Pinecrest Academy alum Patrick O'Rourke etched his name in Berry College history Saturday, becoming the first pitcher in school history to throw a perfect game.
O'Rourke, a sophomore at Berry, didn't allow a single baserunner as Berry trounced Millsaps College (Miss.) 13-0. He pitched seven innings and recorded seven strikeouts. O'Rourke is 2-0 this season with a 4.79 ERA, collecting 25 strikeouts and only two walks in 20 2/3 innings pitched.
Saturday's start marked O'Rourke's fifth outing since he broke a bone on his pitching hand last year, forcing him to miss his entire freshman season. O'Rourke returned to the mound Feb. 8 against Covenant and struck out six across three one-hit innings.
O'Rourke, who graduated from Pinecrest in 2019, is the school's career leader in wins (23), strikeouts (227), innings pitched (240), ERA (2.44) and WHIP (1.24). O'Rourke fired a no-hitter against King's Ridge as a senior and finished with a 1.54 ERA and just nine walks in 68 innings pitched.