LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Connor Van Hoose was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week and Bison Athlete of the Week on Monday, 48 hours after the twirled the fifth no-hitter in Bucknell baseball history.
The right-hander from Alexandria, Virginia, struck out eight, walked two, and did not allow a base hit in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Lehigh on Senior Day at Depew Field. Van Hoose required only 76 pitches, and he faced only two batters over the minimum while improving his Patriot League ledger to 5-1 with a 0.45 earned-run average.
Van Hoose tossed the 15th no-hitter in Patriot League history, and it was the 20th no-hitter in college baseball this year, breaking the NCAA record previously set in 1973.
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.
Bucknell is 14-23 overall and 11-9 in the Patriot League. The Bison, who are 9-3 in their last 12 Patriot League games, sit in a virtual tie for third place with Holy Cross (9-7). Both teams are 3.5 games behind first-place Navy, but the Crusaders are percentage points ahead of Bucknell in the standings by virtue of playing fewer games to this point. Fifth-place Lehigh is 5-12, which is 4.5 games behind the Bison for the fourth and final Patriot League Tournament berth.
Bucknell is scheduled to play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at Penn State, although there is rain in the forecast. The Bison and Nittany Lions were also slated to play on March 20 but got washed out.
If Tuesday’s game is played as scheduled at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, it will be streamed on goPSUsports.com starting at 6 p.m.
Bucknell will then wrap up the regular season with a pair of doubleheaders in the Lehigh Valley over the weekend. The Bison will play a pair at Lafayette on Saturday followed by two at Lehigh on Sunday.