DANVILLE — C.J. Burdick came into Wednesday's Prospect League contest against the Springfield Sliders with a really simple plan.
"My goal was just to fill up the strike zone,'' said the Danville Dans right-hander from the University of San Diego.
That's because in his first outing, Burdick walked two and lasted just 2.1 innings in a loss to Quincy.
"That wasn't him in his first outing,'' said Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman. "I think he was a little nervous with it being his first time out.
"He works hard, I knew he would make the adjustments in the bullpen and during his throwing sessions to get him ready for his next start.''
Whatever Burdick did between his starts he is going to want to repeat — over and over.
That's because the sophomore-to-be from San Diego tossed the first no-hitter in the Prospect League play this season as the Danville Dans defeated the Springfield Sliders 6-0 before a sparse crowd at Danville Stadium.
But, it was still a historical night as Burdick's gem is just the fifth in the 27-year history of Danville Dans baseball and it's only the second nine-inning no-hitter.
"There was a huge difference from my first outing,'' said Burdick, who was mobbed by his teammates behind the mound following the final out. "I was all over the place in that game. I walked a ton and I just got hit.
"The past week, I was working on my mechanics, doing what I could to learn from the last one and get better from it.''
According to Coleman, the adjustments were not anything major.
"He was just dropping his elbow a little bit and he was getting out in front of some things,'' the manager said. "He made history tonight.