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Former Seminole State pitcher throws first MLB no-hitter of 2015

Chris Heston
Chris Heston in 2008

San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston, who played for Seminole State College of Florida, threw a complete-game no-hitter against the New York Mets last night in only the 13th start of his career.

Heston pitched for Seminole State – then Seminole Community College – during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, when the Raiders won back-to-back Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) championships.

Heston's was the first no-hitter of the 2015 MLB season.

The right-hander, who graduated from Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida, faced 29 batters in the 5-0 Giants win, striking out 13 and walking none. He finished the no-no on three consecutive strikeouts, the first time such a feat has been accomplished since 1965, according to an article at ESPN.com.

He narrowly missed out on a statistical perfect game, allowing three baserunners on hit batters.

His contributions weren’t limited to the mound. Heston batted 2-for-4 and drove in two runs in the top of the fourth inning to give his team a 3-0 lead.

“We’re really excited, happy and proud of Chris’s no-hitter accomplishment – those are extremely rare and very difficult,” says Mike Nicholson, head coach of the Raider baseball team. “Chris is one of four former Raiders who currently play in Major League Baseball, which really shows the quality of our program here at Seminole State.”

The three other Raiders in the MLB are Brett Oberholtzer, of the Houston Astros; Dee Gordon, of the Florida Marlins; and Johnny Monell, of the New York Mets.

During his career at Seminole State, Heston was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2007 and 2008. He then transferred to Eastern Carolina University. In 2009, he was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round.

You can read more about Heston’s no-hitter and his career with the San Francisco Giants in this San Francisco Chronicle article.

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