Skylar Janisse, a senior at Oklahoma City University, was always on the radar of Major League Baseball organizations. His most recent outing, is just the latest to show why that’s the case. On March 26, Janisse threw a no-hitter in Oklahoma City University’s 18-0 victory against Mid-America Christian University. It’s Janisse’s fourth no-hitter of his career, but his first at the collegiate level. He’s the first to accomplish this feat for Oklahoma City University since Chris Pike in March of 2014.
The 6’4″ senior remained poised throughout, striking out five and walking two, while throwing just 95 pitches, 59 strikes, over his seven hitless innings. Janisse retired the first six batters he faced including nine out of ten. His two walks were to Daxton Marley leading off the third, and Chevin Noone who lead off the fourth inning. Daxton Marley and Jerry McNew were the only two all game to reach scoring position, from a wild pitch and a stolen base respectively.
“It was awesome to throw a no-hitter. I was on top of the world especially because it was my first one in college,” Janisse said to Baseball Essential. “I have to thank my teammates the most though. They made all the plays and got me a comfortable lead to work with.”
Janisse was awarded with the Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, in one of the most challenging conferences in the country. He is also listed as a candidate for the National Collegiate Pitcher of the Week award. It capped off an impressive week for Janisse in which he went 2-0 with 13 strikeouts over 12 innings of action. “It was an outstanding effort,” said Oklahoma City University head coach Denny Crabaugh regarding Janisse’s no-hitter. “It was a big shot in the arm with all the injuries in the pitching staff. He threw all his pitches for strikes.” Oklahoma City University improved to 26-9, 8-1 with the win.
This June, Janisse will be eligible for the Major League Baseball draft, and is hoping that he will be one of those names to be called. In the 34th round of the MLB Draft back in 2011, the New York Yankees selected Janisse out of St. Thomas of Villanova High School in Ontario, Canada, but the Yankees did not sign him. Janisse will be a part of the draft once again, this time with four years of college, including a no-hitter under his belt, someone who played in the Under Armour All-American game, and played for Team Canada’s Junior National Team. What happens next remains to be seen, but the sky’s the limit for 22-year-old Skylar Janisse.