Tulsa Drillers pitcher Cedric Shaw wasn't surprised when

he was taken out of Thursday night's baseball game against

the Arkansas Travelers even though he hadn't allowed a hit

through seven innings.

"I knew I was near my pitch limit when I was told I was

coming out of the game," said Shaw. "I would have liked

to have stayed in the game, but I understand the main objective

is for me to get to the major leagues, and the Texas Rangers

don't want me taking any chances by throwing too many pitches

early in the season."

Shaw watched from the dugout as Everett Cunningham and Barry

Manuel each pitched an inning to complete a 2-0 no-hit victory

over Arkansas on Thursday night before 1,404 fans at Drillers

Stadium.

"It feels good to be a part of history," a Shaw, a 23-year-old

left-hander who was 4-5 for Tulsa last year and is on the

parent Rangers' 40-man roster. "I haven't been a part of

a no-hitter since I threw two in my first season in high

school (Brusly, La.)."

It was the first nine-inning no-hitter by the Drillers in

their 15-season history and the first nine-inning Class

AA Texas League no-hitter in the 11-season history of Drillers

Stadium. The last previous no-hitter by a Drillers pitcher

was a seven-inning no-hitter by Steve Kordish against Midland

on May 29, 1984, at Drillers Stadium.

The only other seven-inning no-hitter in Drillers Stadium

history was by Tim Henry on Aug. 8, 1982, against Arkansas.

The last nine-inning TL no-hitter in Tulsa was by Jackson's

Larry Prewitt on Sept. 1, 1977, at Driller Park.

Bob Forsch was the last previous Tulsa pitcher to throw

a nine-inning no-hitter, when he hurled for the Class AAA

Oilers against Denver on May 25, 1973, at Oiler Park in

an American Association game.

Shaw (2-0) walked six and struck out three. He picked off

three runners from first base, however.

"I didn't have good stuff," said Shaw, who threw 96 pitches.

"I didn't really have a curve. I had to rely on my changeup."

The only near-hit Arkansas (1-4) had came on Shaw's last

pitch of the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Cliff

Brannon hit a sharp ground ball up the middle. Shortstop

Ozzie Hernandez ranged far to his left to glove the ball,

and his throw to first base narrowly beat Brannon as first

baseman Mike Burton did a good job of keeping his foot on

the base.

"Ozzie made a great play," said Tulsa manager Bobby Jones.

"He's a major-league shortstop. After that inning, I had

to get Cedric out of there because of the (Rangers') 95-pitch

limit. Cedric pitched well and kept their hitters off balance

with his change-up."

Cunningham, a right-hander, pitched a perfect eighth inning

to set up Manuel, who usually doesn't enter a game until

the ninth inning.

Manuel, a right-hander, retired the first two batters he

faced in the ninth before walking Mike Fiore on a full-count

pitch. Joey Fernandez came up to the plate representing

the tying run, but grounded a fastball weakly to Hernandez,

who threw to second baseman Jeff Frye for the game-ending

forceout.

"I didn't realize until the game was over that it was a

no-hitter," said Manuel, who leads the TL with four saves.

"I knew after the seventh inning that we had a no-hitter

but then I went to the bullpen and I didn't know what happened

in the eighth.

"It was probably a good thing I was concentrating on winning

the game instead of the no-hitter because I might have put

too much pressure on myself. Cedric deserves all the credit.

Everett also pitched great."

Arkansas starter John Ericks (0-1) allowed only two hits

in the first six innings before allowing two hits in the

seventh. Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the third on a leadoff

home run by Trey McCoy, who has homered in three consecutive

games.

NOTES

Tulsa catcher Ivan Rodriguez saw his team-high six-game

hitting streak snapped.

The Drillers have won 15 of their past 18 home games against Arkansas.