MEDFORD – For the second time in his career, R.J. Hall of the Tufts University baseball team has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Week.
A 6'4" junior right-handed starter from Marietta, Ga., Hall had a strong outing to get the Jumbos going towards winning their NESCAC East Division series at Bowdoin College over the weekend. In the series opener on Friday, he allowed just one hit in seven innings of a combined shutout with senior reliever Kevin Galasso.
Tufts won the game 10-0 and took the series two games to one to improve to 3-3 in the division (12-10 overall).
Hall struck out seven Bowdoin hitters and allowed only one Polar Bear runner to touch third. Bowdoin's Eric Mah led off the fourth with a double and moved to third with one out, but Hall got a pop-up and a ground out to leave him there.
Hall was previously the league's Pitcher of the Week on March 28 of his freshman season (2016) when he won his first two collegiate starts for the Jumbos.
For 2018 thus far, Hall is 3-2 with a 2.57 earned run average and 30 strikeouts in 35 innings. His innings, wins, strikeouts and era are all among the top seven in the conference. He's 1-1 with a 1.80 era in two NESCAC East starts.
This is Tufts' second weekly honor of the 2018 season. Senior Nick Falkson was the NESCAC Player of the Week on March 19.