MEDFORD - Senior tri-captain Speros Varinos of the Tufts University baseball team is the consensus Pitcher of the Year in New England for 2017 after earning the honor from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Tuesday.
Varinos was previously announced as D3baseball.com's New England Pitcher of the Year. The NEIBA and ABCA followed suit as their All-New England teams were released yesterday afternoon. Varinos was on both the 2017 NEIBA an ABCA All-New England first teams as well. Jumbo junior 1B Nick Falkson made the NEIBA second team and the ABCA All-New England third team. Tufts junior 3B Tommy O'Hara was selected to the ABCA All-New England second team and the NEIBA third team.
In 77.1 innings this spring, Varinos finished 8-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 86 strikeouts against just 11 walks. He made 11 starts for head coach John Casey's Jumbos and also recorded a save when Tufts clinched the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title versus Middlebury College on May 14. Varinos' 7.82 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is one of the top 15 marks in the nation. He also posted a 1.01 walks and hits to innings pitched ratio that is among the national top 50. He was also the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight time this spring.
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. His 73 total bases - including eight doubles, a triple and two home runs - were third in the league.
O'Hara led the NESCAC in both runs scored (43) and runs batted in (46) this spring, as well as with 35 walks and a .503 on-base percentage. He went on a tear in the second half of the season, hitting .393 with 17 runs scored and 26 runs batted in over his last 18 games. Recognized as the league's Player of the Week twice, O'Hara had nine rbis in five games at the conference championship as Tufts won its seacond straight NESCAC title. His 13 doubles and four home runs overall were both second in the league.
This is the third consecutive season that O'Hara has received NEIBA and ABCA All-New England awards. He was All-NEIBA second team in 2015 and third team last season, and a second team ABCA All-New England pick in 2015 as well as third team in 2015. Varinos is repeating as a first team All-New England honoree from both organizations. Falkson receives his first All-New England awards from both.
The 2017 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.