No-hitter, no problems in Van Zant’s season on the mound

Oliver Van Zant, a Westport native and Greens Farms Academy alum, is enjoying quite the season for Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin College pitcher Oliver Van Zant, of Westport.

Bowdoin College pitcher Oliver Van Zant, of Westport.

A senior pitcher on the school’s baseball team, Van Zant hurled a no-hitter in Bowdoin’s 7-0 win over Colby on April 13.
He struck out out 11, walked none and had two batters reach base on errors in what was the fifth no-hitter in the school’s 146-year history.

“Stuff-wise, I really had a good fastball that day,” Van Zant said on Thursday. “I was throwing harder than usual.”

Van Zant said his fastball usually sits around 88 miles per hour, but he was routinely throwing between 90 and 92 against Colby, topping out at 96.

“I was throwing to spots too, which obviously helps a ton,” Van Zant said.

In 48 innings this season (seven starts), Van Zant is 3-1 with a 1.12 ERA. He’s struck out 54 and walked just seven for the Polar Bears, who are 22-12 on the year.

The Polar Bears’ right-hander has been pleased with the results.

“It’s been great,” Van Zant said. “Nothing really to complain about.”