A pitcher's duel between Vanderbilt alumni ended with another career start for Erie's Drew Verhagen and the SeaWolves winning 1-0.
VerHagen outdueled fellow Vanderbilt alum Taylor Hill with the former taking a no hitter into the sixth inning. VerHagen would finish the night allowing just three total hits over eight innings, a career long start in just his third AA appearance.
Hill made just one mistake and that was in the second inning. Tyler Collins took a high fastball over the right field wall for a solo homerun. Collins' twelfth homer of the season was the only run support needed for VerHagen, who cruised in his eight innings.
Harrisburg only had two real scoring opportunities thwarted by the gloves of Erie's pitchers. In the eighth, VerHagen allowed the leadoff batter to reach for the first time in the game. A sacrifice and Destin Hood single then left runners on the corners with just one out. VerHagen turned a comebacker by Jose Lozada, the batter who broke up VerHagen's no hitter with a triple, into a double play to end the inning.
In the ninth, Erie brought in closer Melvin Mercedes to finish the game. After a leadoff walk, Mercedes turned a sacrifice bunt attempt into a potential double play. After nabbing the lead runner, Mercedes struck out the next two batters to end the game.
Erie will go for the series victory tomorrow behind lefty Matt Crouse (4-6, 4.54 ERA) at 7:05.