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Burgess contributes to minor-league no-hitter

Former OC pitcher Chris Burgess points to a sky after completing a three-pitcher no-hitter for the Lakewood BlueClaws on Thursday night.
Former OC pitcher Chris Burgess points to a sky after completing a three-pitcher no-hitter for the Lakewood BlueClaws on Thursday night.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (July 11, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian pitcher Chris Burgess contributed to his team’s no-hitter on Thursday night as the Lakewood BlueClaws beat the Rome Braves 1-0 in a South Atlantic League baseball game.

Burgess, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies last month in the 26th round of the draft, initially was assigned to the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Class A New York-Penn League, but was reassigned to Lakewood, another Class A affiliate of the Phillies, on July 3.

He made his third appearance for Lakewood on Thursday. Jeb Stefan threw six no-hit innings for the BlueClaws, then Ramon Oviedo threw two perfect innings, setting the stage for Burgess, who went 7-0 with a school-record nine saves for OC this spring.

Burgess walked leadoff man Ross Heffley, but recorded an out on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Garcia and a broken-bat groundout to third base by Casey Kalenkosky. He then coaxed a ground ball from Tyler Tewell, which Lakewood second baseman Jonathan Roof scooped up and tossed to  first baseman Art Charles to complete the no-hitter.

It was Burgess’ second save as a member of the BlueClaws. He is 0-1 overall with a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

The no-hitter was the fourth in Lakewood franchise history.