04/29/09 1:43 PM EST
Volstad impressed with Schuster's streak
Young Marlins right-hander followed prep lefty's no-hit run
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
As a senior at Palm Beach Gardens High School, Volstad posted a 7-2 record with a 0.41 ERA in 10 games. He struck out 98 batters and walked eight in 69 innings.
What Volstad never did at the prep level was toss a no-hitter.
For that reason, the 22-year-old is amazed at the streak that was just snapped for prep sensation Patrick Schuster of Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla.
Like Schuster, Volstad is a Florida native.
Schuster saw his string of four consecutive no-hitters snapped on Tuesday night in the third inning as he was bidding for a fifth successive no-no. The string ended when Drew Doty of Gaither High School in Tampa hit a double.
Volstad, and several Marlins, followed Schuster's quest in the clubhouse on Tuesday at Citi Field.
"I never had a no-hitter," said Volstad, a first-round pick in 2005. "I had a couple of one-hitters, but never a no-hitter. I was close. I remember, actually, I was on the road one time, and there was a popup behind short and third. They ran over, but it fell in like the sixth inning."
To Volstad's recollection, he thinks he tossed a no-hitter at the youth level, when he was about 10.
"I think it was one of the first games I pitched," Volstad said. "I was like 10, and I pitched a no-hitter."
In regards to Schuster, Volstad said: "That's unbelievable -- [four], and in a row, too. I don't know how it's possible."
The odds are so remote for no-hit success to keep stringing along.
"There is always something off the end of the bat, or a swinging bunt," Volstad said. "He must just be dominating."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.