Cougars Pitchers Combine For 8th No-Hitter In Franchise History

Tyler Skulina and Nathan Dorris hold Quad Cities hitless at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

Cougars pitchers Tyler Skulina (right) and Nathan Dorris (left) combined for Kane County's 8th no-hitter in franchise history Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. (Mary Beth Nolan)

By Shawn Touney / Kane County Cougars | May 17, 2014 11:10 PM ET

GENEVA, Ill. - Kane County Cougars pitchers Tyler Skulina and Nathan Dorris combined for a nine-inning no-hitter Saturday night against Quad Cities at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Tonight's no-hitter was the 8th occurrence in franchise history. The Cougars defeated Quad Cities by a 3-0 count in front of 7,114 fans on "Halfway to Halloween" theme night, and the Cougars continue their strong season with a Midwest League-best 28-14 record and first place spot in the Western Division.

Skulina, a 4th round pick by the Cubs in the 2013 draft, smoothly worked inning by inning, yielding just two walks and hitting a batter. Skulina exited the game to a standing ovation with one out in the eighth inning, having thrown more than 90 pitches. Left-hander Nathan Dorris worked the final 1.2 innings and on the final out, he retired Quad Cities batter Chan Moon on a ground out to Cougars second baseman Danny Lockhart.

Most recently, Cougars pitchers Sugar Ray Marimon and Chas Byrne combined for a no-hitter at Cedar Rapids in 2011, almost three years to the day. This is the first no-hitter thrown by the Cougars as a Cubs affiliate and the first Cougars no-hitter thrown at home since 2008, when pitchers Craig Italiano and Branden Dewing combined to no-hit Burlington.

Cougars No-Hitters

8/24/97 - Aaron Cames vs. Peoria
6/14/01 - Gustavo Lopez, Chris Key, Mike Flannery vs. Fort Wayne
5/1/02 - Dontrelle Willis, Tyler Banks, Kevin Cave vs. Beloit
6/10/03 - Bill Murphy at West Michigan
5/14/06 - Jared Lansford at Beloit (7-inning game)
4/9/08 - Craig Italiano, Branden Dewing vs. Burlington
5/18/11 - Sugar Ray Marimon, Chas Byrne at Cedar Rapids
5/17/14 - Tyler Skulina, Nathan Dorris vs. Quad Cities 

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