Former UA Pitcher Spencer Turnbull Tosses No-Hitter
Former University of Alabama pitcher Spencer Turnbull threw a no-hitter Tuesday night helping the Tigers defeat the Mariners 5-0. Turnbull is the first Alabama pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter at the major league level.
"Probably the best day of my life," Turnbull said post-game.
Turnbull did so on 117 pitches, with nine strikeouts and only two walks. One of those walks was to the leadoff man of the ninth inning, but Turnbull was able to battle back and finish his legendary performance with two strikeouts and a groundout.
His other walk was to the leadoff man of the fourth inning, and he ended that inning with two strikeouts as well. He had his clutch pitch working for sure. Turnbull is in his fourth season with the Tigers, and this is his first time pitching a complete game in the MLB.
Turnbull featured a nasty fastball that was still up to 96 MPH in the final inning. His slider wiped batters out with its late break away from the bat. There were several batted balls that had chances to end the no-hitter, but Turnbull had solid defense behind him and even some lucky bounces to help him to history.
The no-hit performance was the 8th in Tigers history, and the fifth such performance in the MLB so far in 2021 in what has been a wild season of dominant pitching.
At Alabama, Turnbull had a no-hitter through seven innings at South Carolina. Lightning struck in the top of the eighth, and the game was canceled, robbing Turnbull of his chance at history at the collegiate level.
Turnbull changed parts of his throwing motion last week while throwing with his father. Nothing like playing catch with dad to get locked in and have the game of your life the following week.
He moves to 3-2 on the year with a 2.88 ERA. Turnbull has been solid all year, and he finally gets the league-wide attention he deserves with this night of glory.
Turnbull's no-hitter comes right off the heels of Alabama's softball SEC title, as the Crimson Tide continues to impact and dominate the sports world at every level and in every sport.
Back in 2013, he was Alabama's ace starting pitcher. Now, Spencer Turnbull will forever be etched in the record books of Major League Baseball as one of the select pitchers to get 27 outs without allowing a hit.