tournament history, shutting down Bethune-Cookman in a 4-0 victory in the opener of the Gainesville Regional.

Crawford, a sophomore who wasn’t even part of the Gators’ three-man weekend rotation this season, was nearly perfect and faced the minimum 27 batters.

Crawford (6-2) struck out five and walked one for the Gators’ first no-hitter since 1991. He needed just 98 pitches.

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BATON ROUGE REGIONAL

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 4, LOUISIANA-MONROE 1

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RALEIGH REGIONAL

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VANDERBILT 8, UNC WILMINGTON 2

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HOUSTON REGIONAL

ARKANSAS 5, SAM HOUSTON STATE 4

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