The Andre Chiefs won the fifth and deciding game of the 2014 ICL Championship Series by a score of 4-0. It is their second ICL championship in three years, and they got it thanks to – what else – a stellar pitching performance by Jared Freni.
Freni had a no-hitter going through 5 2/3 innings and finished the night allowing two walks and two hits while striking out nine. He finished the postseason 3-0 with no runs (earned or unearned) allowed in 20 1/3 innings, with 28 strikeouts and a 0.934 WHIP. He has not lost a game in the postseason since the 2011 Championship Series to the Blue Sox, and even then, he redeemed himself later in the series with a 10-inning, 11-strikeout performance in a game 4 win to force a fifth and deciding game.
This was the second championship clincher that Freni pitched against the Blue Sox. In game 5 of the 2012 series he pitched a complete game six-hit shutout with five strikeouts. But perhaps his most memorable postseason performance was in game 4 of the 2013 series, when he pitched a complete-game, one-hit, 100+ pitch shutout on three days’ rest to force game 5.
Freni was supported offensively with solo shots by Mike Gedman and MVP frontrunner Johnny Welch.
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