MEDFORD - Senior pitcher Speros Varinos and junior first baseman Nick Falkson of the Tufts University baseball team received D3baseball.com All-New England honors that were released on Tuesday.
Varinos was named D3baseball's New England Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. He is also on the D3baseball All-New England first team for the second straight year. Falkson was selected to this year's D3baseball All-New England second team, his first honor from the organization.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season as well, Varinos is the only player from the conference on the D3baseball All-New England first team. Falkson is one of three NESCAC players on the D3baseball All-New England second team.
In 77.1 innings this spring, Varinos finished 8-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 86 strikeouts with just 11 walks. He made 11 starts for head coach John Casey's Jumbos and also recorded a save when Tufts clinched the NESCAC title against Middlebury on May 14. He had 13 strikeouts in seven innings against Castleton early in the season and matched that number versus Colby in NESCAC East Division play during April. In addition to his success on the field, Varinos was also honored as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Team member.
NESCAC's Player of the Year, Falkson hit .373 with 37 runs batted in and 33 runs scored in 2017. He compiled impressive .457 on-base and .477 slugging numbers as well as making just one error at first base for a .997 fielding percentage. He hit a walk-off home run to give the Jumbos a NESCAC East Division series sweep versus Bates College on April 29. He earned conference Player of the Week honors after that weekend.
The Jumbos won the NESCAC East pennant for the fourth straight season and went on to take their second straight conference championship. Tufts was the only NESCAC team to receive an NCAA berth and finshed the season with a 30-10-1 record.