LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Continuing a brilliant 2018 campaign, Bucknell righthander Connor Van Hoose tossed the fifth no-hitter in Bucknell baseball history on Saturday. On Senior Day, the Bison senior held Lehigh without a base hit in a 3-0 victory in game one of a doubleheader at Depew Field. Lehigh bounced back to take the nightcap, 6-3.
Van Hoose needed only 76 pitches to blank the Mountain Hawks over seven innings. He struck out eight, walked two, and saw one other batter reach on a throwing error. Tony Gallo drew the second of those walks with one out in the seventh. After a pop fly to shallow left for the second out, catcher Evan Klugerman picked the runner off first base to end the game and set off a wild celebration around Van Hoose on the pitcher's mound.
It was Bucknell's first no-hitter since future Major Leaguer Matt Daley turned the trick against Lehigh in 2004. Hall-of-Fame Don Richards had the first no-hitter in team history against Franklin & Marshall in 1956. Kurt Waldner no-hit Lafayette in 1993, and Mike Tomko and Matt Potalivo combined for a no-hitter against Niagara in 1998.
IT'S A NO-HITTER for Connor Van Hoose!! Evan Klugerman picks off a runner at first base to end it! CVH just threw the fifth no-hitter in Bucknell history. What an amazing performance by one of our all-time greats. #rayBucknell pic.twitter.com/RRERc5Dqrj— Bucknell Baseball (@Bucknell_BB) April 21, 2018
As we get underway in game two of today's doubleheader, here's one more look at the final out of Connor Van Hoose's no-hitter. Perfect snap throw from Evan Klugerman, and Van Hoose's roommate Mike Korchak applied the tag. pic.twitter.com/DzMsqfVUVT— Bucknell Baseball (@Bucknell_BB) April 21, 2018
Bucknell got Van Hoose the only run he would need in the second inning. Luke Hartman, the Patriot League leader in bases on balls, walked to lead off the inning. Klugerman moved him up with a sacrifice bunt, and then Rawlings ripped a double down the left field line. The Bison added two insurance runs on four hits against Levi Stoudt in the fifth inning. Miles Moore started the rally with a single, and he later scored on Wincig's single. Johnson followed with another RBI knock to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Van Hoose was dealing all afternoon. He retired the first six batters of the game, four via strikeout, before conceding a leadoff walk to Blake Rapoport in the third. The Mountain Hawks would not generate another baserunner until the sixth, when Ryan Bonshak tried to bunt his way on. Klugerman fielded the bunt but threw wildly to first, allowing the runner to reach. But Van Hoose sandwiched two more strikeouts around a soft fly ball to right to get out of the inning.
Van Hoose had to navigate Lehigh's 3-4-5 hitters in order to preserve the no-hitter. James Bleming hit a scary-looking blooper into shallow right to start the seventh, but Wincig got there in plenty of time to make the catch. After Gallo's walk, Jeff Schanfeldt hit a shallow pop to Chuckie Scales in left. Then with Ryan Malloy at the plate, Klugerman snapped a throw behind the runner, and Mike Korchak, who is Van Hoose's roommate, slapped the tag in time.
Game 2: Lehigh 6, Bucknell 3
After being no-hit in the opener, Lehigh piled up 12 hits against four Bison pitchers in the nightcap. Wincig had two hits and Klugerman two RBIs for the Bison.
Schanfeldt notched Lehigh's first base hit of the day with one out in the second inning, and he came around to score on Quinn McKenna's single. After Lehigh made it 2-0 in the third, Bucknell seemed poised to answer in the fourth when Johnson tripled to lead off the inning. But one batter later he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a shallow fly ball to right field. Bucknell did get one back in the sixth. Mountain Hawks starter Jason Reynolds had been cruising along and retired the first two men in the inning, but a Wincig double followed by three straight walks ended his day. Hartman's bases-loaded walk plated Bucknell's first run, but Chris Butera came out of the bullpen and retired Klugerman on a sharply hit ground ball to second base.
Lehigh broke it open with four runs in the top of the eighth, with McKenna's three-run double the dagger. Klugerman roped a two-run triple into the right-field corner in the bottom of the eighth, but Lehigh lefty Ethan Frohman fanned the final four batters of the game to prevent any hopes of a Bison comeback.
Jeff Gottesman started and worked six innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four.
Bucknell and Lehigh will wrap up this three-game series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. It will air live on the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.tv.