LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Tuesday selected Bucknell righthander Connor Van Hoose as its national Pitcher of the Week. Van Hoose spun the fifth no-hitter in Bucknell history in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Lehigh at Depew Field.
Other NCBWA honorees this week were Texas Tech infielder Josh Jung and Florida State outfielder Steven Wells, who were named co-Hitters of the Week.
The Alexandria, Virginia native, struck out eight, walked two, and did not allow a base hit on his 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 was rained out at Penn State on Tuesday, and now the Bison will 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.