It took Blair 28 pitches to escape the first inning. He threw 105 pitches (62 for strikes) but fell behind too many times. That ran up his pitch count and made it impossible for Blair to try for the complete game no-hitter.
Blair struck out 11 of the final 21 batters he faced, nine of which came when he threw a first-pitch strike. Four WVU hitters struck out looking.
Swinging the bat didn't help much, either.
The Mountaineers' No. 9 hitter, catcher Alan Filauro, was the first to put the ball into play with a sacrifice bunt. It wasn't until the 12th batter Blair faced (Jacob Rice) that a WVU hitter managed to get the ball out of the infield.
That was a harmless fly out to right field.
Only two of the 24 batters Blair faced hit the ball out of the infield.
"I just settled down a little bit," said Blair, who has allowed a measly 15 hits - two for extra bases - in 282/3 innings this season.
"First inning I had some nerves going. It was a big game ... I was overthrowing."
Six no-hit innings means Blair wasn't perfect, obviously. He finished with four walks, which Renner called "uncharacteristic." Blair had six walks in four starts this season, and all four of his free passes Tuesday came when he threw a first-pitch ball. He also hit two WVU batters.
"He was on some extra rest and it was an important game as far as who we were playing and the crowd, so that probably contributed a little bit," Renner said. "But the kid is talented. If he can get through jams like that and he starts to settle in, he can be awfully tough.
"He's a four-pitch guy. He throws two different kinds of fastballs - a four-seam and two-seam fastball. He has a curveball and changeup. They're all - when he's right - plus pitches.
"When you can sit in the 90s and mix in two qualify off-speed pitches, that makes it tough on hitters."
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