SAUGET, Ill. -- Leading up to its NCAA Division III regional baseball opener, the Wartburg College baseball team was fully committed to starting off on its right foot.

To say the Knights did that against Webster University would almost be an understatement.

Max Langheinrich and Austin Bohling combined to pitch a no-hitter as Wartburg opened with a 3-0 victory over the Gorlocks at GCS Ballpark.

it was Wartburg's first first-round regional win since 2005. The Knights had lost their opener in each of the last two years.

Langheinrich worked 6 2/3 innings striking out nine and walking four, while Bohling relieved in the seventh and with the bases-loaded on a walk and two hit batsmen, Bohling got Conner Wardlaw to fly out to center.

While Langheinrich and Bohling were dealing on the mound, they were being matched by Webster left-handed Josh Fleming, a projected Major League Baseball draft pick in June.

Webster scattered five hits through the first seven innings, matching Langheinrich and Bohling zero for zero. But he ran into trouble in the eighth with Eric Willis led off with a single, and Blake Mahoney reached on a bunt single with one out.

Jacob Thumann followed with a run-scoring single to right scoring Willis from second. A throwing error on a Cody Hyler bunt attempt allowed Mahoney to score, and David Fitzgerald followed with a run-scoring fielder's choice to make it 3-0.

That was all Bohling (5-1) would need as he earned the win by working around a lead-off walk to open the ninth, strikign otu Jake Milosch  and getting Adam Naliwajko to fly out to right to end the game.

Willis, Mahoney and Thumann all collected two hits for the Knights who will face North Central College of Naperville, Ill., tonight at 7 p.m. North Central topped Washington University, 3-1, earlier Thursday.


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