ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Unanimous First Team All-Patriot League junior Connor Van Hoose tossed his fourth complete game of the season, while the offense scored four runs in the eighth inning, as No. 4 seed Bucknell defeated top-seeded Navy 4-1 Saturday in game one of a best-of-three Patriot League Tournament Semifinal Series at Max Bishop Stadium.
Battling through wet and rainy conditions, Van Hoose (6-5) continued his dominance over the Midshipmen. The right-handed pitcher surrendered one run on three hits while striking out six. He was perfect through the first 5.0 innings of the contest. In 16 innings pitched against the Midshipmen this season, Van Hoose has allowed one run on six hits.
Bucknell (20-26) got the best of Navy pitcher Noah Song (6-4) when it mattered most. A Second Team All-Patriot League honoree, Song pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits.
Overall, the Bison generated 12 hits in the victory. Evan Klugerman went 3-for-4, Danny Rafferty went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored, and Brett Smith, a unanimous First Team All-Patriot League selection and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Navy (37-16), the defending Patriot League Tournament champions, scored the game's first run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.
In to pinch hit, Luke Hartman led off the eighth inning with a single up the middle. Alex Salem came in to pinch run for Hartman and reached second on an infield single from Chuckie Scales. Smith, the program's all-time hits leader, scored Salem on a single to right field to tie the game and advance Scales to third base. On the next at bat, Rafferty plated two go-ahead runs on a double down the right field line and later scored on a single from Luke Johnson, a Second Team All-Patriot League selection.
Bucknell, which has won two Patriot League titles as the No. 4 seed, needs one win on Sunday to advance to the Patriot League Championship Series against either No. 2 Holy Cross or No. 3 Army West Point. First pitch of game two will be 12 p.m., while game three will follow as the second half of a doubleheader, if necessary. Sunday's action will broadcast on Patriot League Network.