Scott Nielsen pitched a no-hitter and faced the minimum number of batters as the Columbus Clippers defeated the Maine Phillies 3-0 Wednesday night in the International League.

It was the first nine-inning no-hitter for a Columbus team in the IL.Nielsen, a 29-year-old right-hander from Salt Lake City who went to Brigham Young University, faced 27 batters, walking one and striking out five. Nielsen, 6-3, threw 82 pitches.

John Russell reached base twice for the Phillies but was forced out both times on double plays at second base. No other Maine batter reached base.

Russell walked in the second inning and reached based in the fifth on an error by shortstop Randy Velarde.

The Clippers scored in the fourth inning when Roberto Kelly scored from third on a wild pitch by Bob Scanlon, 3-7. Kelly singled and moved to third on two ground-outs.

Hal Morris ended the the scoring in the eighth with a bases-loaded double that scored two runs.

The only other no-hitters by Columbus pitchers were seven-inning games against Richmond by Dick Hoover in 1955 and Rod Scurry in 1977.