MEDFORD – Led by Player of the Year Malcolm Nachmanoff, the Tufts University baseball team earned four spots on the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams announced today.
Tufts has more All-Conference first team selections than any other team in NESCAC with Nachmanoff, a senior right fielder, as well as senior third baseman Tommy O'Hara and junior pitcher R.J. Hall. Senior first baseman Nick Falkson is on the second team. With four honorees overall, Tufts matches Amherst for most in the league.
Head coach John Casey's Jumbos have now won the conference Player of the Year award two seasons in a row after Falkson was last year's recipient. The Player of the Year award and first-team recognition are the first NESCAC honors earned by Nachmanoff. O'Hara is on the NESCAC first team for the fourth consecutive season and was Rookie of the Year in 2015. Hall is making his first appearance on the All-NESCAC list. Falkson was also on the first team a year ago.
Nachmanoff was a near Triple Crown winner in NESCAC this spring. He hit .412 with seven home runs, which both lead the conference. His 40 runs batted in are third. Including a league-best 16 doubles, his robust .710 slugging percentage is 90 points higher than anyone else in the league. He also scored 35 runs (fourth) and was on base nearly half the time (.497 OBP). He was NESCAC's Player of the Week on April 23 when in four games he had nine runs scored and eight RBIs while hitting .692 and slugging 1.769 (four home runs, triple).
O'Hara leaves the Jumbos as one of the top offensive players in team history. He reached 200 career hits, just the second player to do so at Tufts (Dan Callahan 219 from 1999-2002). For 2018, O'Hara led NESCAC in both runs scored with 46 and runs batted in at 44. He was right behind Nachmanoff in total bases with 83 as he hit 12 doubles, three triples and five home runs for a .576 slugging mark. He finished the season with a .347 batting average.
Following the graduation of two senior starters last year, Hall stepped into the ace role on the Jumbo pitching staff this spring and delivered. His five wins are tied for the league lead and he's second in strikeouts with 54. He was a two-time NESCAC Pitcher of the Week honoree who finished the season with a 2.88 earned run average. At Bates on April 27 as Tufts was vying for a conference tournament spot, Hall allowed two hits and no runs with 13 strikeouts in a 5-0 win.
For a team that ranks ninth nationally and first in NESCASC scoring 9.2 runs per game entering the week, Falkson was once again one of the top producers. His 42 runs batted in are second in the league, as are his six home runs and 43 runs scored. A league-high 18 hit-by-pitches helped put his OBP at .439 and nine doubles added to his .496 slugging percentage. An excellent first baseman, Falkson leads NESCAC with 304 put outs and made just one error in 320 chances (.997).
The Jumbos (20-17) won the NESCAC East Division for the fifth straight season and played in the conference tournament finals.