In his last three outings the right-hander has been dominant and showing the form that made him the Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-Region player last year and a Third Team All-American as a freshman. Besides this outing, Plucinski threw a three hitter last Saturday against Concordia (WI) when he struck out 14 and walked one in a 7-inning complete game. Prior to that he allowed six hits, struck out 14 and walked one again verses UW-Stevens Point in just six innings when he was a hard luck loser.
Over his last three starts Plucinski has allowed just two earned runs and nine hits in 22 innings. During this span he has struck out a whopping 41 batters while walking just five.
Plucinski joins Ryan Govek (2003, 4-0 win over Concordia), Troy Ziegler (1995, 12-0 win over Maranatha Baptist), and Chuck Davidson (1965, 1-0 win over Lawrence University) as the only Muskies to have ever thrown no-hitters in the 60 plus year history of the program.
"It was truly a special performance from a special player," said head coach John Weber. "Quite honestly, he didn't have his best stuff today until late in the game. That shows you the dominant player that he can be," added Weber.
It was extra special for Plucinski, who despite his impressive resume had never thrown a no-hitter at any level. His resume includes the single game strikeout record for NCAA Division III baseball (22 last season verses Edgewood) and the seventh highest total in D-III history (19 verses Marian last season).
The Muskies scored their lone run in the first inning when Plucinski stole second base and MSOE threw the ball into centerfield allowing Mike Bachar to score from third base. Lakeland had just four hits overall on the day and failed to take advantage of several scoring opportunities.