DOBSON — Matthew Lambert’s no-hitter Saturday highlighted Surry Community College’s three-game weekend baseball sweep of Danville Community College.
Lambert, a sophomore pitcher from North Stanly High School, struck out six and walked just two in the seven inning no-hitter in the Knights’ 10-0 win Saturday. Danville won Region X last year and went on to compete in the NJCAA College World Series. The two walks were the only base runners Lambert allowed in the no-hitter.
“Matthew is a very competitive, doesn’t back down from anybody. He’s one of those guys that thinks he is the best player on field,” Surry head coach Tim Collins said. “He comes at you. He works fast and has good location on his fastball and curve, and a good changeup. He’s a complete pitcher. He always competes. Every time he is on the mound, you have a chance to win.”
Surry won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 15-8 over Danville in Dobson and completed the sweep Sunday in Danville with a 16-10 victory. Almost as impressive as Lambert’s performance on the mound was the Knights’ bats. SCC combined to score 41 runs and bang out 39 hits in the three wins over the weekend.
“In all my time at Surry I’ve never been involved in anything like that, scoring 41 runs with 39 hits in three days. We also played good defense and had good, solid pitching,” Collins said. “It was just a real good showing for us. We had several players with multiple hits.”
Surry (11-15-1, 3-0 Region X) has been hot of late after a slow start. An incredibly tough schedule with games against the eighth-ranked NJCAA team in Division II, the tenth-ranked team in Division III and two other World Series qualifiers has prepared the Knights for region play.
“We’ve played one of the toughest non-conference schedules of anybody. The coach from Danville today told me, ‘I have never seen nothing like it. My pitching is not that bad but your guys can really hit,’ and we can,’” Collins said. “We have 10 or 12 guys who really swing the bat well. The guys work a lot, they’re always there early and staying late. Tyler Lundy threw the first game Saturday and threw a 7-inning complete game, then Matthew did, which helps you a lot because on Sunday you have your entire bullpen.”
Travis McCormick got the win in relief Sunday as Surry fell behind 6-4 but rallied for the 16-10 victory. At the plate, Austin Buchanan led SCC by going 6-for-12 in the three games. Chase Snyder also went 6-for-12 with 4 RBI, while Hunter Travis had five RBI and was 5-for-10 at the plate. Catcher Neil Hutchens only played two games over the weekend, but was 6-for-8 with six runs scored.
“The top of our lineup makes us go. All of those guys have multiple hits. Our top five guys accounted for 29 runs and knocked in 21 runs,” Collins said. “They’ve been very impressive and we don’t strike out much. We make adjustments and put the ball in play. We are kind of putting it all together now at the right time.”