Southampton's Chris Pike throws perfect game for Oklahoma City University

Southampton's Chris Pike delivers to the plate against Southampton's Chris Pike delivers to the plate against Oyster Bay during the Long Island Class B championship. (June 6, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Chris Pike of Southampton, a senior righthander for Oklahoma City University, threw a perfect game late Friday night in the Stars' 5-0 win over St. Gregory's in an NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference game.

Pike, a 2010 Newsday All-Long Island selection, struck out 18 and allowed only three balls in play in the seven-inning game. He retired the first batter on a groundout to second base before striking out the next 14.

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"I felt great and had excellent command," said the 6-1, 185-pounder. "My velocity was up and the ball had enough movement to keep them missing."

In the sixth inning, Pike induced a groundout to second, a strikeout and a popout. He struck out the side in the seventh inning, the final batter swinging.

"I thought about it in the last inning," said Pike. "The pressure doesn't bother me at all. But when I went 2-1 on the first batter on the seventh inning I stepped off the mound and took a deep breath to relax."

Pike threw five no-hitters in high school and earned two wins in Long Island championship games. In the perfect game, he totaled 84 pitches, 62 for strikes. It was the 20th perfect game in NAIA history.

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"My first perfect game -- very cool," he said.

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