LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell senior Connor Van Hoose was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on Monday, after his two-hit shutout of Holy Cross propelled the Bison to a key doubleheader sweep of the Crusaders on Saturday. Van Hoose was dominant once again, striking out 12 batters while allowing only a pair of singles and a walk in Bucknell's 6-0 win.
Van Hoose was working on a no-hitter with two outs in the fourth, when Alex Gionis reached on an infield single. Holy Cross’ only other knock was a single by Chris Rinaldi in the sixth. Van Hoose struck out at least one batter in all seven innings, including all three in the fifth on just 11 pitches. He punctuated the performance with a strikeout of Cam Meyer, giving Van Hoose his third complete game of the season.
The righthander has been almost unhittable in Patriot League play this season. In five starts against league foes, Van Hoose is 4-1 with a 0.55 earned-run average. He has limited opposing batters to a .145 average and has piled up 47 strikeouts in 33.0 innings. Over the full season, Van Hoose is now 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA, and his 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 16th nationally.
Van Hoose hit a milestone on Saturday when he became just the second pitcher in team history and the first in more than 60 years to record 200 career strikeouts. He now has 208, which trails only Hall-of-Famer Don Richards (354 from 1954-56). Van Hoose’s 78 strikeouts this season are tied for fourth-most in school history. He has four double-digit strikeout games this season and six in his career.
Van Hoose has been charged with 18 earned runs in nine starts this season, but 12 of those runs were confined to two starts against No. 4 Arkansas and Villanova. He has not conceded more than one run in a game since March 10.
With the two wins on Saturday -- Jeff Gottesman and Brenden Tuttle combined on a three-hitter in Bucknell's 2-1 win in game two -- the Bison improved to 9-7 in Patriot League play and passed Holy Cross for third place in the standings. Bucknell has a single game at second-place Navy on Wednesday, followed by a three-game series with fifth-place Lehigh at home next weekend.