Van Hoose throws no-hitter in series against Lehigh

Michael Caruso, Senior Writer

The Bison continued their dominant Patriot League streak with a 2-1 series against Lehigh from April 21-22. In the first game, Connor Van Hoose ’18 pitched a no-hitter, the fifth no-hitter in the University’s history. He later went on to be recognized by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as national Pitcher of the Week. The Orange and Blue looked solid in the three-game series against the Mountain Hawks, both on the mound and at bat.

Game one was highlighted by Van Hoose’s impressive pitching performance in a 3-0 win. He recorded eight strikeouts, walked just two batters, and threw 76 total pitches in the game to blank the Mountain Hawks in the contest. He is now 5-1 with a remarkable 0.45 ERA in League play this year.

The Bison also looked solid at the plate, taking advantage of opportunities to score men on base. Keifer Rawlings ’18 drove in the first run of the day on a double, which would prove to be the only scores the Orange and Blue would need for the game. They later added two runs from Tyler Wincig ’20 and Luke Johnson ’18 to put the game out of reach.

Game two proved to be more of a challenge for the Bison as they dropped a 6-3 loss. Lehigh’s performance took a complete turn from game one, as they notched 12 hits at the plate, including an eighth-inning surge for four quick runs. Pitcher Jeff Gottesman ’19 recorded four strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of action.

With the series tied 1-1, the Orange and Blue stepped up in game three to finish the weekend series off with a 4-1 victory. The Bison looked solid both on the mound and batting, as Jack Simpson ’20 and Brenden Tuttle ’21 came in for stellar relief pitching, while Dominic Toso ’21 had two hits and two RBI’s in the contest.

The Bison found themselves up 2-0 early and continued to build on the lead until the final inning. Simpson came in during the fourth and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. From there, the Bison saw themselves gaining some life in the sixth to tack on some more runs, as Luke Hartman ’20 and Evan Klugerman ’19 each had an RBI. Tuttle then came in in the ninth to relieve Simpson and struck out all three batters to close the game out.

The Orange and Blue close the regular season with a doubleheaders against Lafayette on April 28 and Lehigh on April 29, with hopes of maintaining their third-place position in the Patriot League standings heading into the postseason.

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