LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell pitcher Jeff Gottesman, who recently wrapped up a terrific junior season for the Bison baseball team while maintaining his perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, has been selected as the 2017-18 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
After voting conducted by the league’s athletic communications staffs, Gottesman was chosen as the top male scholar-athlete among all of the league-sponsored sports. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year from each sport is placed on the ballot for the overall top honor.
Gottesman is the fifth Bucknell student-athlete to receive the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and the first since another baseball player, Jason Buursma, in 2008. Bob Kelly (track & field) and David “Whitey” Berardinelli (football) shared the award in 1992, and Ron Hess (track & field) received the honor in 2000.
Gottesman has been highly honored for his success both on and off the field this spring. In addition to being named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for baseball, he was a Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection.
Gottesman was one of the Patriot League’s premier starting pitchers throughout the season, and he did it while sustaining his 4.0 GPA in accounting and financial management.
Gottesman was a Saturday starter for the Bison throughout conference play, and he finished the season with a 5-4 record and a 2.85 earned-run average while limiting opposing batters to a .217 average. He ranked sixth in the Patriot League in innings pitched (72.2) and 10th in strikeouts (61).
In Patriot League play, Gottesman went 4-3 with a 1.94 ERA while averaging better than a strikeout per inning. In his last five starts of the regular season, he conceded only three earned runs in 34 innings for a tidy 0.79 ERA. Gottesman set the tone for the season by allowing only a single run on a solo homer in 4.2 innings of relief against No. 3 Arkansas on the season’s opening weekend. Perhaps his best performance of the year came in a key win at Holy Cross, when he spun 8.0 innings of two-hit ball while striking out a career-high 11. Gottesman also had a start at Army where he did not allow an earned run over 7.0 innings, and he allowed only two hits over 7.0 innings in a non-league win over Villanova.
Off the diamond, Gottesman has excelled in his finance studies, and he also has a minor in Spanish. He is the recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Achievement and the ECAC Merit Award. He was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.
Gottesman participates in the Student Managed Investment Fund, which is a select group of students that manages approximately $1.7 million of Bucknell’s endowment. He is a member of the Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute, and last summer he interned as an investment banking summer analyst at Imperial Capital in New York City.
In order to be considered for Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key player in his or her sport, and have reached sophomore academic status.
The Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced on Tuesday.