You've heard it by now. Will Roberts pitched a perfect game last night against George Washington, becoming just the eighth collegiate player to do so in nine innings since 1957, the earliest for which NCAA.com provides statistics. Here are some additional fun facts in addition to our write-up yesterday.
The last player to have gone 27 up, 27 down came in 2002, when Auburn's Eric Brandon had a perfect game against Murray State. Before then it was St. Francis (NY)'s Chris McConnell vs. Marist in 1996, and if you want to go one more back, you'll have to search all the way back to 1967 (Fresno St.'s Larry Gonsalves vs. Cal. Poly).
Not only was Roberts the first Virginia player to notch a perfect game, he is only the third ever to have thrown a no-hitter. The last came from Mike Ballard in 2006 against Boston College.
Roberts' perfect game coincides with Virginia's 2,000th victory in its 122-year program history. Not that anybody noticed.
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Of course, this was a team effort. But Roberts did record 10 strikeouts in the process, including two of the final three. He also made a great play in eighth to preserve is own perfect game.
Virginia is now at eight shutouts for the year, three shy of the school and ACC record of 11 (Virginia 2005; Clemson 1977).
"I had no idea what was going on. I felt people grabbing my legs and I had no idea what they were doing and then they lifted me up," Roberts said after the game. "I wasn’t really expecting that, but I have the best teammates in the nation.
Roberts' perfect game was the No. 1 Top Play on SportsCenter, which means you can vote for it as the Best of the Best (click "SportsCenter").