SEARCY - Harding freshman Autumn Humes doubled twice and pitched her second no-hitter of the season in the Lady Bisons' 8-0 victory over Missouri Western State on Thursday in both teams' opening game at the NCAA Division II Central Region 1 Tournament. The game ended in the fifth inning due to the NCAA's 8-run rule.
The tournament's No. 1 seed, Harding (55-6) advanced to meet Southern Arkansas in the winner's bracket Friday at 11 a.m. Southern Arkansas defeated Winona State 5-0 in the tournament's opening game.
Missouri Western, the No. 8 seed and now 38-19, will play Winona State in the loser's bracket at 1:30 p.m.
Humes (31-1) had six strikeouts over five innings. The only baserunner she allowed came on a 3-2 walk to Kailey Green in the top of the fifth. Humes retired the first 13 hitters she faced prior to the walk.
Humes' 31 wins are the most by a Division II freshman since Kirsten Frame of Rollins won 31 in 2010. It also tied the record for the most wins by a Great American Conference pitcher, matching the 31 victories of Kayla Jackson of Arkansas-Monticello in 2012.