WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 29, 2012) - A standout infielder and outfielder for the Tars and now the catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Hanigan was behind the dish for Homer Bailey's no-hitter Friday.
Bailey threw the 15th no-hitter in franchise history as the Reds beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati has already sealed up the division title and is tied with Washington for the best record in the NL.
Hanigan was 0-for-3 at the plate in the game, but made crucial plays throughout the historic night. With the Reds leading 1-0, Andrew McCutchen drew a one-out walk from Bailey in the seventh. McCutchen stole second base, but was thrown out a pitch later by Hanigan trying to steal third.
"Everybody knows McCutchen is fast," Bailey said. "I didn't care if he stole second or third, I was just trying not to give up a hit, trying not to get him to score. A lot of that credit has to go to Hanigan. I'm not always the quickest to the plate. He makes me look good."
On the season, Hanigan has played in 109 games, hitting .280 with two homeruns and 23 RBI. The Washington D.C. native signed as a free agent with the Reds after his college career and broke into the majors during the 2007 season. As a junior in his last season with Rollins, he hit .384 with 48 RBIs and led the Tars to a 41-16 record and into the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.