LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior pitcher Connor Van Hoose was named Bison Athlete of the Week on Monday after another terrific outing on the mound for the Bucknell baseball team, this time in postseason play. Van Hoose pitched a nine-inning complete game with 11 strikeouts in Bucknell's 4-1 victory at Army in game one of the Patriot League Tournament semifinal series on Saturday.
Van Hoose, the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, did his best work with runners on base. He was touched for eight hits, but he stranded eight runners. He finished with a flourish, getting two strikeouts and a pop fly in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to cap off a 130-pitch outing. Van Hoose notched his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and eighth of his career. Early in the game, he went over the 100-strikeout plateau for the season, becoming the first Bucknell pitcher to do so since Don Richards in 1955. Van Hoose also moved into a tie for second place on Bucknell's single-season wins list with eight. The only Bison with more was Jason Buursma, who won nine games in 2008.
Van Hoose's 16 career wins are tied for seventh-most in school history, and he will graduate ranked No. 2 in career strikeouts with 238. Only Richards, who played from 1954-56, has more with 354 strikeouts.
In eight starts against Patriot League opponents this season, he went 7-1 with a 0.62 earned-run average.